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Corporate Venturer

Scotts Miracle-Gro plants $50m fund
1868 Ventures will fund agriculture, lawncare and sustainable packaging technology developers, providing up to $2.5m for a first investment.
YJ Capital wangles new COO
Hogil Doh has ascended to a chief operating officer position at Yahoo Japan’s investment arm, after joining in February from fellow corporate venturing unit Rakuten Ventures.
CAA links to NEA for Connect Ventures
CAA and New Enterprise Associates have reportedly provided an initial $100m for Connect Ventures that could be upscaled to $400m.
Amazon assembles $2bn Climate Pledge Fund
Areas to be targeted by Climate Pledge Fund will include transport, logistics, manufacturing, materials, renewable energy, food and agriculture technology.
Louis Dreyfus plants corporate venturing initiative
The merchant group’s LDC Innovations fund will back food and agtech startups, with Max Clegg, its former head of food innovation, heading up the unit.
Copec sets stage for corporate venturing
The oil and gas producer’s Wind Ventures vehicle features ex-corporate venturers from Konica Minolta and GM Ventures, and has revealed its first portfolio companies.
Feigenbaum finds senior adviser role at SGE
Adam Feigenbaum has followed another ex-iCIMS executive, Colin Day, to Susquehanna Growth Equity where he has been hired in a similar position.
Aamodt to bid adieu to Equinor
GCV Powerlist member Kristin Aamodt is leaving Equinor Technology Ventures, which is being merged with a sister unit under Gareth Burns, to join venture firm ArcTern Ventures.

Other News

Alphabet announces $100m black-focused investment plans
The scheme will involve increased investment in black-led companies and capital firms as well as the formation of an accelerator for black entrepreneurs.
Ultrapower charges up $19m fund
Internet and telecommunications software producer Ultrapower Software's corporate venturing unit has closed a $19.4m fund that featured external limited partners.
Facebook formulates corporate venturing vehicle
The social media operator is seeking a head of investments for its NPE subsidiary who will reportedly work with Gradient Ventures alumnus Shabih Rizvi.
Mahn moves to Verizon Ventures
Tammy Mahn, formerly a managing partner at Agrica’s AgriNation VC fund, has joined Verizon’s Israel-based investment team to manage agtech and foodtech deals.
Schulte to lead McKesson Ventures
GCV Rising Star David Schulte has taken up a senior vice-president role to oversee McKesson’s strategic investment arm, after previous unit head Tom Rodgers ascended to chief strategy officer.
Novo adds private equity strategy
Søren Thinggaard Hansen, a 17 year-plus veteran of pension fund Industriens Pension, has joined Novo to launch a private equity program.

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Amazon assembles $2bn Climate Pledge Fund
Areas to be targeted by Climate Pledge Fund will include transport, logistics, manufacturing, materials, renewable energy, food and agriculture technology.
Emerging Leaders 2020 Contents
Contents list for GCV's 50 emerging leaders in corporate venturing 2020
Emerging Leaders step up to success
The Global Corporate Venturing Emerging Leaders Awards profiles the industry’s top 50 people who have been in the industry for more than five years.
GCV Emerging Leaders Awards 2020: #1 Kim Armor
The Top 10: #1 Kim Armor, managing director and chief financial officer, Comcast Ventures
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