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Corporate Venturer

JSW Ventures steels itself for $49m close
JSW Group expects its corporate venturing fund to reach a second close at about $21m next month on the way to a projected $49m close.
OCBC NISP gets authorisation for $29m fund
The bank has received regulatory approval for a venture capital fund that can be sized at more than $29m but which will reportedly begin with $15m.
IGV invigorates itself with fresh capital
Iwasaki Gakuen and several banks have contributed to the second close of Sony and Daiwa's joint fund, which had raised $145m of a targeted $185m as of last month.
Info Edge ventures into $14m fund
The classified listings operator, whose earlier investments include Zomato and ETechAces, has formed its first dedicated corporate venture capital fund.
MassMutual makes up $100m SEA fund
MassMutual Ventures has followed up on the $50m Southeast Asian fund it launched in late 2018 with a second vehicle dedicated to the region.
Decibel ushers in Sherman for adviser role
Startup investor and former American Football star Richard Sherman has been brought on board by Cisco-sponsored venture fund Decibel to help founders develop their teams.
Alibaba invigorates Jumpstarter 2020
Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and HSBC’s Jumpstarter 2020 contest is holding its Grand Finale event in Hong Kong next month, with each winning startup to receive up to $5m in funding.
Citi, Nestlé and Microsoft launch impact funds
Nestlé's $258m sustainable packaging fund, Citi's $150m Impact Fund and Microsoft's $1bn carbon capture fund illustrate how corporates are adopting to new challenges.

Other News

Kairós entrusts Trucharte with new unit
Kairós Digital Solutions has hired Pedro Trucharte, who helped set up MásVentures for MásMóvil, to establish its corporate venturing vehicle, Kairós Ventures.
Wipro pipes up with $150m Fund II
Wipro's strategic investment arm has followed its $100m first fund with a second one, having backed 16 companies and exited two.
Hantoro hurries to Telkomsel
MDI Ventures’ acting chief executive, Setyanto Hantoro, has shifted to managing director of another Telkom Indonesia subsidiary, Telkomsel.
Wong finds sweet deal at Honeywell
Honeywell has appointed a new director of ventures, John Wong, who has experience in corporate development and strategy with an IoT and wireless technology focus at InterDigital, GE and SoftBank.
UPMC Enterprises to deploy $1bn
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s investment and innovation arm has allocated $1bn to drug development funding over the next four years.
Comcast NBCUniversal commences SportsTech accelerator
Comcast NBCUniversal is seeking applications from developers of sports-related technologies for its SportsTech accelerator, which will invest $50,000 per company.

Editor's Picks

Vision Fund pulls back in investments
SoftBank Vision Fund has dropped out of three large-scale investments in recent months, suggesting it is shifting to a more restrained strategy.
Initial Recommendations for Improving DEI within CVC Deal Flow Pipelines…
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) report October 2019
Sovereign wealth funds cool on Vision Fund II
Public Investment Fund and Mubadala, which put up a total of $60bn for the first Vision Fund, are reportedly looking to downgrade their exposure to the second vehicle, as We Company postpones its IPO.
Carroll retires from Lilly after two decades
After 22 years at Eli Lilly that included laying the groundwork for its corporate venturing activities, senior vice-president of corporate business development Darren Carroll is retiring.
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