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Corporate Venturer

NGP’s investment total reaches $90m
National Grid’s corporate venturing arm has committed $90m of its $250m initial budget, having backed a total of 12 portfolio companies and three venture capital funds.
Capgemini Ventures captures $102m fund
Capgemini’s corporate venturing unit has partnered venture firm ISAI to set up a $102m fund dubbed ISAI Cap Venture to target early-stage B2B software startups.
Invengo invigorates $145m IoT fund
Invengo has joined Shenzhen HTI Venture Capital to launch a fund aligned with its IoT business that is initially aiming to raise about $43m on the way to a $145m targeted close.
Comcast Ventures casts principal roles
Comcast's corporate venturing arm has expanded its investment team with three principals: Fatima Husain, Adam Spivack and Sheena Jindal.
SoftBank recruits senior managers for Latin American fund
SoftBank has selected four senior management members – Chris Cooper, Patricia Menendez-Cambo, Francisco Sorrentino and Lee Bocker – for its Latin America Fund, SBGI subsidiary and new entity SoftBank Tech Hub.
Interview: Tony Askew, REV Venture Partners
REV Venture Partners’ Tony Askew spoke to Global Corporate Venturing about Relx's corporate venturing strategy over the years.
Toyota AI Ventures calls on Keller
Erin Keller, formerly a senior associate at Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, has joined Toyota AI Ventures in a similar role.
Eon eyes Birr for strategic role
GCV Powerlist member Thomas Birr is set to leave his role managing Innogy’s innovation activities to perform similar duties at Eon as the energy utilities prepare to merge.

Other News

YPF rises to corporate venturing
Argentina-based YPF has set up a corporate venture capital subsidiary, YPF Ventures, and will conduct international and local deals respectively through Argentina Energy Bridge Fund and YPF Early Stage Fund.
Keith Larson retires from Intel
Newly retired Intel Capital managing director Keith Larson discussed how the unit helped to change the corporate venturing landscape and the benefits of syndicating with other investors.
Ueno waves goodbye to AGC
Masatoshi Ueno, who was part of GCV's 2017 Powerlist, has departed from Asahi Glass where he had been a senior manager at its AGC Ventures unit for nearly eight years to join Komatsu.
SoftBank Vision Fund seeks $4bn in loans
Vision Fund has entered talks with banks including Goldman Sachs to borrow against its stakes in Uber, Slack and Guardant Health.
Northwestern Mutual forges $150m second fund
The insurance firm has followed its $50m first fund, launched two years ago, with the $150m Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures Fund II.
Union Bank to unite fintech startups with $9m
Philippines-based Union Bank has allocated more than $9m annually to its UBX subsidiary to pursue financial technology opportunities.

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