Corporate Venturer

Ecosia collates $405m World Fund
Econos was among the LPs that have committed to the green search engine provider’s venture capital vehicle, which is set to reach a first close early next year.
Drive by DraftKings arrives with $60m
DraftKings was among the limited partners for the firm's oversubscribed debut fund, as were The Kraft Group, Madison Square Garden Sports and Madison Square Garden Entertainment.
Illovsky rolls to CapitalG
Lauren Illovsky has taken up a talent partner role at Alphabet’s CapitalG subsidiary following nearly two years in the same position at sister fund Gradient Ventures.
Spin Master turns to corporate venturing
The children's entertainment and toy provider has allocated an initial $100m to Spin Master Ventures and announced its first two investments.
Alaska Airlines announces $230m investment fund
The newly formed Alaska Star Ventures will target decarbonisation technologies and its first contribution is to Up.Partners' $230m fund.
Antler lures in Himler
GCV Emerging Leader Teddy Himler, who had been with SBGI, Comcast Ventures and SoftBank Capital, has taken up a global partner role at the venture firm to focus on later-stage investments.
Thomson Reuters trumpets $100m fund
Thomson Reuters Ventures will target developers of enterprise software products which inform the business information provider's areas of interest.
DocuSign concocts corporate venturing vehicle
DocuSign Ventures will invest in technologies such as process automation, smart contracts, digital payments and identity verification.

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Powerlist Q&A – Tarik Galijasevic, ASV
Q&A with Tarik Galijasevic, managing director, Allstate Strategic Ventures
HubSpot Ventures hatches $100m fund
The CRM Platform Fund, formed three years after the unit's inaugural fund, will invest in enterprise software producers from seed to late stage.
UOB befriends Signum for $50m blockchain fund
UOB and the venture firm’s joint vehicle has reportedly reached a first close sized at more than half its ceiling and is on its way to a final close later this year.
Aviva revives Founders Factory alliance
The insurer has pledged $13.5m to startup accelerator and incubator Founders Factory through a partnership modelled after a similar five-year initiative in 2016.
Munich Re Ventures introduces $500m Fund II
The reinsurance provider's corporate venturing arm is bolstering its portfolio development activities alongside the launch of its latest fund.
Google goes for $50m African investment vehicle
Google will begin investing in Africa-based companies through its Africa Investment Fund, running it alongside non-equity schemes Startups Accelerator Africa and Black Founders Fund.

Editor's Picks

Munich Re Ventures introduces $500m Fund II
The reinsurance provider's corporate venturing arm is bolstering its portfolio development activities alongside the launch of its latest fund.
Osborn leaves Telus to rejoin RecapHealth
Rich Osborn was a GCV Powerlist 2021 award winner as head of Canada-listed telecommunications firm Telus’ corporate venturing unit.
Salesforce promotes its impact investment team
Claudine Emeott has been moved up to partner at Salesforce Ventures Impact Funds while Adrianna Alterman has been made a director.
GCV Powerlist 2021: #1 Rajeev Misra & Marcelo Claure
The top 25: Rajeev Misra, CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers; Marcelo Claure, COO, Softbank Group
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