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Corporate venturing deal net: 10-14 June 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
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.
GE Ventures to sell its portfolio
General Electric had considered spinning out its corporate venturing operation, but has now shifted its focus to finding a buyer for a portfolio consisting of stakes in more than 100 companies.
Infarm harvests $100m series B round
Demand Analytics and Ideo-backed InFarm has landed $100m to expand its modular urban farms to retailers in the UK, US and Japan.
Vestaron cultivates $40m series B round
Vestaron raised $40m in the Novo-led round, which will support the expansion of Vestaron's range of peptide-based biopesticides.
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.
Carbon Lighthouse attracts Cox to lead round
Johnson Controls-backed energy efficiency services provider Carbon Lighthouse has received $32.6m in a round that included $20m from Cox Enterprises.
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.

Other News

Marubeni helps Azuei generate $26m in funding
Off-gird solar system provider Azuri secured funding in a Marubeni-led round that was also backed by IP Group, and will use it to enter new markets.
Corporate venturing deal net: 20-24 May 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
GCV Symposium 2019: Commercialising startups from idea to scale-up in…
GUV editor Thierry Heles spoke to professionals from three fusion energy technology companies to gauge the challenges involved in scaling a breakthrough technology.
GCV Symposium 2019: Co-chairs' welcome
Jacqueline LeSage Krause of Munich Re Ventures and David Gilmour of BP Ventures are co-chairs of this year’s GCV Symposium, which is looking at how to navigate market turbulence.
Honda helps Moixa store new funding
Honda led an $11.1m round for the solar power battery and software developer that also featured existing investor Itochu.
Corporates pump more capital into Phyn
The intelligent leak-detection technology developer has received an additional $6m from each of its corporate owners, Belkin and Uponor.

Editor's Picks

Interview: Innogy Innovation Hub
Innogy Innovation Hub is seeking additional LPs as it begins to look toward a second fund, having already moved to a purer investment model.
Sub-$50m Investment of the Year: Maana
Maana recently won GCV’s inaugural award for energy-tech corporate venture capital (CVC) investment of the year, presented during its Venture Houston conference in November. Now, Maana has gone one-stage further and won the Sub-$50m Investment of the Year award across all industries.
New Entrant of the Year: Severstal Ventures
In May last year, Severstal announced the launch of Severstal Ventures – a corporate venture fund that would invest directly as well as through other funds in advanced materials and associated technologies, in Russia and abroad.
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