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Athena accepts $48m tribute
Salesforce Ventures and NAB Ventures both supplied series C funding for Athena Home Loans, which is preparing to diversify its online mortgage financing service.
Corporate venturing deal net: 14-18 October 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Hainan Golden documents $141m series B
The electronic invoicing specialist has raised series B funding in a Tencent-backed round that is the same size as its previous round last year.
Gojo goes to corporates for series C funding
Dai-ichi Life has led the final close for the Japan-based financial technology developer’s $38.8m series C round, which includes Marui, Aizawa Securities and SBI Group.
Santander stands with CrossLend in series B round
Debt marketplace operator CrossLend raised $38.5m in a series B round led by Santander InnoVentures at a reported valuation of more than $110m.
Thimble covers series A round with $22m influx
IAC and Axa Venture Partners both invested in Verifly, which has rebranded to Thimble as it expands from drones to wider workplace insurance.
Credit Saison creates $55m investment fund
The payment services provider has reportedly already begun investing out of Saison Capital, which is targeting early-stage deals in India and Southeast Asia.
Paytm progresses towards $2bn
Existing investors Ant Financial and SoftBank are close to taking part in a $2bn round that would value digital payment services provider Paytm at $16bn.

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Lakala to locate $141m for strategic fund
Payment services firm Lakala is investing more than $42m in the fund and has so far sourced the same amount from two state-backed investors.
True Balance accrues $23m
Several Korean investors have supplied a further $23m for the mobile balance and financial services provider, which already counted SoftBank, Line and Naver as investors.
EWTP Fund makes XTransfer in $15m round
The Alibaba-backed ETWP Fund led a series B-1 round for XTransfer, which will put the cash towards expanding its cross-border financial services.
Corporate venturing deal net: 7-11 October 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Chime chases $5bn valuation
The Northwestern Mutual-backed alternative bank is reportedly seeking to more than triple its valuation from its last round in March.
Kogta Financial finds series C cash
Morgan Stanley Private Equity backed a $42.2m round for non-banking lender Kogta Financial, having previously taken part in a November 2018 round through its Asia fund.

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Pfizer’s Jones to retire
Elaine Jones, vice-president at pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s corporate venture capital unit, has shared highlights of her career with GCV ahead of her departure in April.
CVC in 2018 - The Trends: Part One
In part one of our 2018 trends round up, we examine the ubiquity of SoftBank's Vision Fund, the increased willingness of unicorns to go public, and increased activity in the crypto and agriculture spaces.
Plaid prises $250m from investors
The GV-backed financial software technology provider raised series C funding in a Kleiner Perkins-led round that valued it at $2.65bn.
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