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Play Ventures levels up fund to $40m
Rovio supplied $3m of the capital as game-focused venture investor Play Ventures closed a fund that was oversubscribed by $10m.
Access Ventures accepts corporate backing
Clothing manufacturers Nodo and F&F are among the limited partners for a fund with a $50m ceiling, while Line Ventures is also expected to invest.
CTA’s diversity fund backs VC duo
CTA’s $10m diversity vehicle has announced investments in venture firms Harlem Capital Partners and SoGal Ventures.
SoftBank supplies $20bn for Vision Fund employee contributions
SoftBank employees, including some key executives, are reportedly being offered up to $20bn in loans to invest in its Vision Fund II.
BBG Ventures bids for $50m third fund
BBG Ventures, the female-focused venture fund formed by AOL, has set a $50m target for its third fund, the first to feature additional LPs.
Brick and Mortar finishes work on first fund
Limited partners in the $97.2m fund include corporates Ardex, Autodesk, Cemex, Ferguson, FMI, Glodon, Haskell, Hilti, Obayashi, Sidewalk Labs and United Rentals.
MS&AD Ventures magnifies fund to $128m
Insurance group MS&AD Holdings has boosted the size of its corporate venturing unit eight months after its launch, having reportedly made in excess of 20 investments.
Vision Fund II gets ready to spend
SoftBank's second Vision Fund, which has secured MOUs for $108bn in capital, is preparing to kick off investments and could start next month.

Other News

American Family Ventures accepts $162m for third fund
American Family's corporate venturing subsidiary has accumulated more than $162m from four investors for a fund expected to close at $200m.
Capital Nuts bolts on corporates for VC fund
The VC firm has closed the $43.2m fund following limited partner commitments from G-bits Network Technology, Xiamen Torch, ITG Holdings Group and Good First Group.
HashPort courts blockchain startups with accelerator
HashPort Accelerator will help international entrepreneurs to enter the Japanese market, assisting them with fundraising and localisation.
Eurofarma unleashes corporate venture capital fund
The pharmaceutical firm will invest up to $11.7m through the fund, which is led by GCV Rising Star Paulo Braga.
Yuyue cues up $145m medical technology fund
The medical equipment provider has committed $14.5m to a medical technology-focused vehicle it will run in partnership with Sharewin Investment.
NextTech initiates $10m fund
E-commerce group NextTech has put $10m into a corporate venturing fund that will make investments in Vietnam's tech startup ecosystem.

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SoftBank sorts $108bn for Vision Fund II
Limited partners including Apple, Foxconn, Microsoft and Dai-ichi Life have agreed to commit to the massive-scale fund, which is in talks to secure even more capital.
Vision Fund envisages possible IPO
SoftBank is mulling the possibility of taking its $98.6bn Vision Fund public and is in talks with Oman over a commitment to a second fund.
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.
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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