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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.
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.
Crane crowns $90m close for first fund
The venture capital firm’s inaugural early-stage fund, Crane I, has reached its $90m hard cap with contributions from LPs including MassMutual Ventures, with which it has established a strategic alliance.
Wavemaker drifts to $60m close for third fund
Keppel is among the limited partners in the VC firm’s Southeast Asia-focused third fund, which has achieved a $60m first close on its way to a $100m ceiling.
WTW to broker corporate venturing deals
Willis Towers Watson has created a corporate venturing subsidiary, WTW Strategic Ventures, and a new group, the Growth Board, to make strategic investments in startups.
Corporates to shake up SaaS startups
Auth0, CircleCI and Stripe have jointly launched a support scheme dubbed Go_SaaS to help startups promote software-as-a-service platforms.
Northleaf notches up $223m in fund commitments
Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund II reached its hard cap with commitments from Manulife and Bank of Montreal, adding to capital from backers including Sun Life.
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.

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Vertex asserts itself with $770m fund
The Singaporean-state owned venture firm is targeting $770m for its latest fund and has secured $50m from NEC Capital Solutions and $20m from Aozora Bank.
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.
HTGF bags another investor for $375m close
The founders of backpack brand Fond Of have joined 32 corporate investors in High-Tech Gründerfonds' third fund, which has now officially closed.
EV Growth expands first fund to $200m
SoftBank has thrown its weight behind Yahoo Japan and Sinar Mas-backed EV Growth’s inaugural fund, helping it achieve an oversubscribed close of $200m.

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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.
Fund of the Year: Swisscom Digital Transformation Fund
Launched in July last year, Swisscom Digital Transformation Fund is Swisscom Ventures’ first investment vehicle that is open to third-party institutional investors.
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