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Drone Fund lands on corporates for latest vehicle
Japan Asia Group, Kobashi Industries, NTT Docomo and SoftBank are among the LPs that have backed the drone-focused investment firm's third vehicle, which has a $95m target.
Sella Venture Partners seals first close for fund
Sella Group’s debut fund of funds has secured Aviva, HDI Assicurazioni, Banca Sella, Banca Patrimoni Sella & C, Banco BPM and Fenera Holding for its $35.3m first close.
Fuso Chemical experiments with Future Food Fund
The multicorporate-backed corporate venturing vehicle for online food wholesaler Oisix Ra Daichi has secured chemicals producer Fuso as an LP.
Toda turns to corporate venturing
The $28.5m vehicle will mainly invest in Japan and US-based middle to later-stage developers of technologies pertinent to the construction firm’s focus areas.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust and SBI structure fund
The $47.3m SuMi Trust Innovation Fund is expected to invest its capital over a decade and will target companies developing digitisation products.
Regional banks help launch Kyoto City fund
The $2.5m Kyoto Shinkin Bank and Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank-backed vehicle is run by Future Venture Capital and will back local entrepreneurs working on social and economic challenges.
Kemuri Ventures cooks up food fund
Marui Group and Value Create are among the LPs for the venture firm’s Food Future Fund, which is sponsored by restaurant operator En-Rest and is targeting $28.4m.
Eon looks to Future Energy Ventures
The investment and collaboration unit combines portfolio companies and corporate venturing staff from Eon and peer Innogy, which it acquired earlier this year.

Other News

Paytm First Games develops fund
One97's gaming app, PFG, launched the $1.4m fund alongside more than $40m in support for the domestic gaming and fantasy sports space.
SBI Group partners Sygnum for fund
The financial services firms are establishing an early-stage fund that will make digital asset investments across Southeast Asia and Europe.
Salesforce Ventures makes $100m Impact Fund
The unit's second Impact Fund is double the size of the first vehicle, which it launched three years ago to tackle social, environmental and inclusion issues.
Sistema seeks $175m for second Asia Fund
The Sistema-sponsored venture firm is considering expanding from a $120m first fund to raising between $150m and $175m for its second vehicle.
Dip rises to SBI-managed fund
Thai Union feeds on deals

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Santander spins off investment arm into $400m fund
Santander Innoventures has been spun off by its parent company into an autonomously managed fund called Mouro Capital with its capital allocation doubled.
Amazon assembles $2bn Climate Pledge Fund
Areas to be targeted by Climate Pledge Fund will include transport, logistics, manufacturing, materials, renewable energy, food and agriculture technology.
Vision Fund pulls back in investments
SoftBank Vision Fund has dropped out of three large-scale investments in recent months, suggesting it is shifting to a more restrained strategy.
Sovereign wealth funds cool on Vision Fund II
Public Investment Fund and Mubadala, which put up a total of $60bn for the first Vision Fund, are reportedly looking to downgrade their exposure to the second vehicle, as We Company postpones its IPO.
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