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Fundraising

B Capital captures $820m for second fund
The venture firm, which is partners with Boston Consulting Group, said it now has in excess of $1.4bn of assets under management.
Scotts Miracle-Gro plants $50m fund
1868 Ventures will fund agriculture, lawncare and sustainable packaging technology developers, providing up to $2.5m for a first investment.
CAA links to NEA for Connect Ventures
CAA and New Enterprise Associates have reportedly provided an initial $100m for Connect Ventures that could be upscaled to $400m.
BioGeneration Ventures bags $119m fourth fund
Existing backer Bristol Myers Squibb returned to commit to healthcare venture firm BioGeneration Ventures' oversubscribed BGV IV vehicle.
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.
Axa takes wing for Fly Ventures' second fund
Axa Venture Partners was among the limited partners that have helped the deep tech-focused venture firm raise $59.4m for its second fund.
Alphabet announces $100m black-focused investment plans
The scheme will involve increased investment in black-led companies and capital firms as well as the formation of an accelerator for black entrepreneurs.
Ultrapower charges up $19m fund
Internet and telecommunications software producer Ultrapower Software's corporate venturing unit has closed a $19.4m fund that featured external limited partners.

Other News

Facebook formulates corporate venturing vehicle
The social media operator is seeking a head of investments for its NPE subsidiary who will reportedly work with Gradient Ventures alumnus Shabih Rizvi.
Aliad commits to Cathay Smart Energy Fund
The new energy-focused fund has added Air Liquide's corporate venturing unit to limited partners including CMA CGM and Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures.
Kyowa Kirin commits to 4Bio
Life sciences venture firm 4Bio Capital has secured the biopharmaceutical company as the first strategic backer for its second fund.
Broughton and Ouimet-Storrs set up Óskare Capital
Solvay Ventures veteran Alexandre Ouimet-Storrs has joined Mercia alumna Nicola Broughton to form a medical cannabis-focused investment firm.
M12 embarks on Indian adventure
Abhi Kumar is heading up a newly opened Indian office for Microsoft's corporate venturing unit, which has already begun investing in the country.
Shogakukan Accelerator summons candidates
Applications are open for Shogakukan and ShoPro’s accelerator scheme, co-run by 01Booster, which will focus on education, entertainment and health technology.

Editor's Picks

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.
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.
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