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Fundraising

Solvay pours cash into Longwater
China-based Longwater Investment’s advanced materials-focused fund has received a limited partner commitment from the chemicals producer's corporate venture capital unit.
SEB pitches stall at Fairpoint
SEB has formed a venture capital vehicle, Fairpoint Capital, to invest in B2B-focused startups out of a $97m fund with ex-SEB Venture Capital president Frederick Johansson as its head.
Globis maps out $321m for sixth fund
LPs including Sompo Japan Nipponkoa and Tokio Marine have put their weight behind Globis Capital Partners’ sixth fund, which is targeting a $335m final close.
Vtron takes a seat at $72m education fund
Vtron Group has agreed to supply 20% of the capital for an education-focused investment vehicle formed by Tianfeng Securities that has reportedly reached a $44m first close.
Curefit creates $5m health food incubator
Curefit has set up an incubator that is expected to invest $5m in up to 10 packaged health food and organic product startups in the next two years.
Amatil X ventures into Indonesia
Coca-Cola Amatil has ushered its accelerator program, Amatil X, into Indonesia to invest in startups specialising in on-demand delivery, distribution optimisation, in-store analytics and sustainable packaging.
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.
Tyson meets Big Idea on way to $100m
Big Idea Ventures will invest in alternative protein and plant-based food developers, and has secured about a third of its $100m Tyson Foods-backed fund.

Other News

Ruggeri rocks up to Kamay Ventures
Gabriela Ruggeri, a managing partner of Overboost who was selected as one of GCV’s 2016 Rising Stars, joined Arcor and Coca-Cola Argentina’s joint corporate venturing endeavour, Kamay Ventures, in March.
Strong first quarter breaks volume record
Quarterly analysis: Q1 2019
InMotion heads to The Out
Jaguar Land Rover's corporate VC unit has diversified from its external investments to launch a car rental service in London called The Out.
RMG enlarges FutuRx fund to $64m
RMGP Biopharma Investment Fund has added $34m to reach a final close for a vehicle that will back startups developed by the Johnson & Johnson and Takeda-backed FutuRx incubator.
Mitsubishi UFJ mints $180m fund
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's MUFG Innovation Partners unit will target Japanese and Southeast Asian fintech startups, and its first portfolio company is Moneytree.
Fatima helps fertilise $20m Pakistan-focused fund
Fatima Ventures, Fatima Group's corporate venturing unit, has joined VC firm Gobi Partners for a $20m fund intended to boost Pakistan's startup scene.

Editor's Picks

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.
Unit of the Year: Salesforce Ventures
Among the many news released by Salesforce Ventures last year, the unit announced in early December two new $100m funds in Canada and Japan, both aiming to boost startup innovation that is part of the global Salesforce ecosystem.
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