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Mixi minds digital fund
Mixi Entertainment Fund has been armed with more than $28m and will be helped by Studio Entre in identifying portfolio companies.
DIP studies fourth Gakucelerator cohort
Human resources provider DIP’s Gakucelerator has chosen four student-run startups for its latest batch and will provide up to $940,000 between them.
Corporate venturing deal net: 3-7 August 2020
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Bloomage blossoms with $1.43bn investment vehicle
The diversified group has teamed up with asset manager Alan AMC for an investment vehicle with a $1.43bn ceiling, targeting culture and sports startups.
RPA Holdings arranges Open Ventures vehicle
The robotics and automation technology producer formerly known as Open Associates has launched an investment arm to invest in AI and IoT startups.
ARMG embraces corporate venturing
The mental well-being and recruitment services provider has launched an investment vehicle that will provide up to $950,000 per deal.
Blackbird flies high with $356m fund
Pension fund managers including Telstra Super have invested in the fourth fund for Blackbird Ventures, which focuses on startups across Australia and New Zealand.
Tiantu Capital nets Nestlé as cornerstone investor
Nestlé is the main backer of the consumer investment firm's latest fund, which has a $150m target for its final close.

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United Ventures calls on Telecom Italia for $175m fund
Telecom Italia is putting up about $70m for a growth-stage fund with a $175m targeted close that will be managed by VC firm United Ventures.
Solvay commits to second China fund
Solvay Ventures is among the limited partners for the advanced materials-focused Richland Capital Fund III following a contribution to a similar vehicle for Longwater Investment.
CoinEx issues $50m fund
The fund will invest in companies developing products and services within the cryptocurrency exchange’s ecosystem.
Money Forward goes ahead with corporate venturing
The accounting platform operator’s investment subsidiary has unveiled Hirac Fund’s $11.7m initial close with multiple corporate LPs on its way to a $29m ceiling.
Code Republic programs eighth cohort
YJ Capital and East Ventures’ joint accelerator scheme has opened the application period for a new batch of innovative startups.
Creek & River seeks applicants for incubator
The creative studio and 01Booster’s four-month joint venture will help grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Japanese city of Fukushima and environs.

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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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