Industrial

Corporate venturing deal net: 5-9 April 2021
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
NGK kicks off $100m corporate venturing fund
Pegasus Tech Ventures will help the spark plug and ceramic manufacturer back global entrepreneurs working on healthcare, distributed generation and automotive innovation.
AppHarvest picks up Root AI
AgFunder is among the investors which have exited the agricultural robotics developer, which has been bought by AppHarvest.
Sarcos seeks $1.3bn reverse takeover
The Microsoft, Caterpillar, Schlumberger and Delta-backed industrial robotics provider is merging with publicly-listed Rotor Acquisition Corp.
Syzygy signs off on $23m series B
Equinor Ventures helped the photocatalyst reactor developer boost its overall funding to $35m in a round led by Horizons Ventures.
Guardian Agriculture takes off with series A
The drone-based crop analysis system developer secured $10.5m in a round led by Leaps by Bayer that also featured Cavallo Ventures and FMC Ventures.
Analysis: Lilium to lifts up on $3.3bn reverse merger
Vertical take-off and landing jet developer Lilium went public by joining forces with Nasdaq-listed SPAC.
Corporate venturing deal net: 29 March-1 April 2021
Each week the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.

Other News

Aerofarms looks to grow with reverse takeover
Ingka Group-backed vertical farm operator Aerofarms is joining forces with a special purpose acquisition company at a $1.2bn post-transaction valuation.
ABL Space Systems ascends to $170m series B
The Lockheed Martin-backed satellite launch system developer has now raised at least $219m of funding ahead of its first official launch.
Corporate venturing deal net: 22-26 March 2021
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Zymergen zooms to IPO stage
Hanwha and SoftBank could exit the advanced biomaterials developer in the offering, which will follow more than $870m in funding.
Velo3D produces reverse merger details
The Petronas and TNSC-backed 3D printing tedchnology provider has agreed to list through a reverse takeover deal at a $1.6bn valuation.
ForwardX pushes through pre-series C round
ZGC Group was among the investors in a $38.4m round that brought the robotics technology producers' overall funding to roughly $80m.

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View opens window for reverse merger
SoftBank and Corning-backed dynamic window provider View will go public through a reverse merger at a $1.6bn post-deal valuation.
Desktop Metal irons out $2.5bn reverse merger
Desktop Metal, backed by a large consortium of corporates, will merge with special purpose acquisition company Trine to list on the NYSE at a $2.5bn valuation.
CVC in the Time of Coronavirus: Nicolas Sauvage, TDK Ventures
TDK's corporate venturing unit is lining up more deals to go with its investment in Genetesis this week, having been formed early last year with one eye on an economic downturn.
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