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Safran reloads corporate venturing unit
The aerospace manufacturer has put an additional $33.5m into its Safran Corporate Ventures unit, four years after it was launched with more than $55m in capital.
Aerodyne passes inspection for $30m series B
Drone services provider Aerodyne won the support of Axiata Digital Innovation Fund in a round that will fund hiring and research and development.
Analysis: BASF provided funding for Provivi
The developer of non-toxic pesticides raised an $85m round backed by BASF. The deal is part of the agriculture and agtech space which is enjoying more interest from corporates this year than previously.
Corporate venturing deal net: 14-18 October 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Provivi reaps $85m in series C round
BASF Venture Capital formed part of a consortium co-led by Pontifax Agtech and Temasek that supplied $85m in funding for pesticide developer Provivi.
Future Meat looks ahead with $14m
The Tyson Ventures and Neto Group-backed cellular meat startup will use the series A funding to launch its pilot manufacturing plant.
Citrine formulates $20m series B
Advanced materials and chemicals platform developer Citrine Informatics has now received about $44m in total, having secured Siemens Next47 as an investor.
Corporate venturing deal net: 7-11 October 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.

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Ginkgo Bioworks brews up $350m Ferment Consortium
The $350m fund will provide capital for Gingko spinoffs and has attracted limited partners including Viking Global Investors, General Atlantic and Cascade Investment.
Osaro picks up $16m
The factory robotics software provider has now raised more than $29m altogether, with iRobot and Comcast likely among the investors in its series B round.
Boeing boards Virgin Galactic with $20m contribution
Boeing HorizonX is providing equity funding for space exploration company Virgin Galactic in connection with the latter's proposed listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
SparkCognition ignites $100m series C
Hearst Ventures joined returning investor Boeing HorizonX Ventures to increase SparkCognition's total funding to $173m.
RapidSOS wraps up $55m series B
Emergency response support platform RapidSOS added $25m to close a series B round that already featured CSAA and Microsoft's M12 unit.
Phytelligence wilts away
Cowles-backed Phytelligence has lost its legal case with Washington State University, leaving the board with no option but to close its crop cultivation business.

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Interview: Rajesh Swaminathan, Applied Ventures
Rajesh Swaminathan, head of Applied Ventures, spoke to GCV about his unit increasing its investment as it prepares to bring its New York engineering services facility online.
Carbon cashes in with $260m
Adidas, Arkema, Johnson & Johnson and JSR contributed to a round that took 3D printing technolpogy provider Carbon's total funding to more than $680m.
Sub-$50m Investment of the Year: Maana
Maana recently won GCV’s inaugural award for energy-tech corporate venture capital (CVC) investment of the year, presented during its Venture Houston conference in November. Now, Maana has gone one-stage further and won the Sub-$50m Investment of the Year award across all industries.
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.
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