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Fictiv adds $35m in D round
40 North Ventures, Honeywell and Sumitomo Mitsui were among the strategic investors.
Recogni spots series B investors
The automotive vision technology developer raised $48.9m in a round featuring Continental, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW i Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Fluxunit – Osram Ventures.
Subsector: industrial chemicals
“Before we have reached singularity developing materials faster does not provide much of an upside, as with the current regulation systems introducing them still takes a decade,” according to George Gogolev, head of Severstal Ventures, the corporate venturing unit of Russia-based industrials conglomerate Severstal.
SpaceX rockets into $850m round
Spacecraft manufacturer SpaceX has pushed its valuation to $74bn, a more than sixfold increase on the $12bn it fetched when Google led a $1bn round in 2015.
Locus moves $150m into series E
Prologis has participated in a series E round for the warehouse robotics technology developer, although Zebra Technologies did not return this time.
EnginZyme digests additional series A funding
The SEB-backed tranche has helped the Stockholm spinout lift the round to $13.3m, which will be used to conduct a proof-of-concept run.
Subsector: nanotechnology
Actor and producer Robert Downey Jr, best known of late for his role as Tony “Iron Man” Stark, in June 2019 at Amazon’s Re:MARS conference, said that “between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years.”
Terra Drone unearths series A
Inpex and Nanto CVC have backed a $14.3m round for the drone services company, which has itself already conducted corporate venturing deals.
Corporate venturing deal net: 8-12 February 2021
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Asahi Kasei kicks off China investment fund
The chemicals and materials conglomerate’s regional vehicle will back IoT and automotive startups in China, having already committed to a local growth fund.

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