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Corporate venturing deal net: 11-15 February 2019
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
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.
Singtel Innov8 helps Cato link to $55m
Singapore Telecommunications' CVC unit, Singtel Innov8 reinvested in a round that took enterprise network developer Cato Networks' total funding to $105m.
MásMóvil hooks up Másventures accelerator
MásMóvil has established a startup accelerator after rising to become Spain’s fourth biggest telecommunications player.
NTT Docomo Ventures calls in Asada
Ken Asada has left his investment director position at Intel Capital to become managing director at NTT Docomo Ventures.
Smith splits from Verizon Ventures
Executive director Mark Smith has departed from Verizon Ventures after a total of 23 years at the unit and its parent company.
Telkomsel to dial up corporate venturing fund
Telkom Indonesia's mobile network operator subsidiary will launch a fund this month, adding to the corporate's MDI Ventures unit.
NTT notches up $500m for VC fund
Norwest Venture Partners' Vab Goel is overseeing a $500m US fund that has been closed by Japanese telecommunications firm NTT.

Other News

Tink Labs aims for $300m result
Hotel smartphone provider Tink Labs already counts Foxconn and TCL as investors but has reportedly approached travel and hospitality companies for funding at a $1.5bn valuation.
Kahan to command DTCP Israel
Irit Kahan has been promoted to lead Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners' Israel office as Guy Horowitz moves to its Silicon Valley base.
Unifonic tunes into $21m series A
The Saudi Telecom-anchored STV led the round, while Raed Ventures also invested in cloud communications technology provider Unifonic.
Unifonic tunes into $21m series A
The Saudi Telecom-anchored STV led the round, while Raed Ventures also invested in cloud communications technology provider Unifonic.
Truphone dials up backers for more funding
Independent News & Media-backed Truphone has added $23.6m to its coffers through a rights issue, with about $47m more committed on a conditional basis.
Kepler caps series A at $16m
Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Digital Ventures has participated in a round that will support the growth of Kepler Communications' satellite internet network.

Editor's Picks

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.
Akimoto joins TransLink as Sompo supplies $40m
Nobuyuki Akimoto's departure from NTT Docomo Ventures comes as insurance firm Sompo commits up to $80m to TransLink to manage its corporate venture capital fund.
CVC proves a good option for emerging markets mobility
A report authored by GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and Delta Partners recommends strategic investments for mobile operators in emerging markets,
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