Venture Capital

Emerging Leaders Q&A – Naoki Kamimaeda, Global Brain
Q&A with Naoki Kamimaeda, partner and Europe office representative, Global Brain
Big Idea Ventures closes $50m fund
Le Groupe Bel, AAK, Meiji, Bühler and Tyson Foods all contributed to the firm's debut fund, which is targeting plant-based food developers.
Gilbert builds Launchpad with $35m fund
Venture firm Launchpad Capital has been founded by Ryan Gilbert after five years as a general partner for BBVA-backed Propel Venture Partners.
Kossmann leaves Applied Ventures for In-Q-Tel
Jackie Kossmann, who joined Applied Ventures in 2017 and won a GCV Rising Stars award in January, will be an investor at In-Q-Tel.
Ince inches towards second fund
The venture firm, backed by Mayo Clinic for its first fund, is reportedly seeking $350m to $500m for its sophomore vehicle.
Tuya teams with Hillhouse for $400m fund
The internet-of-things provider will back companies in similar sectors through the vehicle, launched in partnership with Hillhouse Capital.
Lockheed Martin finds Main Sequence for $194m fund
Lockheed Martin has returned to invest in Main Sequence Ventures’ second fundraise having previously committed to its Csiro-mandated first fund.
Saint-Gobain gravitates to Richland Capital
Saint-Gobain has contributed to Richland Capital’s third fund, joining fellow corporate investors Asahi Kasei and Solvay.

Other News

Dynamk raises debut fund at $65m
Limited partners include drugs maker Pfizer, and healthcare-focused JSR Group and Lonza.
Microsoft moves into $175m Congruent Ventures fund
Microsoft is among the limited partners for venture firm Congruent Ventures’ latest sustainability-focused fund.
Ajinomoto flies to Pegasus
Ajinomoto set up its CVC unit in December and the deal with Pegasus’s 16 offices will provide access to startups.
Foy joins UTA Ventures
Clinton Foy was a former partner at venture capital firm Crosscut Ventures.
Nubank sets up black-focused fund
Separately, MaC Venture Capital, a US-based seed-stage venture capital firm majority-owned by black investors, has raised $103m.
WOCstar finds its Motley Fool
Motley Fool Ventures commits to women of colour-focused VC fund.

Editor's Picks

Samsung shakes up US innovation subsidiaries
Young Sohn is retiring while Luc Julia is leaving as Sean Kae and David Lee step up and into Samsung Catalyst and Samsung Next respectively.
Brazil adds triple fundraisings
The three funds comes as Daniel de Macedo switches role and a new trade body committee is set up for CVCs.
Editorial: Venture's 'cauldron of change'
This is a draft of a speech I'll be making at the www.GCVDigitalForum.com on 27 January - feedback much appreciated in comments or email jmawson@mawsonia.com 
Analysis: CVC-backed deals as part of the entire VC realm
In this short piece, we provide a comparison of our GCV Analytics data with Pitchbook’s data up until the end of the third quarter of 2018.
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