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Venture Capital

Solvay pours cash into Longwater
China-based Longwater Investment’s advanced materials-focused fund has received a limited partner commitment from the chemicals producer's corporate venture capital unit.
Bessemer recruits M12’s Robinson
Elliott Robinson, who was one of GCV’s 2019 Rising Stars, has resigned from his partner role at M12 to assume a growth equity investor position at Bessemer Venture Partners.
SEB pitches stall at Fairpoint
SEB has formed a venture capital vehicle, Fairpoint Capital, to invest in B2B-focused startups out of a $97m fund with ex-SEB Venture Capital president Frederick Johansson as its head.
Globis maps out $321m for sixth fund
LPs including Sompo Japan Nipponkoa and Tokio Marine have put their weight behind Globis Capital Partners’ sixth fund, which is targeting a $335m final close.
Vtron takes a seat at $72m education fund
Vtron Group has agreed to supply 20% of the capital for an education-focused investment vehicle formed by Tianfeng Securities that has reportedly reached a $44m first close.
Tyson meets Big Idea on way to $100m
Big Idea Ventures will invest in alternative protein and plant-based food developers, and has secured about a third of its $100m Tyson Foods-backed fund.
Taikang takes reins with healthcare fund
The insurance provider has teamed with the city of Wuhan to form a healthcare fund sized at approximately $3bn, with LPs including WeDoctor and Jointown Pharmaceutical.
Fatima helps fertilise $20m Pakistan-focused fund
Fatima Ventures, Fatima Group's corporate venturing unit, has joined VC firm Gobi Partners for a $20m fund intended to boost Pakistan's startup scene.

Other News

South Africa sets up $95m investment fund
South Africa's government has launched a corporate-backed vehicle focused on small and medium-sized businesses in a bid to tackle unemployment and fuel the economy.
Corporates buy into ByFounders' $112m debut fund
The venture firm has collected $112m for its Nordic and Baltic-focused fund, which counts Digital Garage and Danske Bank among its limited partners.
Gopinath and Yerkes go from SAP to new firm
Balaji Gopinath and Ron Yerkes, formerly global vice-president and director at SAP.IO respectively, have joined forces to form venture firm Twelve Venture Capital.
Corporates enter Infinity for $120m fund
Gree Ventures and Miki have both contributed to a North Asia-focused venture capital fund that Infinity Ventures plans to close at $120m.
Rewire connects to banks in $12m round
BNP Paribas’ Opera Tech Ventures and Standard Bank have backed a series A round for remittance banking services provider Rewire, which plans to spend the cash on expansion and recruitment.
Dai-ichi dares to back EEI Fund
Dai-ichi Life has supplied $9m for the fund, which is targeting technologies such as renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy storage.

Editor's Picks

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.
Huashenghaoche drives series D to $210m
Minsheng Financial Leasing-backed online car marketplace Huashenghaoche has received $210m from investors including JD.com spinoff JD Finance and Goldman Sachs.
Innovent enters public markets with $421m IPO
Legend Holdings, Eli Lilly, Ping An, China Life and Taikang-backed Innovent Biologics priced its shares near the top of the range of to raise $421m.
Chehaoduo shifts into next round with $162m
Seven months after raising $818m in a series C round led by Tencent, Chehaoduo has added $162m in series C-plus funding alongside a $430m commitment from the city of Kunshan.
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