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Venture Capital

Vertex closes Master Fund at $730m
The firm has confirmed the closure of its Master Fund, which features NEC Capital Solutions, Marubeni, SMBC, ABeam and Aozora Bank among its LPs.
Volvo parks capital in Autotech Ventures
Volvo's corporate venturing unit has contributed an undisclosed sum to mobility-focused venture capital firm Autotech Ventures, whose exits include Lyft and Deepscale.
Plexo flexes corporate connections to close first fund
Plexo Capital, a venture capital spinoff from Alphabet subsidiary GV, has raised $42.5m from LPs that include Alphabet, Intel Capital and Cisco Investments.
Corporates corral Vertex fund to $730m
Japanese investors including Marubeni, SMBC and ABeam Consulting have collectively provided $180m for Vertex Master Fund II, which has a $770m target.
Circulate Capital secures $106m
Circulate Capital aims to cut ocean plastic pollution and has lured corporates including Chevron Phillips, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemicals, Danone, Unilever and Procter and Gamble to its fund.
Angel Ventures nets Nestlé for $100m fund
Nestlé has provided capital for venture firm Angel Ventures' latest fund, which will invest across Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.
Harlem Capital hooks CTA for oversubscribed fund
Consumer Technology Association is among the LPs in the first fund raised by the diversity-focused venture firm, which has closed at an oversubscribed $40.3m.
Procter and Gamble produces India fund
The Indian subsidiary of the consumer goods conglomerate has set up a $27.9m vehicle to invest in sustainable technology developers.

Other News

Portag3 Ventures protacts Fund II to $321m
Green Shield Canada, Alterna Savings and several insurers chipped in as the fintech-focused venture firm closed its second fund.
Allin Capital aligns with corporates for third fund
The semiconductor-focused venture firm has recruited SK Hynix, EmbedWay, Huafon and Guangzhou Fengshen Motor for a fund of undisclosed size.
Techint energises $60m Animo fund
Animo Ventures has rebranded from Magnetico Ventures and launched with a $60m debut fund that has secured Techint as an anchor investor.
S&P Global slots into MiddleGame Ventures
Fintech-focused venture firm MiddleGame Ventures has secured S&P Global as a limited partner for an early-stage fund expected to close at $165m next year.
Tyson funds Big Idea
Tyson Foods' corporate venturing unit has contributed to foodtech-focused Big Idea Ventures' New Protein Fund, which is aiming for $50m to $75m.
Al Salam aligns with MSA for $50m fund
MEC Ventures, which was co-founded by Al Salam Bank-Bahrain, will target financial technology among other areas as it invests in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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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