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Starts at 60 relishes $1.9m
QUT Bluebox has joined corporates Holland Insurance and Seven West Media in the second funding round for over-60s package holiday portal Starts at 60.
Motif Ingredients structures $90m series A
MIT spinout Ginkgo Bioworks has set up Motif Ingredients with $90m in series A funding provided by investors including Louis Dreyfus Company and Fonterra.
Kaust accelerator unveils third roster
Kaust is preparing for the third phase of its Taqadam startup accelerator, which is supported by a host of Saudi Arabian academic institutions and claims to have achieved a 35% female participation rate.
Ten businesses board Manchester-backed accelerator in Dubai
UAEpreneurs will operate with support from University of Manchester’s Middle East Centre in Dubai, providing 10 mainly digital-focused startups the opportunity to raise $50,000 to $250,000 in capital.
HTGF adds flavour to 4Gene’s seed round
4Gene is advancing TUM research into exploiting plant-derived glucosides as flexible triggers for releasing flavouring and aromas.
Sustainable Bioproducts sucks in $33m
Danone Manifesto Ventures and ADM Ventures both took part in a series A round for the Montana State University-backed Nasa spinout, which is developing edible proteins.
Sousei hosts Kyoto University for $4.1m
Smart home technology manufacturer Sousei Technology also collected funding from Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance in a round that will help it deliver upgrades and additional services.
Australian universities secure public funding
Adelaide's ThincLab and University of New England's SRI AgTech incubators will receive $357,000 and $229,000 of government funding respectively.

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Findologic discovers fresh capital
The seven-digit investment by BE Beteiligungen Fonds will help Salzburg e-commerce search spinout Findologic accelerate its international expansion and introduce new product features.
Purdue Ag-celerator seeds $100,000
Plant sciences startups Heliponix and Karyosoft each secured $50,000 investments after winning the fifth cohort of Purdue’s Ag-celerator competition.
Croda adds value to Cutitronics’ regimen
Strathclyde-founded dermatological device manufacturer Cutitronics has collected further investment from specialty chemicals supplier Croda as the pair aim to win business with personal care brands.
Celect celebrates $15m series C
MIT retail analytics spinout Celect has now raised a total of $25m, having received $15m in an NGP Partners-led round.
IURTC funds pour $400,000 into Zio
Co-founded by an Indiana University graduate, customer behaviour analytics software developer Zio has secured funding from two of the university’s venture funds.
Lighthouse AI loses spark
StartX-backed Lighthouse AI failed to garner enough commercial interest in its interactive household camera despite raising $17m in funding.

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Tsinghua’s smart money
Samsung adds $100m start-up fund
The company has committed $100m to the Catalyst Fund for early-stage start-ups, which may be available to university startups.
Coursera wins university investment
Caltech and Pennsylvania back on-line teaching company Coursera, which just won the praise of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
Revolymer sticks to AIM in IPO
Revolymer, which makes chewing gum that is easier to remove from streets and pavements, was backed by the Setsquared Partnership, a joint venture capital initiative between Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.
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