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Csiro joins Hungry Jack’s kitchen
The fund manager will work with Hungry Jack’s to devise a plant-based version of the latter’s flagship burger, the Whopper, based on Csiro research.
Technology of the Year: Apeel Sciences
With the growing focus on food sustainability, University of California (UC) Santa Barbara-founded food preservative developer Apeel Science is a particularly apt selection for the Technology of the Year award.
GetYourGuide goes to $484m series E
ETH Zurich spinout GetYourGuide secured $484m in a round led by SoftBank Vision Fund that took its total funding past $650m.
Core centres mind on $4m
Meditation device manufacturer Core has attracted $4m from seed investors including Stanford-StartX Fund as it ramps up towards the full release of its product.
Motus Ventures to spark $30m innovation fund
Motus, which backs spinouts from a range of universities and research institutes, has secured cash from unnamed investors for its Smart World Innovation Fund.
Velocity fires up equity investments
Four businesses have collected $37,000 in equity funding each from a micro-VC fund established by University of Waterloo’s Velocity unit in support of the Velocity Fund Finals competition.
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.

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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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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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