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Cytora assesses $32.6m series B
Cambridge Innovation Capital and Parkwalk Advisors have both returned to back a $32.6m series B round for Cytora, an insurance technology spinout of Cambridge.
Energetic Insurance jumps at $2.5m opportunity
Congruent Ventures has led a $2.5m funding round for Energetic Insurance, which hopes to enable SMEs to tap into the solar energy market.
Oxford seeks impact with Sophia
OUI’s first social enterprise spinout, Sophia Oxford, will implement a multidimensional poverty index and standards intended to help corporates respond to the needs of workforces.
Startbahn verifies $2.8m
Utec joined Dentsu in the fine art providence blockchain creator’s latest round, after supplying $900,000 of seed capital in July 2018.
Utec and Blume illuminate Budha accelerator
University of Tokyo’s Utec has extended its foray into Indian VC investments by starting an accelerator in partnership with local venture fund Blume Ventures.
Strathclyde books in Listings Ledger
Listings Ledger has spun out from the university to commercialise a real-time valuation ticker for privately-owned companies.
Morgan Creek mines $40m fund
An undisclosed endowment has signed up to a $40m cryptocurrency-focused fund managed by Morgan Creek Digital Assets that will make seed-stage and token-based investments.
MIT helps SendFriend to $1.7m
Founded out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SendFriend has built a blockchain-powered online payment transfer platform that uses technology provided by fintech developer Ripple.

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Berkeley encrypts Blockchain Xcelerator
UC Berkeley will offer participants up to $200,000 from its X-Fund as it looks to build a blockchain ecosystem connecting resources from university departments, Silicon Valley and further afield.
Featurespace authenticates $32.9m funding round
IP Group put up $5.4m for Cambridge fraud detection spinout Featurespace’s latest round to bring the company’s overall funding haul to $70.9m.
Softbank Vision Fund drives $500m CMT investment
Telematics system developer and MIT spinout Cambridge Mobile Telematics has raised $500m from Vision Fund that will be used for product development.
Ikove kindles $10m Ohio tech fund
Ikove Venture Partners has launched a $10m venture capital vehicle to help spawn spinouts based on projects at Ohio universities.
Tsinghua mulls Japan-focused fund
Tsinghua’s Tus-Holdings is weighing up a venture capital fund as part of a $584m push into Japan’s artificial intelligence, fintech and robotics sectors.
InsGeek collects $14.4m
Legend Holdings has backed the insurance brokerage whose existing shareholders include Tsinghua Holdings and Fosun.

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