Financial

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.
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.

Other News

InsGeek collects $14.4m
Legend Holdings has backed the insurance brokerage whose existing shareholders include Tsinghua Holdings and Fosun.
Bitfury joins Plekhanov university for blockchain accelerator
Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and Bitfury will pilot the program with Russian government funding in the latest of a series of blockchain-related projects announced by higher education institutions.
Columbia and IBM matriculate blockchain accelerators
IBM Blockchain Accelerator will focus on later-stage startups, while Columbia Blockchain Launch Accelerator has been established for pre-seed companies.
Poynt takes $100m series C payment
Backed by Stanford-Start X Fund and a trio of corporates, Poynt has now received more than $128m in total for its payment processing terminal and software business.
Readyfor fires up $4.7m round
Crowdfunding platform Readyfor has unveiled its first funding round, with investors including Globis, since launching from the wings of Tokyo internet services spinout Ohma in 2014.
Monashees mobilises Minnesota for $150m fund
University of Minnesota is part of a list of limited partners that provided $150m for Brazil-based venture firm Monashees to close its eighth fund.

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