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Fundraising

Kickfund dives into $65m
The vehicle will invest in all winners of the Venture Kick competition and will provide follow-on funding in two subsequent rounds.
Boreal begins with $20m fund
Boreal Ventures will invest in deep tech companies emerging from ÉTS Montréal’s incubator Centech and the wider Quebec ecosystem.
Artesian activates $79m fund
The firm has launched a fund and accelerator called Boab AI that will be run by Deakin University’s former ventures director Andrew Lai.
Rogue targets $30m for fourth fund
Rogue has achieved a first close for its fourth fund, although it is as-yet unclear whether Oregon State University is again an investor.
Funds and incubators: February 8-12, 2021
A round up of the week's new fund and incbuator launches.
Conversation Venture Studio tackles climate change
University of Oxford has partnered Global Accelerated Ventures to set up a fund and venture studio aimed at challenges arising from climate change.
Big Idea forms $125m fund
NC State is the first of a planned five academic partners to benefit from on-campus commercialisation experts and access to capital.
V-Bio pulls in $95m for second fund
V-Bio Ventures, the venture firm affiliated with VIB, will focus on healthcare and sustainable agriculture companies primarily in Belgium.

Other News

Kindred cultivates $100m second fund
Kindred Ventures has attracted university endowments for its second fund, building on the successes of its $56m debut vehicle launched just two years ago.
Prime Movers Lab proceeds to $245m Fund II
The firm announced its second fund the same day as one of its portfolio companies, University of Wyoming-backed Momentus, successfully listed on Nasdaq.
Fireside Ventures finalises $118m second fund
An undisclosed US university endowment has helped the consumer-focused venture firm hit a $118m final close for its second fund, surpassing its $100m target in the process.
Arch structures $1.85bn Fund XI
The firm, which specialises in commercialising public and corporate research, has closed its largest fund to date.
Princeton puts $110,000 into PSV
Princeton University has approved a six-figure commitment to the student-run Prospect Student Ventures launched last year.
Keio Innovation Initiative catches $99.3m second fund
KII’s second iteration more than doubled in size from its predecessor, which closed five years ago and invested in 19 companies.

Editor's Picks

When worlds collide – CVC interest in spinouts
Steady is the assessment that comes to mind, rather than remarkable, when probing the year-on-year direction of corporate venture capital investment in university spinouts.
Investment Unit of the Year: Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds
With hundreds of university venture funds, internal commercialisation vehicles and third-party firms the reality in today’s innovation ecosystem, selecting the nominees and the winner for Investment Unit of the Year is increasingly challenging.
Fundraising of the Year: Imec.xpand
One only has to look at the investors in the €117m ($135m) final close for Imec.xpand, the venture fund of nano-electronics research institute Imec, to see why it is worthy of GUV’s Fundraising of the Year award.
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