University College London hopes to generate as much as $126m for its second Technology Fund, with British Business Bank thought to be among potential limited partners.
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.
USC Marshall Venture Fund has been launched to back university-linked companies and train business students with the aid of a 17-person investment committee.
Research from Chinese Academy of Sciences will benefit from a vehicle backed by the government of Guangzhou in areas including intelligent manufacturing and energy efficiency.
Frontier IP sold $3.2m through a placement to new and existing backers as it announced its portfolio value had risen 34% year-on-year.
Unnamed university endowments have put funding into Material Impact’s inaugural vehicle, which will incubate materials businesses including spinouts in industries such as energy, transportation and healthcare.
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The university venture fund, once established, will be the first of its kind for Waseda University and will be raised in partnership with Well Investments and Beyond Next Ventures.