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Fundraising

UnternehmerTUM receives $29m investment
Andreas und Thomas Strüngmann, two of Germany’s richest investors, have committed $29m to help expand TU Munich’s tech transfer operation.
Earlybird cultivates $88m spinout fund
The Earlybird Uni-X Fund will support early-stage spinouts originating from European institutions such as RWTH Aachen and Imperial College London.
UTokyo initiates $536m fund
University of Tokyo will invest an initial $89m in the fund, which will also seek external limited partners.
EIF backs Central Europe-focused fund
The European Investment Fund will provide half the capital for the $59m i&i Biotech Fund I, which will operate out of the Czech Republic.
Oxford Science Enterprises emerges from rebrand
Originally known as Oxford Sciences Innovation, the investment company set up by University of Oxford has undertaken a rebranding exercise.
Australian Ethical adds to Main Sequence fund
The investment manager has become a limited partner in CSIRO-founded Main Sequence Ventures, which announced its $194m Fund 2 in April this year.
Penn Medicine plots $5m fund
Penn Medicine and Wharton Social Impact Initiative have launched an investment fund focused on the drivers of health equity.

Other News

Michigan pre-seed fund adds $6.5m
The MSU Foundation-run Pre-Seed III Fund has secured an additional $6.5m from MEDC, more than a year after the vehicle was formed with $3m.
IP Group’s US unit raises $58.6m
The commercialisation firm’s US operation confirmed it raised $58.6m during the first half of the year, although it had already disclosed $50m of this previously.
Croatia and Slovenia gain $48m fund
The European Investment Fund has partnered two banks to launch an investment platform that aims to support the creation of 100 spinouts.
Teesside joins Northern Accelerator
The programme, which has created 34 spinouts to date, has added an additional university partner and secured more government funding.
UTEC initiates deeptech programme
The UTEC Founders Program will consist of two tracks, with one investing up to $1m in flexible funding and another offering up to $100,000 in grants.
Polytechnique performs fundraising
The fund will invest in companies linked to École Polytechnique, including spinouts, alumni-founded startups or businesses incubated by the school.

Editor's Picks

Obama proposes $100m for brain research
Obama signals his intention to earmark $100m for brain research in the 2014 budget.
Lynch Invokes Untouchables and $1bn
Michael Lynch raises $1bn for Invoke Capital to support university ventures.
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.
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