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Fundraising

MSU starts student-run VC fund
MSU’s Student Venture Capital Fund will invest up to $50,000 in university-linked businesses with the administrative aid of MSU students taking the entrepreneurial finance course.
Analysis: Slow and steady does it in the first quarter
The first quarter of 2019 may not have broken records, but it puts the year on track for a solid performance after the historic successes of the previous 12 months.
CIC collates $196m in new capital
The fresh capital, anchored by University of Cambridge and its Endowment Fund, will enable patient capital-orientated vehicle Cambridge Innovation Capital to make new bets and sustain investments in its existing portfolio.
ANL research sustains $180m energy fund
Research from Argonne National Laboratory will support the advancement of emerging battery technology backed by Volta Energy Technologies, which is funded by corporates Equinor, Exelon, Albemarle and Hanon Systems.
Harvard harvests $150m for buyout fund
The university has reportedly backed an oversubscribed $1.5bn buyout vehicle launched by Arcline aiming to take over eight-to-10 mid-market companies.
Toronto to dedicate $1.9m to True Blue Fund
The vehicle has a target size of $3.7m to be fulfilled by donations from philanthropists, with the aim of providing support to early-stage university businesses and research.
Delaware-backed program launches First Fund
University of Delaware-backed science incubator Delaware Innovation Space has started a VC vehicle called First Fund offering startups up to $75,000 in convertible notes.
House Fund welcomes Infosys
Infosys will contribute $10m to the second House Fund, which is targeting a $50m close to back UC Berkeley-linked businesses with a focus on AI.

Other News

Forward Capital marches towards spinouts
The industry-focused VC vehicle is targeting $10m to make seed investments in companies including spinouts across technologies including robotics, internet-of-things and electronics.
Harvard opens Lab1636 with $100m
Harvard has partnered Deerfield to launch commercialisation firm Lab1636 with $100m in funding in order to advance life science projects towards the clinic and establish spinouts.
Osage University Partners closes $273m fund
OUP has closed an oversubscribed third fund that it expects will invest in 40 to 50 spinouts, primarily originating from 19 core partner institutions.
Pallares redeems role at NMSU-backed fund
Pallares, a member of NMSU’s IP advisory committee, has become fund manager of the $1.9m Arrowhead Innovation Fund, which backs New Mexico-based startups.
Fitz Gate to contain $30m
Fitz Gate Ventures has started raising the successor to its initial $10m fund mainly focused on spinouts and startups linked to Princeton University.
Contrary Capital to settle for $35m
Contrary Capital is seeding a second vehicle to back spinouts and university-linked startups through venture partners based at faculties across the US.

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Big deal: OSI grows to $730m
University venturing fund Oxford Sciences Innovation has added an additional $290m to its assets as spinout Oxford Nanopore attracts another $126m in funding.
Big deal: MIT revs $150m Engine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled an incubator that will provide funding, space and expertise to boost commercialisation activities on and off-campus.
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