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Fundraising

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.
Polytechnique performs fundraising
The fund will invest in companies linked to École Polytechnique, including spinouts, alumni-founded startups or businesses incubated by the school.
Artpark designs $100m fund
The non-profit was founded last year to work with universities and research labs commercialising technologies around social impact.
Houghton Street builds LSE-focused fund
Staff, students and alumni at London School of Economics are set to benefit from Houghton Street Ventures, which will back seed and series A rounds.
The Engine gains another $20m
The venture firm’s second fund has secured a $20m commitment from the International Finance Corporation, bringing the vehicle to $250m.
OUI-led university consortium launches impact fund
Impact 12 will deploy equity and debt to finance the development of university social ventures able to deliver a beneficial social or environmental impact.

Other News

Flagship charges ahead with $3.37bn
Flagship Pioneering has re-opened its Fund VII to raise an additional $2.23bn that brought the vehicle’s total capital to $3.37bn.
IBioIC looks to drive spinout generation
The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre will invest in research projects at Scottish universities to support the creation of more spinouts.
Apollo assembles investors for $145m
UCL Technology Fund has participated in a $145m round that will allow Apollo Therapeutics to advance assets into the clinic and open a US office.
DTL unveils first cohort
Deeptech Labs, an incubator backed by Cambridge Innovation Capital, has announced its inaugural cohort of five startups that have each received $485,000.
Rev1 raises another OSU-backed fund
Ohio State University has again thrown its weight behind Rev1 Ventures, whose latest fund also attracted University of Dayton and multiple corporates.
IP Group creates $235m China fund
IP Group has set up a joint venture with China Everbright that will invest in Chinese subsidiaries of the commercialisation firm’s portfolio through a $235m-target fund.

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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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