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Fundraising

Alsa secures $59m for biotech venture fund
Alsa Ventures is targeting a $150m final close for its inaugural biotherapeutics fund, which has already backed university-linked companies.
Pureos Bioventures closes $170m fund
Pureos Bioventures has backed five spinouts so far from its inaugural biotech-focused fund, which has reached its final close.
Kindred relates to LPs for $104m fund
University of Chicago is among the limited partners for Kindred Capital’s second fund, which will invest in early-stage European startups.
Shift gears up with $82.5m fund
The Dutch multi-university venture fund had targeted $70m for its latest fund but ended up attracting $82.5m from investors including Protix and Corbion.
Winnow Fund wins over limited partners
The fund will back student-founded startups in Wisconsin under the management of a former member of UW-Madison's Office of Industrial Partnerships.
Queen Mary sparks social venture fund
Queen Mary University of London has formed a venture capital fund to invest in social enterprises formed by students and graduates from diverse communities.
Galileo brings unis to $7.3m fund
The accelerator has launched a seed fund helmed by the former program manager of a University of Sydney-run innovation program.
Xfund excels with $120m fund
The Harvard-aligned firm surpassed its $100m target in a signal it has moved beyond the management rift that almost derailed its precursor.

Other News

WMU faculty get behind $50m buyout fund
Sleeping Giant Capital is raising a buyout fund to retain local ownership of businesses and have them managed by Haworth College of Business alumni.
UGA commits $10m to Innovation Gateway
UGA's Innovation Gateway will have an additional $10m to play with as the university looks to double down on a strong tech transfer performance in recent times.
Northern Accelerator discovers $2.2m seed fund
The UK regional tech transfer alliance's Seed Investment Fund expects to close its first investments in coming months, targeting sectors including healthcare and data.
Universities hook up $110m crypto-focused fund
Unnamed endowments have joined a digital asset-focused fund closed by Electric Capital to bet big on distributed financing models.
UCL tees up second Technology Fund
UCL Technology Fund 2 has achieved a first close on the way to its $131m target, with a cornerstone investment from UCL itself.
Eureka proclaims fund's first close
Italian tech transfer fund Eureka has attracted an initial $44.9m from LPs including ItaTech as well as Umbra and Saes to invest in spinouts from domestic institutions.

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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