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Fundraising

UK fires up $193m quantum program
Spinouts are in line to receive a share of the government funding to advance quantum applications spanning computing, imaging, sensors and communications.
Woodford abandons IP Group and Allied Minds
Woodford Investment Management has reportedly disposed of its stakes in IP Group and Allied Minds, as its scramble to meet regulatory thresholds and redemption demands from investors in its Equity Income fund gathers pace.
Third Rock counts $770m for fifth fund
Third Rock’s fifth vehicle will bid to form and invest in more promising biotech ventures to follow the likes of multiple spinouts, such as Johns Hopkins' Thrive Earlier Detection.
Columbia reaches Hudson Heights with $130m
Deerfield Management and Columbia University have launched a $130m commercialisation fund, Hudson Heights Innovation, to support the university's early-stage biomedical research.
HTGF bags one more investor
Fond Of’s co-founders have put $3.5m into High-Tech Gründerfonds’ third fund, bringing its total to $375m and adding to commitments from limited partners including Fraunhofer Society.
Woodford dumps OSI stake
Fund manager Neil Woodford has sold his entire stake in Oxford Sciences Innovation, worth close to $70m, as his funds have come under increasing pressure.
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.
Wyoming awakens WyoVentures
WyoVentures will allow University of Wyoming to manage VC funds while also acting as a conduit to startups from the local ecosystem.

Other News

PSL Innovation Fund reaches $72.3m
The intermediary close of PSL's deep tech-oriented fund comes after additional contributions from the EIF, Bpifrance and Vilmorin & Cie.
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.
MIT Solve sets sights on $30m fund
MIT-run social enterprise incubator MIT Solve is to gain an impact investment fund with a $30m target size to back participants in its annual Global Challenges innovation contest.
Stanford-StartX Fund court saga rumbles on
The university faces accusations it used Stanford-StartX Fund to illegally pursue a profit-led investment strategy while using its own funds and personnel to protect the applicability of its tax exemptions as a nonprofit institution.
Motus Ventures to spark $30m innovation fund
Motus, which backs spinouts from a range of universities and research institutes, has secured cash from unnamed investors for its Smart World Innovation Fund.

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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