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Fundraising

UTokyoIPC strikes up $26.1m fund
UTokyoIPC-aligned venture unit AOI I secured SMBC and Mitsubishi UFJ for an initial close intended to aid the generation of quality spinouts.
U-M taps Deerfield for Great Lakes Discoveries
University of Michigan has become the latest academic institution to strike a $130m fund partnership with Deerfield Management.
University of Haifa sparks student-run venture fund
Fresh.Fund has joined forces with University of Haifa to launch a student-run university seed fund, following up its prior collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Atria University seeks students for VC fund contest
India-based challenger university Atria University has launched a VC fund contest for aspiring students aged from 16 to 18.
Shift hits play on $70m fund
The fund is expected to close by year end with LPs including Wageningen University, TU Delft, University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology.
Fitz Gate seals second Princeton-focused fund
Princeton University-aligned Fitz Gate Ventures has backed a total of 15 companies since 2015 and has secured one exit to date.
Kurma sets the stage for $175m fund
Life sciences-focused venture firm Kurma Partners has secured Pasteur Institute for a third fund dedicated to early and incubation-stage therapeutics companies.
Michigan State to administer $3m pre-seed fund
MSU Foundation will manage the sector-agnostic vehicle, which will invest $100,000 to $250,000 in pre-seed rounds for Michigan-based businesses.

Other News

Qiming collects Princeton for $1.1bn fund
Princeton University is a long-standing partner of Qiming Venture Partners, having invested in the latter's inaugural fund back in 2006.
Deerfield closes $840m fund
Deerfield's second Healthcare Innovations Fund is one and a half times larger than its predecessor and will align with more than 15 university ecosystems.
University of Helsinki unveils seed fund
University of Helsinki will invest $10,800 to $54,000 in its student-founded businesses through the newly-launched Helseed initiative.
Emerge enrols new fund
Academic investors University of Cambridge, Jisc, Nesta and Grupo Tiradentes have all signed up to Emerge Education's edtech venture fund.
Congruent lines up $125m fund
Congruent Ventures is raising a second fund two years after a first $92m vehicle closed with an anchor investment from University of California.
Vermont sticks up $7m for venture fund
The university's endowment has backed Ecosystem Integrity Fund's fourth sustainability-oriented vehicle, slated to raise $200m at close.

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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