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Fundraising

Ginkgo brews up $350m Ferment Consortium
The fund will provide capital for MIT-founded Gingko's own spinouts and has attracted LPs including Viking Global Investors, General Atlantic and Cascade Investment.
Texas A&M concurs with Notion’s $150m fund
Notion Capital Venture Capital IV has added Texas A&M University to its limited partners as it seeks a $150m final close.
Huawei arrives at OSI
Huawei has been revealed as an LP in Oxford Sciences Innovation, having made its investment late last year before the university decided to block the corporate from philanthropic donations.
Warf joins $75m Venture Investors Health Fund
University of Wisconsin-Madison has become a limited partner in a $75m healthcare fund launched by Venture Investors.
MIT spinouts to head down Infinite Corridor
MIT-founded companies will benefit from access to a new venture fund from venture capital firm Good Growth Capital.
Woodford unloads IP Group stake
Woodford’s stake in IP Group is being sold at a 13% discount on market trading as its suspended Equity Income fund sharply pivots to FTSE 100 investments.
ICL launches $124,000 student-run fund
ICL has launched a student-run equity investment fund divided into market-neutral equities and a quantitatively-managed portfolio.
Eureka! Venture dazzles with $55m fund
ItaTech has committed an initial $33m to the fund, which will invest in spinouts emerging out of 19 partner universities and research institutes across Italy.

Other News

South Africa’s SME drive targets university tech fund
A new $10.4m vehicle targeting South Africa's university ecosystem is due to be approved on September 28.
Visegrad Fund takes innovation path
The Visegrad Fund has been pumping money into driving innovation and entrepreneurship across Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
UC embarks on Mission Bay’s third adventure
University of California-aligned Mission Bay Capital's third fund attracted UC Investments, Eli Lilly, Astellas Pharma and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as limited partners.
Woodford braces for BenevolentAI valuation cut
Woodford Investment Management is reportedly poised for another beating as its portfolio company BenevolentAI seeks funding from Temasek at half of its previous $2bn valuation.
Max Planck applies to $66.4m fund
Max Planck Foundation joined the EIF and AWS as a limited partner in university-focused drug discovery fund Khan Technology Transfer Fund I.
TIAP and Amgen join forces
TIAP, previously Mars Innovation, has lured drug firm Amgen to co-invest in portfolio businesses based on its members' health sciences research.

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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