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Fundraising

UChicago helps shape $160m Pear fund
Pear's third seed fund stands at more than twice the size of its precursor, having secured the continued backing of University of Chicago.
Epidarex dials up drug discovery scheme
Epidarex Capital has launched a new drug discovery initiative providing seed funding and hands-on support to nurture fledgling projects.
Yeshiva graduates inject $10m into fund
Mac Ventures will receive support from Yeshiva University business school students, making early-stage investments in a number of tech-oriented sectors.
Mercia absorbs NVM trusts
NVM Private Equity has sold its three northeast England-focused venture capital trusts to Mercia Asset Management.
Vanderbilt opens vault for $40m fund
Vanderbilt University joined fellow LPs including Consumer Technology Association in an oversubscribed close for the diversity-focused Harlem Partners Venture Fund I.
CIC's local impact hits $1.3bn
Cambridge Innovation Capital has hauled in $1.3bn for the local ecosystem since 2013 as the fund marks a $52.2m portfolio gain for its latest six-month reporting period.
USF sketches out seed fund
USF and Florida Funders have tapped angel investment for a seed fund set to nurture research from Florida's public universities and the wider state ecosystem.
Northern Accelerator sets out seed trajectory
The commercialisation partnership has launched a $2.2m seed fund for its spinouts ahead of a larger vehicle that will target $125m to bolster the regional ecosystem.

Other News

Kairos fires up $250m fund
Kairos Ventures, a venture capital firm with ties to multiple academic institutions, hopes to raise $250m for its third main fund.
CAS moots investment in US-China Green Fund
A second US-China Green Fund equipped with $350m to $400m is expected to launch later this year with the backing of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
HUJ joins forces with Universal Materials Incubator
UMI has become a LP in Yissum's $7m Racah Nano Venture Fund as part of an alliance aimed at bringing advanced materials and nanotechnology applications to the Japan.
CL Educate clears university startup funding
The education services provider is set to invest $4.2m in university-based startups in support of open innovation platform Wain Connect.
Vives finds $27.7m for Inter-University Fund
UCLouvain's Vives hopes to raise $55.4m altogether for a new VC fund targeting its spinouts and those of regional academic partners.
WPCT violates debt limit
A write-down on WPCT's largest asset Industrial Heat has left the trust in breach of its own borrowing limit, sending shares spiraling 7.6% during Monday's trading.

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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