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Fundraising

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.
Frontier IP taps fresh funds
Frontier IP attracted $2.9m in a placement that will support its portfolio in responding to coronavirus-related challenges or opportunities.
Woodford joins Juno Capital
Neil Woodford has reportedly joined former WIM chief executive Craig Newman at Juno Capital to form a portfolio of unquoted healthcare stocks.
Eir Ventures locks in $86m for academia-focused fund
Eir’s first fund will partner Nordics-based universities to invest in their spinouts, while also making selected deals in the rest of Europe and the US.
Engineering Capital devises $60m fund
An unnamed endowment is among the LPs in Engineering Capital's third fund, which is aligned to the innovation pipelines at Stanford, Michigan and Toronto.
Rethink Impact conceives $182m second fund
The female entrepreneur-focused social impact firm, which mainly invests at series A and B stage, secured university endowments as LPs for its second fund.
CU seals $50m Healthcare Innovation Fund
The fund will target early-stage digital health applications, medical devices and therapeutics developed on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Amazon journeys to Accelerate Blue
The corporate has donated $200,000 to bring University of Michigan philanthropic seed fund Accelerate Blue halfway toward its $2m initial target.

Other News

Material Impact smashes second fundraising effort
Endowments for Harvard and Princeton have participated in Material Impact’s second fund, which closed at $200m after being oversubscribed.
Epidarex closes $127m fund
The universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen have all contributed to Epidarex’s latest fund, which will invest in life sciences spinouts.
BioCurate inks Uniseed pact
Uniseed has entered a co-investment pact with BioCurate, a drug discovery fund for early-stage University of Melbourne and Monash University research.
UCalgary raises $7.4m fund
UCeed will target four to eight healthcare projects with a focus on child medicine, investing up to $220,000 per transaction.
France transfers another $73.7m to Satt
Four regional tech transfer offices in France's Satt network have been awarded additional government funding.
Theodorus cultivates additional capital
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has become the second Canadian limited partner to join Theodorus’ fourth fund, which now stands at $47.3m.

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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