IP Group has established Kiko Ventures to build out its existing $215m cleantech portfolio and will invest $245m over the next five years.
Just one week after investing in University of Melbourne’s Genesis Pre-Seed Fund, Breakthrough Victoria has unveiled plans to create funds with more local universities.
Ascenion and Goethe University Frankfurt are among the initiators of Carma Fund I, which will help start up and fund early life science projects.
Tin Alley Ventures and Genesis Pre-Seed Fund will have a total of nearly $81m at their disposal to invest in University of Melbourne’s innovations.
The research institute has been joined by limited partners ranging from Philips to Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij, with a minimum target size set at $107m.
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology has partnered Lifetime Ventures to raise a deep tech-focused fund with a target size of $40m.
The investment company set up by the universities of Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds has achieved a first close of $268m.
Berkeley Frontier Fund will provide growth-stage funding to companies emerging out of the University of California campus, and has already made four investments.
Osage University Partners is looking to secure $350m for its fourth fund.
Hostplus has invested an additional $56m in the IP Group Hostplus Innovation Fund, having previously committed $99m.
Ted Yamamoto has been named general partner of Waseda University Ventures, having already served as adviser to Waseda’s Office of the President since last summer.
VIB-backed venture capital firm V-Bio Ventures has reached the final close of its second fund and hired Shelley Margetson as managing partner.
Big Idea Ventures has added another five university partners to its Generation Food Rural Partners fund, ranging from Cornell to Washington State.
University of California, Berkeley’s accelerator has picked up $60m for its second fund, less than two months after the programme launched a European presence in Italy.
Mizuho Leasing told GCV its newly formed Future Creation Fund has a horizon of 10 years and will invest in seed and early-stage startups based in Japan.
The identity security technology company unveiled a new CVC unit and has already made its first three investments.
Inx Venture Capital will be jointly managed by Touchdown Ventures and is set to support entrepreneurs working on ink and coating-related technologies.
Massachusetts Mutual Life's venture capital arm has formed a fourth fund, which will concentrate on European and Asia-Pacific investments.