20 June 2022 – WiL gets $1bn capital injection

A weekly run down of the biggest stories in Corporate Venture Capital.


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Interview: Intuitive Ventures

Interview with Oliver Keown, Jotthe Kannappan and Vivian De Ruijter of Intuitive Venture.


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13 June 2022 – Severstal to cease its corporate venturing operations

A weekly run down of the biggest stories in Corporate Venture Capital.


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Interview: Alex Manson, SC Ventures

An interview with Alex Manson from SC Ventures.


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23 May – FTX, Animoca Brands back 6th Man Ventures’ second fund

This week we bring you the biggest news in the corporate venturing world.


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Interview: Amy Burr JetBlue Technology Ventures

An interview with Amy Burr from JetBlue Technology Ventures.


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16 May – SoftBank chips into Bucketplace’s $182m round

SoftBank chips into Bucketplace’s $182m round

SoftBank Ventures Asia has taken part in a $182m round for South Korea-based interior design platform operator Bucketplace.

Carbon Clean captures $150m in series C

Carbon Clean, a UK-based carbon capture technology developer, raised $150m in series C funding led by Chevron Technology Ventures.

Lev lifts up $170m series B round

Lev, a New York-based online commercial real estate financing platform, secured $170m in debt and series B equity funding from investors including real estate manager JLL and financial services firms Capital One and Citi.

Big banks invest in crypto platform Talos

Talos, a New York-based crypto asset trading platform, received $105m in series B funding from investors including financial services firms Citi, Wells Fargo, Fidelity and Siam Commercial Bank, as well as trading firm DRW and payment processor PayPal.

Observe sees $70m in series A-2 round

Observe, a California-based performance management observability platform, raised $70m in a series A-2 round that featured Capital One Ventures.

Amazon challenger Byrd delivers $56m series C

Byrd, a Vienna-based e-commerce logistics company, hauled in $56m in series C funding from investors including financial services company Raiffeisen Bank International.

Paymob receives $50m contactless payment

Payment processor PayPal co-led a $50m series B round for Egypt-based digital payment services provider Paymob.

Privyr pinpoints $6m series A round

MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia (MMV SEA), a corporate venturing vehicle for insurance firm Massachusetts Mutual Life, has led a $6m series A round for Singapore-based customer relationship management platform Privyr.

Energie 360° goes in for EV tech startups

Gas and energy company Energie 360° has invested in electric vehicle technology companies ChargeX and Ubiq through its Smart Energy Innovation Fund.

TotalEnergies winding down CVC to focus on accelerator

France-based oil and gas producer TotalEnergies is winding down its CVC unit and opting to focus on its accelerator, with unit chief Francois Badoual telling GCV that the organisation was “changing gears”.

Inx International Ink launches $50m fund

US-based printing ink and coating manufacturer Inx International Ink formed a $50m corporate venture capital vehicle.

L’Oréal believes China is worth it

France-based cosmetics producer L’Oréal has formed an investment company in Shanghai.


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09 May – Shopify to buy Deliverr in $2.1bn deal

Shopify to buy Deliverr in $2.1bn deal

E-commerce platform Shopify has agreed to acquire San Francisco-based logistics services provider Deliverr for $2.1bn in cash and stocK.

Coinbase’s takeover talks with 2TM break down

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s takeover talks with Brazil-based crypto brokerage 2TM, which would have boosted Coinbase’s international expansion, have reportedly broken down.

Zepto receives $200m series D delivery

Zepto, the Indian 10-minute grocery delivery service, has raised $200m in series D funding from investors including healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente.

Porsche leads Group14’s $400m series C

Carmaker Porsche led a $400m series C round for Group14, a US-based developer of a silicon-carbon system for use in lithium-silicon batteries.

GBT reaches unicorn status with $150m series A

Greater Bay Technology (GBT), a China-based fast-charging battery technology developer incubated by automotive manufacturer GAC Group, has closed a $150m series A round.

Veza eases out of stealth

US-headquartered data security software provider Veza has publicly launched with over $110m in funding from investors including internet and technology group Alphabet.

Spotawheel drives to $105m round

Spotawheel, a Greek used car trading platform, is gearing up for expansion with a $105m funding round backed by classifieds portal operator Adevinta and insurer Uniqa.

OMass Therapeutics binds to $100m series B

OMass Therapeutics, a UK-based small molecule drug developer, raised $100m in a series B round co-led by Alphabet and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi.

Nasdaq backs Amberdata‘s $30m series B

Stock exchange operator Nasdaq, Chicago Trading Company and a number of banks backed the $30m series B round for digital asset data provider Amberdata.

HilleVax racks up $200m in its IPO

US-headquartered vaccine developer HilleVax floated on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in a $200m initial public offering enabling pharmaceutical firm Takeda to exit.

Home Depot builds $150m CVC arm

US-listed hardware retailer Home Depot has formed a $150m corporate venture capital arm to identify and support customer experience and home improvement startups.

Corporates help AFH2 reach initial close

Pharmaceutical firms Asahi Intecc, Eisai Corporation and Ohara Pharmaceutical Industries all committed to Africa Innovation & Healthcare Fund (AFH2).


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25 April 2022 – Deezer agrees $1.1bn reverse merger

Deezer agrees $1.1bn reverse merger 

Deezer, the France-headquartered online audio streaming service backed by multiple corporates agreed to go public through a $1.13bn reverse takeover.

Amazon produces $1bn industrial technology fund 

US-headquartered e-commerce and cloud services group Amazon announced a $1bn investment vehicle that will back customer fulfilment, logistics and supply chain technology developers.

Stripe commits to carbon removal 

US-based payment technology provider Stripe has committed financing to cleantech-focused venture capital fund Lowercarbon, which raised $350m.

Panasonic puts $200m more into Conductive Ventures 

Japan-headquartered consumer electronics manufacturer Panasonic provided $200m in capital for US-based venture capital partner Conductive Ventures’ third fund.

Chipotle serves up $50m venture fund 

Fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill launched a $50m corporate venture capital vehicle.

Upside Foods feeds on $400m 

US-based cultivated meat producer Upside Foods completed a $400m series C round backed by multiple corporates at a valuation of over $1bn.

Tessera Therapeutics edits in $300m series C 

US-based genomic drug developer Tessera Therapeutics secured over $300m in series C funding from investors including SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 .

Convoy carries through $260m 

US-based trucking services marketplace Convoy secured $260m in debt and series E equity financing  from investors including internet and technology group Alphabet’s growth equity arm, CapitalG.

Rapido zips to $180m series D 

India-based on-demand ride provider Rapido has received $180m in a series D round led by food delivery service Swiggy at a valuation of $800m.

Foodics fulfils $170m series C order 

Internet group Prosus co-led a $170m series C round for Foodics, the Saudi Arabia-based creator of a restaurant management and payment software platform.

Oyster onboards $150m in series C funding 

US-based human resources software provider Oyster received $150m in series C funding from investors including corporates Salesforce, Okta, Slack, PayPal and Indeed.com at a valuation of over $1bn.


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