12 September 2016 – Automotive Deals, UK Funds and more funding for Didi Chuxing plus more

Deals

Best Logistics has closed a massive $760m funding round that shows how big China’s logistics sector is growing in the wake of the country’s e-commerce success.

SoFi received $1bn from backers including Renren and SoftBank at a $4bn valuation in October, followed that up with another $150m from Renren the following month, and is now reportedly lining up a $500m round, though the prospective investors are yet to be revealed.

Moderna Therapeutics closed a huge $450m round at the start of last year that valued it at $3bn, and now the RNA therapeutics developer has revealed $474m in new equity financing which, a regulatory filing indicates, includes the $140m invested by AstraZeneca last month.

Online car marketplace Cheyipai has raised $185m in funding from investors including Renren and Tencent, but is now changing tack by switching from a business-to-consumer model to one that serves other businesses. That pivot may be part funded by car manufacturer BAIC, which is reportedly in talks to lead a $45m round.

Chinese automotive marketplace RenRenChe is less than three years old, but has secured $150m in a round backed by new and existing VC investors.

Didi Chuxing has had quite a year and it continues to go from strength to strength, closing $120m in funding from manufacturing services provider Foxconn at a $33.7bn valuation.

Novartis Venture Fund has co-led a $40m series E round for Rox Medical, the developer of a device that will treat hypertension in older patients.

Rigontec, a biopharmaceutical spinout of Bonn University, today achieved a third and final close of its series A round at $32.3m with public-private partnership High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) making another commitment.

Red Dot Capital Partners, a $150m vehicle wholly funded by Singaporean government-owned investment firm Temasek, led a $38m investment yesterday in Israel-based wireless technology developer Celeno Communications.

Funds

Russian conglomerate Sistema has already launched two VC vehicles this year – the $50m India-focused Sistema Asia Fund and a $100m fund with Tsinghua University – and it’s followed those up with a private equity fund partnership with Russian state-owned tech commercialisation company Rusnano.

Neil Woodford, a UK-based fund manager and founding partner of Woodford Investment Management, is reportedly in talks with the UK government to set up a £250m ($330m) VC fund, Portfolio Adviser reported.

Imperial College London has become a limited partner in a £40m ($53.7m) fund launched by incubator Entrepreneur First yesterday, according to TechCrunch.

Exits

Intel has acquired vision processing chip producer Movidius in a transaction that provided exits to corporates Robert Bosch and Sunny Optical.

IDG Ventures India can also celebrate an exit, or at least a partial exit from eyewear supplier Lenskart, selling $20m in shares to investment firm PremjiInvest in a deal that also involved PremjiInvest investing a further $10m in Lenskart directly.

Allergan has acquired the Wayne State University spinout, backed by Santen Pharmaceutical and Nerveda, for an upfront payment of $60m.

People

Oxford University’s commercialisation arm has appointed Matt Perkins as its new chief executive, replacing Tom Hockaday who stepped down earlier this year.

Ozan Sönmez has been appointed managing director of T-Jump Startup Hub, the US-based incubator of Middle East Technical University’s tech transfer office ODTÜ Teknokent.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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16 May 2016 – Naspers, Kuang-Chi, HP, Malaysian Islamic fund, Hyperloop, VenBio and more

Funds

Global Corporate Venturing

Naspers is looking to put down roots in Silicon Valley via a newly formed investment subsidiary called Naspers Ventures.

Kuang-Chi makes Israeli pilgrimage for $300m fund.

HP has also established a corporate venturing arm, launching HP Ventures to invest in immersive computing, mobility, internet of things, artificial intelligence, smart machine and 3D technology.

IDG Ventures India raised $100m for each of its first two funds, but has targeted $200m for its third, with a view to making more late-stage investments as its portfolio companies grow. It now appears to be three-quarters of the way there, having reportedly raised $150m.

VenBio puts together $315m life sciences fund.

Taiho launches $50m CVC arm.

PSA unpacks $15m investment unit.

Cherry Ventures has just closed its second fund at $170m.

Global Government Venturing

Malaysia to launch $100m Islamic Venture Capital Fund.

Deals

Global Corporate Venturing

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia, has meanwhile agreed up to $100m in funding for analytics firm Fractal Analytics.

In this week’s Big Deal, we look at how the deal compares to CVC efforts by other carmakers and ask whether automotive companies in general will increasingly focus their corporate venturing on connected car technology in future.

Huoli Tianhui, the operator of a flight and train ticket booking service, raised $143m in a round co-led by a subsidiary of travel-focused conglomerate HNA Group.

Hyperloop, the developer of a futuristic, vacuum-based mode of transport, has raised $80m in series B funding from investors including GE and railway operator SNCF.

Insurance firms Starr Companies and Ping An have contributed to a $70m round for Gushengtang, a six-year old company that specialises in traditional Chinese medicine.

Kingsoft Cloud, the cloud computing spinout of cybersecurity company Kingsoft, has added $50m to the $60m series C round it closed in February.

Global Government Venturing

Arpa-E expands Onboard Dynamics funding.

Exits

Global Corporate Venturing

Gene editing technology developer Intellia Therapeutics raised $108m when it went public late last week, floating at the top of its range.

Medical diagnostics technology developer NantHealth, part of Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks ecosystem, has filed for an IPO initially sized at $92m after reportedly raising more than $700m from backers also including Allscripts, Celgene and Blackberry.

Bankrupt Jumio identifies Centana as buyer.

People

Global Corporate Venturing

Swisscom calls up Schlaepfer for investment director role.

Global University Venturing

CeCe Cheng moves in with Andela.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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04 April 2016 – LeSports, Yiguo, Betterment, Jucero, Emulate, M-Files, IDG Ventures India, IBM Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital, Imperial Innovations, Oakland University and more

Deals

In the corporate venturing world, the biggest deal happened in China, where sports media company LeSports closed a massive $1.2bn round backed by HNA Group.

Another seemingly big round was closed by online grocer Yiguo, which didn’t reveal an amount but boasted that it’s larger than its competitor Womai’s $220m series C round in October last year.

Robo-advisor Betterment meanwhile attracted $100m in series E funding, more than doubling its total capital to $205m.

Juicero, an organic juice company backed by conglomerate Alphabet and food producer Campbell’s Soup, has boosted its total funding to $100m after attracting $70m for its series B round.

Biotech Emulate, which is working on organs-on-chips technology, secured the week’s most cash with a $28m series B round.

Finland-based document management company M-Files meanwhile raised $36m in its series B, which was backed by government-owned investment firm Finnish Industry Investment.

Exits

IDG Ventures India was less interested in investing and is instead considering selling its remaining stake in e-commerce Flipkart. IDG Ventures never actually invested in Flipkart, but gained shares when Flipkart bought its portfolio company Myntra, a fashion e-commerce business, for some $300m in 2014.

Funds

Infuse Ventures is seeking $150m for a new fund dubbed Bharat. Infuse’s backers include oil company BO, oleochemicals manufacturer Godrej Industries and World Bank subsidiary International Finance Corporation.

Germany announced two new funds totalling more than $810m. The two funds have been launched by Germany’s federal ministry for economic affairs and energy, the European Investment Fund and development bank KfW. The cash is split across a $252m Coparion Fund and a $560m ERP/EIF Growth Facility.

Japan has announced its intention to invest more than $1bn through four university venture funds. Tokyo University is set to receive the largest chunk with $450m and plans to use most of the money for a fund of funds.

People

IBM has announced that George Ugras will replace Claudia Fan Munce as managing director of IBM Ventures.

Mike Majors is leaving Siemens Venture Capital, where he co-founded a $100m Industry of the Future Fund, to become managing partner at venture firm Data Point Capital.

Martin Knight stepping down from his position as executive chairman of Imperial Innovations.

Oakland University appointed Michael Long as its new tech transfer mentor-in-residence for IP development and commercialisation.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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