In this week’s episode of the Global Venturing Review Leadership Series, James Mawson talks to Mark Sherman of Telstra Ventures.
Telstra Ventures has had some big exits in the past four years including IPOs for Snap, DocuSign and Box, but the unit is now electing to reshape itself by forming a partnership with private equity firm HarbourVest that will create a $500m investment vehicle.
Malaysia-based conglomerate Sunway is raising $50m for a venture capital vehicle called Sun Sea Capital that will invest in early-stage Southeast Asian tech companies.
Tokyo Electric powers up new unit
Université PSL assembles deep tech fund
Altana adds funding to Landa Digital Printing
American Well last received funding in January this year when Allianz invested $59m in connection with a strategic partnership, but the telehealth platform developer has now raised a further $291m of a planned $315m funding round according to a securities filing.
I-Mab Biopharma was formed in March last year from the merger of immunotherapy developers Third Venture Biotech and Tasgen Bio as well as $150m in series B funding from corporate Tasly Pharmaceuticals and C-Bridge Capital.
Trax has developed a computer vision-based platform that uses photos taken by mobile devices to assess retail displays, and the Singapore-based company has secured $125m in funding from investors including DC Thomson.
Small business-focused lending platform Furongbao last raised funding in a 2015 series A round featuring SoftBank’s SBCVC unit, but it’s now added to that with a reported $120m in series B funding that was provided by a single undisclosed investor.
Aikucun, the operator of a service that enables fashion brands to sell excess inventory to online merchants, has raised $87.5m in a Legend Capital-led series B round that included Xiamen C&D Corp and Eastern Bell Venture Capital.
Airwallex accesses corporates for $80m
Corporates get in Bind for $70m round
BitSight builds $60m series D
BrightFarms reaps $55m in series D cash
Haifeng hits up TAL Education for cash
Comcast goes Away again in $50m round
One of several up-and-coming insurance providers, Bought By Many started life as a platform that enabled those wanting specialist insurance options to band together for discounted rates from providers. Now however, it’s moving into offering that cover itself, and has raised $19.8m in a CommerzVentures-led series B round that included Marsh and Munich Re.
XL Innovate goes Windward in series C round
Cerebri celebrates $5m series A
Manus Bio makes series A breakthrough
Xcelerator embraces first cohort
Uber has already merged its businesses in China, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe with local operators, and next on the block could be its Middle Eastern operations. The company has opened talks with Careem, the MENA-based operator that is backed by a host of corporates and which is currently raising cash at a $1.5bn valuation, but reportedly favours an outcome in which it will take a majority stake in any merged company.
BP fuels BMW exit with Chargemaster acquisition
Cloud-based business management software provider Domo has gone public in a $193m IPO that allowed WPP and Salesforce to exit.
Forty Seven fetches $112m in IPO
Neuronetics, the developer of a device that uses magnetic stimulation to treat psychiatric disorders, has closed its initial public offering at $107m after the IPO’s underwriters exercised the over-allotment option.
Hong Kong may be surging but the US is still proving to be the destination of choice for many Chinese tech companies looking to go public.The latest is group buying platform Pinduoduo, which has filed for a $1bn initial public offering that would allow Tencent to exit.
Liquidia Technologies is among the life sciences companies aiming for the public markets. Liquidia, which is developing therapeutics based on its particle engineering platform, has filed to raise up to $57.5m in its IPO.
IndiaMart formed its business-to-business e-commerce marketplace back in 1996 and received its first corporate investment in 2007, and now it’s finally looking to go public.
Hujiang to graduate to public markets