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Industry Ventures has successfully raised over $1.7 billion in two new funds aimed at assisting venture capital investors in achieving liquidity. The first fund, Industry Ventures Secondary X, has attracted over $1.45 billion in new commitments. The second, Industry Ventures Tech Buyout II, secured over $260 million in new capital commitments.
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Venture Capital: Sierra Space Closer To Realizing Its Dream Chaser Spaceplane Ambitions With $300M Raise
Sierra Space, a subsidiary of private aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation, is in the final stages of securing a funding round of nearly $300 million, which values the company at approximately $5 billion. Japanese investors, including MUFG, Kanematsu, and Tokio Marine, are leading this equity round, along with substantial participation from existing investors.
NATO, with the backing of a €1 billion venture capital fund, is set to bolster the technological prowess of defense startups, aiming to enhance the military capabilities of the US-led alliance and counter competition from China. Launched last year, this innovation initiative addresses the funding gap faced by tech companies involved in military-related technologies. It comes at a time when concerns loom about Western startups lacking the financial support enjoyed by their Chinese counterparts.
Dawn Capital, a leading European investor in business software companies, has defied the current venture capital slump by successfully raising $700 million across two new funds. This achievement stands out because venture capital investment in tech startups has declined in recent times.
Venture investment firm GGV Capital is undergoing a restructuring into two independent entities, one focusing on Asia and the other on the US, a move similar to Sequoia Capital’s recent three-way split. This realignment of the firm’s business aims to address the challenges posed by mounting geopolitical tensions between the US and China.
HSBC (LON: HSBA) has made a significant commitment in the fight against climate change by pledging to provide $1 billion in financing to early-stage climate tech startups worldwide. This initiative aims to accelerate the development of innovative solutions in areas such as electric vehicle charging, battery storage, sustainable agriculture, and carbon removal technologies.
Venture Capital: Trailhead Capital Concludes Its First $50 Million Fund Focused On Companies In The Regenerative Food And Agriculture Sector
Trailhead Capital, a mission-driven venture capital firm based in Boulder, Colorado, has successfully closed its inaugural fund, the Trailhead Capital Regeneration Fund I, with commitments totaling approximately $50 million. This achievement highlights the strong investor confidence in Trailhead’s team and its focus on expanding regenerative agriculture practices and products through tech-enabled solutions.
Venture Capital: Indonesian Sustainable Farming Startup Koltiva Raises Seven-Figure Series A Funding Round
Koltiva, an Indonesia-based sustainable farming and supply chain traceability startup, has successfully secured a significant series A funding round, led by the reputable AC Ventures. This funding round also saw participation from Silverstrand Capital, Planet Rise, Development Finance Asia, Blue 7, and existing investor The Meloy Fund. Koltiva’s unique approach blends online and offline solutions to assist multinational companies and their suppliers in achieving traceability within their supply chains.
Galvanize Climate Solutions, a prominent global climate-focused investment firm, has successfully concluded its Innovation + Expansion Fund, raising more than $1 billion. This achievement marks a significant milestone in climate venture funding, attracting a diverse group of institutional investors, such as endowments, foundations, and family offices. The Fund’s primary goal is to invest in early- to growth-stage climate companies that play a crucial role in advancing decarbonization efforts. Beyond financial support, the Fund offers interdisciplinary resources to expedite the journey to commercial scalability.
Optera, a leader in ESG and carbon management software, has secured $12 million in Series A funding. Next Frontier Capital led the funding round, with participation from Blackhorn Ventures, Mucker Capital, Overture, Engage, Massive, SaaS Ventures, Valo Ventures, AngelList, and Stout Street Capital.
Chimera Investment, an Abu Dhabi-based private organization, has established an independent alternative investment company called Lunate, boasting over $50 billion in assets under management. Lunate will operate from the Abu Dhabi Global Market and will focus on various investment opportunities globally, including private equity, venture capital, private credit, real assets, public equities, and public credit markets.
Verkor, a leading player in the European battery manufacturing space, has secured an impressive €2 billion in financing to propel its ambitious plans. This substantial funding includes a minimum of €850 million from a Series C funding round, €600 million in debt support from the European Investment Bank, and approximately €650 million in French subsidies, pending European Commission approval.
Mironid, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, is making significant strides in the development of innovative treatments for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), a life-threatening hereditary kidney condition. On September 13, 2023, the company announced an extension of its Series A financing round, securing an impressive total of £35 million in funding to date. This achievement is a testament to Mironid’s promising drug development strategy.
Helsinki-based venture capital firm NordicNinja has launched its second fund, totaling €200 million (US $214 million), with substantial backing from Japanese investors. The Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) is the cornerstone investor for NordicNinja Fund II, with additional support from European investors BaltCap and Swedbank pension funds, along with existing Japanese investors Honda and Omron.
Gobi Partners, an Asian venture capital firm, has invested in Electronic Recycling Through Heroes (ERTH), a Malaysian electronic waste (e-waste) recycling company. ERTH distinguishes itself with a unique approach—it not only manages responsible e-waste disposal but also rewards contributors with cash or vouchers, fostering a community-driven commitment to environmental preservation.
Perfios, a prominent B2B SaaS fintech company in India, announced that Kedaara Capital, a leading private equity investor, is set to invest a substantial $229 million in the company through a combination of primary funding and a secondary sale. This marks one of the most substantial investments in an Indian B2B SaaS company for the year.
Getir, the Turkish-based grocery delivery company, is undergoing a significant shift in its valuation, raising $500 million in a recent funding round that values the company at $2.5 billion. This marks a substantial decrease from its valuation of $11.8 billion just 18 months ago. The funding round was led by existing shareholders, including Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company, G Squared, and prominent investor Michael Moritz. This reduction in valuation reflects the challenging landscape faced by start-ups in the current venture capital
ABB has entered into a strategic partnership with WindESCo, a clean energy start-up, to enhance its presence in the wind energy sector. In this venture, ABB Motion has acquired a minority stake in WindESCo through its venture capital unit, ABB Technology Ventures (ATV). WindESCo, a US-based company, specializes in analytics software designed to improve the performance and reliability of wind turbines.
Butternut Box, the UK-based fresh dog food company, has successfully secured a £280 million investment in its latest funding round. This funding comes from General Atlantic, a prominent global growth equity firm, as well as existing investor L Catterton, a consumer-focused investment firm. The goal of this investment is to expand Butternut Box’s presence in Europe and continue its mission of providing fresh, delicious, and healthy meals to dogs worldwide. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2023, pending regulatory approvals.
GenTwo, a Swiss B2B Fintech platform specializing in securitization of bankable and non-bankable assets, has secured a USD 15 million Series A funding round led by Point72 Ventures from the US. Following this investment, Pete Casella, Senior Partner and Co-Head of Fintech investments at Point72 Ventures, joins GenTwo’s board of directors.
Karista and Eutelsat Communications (EPA: ETL) have formed a strategic partnership, with Eutelsat becoming a subscriber to Karista’s Spacetech fund. This partnership enhances Karista’s capacity to capitalize on the growing scope of opportunities building in the space industry. For Eutelsat, it solidifies its close ties with innovative startups and contributes to the development of a dynamic space ecosystem, particularly in France and Europe.
Growth Warrior Capital is introducing Elevo, an innovative AI-powered pitch deck generator designed to assist founders in the complex world of venture capital. Promise Phelon, the firm’s managing partner (pictured), conceptualized this tool to streamline the process of identifying promising startups that could transform various industries.
AI21 Labs, a prominent AI and large language models (LLMs) leader, has secured $155 million in Series C funding to accelerate the expansion of its accurate text-based generative AI services for enterprises. Noteworthy investors, including Walden Catalyst, Pitango, SCB10X, b2venture, Samsung Next, Prof. Amnon Shashua, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL), and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA), have participated in this funding round.
Space robotics startup GITAI, comprised of GITAI USA Inc. and GITAI Japan Inc., has successfully raised an additional $15 million in funding for its Series B Extension round. This funding is in addition to the $30 million announced earlier this year, bringing the total for the Series B Extension round to $45 million.
SpyCloud, a leading provider of identity threat protection, has secured a $110 million growth round of funding led by Riverwood Capital. The company specializes in automating the safeguarding of digital identities against sophisticated cyber threats. SpyCloud’s innovative approach involves utilizing a proprietary engine to collect and analyze data from the criminal underground. This data is then used to automate the remediation of exposed authentication and identity information. The funding will be instrumental in driving global expansion, particularly in the realms of enterprise and consumer protection, investigations, and authentication bypass prevention.