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9 February 2012

Octopus leads Series A round for software provider Artesian

pounds3_lrg UK growth investor Octopus Ventures has led a £2m Series A financing round for Artesian Solutions, a provider of cloud-based Social CRM and brand surveillance software.

9 February 2012

New Enterprise Associates adds Carmen Chang as special advisor to support China portfolio

china-wall_lrg Global venture firm New Enterprise Associates has hired Carmen Chang as a special senior advisor and will work mainly with the firm’s portfolio of companies focused on China.

9 February 2012

State-backed BGF seals first Midlands investment

midlands_sq Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state vehicle established to target UK SMEs, has sealed its first Midlands investment in GCI Telecom Group, an independent telecoms and data services provider.

9 February 2012

Nordic growth firm Verdane invests in EasyPark

parking_sq Nordic growth investor Verdane Capital has bought a controlling stake in Swedish phone parking operator EasyPark.

9 February 2012

Technology venture firm MTI launches £150m Orion Fund to target university spin-outs

oxford-uni_lrg Technology venture capital group MTI has confirmed it is actively fundraising for the world’s largest unquoted investment fund dedicated to university spin-outs.

9 February 2012

Orix, Petra invest $30m in media services provider Access Media 3

Media services group Access Media 3 has received $30m in funding from private equity firms Orix Venture Finance and Petra Capital Partners.

8 February 2012

Online video network Blip inks $12m from Bain, Canaan

news_tv3_lrg Online video network Blip has secured more than $12m in venture capital financing from existing investors including Bain Capital Ventures and Canaan Partners, a deal that also included debt from Silicon Valley Bank.

8 February 2012

Data storage hardware maker Pivot3 nets $23m from Samsung Ventures

Pivot3, a provider of unified storage and compute appliances, has closed a $23m round of new equity financing led by Samsung Ventures.

8 February 2012

General Atlantic bankrolls HIG-backed FNZ’s growth ambitions

pounds3_lrg Global growth investor General Atlantic, alongside existing investors HIG Europe and FNZ senior management, has bought a joint stake in wrap software company FNZ Group through a purchase of shares.

8 February 2012

Pieris nets €1m grant from German Federal Ministry for Education and Research

German biotechnology company Pieris has received a €1m grant from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research to support the development of its PRS-110 compound targeting c-Met, a cellular receptor that plays a key role in cancer cell growth and metastasis.

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