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31 July 2012

NEA kicks off $2.6bn fund with Mersana Therapeutics deal

virus2_sq Venture investor New Enterprise Associates has helped close a $27m financing round for biopharmaceutical company Mersana Therapeutics.

31 July 2012

General Atlantic stumps up lion’s share of $125m Box financing round

Global growth investor General Atlantic has invested $100m in online file-sharing website Box as part of a $125m financing round.

31 July 2012

Israel’s Fortissimo Capital backs New Zealand radio comms company 4RF

radio_lrg 4RF, a New Zealand-based developer of radio communications equipment for infrastructure applications, has secured an investment from Israeli private equity fund Fortissimo Capital.

31 July 2012

African Venture Capital Association launches advocacy body

avca_wifa_170sq The African Venture Capital Association has launched the AVCA Legal & Regulatory Committee to lead advocacy and educational initiatives that impact the industry.

31 July 2012

IndoUS Venture Partners almost home in $150m early stage fundraisep

news_finishingline_lrg Bangalore-based IndoUS Venture Partners is just $1m away from hitting its $150m target for its second early stage fund.

31 July 2012

BanyanTree hits $100m first close for second growth fund

growth_sq1 Indian growth capital firm BanyanTree is believed to have hit a $100m first close for its latest investment fund.

31 July 2012

UK early stage tech accelerator Launch48 acquired by Oxygen Enterprise Partners

air-filter UK early stage tech accelerator Launch48 has been purchased by Oxygen Enterprise Partners, which runs Oxygen Accelerator.

31 July 2012

Gimv provides growth capital to intelligent transport company ARS T&TT

road_170sq Belgian investment firm Gimv has acquired a 25 per cent interest in Netherlands-based intelligent transport systems (ITS) developer ARS T&TT. The remaining shares will continue to be held by the CEO-founder Jan Linssen.

31 July 2012

South Korea startup accelerator SparkLabs launches

South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs has launched. It will provide a similar model and programme to Y-Combinator and TechStars in the US, while focusing on Korean startups in the internet, online gaming, mobile, ecommerce and digital media sectors.

31 July 2012

CDC backs African SMEs with €10m commitment to I&P Management

UK’s development finance investor CDC has made a €10m investment in I&P Management. The firm backs SMEs in West Africa and the Indian Ocean region.

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