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27 June 2012

Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca backs financial education site DoughMain

Free financial education site DoughMain has received an investment from a private equity fund managed on behalf of Lee Iacocca, the former chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corporation and president of Ford Motor company.

26 June 2012

Development bank SIDBI venture arm closes $105m fund

The venture capital arm of The Small Industries Development Bank of India has closed an INR6bn ($105m) fund to focus on development of the country's micro, small and medium enterprises sector, SIDBI said on Monday.

26 June 2012

ICICI Venture launches second attempt to sell Updater Services

new-delhi_lrg ICICI Venture, the private equity arm of India’s second biggest lender, has reportedly launched a second attempt to sell its stake in Chennai-headquartered facilities management business Updater Services, according to India’s Business Standard.

26 June 2012

Former Siemens Communications CEO Lothar Pauly joins Mobility Ventures

mobility_pauly_170sq German VC firm Mobility Ventures has appointed Lothar Pauly, a former CEO of Siemens Communications, Deutsche Telekom executive board member and CEO of T-Systems, as managing partner for Europe, based in Munich.

26 June 2012

Oil company Saudi Aramco to launch VC firm targeting drilling technology

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco is reportedly seeking to establish a corporate venture capital firm focused on drilling technologies.

25 June 2012

Energy efficiency company Soladigm closes $55m in Series D financing

Energy efficient glass developer Soladigm has closed $55m in Series D financing, led by Reinet Investments, the investment arm of Swiss luxury goods business, and venture firm NanoDimension.

25 June 2012

FastPay secures further $25m funding from Wells Fargo, SF Capital

LA-headquartered digital media finance platform FastPay has secured an additional $25m in funding.

25 June 2012

Lemhi Ventures targets $150m for second healthcare VC fund

US healthcare-focused Lemhi Ventures has launched a second venture, targeting $150m.

25 June 2012

Global outlook translates to hard times for European venturep

There is a danger that European venture capital gets mainly bypassed by LPs as they look to newer markets in addition to the US, particularly as the eurozone crisis rumbles on.

25 June 2012

W Fund launches to target Washington university spin-outs

The US state of Washington has seen the launch of the W Fund, a university-focused venture fund that aims to invest nearly $20m over the next four years in start-ups spinning out of the University of Washington and other research institutions across the state.

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