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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.

8 February 2012

Peppermint VenturePartners appoints Schneider Littfeld to board

Schneider-Littfeld_sq Berlin-based venture capital firm Peppermint VenturePartners has appointed Johannes Schneider Littfeld to the advisory board of its new Charité Biomedical Fund.

8 February 2012

Russian sports retailer Heverest adds $4.3m in financing

tennis-balls_lrg Russian online sports retailer Heverest has closed $4.3m in financing, with the majority of investment received from one of Russia’s largest investment funds, along with existing finance partner European eVenture Capital Partners.

8 February 2012

Nairobi-headquartered InReturn Capital backs Horizons Office

East Africa-focused private equity firm InReturn Capital has entered into a partnership with Horizons Office, to finance the expansion of Horizon's serviced offices business.

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