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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.

30 July 2012

Bit9 secures $34.5m Sequoia Capital-led financing

Sequoia Capital has made its first investment in internet security provider Bit9, leading a $34.5m financing round.

30 July 2012

KCPB’s Aileen Lee nears $40m for seed fund named after son Cowboy

Aileen Lee KPCB - AltAssets Private Equity News Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Aileen Lee has raised more than $36m towards her own early stage seed fund, Cowboy Capital.

30 July 2012

Tel Aviv’s Israel HealthCare Ventures leads round for NanoPass Technologies

Sector-focused VC firm Israel HealthCare Ventures has led an investment in NanoPass Technologies.

30 July 2012

August Capital leads $15.6m Series C for data services company Netpulse

health-fitness-gym-exercise-bike California-based data services company Netpulse has raised $15.6m in Series C funding led by August Capital, with current investors Javelin Venture Partners, DFJ Frontier and Parkview Ventures also participating.

30 July 2012

London software startup Crowd Vision attracts angels

London-based crowd analytics software specialist Crowd Vision has closed a “substantial” funding round from a syndicate of London Business Angels Investors and the Angel Cofund.

30 July 2012

Search engine software company WordStream snares $6m

Search engine marketing software company WordStream has secured an additional $6m in third-round financing led by Sigma + Partners as well as Egan-Managed Capital, both previous investors in the company. The company has raised a total of $16m to date.

30 July 2012

Canada’s iNovia Capital leads $8.6m investment in Mitre Media

Canadian venture capital firm iNovia Capital has led a $8.6m investment in Mitre Media, a web-native publisher of financial content. Investors also included industry veterans and a group of angel investors.

30 July 2012

Evonik corporate venture arm commits €100m to energy technologyp

The corporate venturing arm of German specialty chemicals company Evonik has committed to invest €100m in the energy generation and storage sectors with its initial deal seeing it commit to Pangaea Ventures’ third fund.

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