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13 June 2012

XSML backs Central African Republic’s first mobile broadband operator

Amsterdam-based emerging markets investor XSML has invested in internet service provider Millenium Telecom, in a deal that will help finance the company’s plans to become the first mobile broadband operator in the Central African Republic.

13 June 2012

Bridges Ventures nets 3.4x return from Pure Washrooms exit

Bridges Ventures has sold its stake in Pure Washrooms to the company’s management team, marking the British sustainable growth investor’s second successful exit in two weeks.

13 June 2012

Balderton scraps Sulake stake over fears children exposed to explicit content

habbo-hotel-sulake-balderton1 Venture firm Balderton Capital has scrapped its stake in social networking group Sulake amid fears children were being subjected to explicit sexual content on one of its sites.

12 June 2012

Social reading company Readmill launches new features with Wellington backing

Venture firm Wellington Partners has invested in its third Berlin-based start-up in nine months by committing capital to social reading company Readmill.

12 June 2012

PE and venture returns “solid” in 2011 despite fourth quarter woesp

US private equity and venture capital failed to outperform public markets in the last quarter of 2011 despite “solid” figures for the year, according to new research.

12 June 2012

Conor Venture Partners backs Omegawave with €1m

Sports training company Omegawave has secured a €1m equity investment from early stage technology investor Conor Venture Partners.

12 June 2012

Inflight entertainment provider Row44 seals PAR Capital investment

plane-interior_sq PAR Capital management has joined a $45m financing round for in-flight WiFi and electronic entertainment provider Row44.

8 June 2012

XL Marketing receives $70m from GCP Capital

GCP Capital Partners has injected $70m of capital into XL Marketing as it looks to grow organically and through acquisitions.

8 June 2012

App-finding service Quixey nets $24m thanks to WI Harper funding

mobile-touch Chinese venture firm WI Harper Group has brought cross-platform app search engine Quixey’s total funding to $24.2m with a follow-on investment.

7 June 2012

Chinese home furnishings e-tailer Meilele nets $40m

Chinese online home furnishings retailer Meilele has raised $40m in a Series B financing round led by Vertex Venture Holdings, an offshoot of Singapore sovereign wealth fund and Alibaba backer Temasek.

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