In-Depth

  • March 24, 2017

    Hobbs leaves Enterprise Ireland

    Walter Hobbs, one of Enterprise Ireland’s most senior executives, has quit the agency less than a year after joining.

  • March 20, 2017

    Big deal: Juncker Plan to trigger more than $190bn

    The European Investment bank has approved 197 EFSI-backed projects to date, while the European Investment Fund has approved 264 SME financing agreements.

  • March 17, 2017

    Vertex Ventures welcomes two

    Vertex Ventures US celebrates its second anniversary as it adds two new team members, Sandeep Bhadra and Eva Khoo.

  • March 17, 2017

    Schöfer looks to make mark at Merck

    Merck Ventures, the corporate venturing subsidiary of Merck Group, has hired Sebastian Schöfer from HTGF as a senior associate.

  • March 13, 2017

    Big deal: Airbnb takes series F booking from CIC

    China Investment Corporation has been revealed as an investor in Airbnb’s $1bn series F round, providing approximately 10% of the capital.

  • March 7, 2017

    Wills takes charge of Energy Technologies Institute

    Jonathan Wills has been named chief executive of the public-private partnership that supports research into cleantech.

  • February 27, 2017

    Big deal: British Business Bank launches $500m fund

    The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, first announced by then-chancellor George Osborne in 2015, has secured $230m from European Investment Bank.

  • February 21, 2017

    Al-Saad to step down at KIA

    Kuwait Investment Authority’s managing director is set to stand down as managing director after 14 years at the helm, though he will retain a board seat.

  • February 15, 2017

    Tanghal unpicks Arm to join In-Q-Tel

    Eileen Tanghal, previously a vice-president at semiconductor company Arm, won sixth place in our sister publication GCV's Rising Stars 2016 ranking.

  • February 13, 2017

    Big deal: Enterprise Ireland goes from strength to strength

    The government-owned export credit agency last week added four funds with a total of $200m in capital to its arsenal as it revealed it had supported a record 229 startups last year.

  • February 6, 2017

    HTGF conference scouts innovation, finds cooperation

    Speakers gathered at the High-Tech Gründerfonds’ conference to discuss using digitisation to enhance the customer experience, the importance of having a concrete strategic interest and opening up innovation to allow users to contribute their ideas.

  • January 30, 2017

    Editorial: GGV launches Leadership Society

    Delegates from two dozen states and institutions met in California last week to launch a leadership society that will help connect governments to corporate venturing units.

  • January 19, 2017

    Bpifrance tops global ranking

    France’s public investment bank is the international leader when it comes to government venturing units investing in technology companies, followed by Temasek and GIC.

  • January 18, 2017

    Vision Plus has its eye on Liu Yiran

    Liu Yiran has joined venture capital firm Vision Plus Capital, having previously been a director at Temasek.

  • January 16, 2017

    Editorial: A look ahead to the GGV Summit

    Global Government Venturing is gathering international leaders in California next week to discuss the current and future state of government venture capital.

  • January 12, 2017

    Naheta joins SoftBank Vision Fund

    Akshay Naheta, chief investment officer of Knight Assets, has joined SoftBank to help manage the company’s $100bn fund that is backed by a range of sovereign wealth funds.

  • January 9, 2017

    Editorial: EIB retreats from Northern Ireland

    European Investment Bank has told Northern Ireland’s finance minister it will not be backing the country’s investment fund following the Brexit vote.

  • January 9, 2017

    Big deal: Versant Ventures diagnoses $400m fund

    Versant Ventures sources some of its deals through a drug discovery engine that commercialises research conducted at US and Canada-based universities.

  • January 4, 2017

    McGregor to leave Temasek

    Neil McGregor, senior managing director at Temasek, will depart on March 31 to join Sembcorp Industries as chief executive and group president.

  • December 19, 2016

    2016: year in review

    Editor Thierry Heles looks back on the highlights of the past year.

  • December 16, 2016

    Finnish Industry Investment promotes Jan Sasse

    Sasse, who has led the state-owned investment firm’s Growth Investments team since 2015, is replacing Martin Backman as president and CEO.

  • December 12, 2016

    Big deal: OSI grows to $730m

    University venturing fund Oxford Sciences Innovation has added an additional $290m from investors including Temasek and Oman Investment Fund.

  • December 12, 2016

    Maryland names Lenzer associate VP

    A software entrepreneur and former advisor to US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Lenzer will also direct the university’s tech transfer office.

  • December 9, 2016

    European Investment Bank names Andrew McDowell vice-president

    An economic advisor to Ireland’s prime minister since 2011, McDowell is the first Irish member of EIB’s management committee in 12 years.

  • November 29, 2016

    Patrick Yeo promoted to chief investment officer of Fullerton

    Yeo, head of fixed income and an 11-year veteran at the Temasek-backed fund manager, replaces Manraj Sekhon, who stepped down this month.

  • November 16, 2016

    US tops 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index

    The US took first place in the index for the fourth year running, but Zoltan Acs, co-author of the GEI report, said not enough people in the developed world are starting productive, high-growth businesses.

  • November 10, 2016

    Manraj Sekhon leaves Fullerton

    Fullerton Fund Management, backed by Temasek, has lost its chief executive and chief investment officer Manraj Sekhon, who stepped down after more than five years with the firm.

  • November 7, 2016

    Big deal: China banks on Europe with $11bn fund

    China is hoping to increase ties with eastern and central European countries as it announces an $11bn fund to boost its Silk Road initiative.

  • October 24, 2016

    Big deal: Vietnam readies VC law

    The government has proposed a law that will regulate domestic venture capital funds after having been reported last month to be considering a government venturing fund.

  • October 17, 2016

    Big deal: Saudi Arabia signs up to $100bn SoftBank fund

    The Saudi Arabian government will commit up to $45bn to the SoftBank Vision Fund, while the corporate is set to invest $25bn, with the remainder to be secured from other backers.

  • October 13, 2016

    Temasek draws in Vaske

    John Vaske will head Temasek's North American operations from January, following his decision to leave Goldman Sachs after a 28-year career.

  • September 23, 2016

    Johnson dives into Rivers Capital

    Simon Johnson, previously senior investment executive at NEL Fund Managers, has joined Rivers Capital Partners as head of strategic debt funds.

  • September 19, 2016

    Big deal: Canada moves money into Les Appalaches

    Canada's government has awarded $3.8m to the Capital expansion region Thetford fund to help diversify the economy in Quebec's Les Appalaches.

  • September 12, 2016

    Editorial: Brexit, England's north and EIB

    Werner Hoyer, president of European Investment Bank, told finance ministers on Saturday that the bank is facing tough times with the withdrawal of the UK and the loss of cash looming over the institution.

  • September 5, 2016

    China cultivates VC ecosystem

    The country's State Council announced last week that it hopes to boost the local ecosystem by changing a host of rules, such as treating foreign investors equally to domestic entities.

  • August 24, 2016

    Lanahan joins Launch Tennessee

    John Lanahan will take over from Jason Denenberg as director of capital formation, following Denenberg's departure to focus on his startup.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ayeni leaves Orange to get into Africa

    Wale Ayeni has departed from a position leading Orange's North American corporate venturing investments to fund African startups on behalf of IFC.

  • August 22, 2016

    Editorial: The VC industry is booming

    As figures reveal 811 European firms participated in 2680 deals since early 2015, Cambridge has raised a $90m fund and the Chinese government is aiming for a $30bn vehicle.

  • August 9, 2016

    Saudi Arabia appoints governor for new SME body

    Ghassan Al-Sulaiman is a veteran of the VC industry in Saudi Arabia, having founded his own investment firm to grow small and medium-sized businesses, and served as chairman of Bahrain’s Venture Capital Bank.

  • August 4, 2016

    CIC names Qi Bin as deputy general manager

    China’s sovereign wealth fund has tapped Qi Bin, who spent 16 years at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and is credited with liberalising Chinese stock markets.

  • August 1, 2016

    Alquraini crosses Skybridge to London

    Hesham Alquraini, formerly a vice-president of Kuwait Investment Authority, will lead investment firm Skybridge Capital's London office.

  • July 26, 2016

    Robin Hu to join Temasek

    Hu, the current CEO of South China Morning Post, is set to join Singaporean investment firm Temasek in December.

  • July 25, 2016

    Editorial: Growing the next generation of entrepreneurs

    The number one challenge in venture capital, whatever the source of the money from corporate, university, government or independent, is to source good quality deal flow.

  • July 14, 2016

    Isomer Capital hires Dupéré

    Catherine Dupéré, previously of BDC Capital, takes on the role of principal at investment firm Isomer Capital.

  • June 28, 2016

    Editorial: Brexit, pursued by Brussels

    As the dust begins to settle following the chaos after the referendum results, spinouts, startups and government-backed businesses are facing an uncertain future.

  • June 24, 2016

    All change at EDFI

    The Association of European Development Finance Institutions appoints a new general manager and elects a new chairman to take over from the existing position holders when they retire in September 2016.

  • June 17, 2016

    NEL promotes two of its own

    NEL Fund Managers promotes David Thomas and Jonathan Luke, who have a combined experience of 18 years at the firm.

  • June 16, 2016

    Debienne moves up at BPIfrance

    BPIfrance promotes Florent Debienne from his role as investment director to managing director.

  • June 2, 2016

    NZVIF appoints Dellabarca as CEO

    Richard Dellabarca is the new CEO of New Zealand Venture Investment Fund as of May 30.

  • May 25, 2016

    Hobbs joins Enterprise Ireland

    Walter Hobbs is appointed executive director at Enterprise Ireland.

  • May 13, 2016

    Robinson moves to CDC Group

    Matt Robinson has left his role at Big Society Capital to become investment director at the UK government's CDC Group.

  • May 9, 2016

    Big deal: Malaysia to launch $100m Islamic Venture Capital Fund

    The country’s sovereign wealth fund Mavcap and Islamic Development Bank are expected to sign an agreement this month to establish a first-of-its-kind fund aimed at Islamic countries.

  • May 6, 2016

    Cathay Capital takes Balmisse from BPIfrance

    Daniel Balmisse moves on from his executive director role at BPIfrance to join Cathay Capital Private Equity as its chief operating officer.

  • May 3, 2016

    Temasek undergoes changes

    Internal changes at Temasek lead to the restructuring of some groups while the firm makes six appointments, employing two presidents and four senior managing directors.

  • April 25, 2016

    Big deal: Australia unveils $772m in spinout funding

    We take a look at how Australia has been upping its government venturing game since Malcolm Turnbull took over as prime minister last year.

  • April 4, 2016

    Big deal: Public investors help construct $160m fund

    Atlantic Bridge has achieved a first close of its latest fund thanks to Enterprise Ireland, European Investment Fund, British Business Bank and Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.

  • March 23, 2016

    Temasek remains most active sovereign wealth fund

    Temasek comes out on top as the most active sovereign wealth fund for the second year running in the 4th Sovereign Wealth Fund Report.

  • March 21, 2016

    Editorial: A closer look at Instarem

    The money remittance service recently secured $5m in a series A round backed by two Temasek investment vehicles as it sets its sights on Europe.

  • March 18, 2016

    Howard University breaks ground on incubator

    Howard University’s startup incubator, which aims to support minority entrepreneurs, breaks ground at a ceremony involving DC mayor Bowser.

  • March 18, 2016

    Canada celebrates 2015 deals

    Canada's investment deals in 2015 surged to $1.7bn across 536 transactions.

  • March 15, 2016

    Big Deal: Cainiao picks up $1.5bn

    The logistics service, backed by Alibaba and a host of other corporates, has reportedly raised funding at a $7.7bn valuation from a consortium including Temasek and Khazanah Nasional.

  • March 14, 2016

    Big deal: Aprea records $51m series B

    Biotechnology startup Aprea, a spinout of Karolinska Institute that is backed by a range of public investors, has raised the biggest round for a Sweden-based life sciences company in a decade.

  • March 11, 2016

    Banga to leave NZVIF

    New Zealand government-created New Zealand Venture Investment Firm is being reviewed by the minister of economic development as Franceska Banga, chief executive, steps down.

  • March 2, 2016

    Fernandes jumps from Khazanah Nasional to Leapfrog

    Khazanah Nasional's healthcare portfolio manager Michael Fernandes (pictured) has been appointed as a partner and co-head of Asia at Leapfrog Investments.

  • February 29, 2016

    Brabyn levels up to new job

    Ben Brabyn, formerly of UK government department UK Trade and Investment, has joined accelerator Level39 as its new full-time head.

  • February 11, 2016

    All change at Tedco’s top levels

    Tedco launches a national search for a new chief executive and executive vice-president, as Wasilisin (pictured) steps up to become president and Rosenbaum resigns from the organisation.

  • February 5, 2016

    Henry Ho says hello to Rothschild

    Rothschild employs Temasek’s former managing director as its non-executive chairman for the Southeast Asia region.

  • February 5, 2016

    French tax incentives to drive innovation

    This comment piece was first published in law firm King & Wood Mallesons' newsletter.

  • February 2, 2016

    Bélanger moves up in BDC Capital

    Dominique Bélanger moves from his vice-president position in BDC Capital to become managing director of fund investments.

  • January 20, 2016

    Cai moves on from IFC

    Private equity firm TPG appoints IFC’s former vice-president and CEO Jin-Yong Cai as partner to identify projects increasing economic growth in frontier and emerging markets.

  • January 13, 2016

    Walsh associates with US investment office

    The US Office for Investment and Innovation appoints Mark Walsh, who has experience of founding companies and managing investment firms, as its associate administrator.

  • January 4, 2016

    GGV annual review

    Governments reap rewards for their venturing efforts.

  • December 17, 2015

    Walker to retire as Savage is promoted

    The New Zealand Superannuation Fund's overseeing entity appoints Catherine Savage as its new chairman.

  • December 9, 2015

    Fonds de solidarité FTQ celebrates 39 investments

    The investment arm of the Québec labour body makes the highest number of investments of venture capital and private equity firms in Canada in the first nine months of 2015.

  • December 7, 2015

    CIT appoints Ed Albrigo as president and CEO

    Ed Albrigo takes on the role of president and chief executive of the Center for Innovative Technology as his predecessor returns to the private sector.

  • December 1, 2015

    Uber picks up John Moran

    The former secretary general for the Irish Department of Finance now acts as a consultant for Uber and Nomura.

  • December 1, 2015

    Top 100 ten-year winning streak for BDC

    Business Development Bank of Canada gets recognised as one of the top 100 employers in Canada for the tenth year in a row.

  • November 4, 2015

    Aaltonen moves from VTT Ventures to Kaust Innovation Fund

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust) Innovation Fund has appointed former VTT Ventures investment manager Erkki Aaltonen as its growth investor.

  • November 4, 2015

    Gravel discusses incubators at summit

    Business Development Bank of Canada's Nicolas Gravel talks about incubators and accelerators at the 2015 Advanced Materials Commercialisation Summit held in Vancouver.

  • November 4, 2015

    Institutional trust leads to more cross-border investments

    Increasing institutional trust is highlighted as a way for governments to attract more foreign venture capital investment according to research carried out by Sofia Johan, Daniel Hain and Daojuan Wang.

  • October 20, 2015

    Hoyer calls for increased support

    European Investment Bank ups its support for those likely to be affected by climate change and calls for the Deauville Partnership to increase its assistance to the Middle East and North Africa region.

  • October 19, 2015

    Down Under on the up and up

    Funding levels for venture capital funding in Australia starts to approach pre-global financial crisis levels.

  • October 19, 2015

    Ben Mathias joins Vertex

    Ben Mathias takes on the role of India head at Vertex Venture Management following Ajay Lakhotia's exit earlier this month.

  • October 16, 2015

    Moody’s warning over proposed transparency rules

    Credit research and analysis firm Moody’s has warned that proposed transparency trading rules in Europe could impair liquidity and thus fund size.

  • October 15, 2015

    Erhart moves up in High-Tech Gründerfonds

    Benjamin Erhart, previously senior investment manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, has begun his new role of investment director at the firm.

  • October 13, 2015

    Energy Focus appoints Ronald Richard to advisory board

    In-Q-Tel's ex-managing director and chief operating officer joins lighting company Energy Focus' advisory board.

  • October 9, 2015

    News roundup 9 October 2015

    The news roundup for week ending 9 October 2015.

  • October 2, 2015

    News roundup 2 October

    News roundup for week ending 2 October 2015.

  • September 28, 2015

    Finance Wales appoints Bullock as non-executive chairman

    Gareth Bullock starts his role as non-executive chairmen of Finance Wales next month, taking over from Ian Johnson.

  • September 28, 2015

    Stanford tops list as most innovative university

    Stanford University muscles out Ivy League peers of the top spot for Reuters’ inaugural innovative university rankings.

  • September 9, 2015

    Ponurov remains in detention

    The former financial director of Rusnano is charged with embezzlement of public funds.

  • September 3, 2015

    Kevin Kimsa moves on from Omers Ventures

    Omers Ventures, the investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System pension fund, has lost its managing director as Kevin Kimsa leaves his role at the organisation.

  • August 22, 2015

    Editorial: Clouds clear for global entrepreneurial ecosystem

    'Connecting with global venture capital creates new mutually beneficial collaborative possibilities that are necessary in order to build a thriving global business.'

  • August 12, 2015

    European Investment Fund's AAA rating explained

    A credit analysis by Moody's has cited the European Investment Fund's strong capitalisation, ample liquidity and its support from highly-rated shareholders as reasons for its AAA rating.

  • August 6, 2015

    Denali Therapeutics appoints chief medical officer

    Carole Ho has been appointed as chief medical officer and head of development at Alaska Permanent Fund-backed Denali Therapeutics that is working to develop treatment for neurodegenerative conditions.

  • August 5, 2015

    Omers Ventures appoints Damien Steel as managing director

    Damien Steel has been appointed managing director of Omers Ventures, the investment arm of a Canada government-created pension fund.

  • July 24, 2015

    Quality over quantity

    Business and politics are inseparable, and the latter makes greater economic integration less certain than business leaders might wish.

  • July 24, 2015

    Profile: Bulgaria – escape velocity for global reach

    Eleven Startup Accelerator lays out plans to boost entrepreneurship in the former Soviet state.

  • July 24, 2015

    Finding the win

    While Silicon Valley has done a great job of exporting through soft power its concepts for how to organise a venture ecosystem, its underlying assumptions expressed through its memes can clash with ecosystems that struggle to recognise or relate to them.

  • July 24, 2015

    Analysis: Patent demands

    In our series of articles Corporate Venturing on the Test Bench, Martin Haemmig and Boris Battistini review and analyse the latest trends.

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