News round up 5 February 2018

A round up of all the latest news on for our subscribers.


India’s SIDBI joins backers of Stellaris fund

Venture capital firm Stellaris Venture Partners is targeting $100m for its first fund and has attracted the Small Industries Development Bank of India as well as Cisco, SAP and Infosys as limited partners.

Valor Capital receives $7m from IFC for Brazil-focused fund

The fund plans to invest in early-stage technology companies in the country.

Canadian venture investment booms ahead of new fund-of-funds deadline

The Canadian government-backed BDC unveils investees and looks forward to initial VCCI funding proposals.



Moderna re-enters funding mode to raise $500m

Messenger RNA therapy developer Moderna Therapeutics, which counts Singapore’s EDBI and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as backers, has now raised a total of $1.6bn in equity funding.

Vertex Ventures co-leads Astound’s $11.5m series A round

The Temasek offshoot was joined by Pelion Venture Partners.

Inseed makes $2.3m Zazcar investment

The car-sharing company plans to roll out its service in Brazil’s largest city.

IFC backs Mandae Technologies with $2.5m investment

IFC has taken a minority stake in the Brazil-based e-logistics company.

Pavilion helps Engine Biosciences complete $10m seed round

Temasek subsidiary Pavilion Capital was among the investors raising $10m for the drug-discovery firm.


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