venture capital, healthcare, France

LBO France head of venture sees more opportunities in digital health

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent In the years following the financial crisis, many large financial institutions offloaded their venture capital arms. Now that trend appears to be reversing. Banks and insurers are launching captive funds to seek technology relevant to their businesses, and some PE firms are also broadening their investment remit. Take, for example, LBO […]

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May Dashboard: Fundraising continues to rise as M&A sinks

Venture fundraising continued to climb in May, as nearly $4 billion in commitments were raised by U.S. funds. That was the second highest total this year, behind the $4.4 billion raised in February. Meanwhile, M&A of VC-backed companies nosedived in May as only three deals disclosed financial details. The following stats are based on preliminary […]

venture capital, Germany, Europe, industrials, technology, software, vehicles, self-driving

UVC seeks opportunities in Germany’s industrial-tech economy

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent German industry is sufficiently large and advanced for the country’s annual goods exports to rival those of the U.S. This provides a lucrative market for industrial technology, and although the U.K. still leads Europe in areas like enterprise software, one firm should help Germany catch up. Unternehmertum Venture Capital of Munich has […]

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Monthly recap of fund briefs, as of May 21

Through the first four months, U.S. VC fundraising moved at a strong pace, with more than $12.7 billion raised, compared with $11.2 billion for the same four-month period last year. Read on to find out about which U.S. and international firms raised commitments or closed funds in the last month. Imaginary Ventures closed its inaugural fund […]

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VCs on the Move recap, as of May 21

There no shortage of job movements in the venture community lately. And some of the recent high-profile moves involve venture firms hiring or promoting women to investing partner roles. Read on to find out more about those hires and other VC moves that have taken place in the last month, including the new NVCA board. […]

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April IPO Profiles: Unicorn DocuSign leads the way

In April, five venture-backed companies went public on U.S. exchanges, the same number in the same month last year. Year-to-date, 17 VC-backed companies have debuted on the NYSE or Nasdaq. The largest VC-backed startup to go public in April was DocuSign, raising $517 million in proceeds, followed by Zuora, which pulled in $243 million. DocuSign […]

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London’s Dawn Capital: $235 mln on horizon for Series A SaaS, fintech

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent While European startups are often accused of aping U.S. ideas in the consumer internet space, their innovation in enterprise software and fintech is rarely questioned. London-based Dawn Capital raised $100 million for SaaS and fintech investments in 2013, but for its third and latest fund, that total has leaped to $235 […]

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April Dashboard: M&A picks up as fundraising levels out

Led by Roche’s $1.9 billion acquisition of Flatiron Health, venture-backed M&A proceeds surged in April. Fundraising was robust but stayed on par with March. Meanwhile, DocuSign, Zuora and three other VC-backed companies launched IPOs in April, but the combined proceeds weren’t enough to match those of the new offerings in March. The following stats are […]

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Market One, verging on fund close, sees growth in Warsaw

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Central and Eastern Europe  provides a steady pipeline of technology talent, yet venture capital investment in the region has languished at around €100 million ($123 million) a year since 2011, trade group Invest Europe says. New VC funds are thin on the ground, but that may change as the first […]

Copia Agro & Food, venture capital, Ohad Zuckerman, Eyal Cohen

Israel’s Copia: bridging agtech innovation and global markets

By Joshua Mitnick For Ohad Zuckerman, founder and co-managing partner of Israel’s Copia Agro & Food venture fund, agriculture runs in the family. His great-grandfather planted the orchards of Gadera, one of Israel’s original farming communities. His father founded Zeraim Gadera, which produces high-quality pepper and tomato seeds for export. Zuckerman himself rose from being […]

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Post Venture Capital Index falls for third consecutive month

The Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) followed the broader Nasdaq and S&P 500 indices and lost 4.6 percent to end March at 1181.36. That represented a drop of 57 points from the month before when the PVCI stood at 1238.44 on Feb. 28. The PVCI started the year at 1200.19. At the end […]

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March IPO Profiles: Unicorn Dropbox leads the pack with its debut

In March, five venture-backed companies went public on U.S. exchanges, compared with one in February. The value of the March IPO proceeds rose 18 times to $1.4 billion from $76 million in February. The largest VC-backed startup to go public in March was Dropbox, raising $870 million in proceeds. The San Francisco online file storage […]

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Kindred, new London seed firm, offers companies carried interest

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Europe’s seed and angel ecosystem has developed quickly in recent years as participation in tax-incentivized and other government investment schemes has grown. So new firms need to stand out from the crowd — which London-based Kindred Capital has achieved by offering its portfolio companies a share of its profits. “There is […]

Post Venture Capital Index pulls back slightly

After five consecutive months of steady gains, the Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) lost 1.8 percent to end February at 1238.44. That was a drop of 22.7 points from the month before when the PVCI stood at 1261.14 on Jan. 31. Despite falling month-over-month, the February-ending total is 38.35 points, or 3 percent, […]

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Helsinki’s Conor Venture Partners targets between-the-rounds B2B hardware, software firms

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Sparsely populated Scandinavian countries offer a limited market for ambitious entrepreneurs, yet that hasn’t stopped the region from producing a host of well-known startups and, in Stockholm, one of Europe’s top technology hubs. Now, just across the Baltic Sea is Conor Venture Partners, a Helsinki investor currently raising its third […]

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IPO Profile: Cardlytics was the sole VC-backed IPO in February

Only one venture-backed company went public on a U.S. exchange in February, compared with six in January. The VC-backed startup to go public in the month was Cardlytics, an Atlanta provider of card-linked marketing solutions. The company had raised about $180 million in venture funding from Canaan Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, TTV Capital, Kinetic Ventures and […]