U of Michigan to host debut Women who Fund conference

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will host its debut Women Who Fund conference, seeking to connect women business leaders with women in venture capital and private equity. The conference, set for Oct. 8 in the Regency Room on campus, will kick off with a keynote address from Alicia Robb, senior follow, Kauffman Foundation and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley.


RPM Ventures leads $5.5 mln Series A funding in smart home tech company Roost

RPM Ventures led a $5.5 million Series A funding round in smart home technology company Roost. Other investors in the round include a subsidiary of financial services provider USAA, existing investor DCM Ventures as well as Center Electric and StartGarden. Along with the funding, Roost has hired Jim Van Patten as vice president operations and Richard Stark as vice president, enterprise sales.


Eastern European deal making sets record last year

Venture investing in central and eastern Europe rebounded last year as the number of companies funded reached an all-time high, according to a report from the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.


Uber China closes $1 bln fundraising round: Reuters

Uber Technologies Inc’s China arm has closed its $1 billion fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, with investors still hopeful for the U.S.-based ride service despite strong domestic competition.


Formation 8 Hardware Fund leads $7 mln funding in Augury

Formation 8 Hardware Fund led a $7 million Series A funding round in Augury, a predictive machine diagnostics company. Other investors in the funding include Pritzker Group Venture Capital, as well as existing investors First Round Capital and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.


TCP Venture Capital leads $5.7 mln funding in Link Labs

TCP Venture Capital led a $5.7 million funding round in Link Labs, which develops low-power, wide-area network technologies for the Internet of Things. Other investors in the funding include Maryland Venture Fund, Blu Venture Investors as well as individual and existing investors.


Blumberg, RPM Ventures lead $6 mln funding in Able

Blumberg Capital and RPM Ventures led a $6 million Series A funding round in Able, which provides loans and connects small businesses into a network of borrowers. Other investors in the funding include Peterson Partners and Expansion Ventures AngelList Syndicate.


North Bridge leads $25 mln investment in Spoonflower

North Bridge Growth Equity led a $25 million investment in Spoonflower, which provides on-demand digital printing of custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrapping. Bull City Venture Partners participated in the investment. North Bridge Partners Russ Pyle and Holly Maloney, along with David Jones from Bull City, will join Spoonflower’s board.

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