ChinaJapanStart Upventure capital

Glamour Sales Holding Limited, an Asian-based online retail marketplace, has completed its $13m first round of financing. Investors in the round include AXA Private Equity and Mandra Capital. Glamour Sales, which operates online retail marketplaces through invitation-only memberships, offering significant discounts on branded designer goods and lifestyle services, was founded in Japan in August 2009 […]

Germanyventure capital

agri.capital, a Munster, Germany-based producer of biogas energy has received a €3m investment from Frog Capital. The investment constitutes a portion of the €60m F Series round led by TCW Group that completed in May 2009.   agri.capital operates 46 electricity production sites with an installed electrical capacity of 29MW and 3 gas-to-grid sites with […]

Canadaventure capital

Bering Media, Inc., a location-based advertising company focused on bringing hyper local targeting to any website, completed a Series A financing of undisclosed amount.The round was led by venture capital firm Tech Capital Partners, with participation from GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund and from the newly created Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF), which already made a seed […]

Start UpUKventure capital

Touch Bionics Inc., Livingston, Scotland, UK-based developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics, received a £800K loan from members of Archangel Informal Investment Ltd. Funding will enable the company to support accelerated expansion in response to December’s successful launch of its ProDigits bionic fingers. Touch Bionics’ range of advanced prosthetic products include: – LIVINGSKIN, a high-definition cosmesis […]

Austria

Bank Austria and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a risk sharing agreement in Vienna, under which the EIB will in future no longer act purely as a provider of funding to Bank Austria but also, under a pilot project in association with the bank, grant low-interest loans to businesses. The new low-interest loans are […]

UKventure capital

According to reports, Georgina Goodman, a London, UK-based luxury footwear designer, has received a £4m investment from Venture Capital Trust manager Core Capital. The funds will enable the company to add senior managers, expand its line of product, as well as open concessions in major department stores in the UK and worldwide. Georgina Goodman currently […]

middle market companiesPrivate EquityUSA

Private equity investment firm Greenhill Capital Partners, LLC, completed a $20m investment in Acrisure LLC, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Midwest insurance brokerage company. As stated by Greg Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Acrisure, the investment provides Acrisure with strategic support and capital for the next growth phase. Formed in 2005, the company has acquired 17 […]

Start UpUSA

Salient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a client company of the Houston Technology Center (HTC) which develops and commercializes therapeutic products for the prevention and treatment of gastro-intestinal side effects caused by disease, chemotherapy or radiation, received a $2m commercialization award from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF). The new funds will be used fot the commercialization of […]

USAventure capital

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals LLC, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based clinical-stage drug-development company commercializing a family of candidates to treat serious or life-threatening medical conditions, completed a $5.9m additional financing. The financing, which was raised during the second half of 2009, was a combination of private equity and convertible notes to existing investors. The new capital will support the […]

Canada

Plastiques Wolinak Inc., a Wôlinak (Quebec)-based company specializing in plastic injection moulding, has received $200,000 in repayable funding from the Community Adjustment Fund under the Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The financing will enable the firm, which currently serves numerous clients from Quebec and beyond, to purchase equipment. In addition, the contribution will allow Plastiques Wolinak […]

Start UpUK

Martingale Internet Technologies, a London, UK-based operator of online collectible marketplaces, has raised “substantial” funding from a number of eCommerce business angel investors. According to the company, the funding will be used to accelerate growth of Toy Collector, Martingale’s first marketplace, and to close an agreed acquisition. Commenting on the funding, Robert Dighero, Chairman of […]

Belgiumventure capital

Pronota NV, a Ghent, Belgium-based protein biomarker diagnostics company, has been awarded a €1.4m grant from IWT (the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders) to further validate and develop novel biomarkers for the management of heart failure. The grant will be used to validate and biologically characterize in great […]

Netherlandsventure capital

Merus, a Utrecht, The Netherlands-based biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of human therapeutic antibodies, completed its €21.7m (approximately $30.7m) Series B financing. The round was led by new investors LSP (Life Sciences Partners), Novartis Option Fund, Pfizer Inc. and Bay City Capital, with participation from seed investor Aglaia Oncology Fund. Merus plans to use the […]

USAventure capital

Flexion Therapeutics, aWoburn, MA-based developer of drug candidates through clinically meaningful proof of concept and beyond, has received an equity financing from Pfizer Venture Investments which allowed the company to close its $42m Series A financing round. The investment follow the completion in October 2009 of an initial Series A funding round of $33m from […]

AustriaMergers and Acquisitionsventure capital

After securing €10m of equity funds with the Portuguese Infrastructure Funds NEF, Cycleenergy Beteiligungs- und Management AG, a biomass power plant developer and operator in Austria,  doubled its capacity through the acquisition of Bioenergie Gaishorn GmbH in the last days of 2009. The Gaishorn biomass power plant is one of the largest power plants in […]

Italy

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an agreement with Banca Agrileasing, a member of the Istituto centrale delle Casse rurali e artigiane (ICCREA) Group, for a loan totalling €327m for Italian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Under the loan, which was set up as a structured securitisation operation via ICCREA Banca, projects of up […]