11 Jan '12, 5pm

Australia Seeds Largest Renewable Energy Fund, Flagship Closes VC Fund

In a difficult environment for fundraising, especially for funds that invest in early stage companies, venture capital firm Flagship Ventures closed its fourth fund, a $270 million fund. Flagship says they exceeded their target of $250 million for the fund, which will invest in healthcare and cleantech/ sustainability. Investors in Flagship Ventures Fund IV include pension funds, foundations, fund-of-funds, corporations and individuals. Its previous fund, launched in 2007, was $235 million, which invested n 24 companies. With the closing of the new fund, Flagship has about $900 million of early-stage capital under management in a portfolio of 65 companies. 25 of those companies emanated from its in-house venture creation group, VentureLabs. Most of the portfolio companies are in healthcare. Some of the cleantech companies we spotted are: Joule (pioneering the production of...

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