TPG Capital has reached a first close of its two China funds, having received commitments of RMB4 billion ($635 million). The private equity firm said that 90% of the capital raised came from private investors rather than government-linked entities. It wants private capital to account for 50% of total commitments to the funds.
Both funds launched in August 2010 and are joint venture partnerships with local governments. The TPG Shanghai RMB Fund is backed by the Shanghai municipal government and Pudong New Area government and...
The government of Shenzhen, China has launched a VC fund with an initial corpus of RMB500 million ($79 million) to invest in blockchain start-ups in the city.
Sequoia Capital China and Serica Partners have co-led an $11 million Series A round for US-based molecular diagnostics start-up NuProbe.
Shenzhen Capital has joined a $30 million Series C round for US-based 3D printing company Formlabs that will support an expansion effort in China and Asia.