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This week’s private/family investment deals

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Dubai royal Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum’s investment group, The Private Office, has seeded Urent, a Dubai-based online car rental platform, with an unspecified amount of money. 

Kapor Capital, the family office of Michael Kapor, has led a Series A round in Bitwise Industries, which describes itself as a “tech ecosystem, activating human potential to elevate underdog cities around the US”. Kapor was one of four investors committing $27 million to the US-based group. Kapor has also seeded Homeroom, an education tech platform. Kapor was one of seven investors committing $3.5 million to the US-based group. 

Constellar Ventures, a US-based family investment group owned by the China-based Lin family, has backed NotifAi, an insurance-tech platform. Constellar was one of four investors in a Series A round worth $1.3 million for the US-based group.  

The March Fund, a Hong Kong-based investment group recently set up by Christoper Lai, a former senior investor at Horizon Ventures, one of Li Ka-Shing’s investment groups, has invested in Engage3, a US-based big data retail platform. The March Fund committed $12 million in a Series C round with three other investors.

Indian-based Survam Partners, Suman Kant Munjal’s family office, the chairman of Rockman Industries, has seeded Bellatrix Aerospace, an Indian space and R&D company. Survam and seven other investors seeded the group with $3 million.  

Peter Thiel, probably through his private investment group, Thiel Capital, has invested in FLYR, which forecasts future fare volatility through data analysis. Thiel committed $10 million with seven other investors in a Series B round for the US-based group. 

Candy Capital, the family office of Nick Candy, a UK real estate developer, has invested in Vibe Tickets, a ticketing company. Candy backed the UK-based group with £2 million. 

LocalGlobe, an impact investment-led group set up by father and son combo Robin and Saul Klein, both prominent UK-based venture capitalists, has invested in a UK food delivery group called Taster. LocalGlobe backed the group with $8 million with two other investors in a Series A round. LocalGlobe has also backed Motorway, an online marketplace that connects used car sellers to buyers. LocalGlobe invested £11 million with one other investor in a Series A round for the UK-based group. 

Platanus Holding, a Swiss holding and investment group owned by the Spross family, has invested in eMonitor, a property management software platform. Platanus was one of three investors in a Series A round worth CH1.1 million for the Swiss-based group. 

Peterson Ventures, a US investment group owned by Joel Peterson, has invested in Tundra, an e-commerce platform. Peterson was one of five investors in a Series A round worth $12 million for the US-based group. 

Perot Jain, an investment group set up by  Ross Perot Jr. and Anurag Jain, has invested in Booster, a mobile gas delivery group. Perot Jain invested alongside Vulcan Capital, the investment group owned by Jody Allen, and five other investors in a Series C round worth $56 million for the US-based group. Perot Jain has also invested in Latent AI, a US computer software group. The Dallas-based investment group seeded the group with $3.5 million with three other investors. 

Sorenson Capital, an investment group owned by the Sorenson family, has invested in MX Technologies, a fintech big data group. Sorenson was one of 10 investors in a Series B round worth $100 million for the US-based group. 

The Chernin Group, which represents the investment interests of Peter Chernin, has invested in Cameo, a marketplace where fans can book personalized video shoutouts. Chernin was one of five investors in a Series B round worth $50 million for the US-based group. 

Thrive Capital, an investment group owned by Joshua Kushner, has invested in Monzo, a UK-based digital-only bank platform. Thrive was one of 10 investors in a Series F round worth £113 million for the group. 

Two US family offices – Zunis Investments and Trog Hawley Capital – with unknown families behind them, have backed Get Spiffy, an on-demand car wash and detailing service. The two family offices were among five investors in a Series C round worth $10 million for the US-based group. 

DST Global, the Hong Kong-based investment group owned by Yuri Milner, has invested in StockX, an online marketplace for buying and selling limited edition and high demand sneakers. DST Global was one of three investors committing $110 million in a Series C round for the US-based group. 

Alexandria Venture Investments, a private investment vehicle of Joel Marcus, has invested in Encoded Therapeutics, a US-biotech group. Alexandria was one of nine investors in a Series C round worth $104 million. 

Point King Capital, a recently set up Australian investment group by Harvey Carter and Sam McKay, the later has strong links to billionaire James Packer, has invested in AUrate, an e-commerce group linked to the jewelry industry. Point King was one of four investors in a Series A round worth $13 million for the US-based group. 

Creadev, an investment group by the Mulliez family, has invested $5 million in Twiga Foods, a Kenyan-based food group. 

Abu Issa Investment, a Qatar-based private investment group owned by the Abu Issa family, has again helped to further seed MoBerries, a network connecting companies and professionals in Germany. Abu Issa was one of four investors in a seed round worth an unspecified amount of money. The private investment group had earlier this month also backed MoBerries. 

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