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July 8, 2010

High sums invested in the second quarter of 2010 despite the global crisis

The second quarter of this year has finished successfully for many growing companies. Let’s take only the investment activity in the US Southern California area. A whooping $1.6 billion were used to fund companies in all kinds of domains. This is more than in Q1 and definitely more than in Q2 last year. Seems like the future is smiling upon the entrepreneurs who want to get venture capital . Want to know the leading domains that got the most attention? Here they are: Biopharmaceutical, Energy and Medical Devices. The Biopharmaceutical domain and Medical devices domain have gathered more than $370 million just by themselves. Good times to try to cure diseases.

This is not the only big sum wandered around. Gávea Investimentos and TPG from Brazil have partnered to buy equity worth $226 million in Rumo Logistica SA. Never heard of it? You should. They are the logistic arm of the world’s largest sugar cane and ethanol producer and that is Cosan SA Industira& Comercio . Big money, big businesses but smaller ones had their chances.

Maybe you have heard about BuyWithMe, the community-buying website that informs shoppers about the best deals and offers from local merchants. They recently closed a $16 million series B funding invested by Bain capital Ventures. In addition, a Series B funding was completed by Uptake medical from Seattle, which develops medical technologies to treat lung disease. We are talking about $17.5 million.

Ceres a developer of biofuel crop technology, a firm based in Thousand Oaksand and by Eucalyptus Systems, a developer of private cloud management software based in Santa Barbara raised the round sum of $20 million. The money will go in expansion and marketing.

Smart ideas with high potential are funded too. It is the case of Maven Research, which is developing an online professional network for consulting engagements meaning you can get legal advice online easy and fast. The company has received $1 million from Accel partners.

Social networking sites and medical services are not the only ones being funded. We have news from India were Ocean Sparkle Limited (OSL) an operations and marine services company based in Hyderabad India has received $11.1 million from Eredene capital PLC a London based investor a sign that investors are more tempted to go global when searching for good deals. This round of equity infusion has valued the company at $135 million. It is rumored that Ocean Sparkle Limited has received another $18 million from a local private equity fund India Equity partners, but this is not a sure thing.

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