Managers hard at work on sustainable development

As a number of pension funds around the world come to grips with implementing the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals into their portfolios, money managers have also been working away in the background.

Despite the work by some high-profile institutional investors, some managers said they are not yet getting questions from their clients.

"Clients are not bringing it up with us directly yet, but companies are," said Will Oulton, global head, responsible investment at First State Investments in London. "We have seen companies quite proactive in saying, 'We're going to report on how contributing to the SDGs is most relevant to our sector,'" he said. 

Patient Capital? Time for a national database to match investors with innovators

Last November, the Treasury launched the Patient Capital Review.

Its aim was to identify the barriers that innovative companies may face in gaining access to long term, supportive finance.

It is being overseen by an A list of entrepreneurs and investment experts, chaired by former Permira head Sir Damon Buffini, who are supremely well-qualified to define the issue and recommend solutions.

How the first global university venture fund hopes to change the world

Future Planet Capital wants to connect investors to startups to help solve the biggest issues facing the planet.

The world's first global university venture fund was founded in 2015 to connect major investors, startups and academics to develop commercially viable technology that addresses challenges around climate change, health, sustainability, education, or security.

Future Planet Capital press release: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Today, Future Planet Capital hosted an inaugural awards ceremony honouring the best start-ups across five categories at the Global Corporate Venturing Symposium.

The overall winner, PragmatIC, was picked by a judging panel chaired by world-renowned architect Lord Foster, with other panel members including education reformer Lord Nat Wei, Patrick Chung, founding partner of Xfund, Nick Greenwood, Fund Manager, Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund and Jim Wilkinson, CEO, Oxford Sciences Innovation.

Future Planet Capital press release: Tuesday 16 May 2017

DMS Governance ("DMS"), the world's leading fund governance firm, is delighted to announce the addition of Future Planet Fund 1 (the "Fund") to its DMS QIAIF Platform ICAV. This is a global innovation fund, connecting the world's biggest investors to the best minds, to profitably address the world's greatest challenges.  The investment objective is to maximize long-term capital gains by providing multi-stage investment in technology and life science firms.  The Fund will invest in innovations that (i) are relatively immune to macroeconomic factors, (ii) reduce unrewarded risks, (iii) are scalable and have a proven business model.

Future Planet Capital press release: Thursday 27 April 2017

Congenica, a world leader in clinical genomics software for inherited diseases, today announced completion of its recently announced Series B funding round with additional investments from new strategically important investors BGI Genomics (BGI), a recognized global leader in genomics, Healthlink Capital (Healthlink), another well-established China-based life-science investor and Future Planet Capital, a global innovation fund.

Pensions & Investments: Berkshire Pension Fund makes seed investment in U.K. university innovation fund

Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund, Maidenhead, England, committed £15 million ($18.9m) and is the seed investor in a new strategy to direct institutional capital into the commercialisation of U.K. university innovation.

The British Innovation Fund was launched by Future Planet Capital and Milltrust International Group.

I&PE: Berkshire invests in commercialisation of UK university research

The UK’s £1.9bn (€2.3bn) Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund is to invest £15m in a new fund aiming to direct institutional capital into the commercialisation of UK university research.

The local authority pension fund committed the £15m to the British Innovation Fund (BIF), launched on 1 December by Future Planet Capital and Milltrust International Group.

The fund has received commitments of £30m so far.

Future Planet Capital announces participation in funding for Oxford Science Innvoation.

Future Planet Capital is pleased to announce its participation in the third close of funding for Oxford Sciences Innovation plc alongside some of Asia's largest companies and investors.

OSI, which was formed in May 2015, has raised an additional £230m from new and existing investors. With nearly £600m now available to invest in spin-outs from Oxford’s science departments, OSI is believed to be the world’s largest university innovation investor.

Pursuing Innovation: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Technology Investment

The past three years have seen Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) capturing headlines for high-profile investments in innovative technology businesses. The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia may have made the most noise in 2016 with its attention-grabbing $3.5 billion Uber stake and, more recently, a collaboration with Softbank on a "$100 billion" tech-focused venture capital fund. Yet such announcements are merely the tip of the iceberg. 

British University Venture Funds: Going further, faster

The road from laboratory to industry is a time consuming and long one, but the rise of a raft of new university venture funds (UVFs) in Britain is helping to transform the innovation landscape. Britain is home to an increasing number of venture capital funds committed to turning innovative ideas from academic organisations and associated clusters into world class companies.

Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) and Future Planet Capital (FPC) Launch New Innovative Partner Model

Tsinghua News Network July 5 power July 1. Tsinghua - Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) and Future Planet Capital (FPC) in the East Room of the Office of the word Tsinghua University signed an agreement on the cultivation and within China and worldwide accelerate innovation Investment cooperation letter of intent. Berkeley dean of Tsinghua University Professor KANG Feiyu Shenzhen and Future Planet Capital Executive Chairman Douglas · Mr. Hansen-Luke (Douglas Hansen-Luke) on behalf of the two sides signed a memorandum. Yang Bin, vice president of Tsinghua University attended the signing ceremony and delivered a speech.