April 6, 2021

The startup behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine gears up for an IPO

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The same technology used to develop treatments for those diseases was applied in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.u003c/p> u003cp>Vaccitech is gearing up for an IPO potentially in New York this year that could value it around $700 million, according tou003cem> u003c/em>u003ca href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/startup-behind-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-raises-168-million-in-step-toward-ipo-11615981539">u003cem>the Wall Street Journalu003c/em>u003c/a>u003cem>. u003c/em>But it’s not been a straightforward path, with tensions flaring between Oxford and Vaccitech over the deal with AstraZeneca to distribute and produce the doses. Meanwhile, public confidence in the same shot has suffered amid u003ca href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/16/europes-suspension-of-astrazenecas-covid-vaccine-is-damaging.html">mixed messaging over its efficacyu003c/a> by European leaders. u003c/p> u003cp>Something else is also riding on the success of an IPO, at least for Oxford. The storied university’s name pops up in many a venture capital deal. But its reputation as a tech and biotech investor still lags behind that of its U.S. peers in higher education. A successful Vaccitech IPO could be the bellwether Oxford needs to prove its own startup creation and funding process.u003c/p> u003cp>u003cstrong>FROM STRIPE TO RAMPu003c/strong>: Coin Kennedy, previously Stripe’s global head of partnerships, has left the company in favor of a younger fintech. Kennedy is joining corporate card Ramp as its chief business officer. Keep in mind that u003ca href="https://fortune.com/company/stripe" target="_blank">Stripeu003c/a> has just hit a $95 billion valuation.My colleague Robert Hackett has the u003ca href="https://fortune.com/2021/03/16/stripe-colin-kennedy-goldman-sachs-corporate-card-startup-ramp/">full story hereu003c/a>.u003c/p> u003cp>u003cstrong>Lucinda Shenu003c/strong>u003cbr>u003cstrong>Twitter: u003c/strong>u003ca rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/ShenLucinda" target="_blank">@shenlucindau003c/a>u003cbr>u003cstrong>Email: u003c/strong>lucinda.shen@fortune.comu003c/p> u003ch3>VENTURE DEALSu003c/h3>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.squarespace.com/">u003cb>Squarespaceu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a New York-based website building and e-commerce platform, raised $300 million valuing it at $10 billion. Investors included u003c/span>u003cb>Dragoneer, Tiger Global, D1 Capital Partners, Fidelity Management & Research Company, T. 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u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.dataminr.com/">u003cb>Dataminru003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a New York-based artificial-intelligence platform, is in talks to raise funding at a valuation of over $3.6 billion, per Bloomberg. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-16/dataminr-said-to-discuss-funding-at-over-3-6-billion-valuation?srnd=deals">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://sayweee.com/">u003cb>Weee!u003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Fremont, Calif.-based online grocer specializing in Hispanic and Asian foods, raised over $300 million, valuing it at $2.8 billion, per Bloomberg. u003c/span>u003cb>DST Global u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">led the round and was joined by investors including  u003c/span>u003cb>Blackstone Growth, Arena 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style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://clarifyhealth.com/">u003cb>Clarify Healthu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a San Francisco-based enterprise analytics company for healthcare organizations, raised $115 million in Series C funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Insight Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Spark Capital, Concord Health Partners, HWVP, KKRu003c/b>u003cb>,u003c/b>u003cb> Rivas Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, and u003c/span>u003cb>Sigmas Group. u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://inflammatix.com/">u003cb>Inflammatixu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Burlingame, Calif.-based molecular diagnostics company, raised $102 million in Series D funding. u003c/span>u003cb>D1 Capital Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Northpond Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Think.Healthu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, and u003c/span>u003cb>OSF Healthcare Ventures.u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.socure.com/">u003cb>Socureu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a New York-based digital identity trust company, raised $100 million in Series D funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Accelu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Commerce Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>Scale Venture Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>Flint Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>Citi Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>WellsFargou003c/b> u003cb>Strategic Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>Synchronyu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>Sorensonu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, and u003c/span>u003cb>Two Sigma Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="http://www.stridebio.com/">u003cb>StrideBio,u003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> a Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based developer of gene therapies, raised $81.5 million in Series B funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Northpond Ventures u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">and u003c/span>u003cb>Novo Holdingsu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and were joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> Pontifax, Octagon Capital, Sarepta Therapeutics, CaaS Capital,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> andu003c/span>u003cb> UF Innovate Ventures.u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.overwolf.com/">u003cb>Overwolfu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">,u003c/span> u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">a Tel Aviv-based platform for creators to build, distribute, and monetize in-game apps, raised $52.5 million in Series C funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Griffin Gaming Partners u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">and u003c/span>u003cb>Insight Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Ubisoft, Warner Music Group, Meg Whitmanu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, and u003c/span>u003cb>Kevin Chouu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> (Gen.G Co-Founder).u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">–u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.safegraph.com/"> u003cb>SafeGraphu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Denver-based geospatial data company, raised $45 million in Series B funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Sapphire Ventures u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">led the round.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.torch.ai/">u003cb>Torch.AIu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Kansas City-based machine learning firm focused on data processing, raised $30 million in Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>WestCap Groupu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.glooko.com/">u003cb>Glookou003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of remote patient monitoring, raised $30 million in Series D funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Health Catalyst Capital u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Canaan Partners, Georgian, Novo Nordisk, Insulet,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> andu003c/span>u003cb> Mayo Clinicu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://octoml.ai/">u003cb>OctoMLu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Seattle-based machine learning deployment company, raised $28 million in Series B funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Addition Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> Madrona Venture Groupu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> andu003c/span>u003cb> Amplify Partners. u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.docker.com/">u003cb>Dockeru003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based cloud native container company, raised $23 million in Series B funding.u003c/span>u003cb> Tribe Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Benchmarku003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> andu003c/span>u003cb> Insight Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/16/docker-nabs-23m-series-b-as-as-new-developer-focus-takes-shape/">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://vulcan.io/">u003cb>Vulcan Cyberu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Tel Aviv-based application and cloud security company, raised $21 million in Series B funding.u003c/span>u003cb> Dawn Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> Wipro Ventures,u003c/b> u003cb>YL Ventures,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> andu003c/span>u003cb> Ten Eleven Ventures.u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.mediartx.com/">u003cb>Mediar Therapeuticsu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company seeking treatments for fibrosis, raised $20 million. Investors include u003c/span>u003cb>Pfizer Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> and u003c/span>u003cb>Ono Venture Investmentu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.fridgenomore.com/">u003cb>Fridge No Moreu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a New York-based instant grocery delivery service, raised $15.4 million in Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Insight Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> Altair Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.noogata.com/">u003cb>Noogatau003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Tel Aviv-based artificial intelligence data analytics company, raised $12 million in seed funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Team8 u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Skylake Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__unagiscooters.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=xi897mlTxaCPSXeaz6ZDt8E_2-2j_cH4qMQdw3H6op8&m=l3Z9ohWILq4ooKqpc_5eE7TeFgUuPoG2-BvNrtRaK0Y&s=oa37AMf5B9xYVzMnof7FVWaKs2bHien_PXJXZmSKW-Q&e=">u003cb>Unagi Scootersu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, an Oakland, Calif-based-based electric scooter manufacturer, raised $10.5 million in Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>The Ecosystem Integrity Fundu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round, and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Menlo Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb>Broadway Angelsu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, and u003c/span>u003cb>Gaingelsu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.harmonize.health/">u003cb>Harmonize Healthu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a San Francisco-based remote monitoring and care platform, raised $10 million in Series A funding.u003c/span>u003cb> Launchpad Digital Healthu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> Stanford University, Gaingels, Trinity Ventures, u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">andu003c/span>u003cb> Liquid 2 Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.schoolinks.com/">u003cb>SchooLinksu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, an Austin-based startup with college planning resources, raised an $8.3 million in Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>LiveOak Venture Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>SJF Ventures u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">and u003c/span>u003cb>Juvo Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://cym.bio/">u003cb>Cymbiou003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Tel Aviv-based platform for connecting brands to retailers, raised $7 million in Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Vertex Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Yuval Talu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> (founder of Payoneer), u003c/span>u003cb>Udian Investments,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> and u003c/span>u003cb>Ron Zuckerman. u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.iamfy.co/">u003cb>Fy!u003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a London-based home living and lifestyle retail platform, raised £5 million ($7 million).u003c/span>u003cb> Hoxton Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://3dlook.me/">u003cb>3DLOOKu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cb>, u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of online shopping technology for fit and size recommendations, raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Almaz Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="http://capdesk.com/">u003cb>Capdesku003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a London-based provider of an equity management platform, raised £5 million ($7 million) in Series A extension funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Fidelity International Strategic Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> and u003c/span>u003cb>MiddleGame Venturesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://cohere.so/">u003cb>Cohereu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, an Irvine, Calif.-based productivity company, raised $3.1 million in seed funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Initialized Capitalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> Y Combinator, Soma Capital, BoxGroup, Shrug Capital,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> and u003c/span>u003cb>Chapter One.u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://zensports.com/">u003cb>ZenSportsu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a West Hollywood, Calif.-based mobile sports betting app, raised $2.4 million in Series A funding. Investors included u003c/span>u003cb>Gaingels, MicroVentures, Calm Ventures, Twenty Five Ventures,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> andu003c/span>u003cb> Allied Ventures Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://jiffygrocery.co.uk/">u003cb>Jiffyu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a London-based grocery delivery company, raised £2.6 million ($3.6 million) in seed funding. u003c/span>u003cb>LVL1 Groupu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003c/span>u003cb> AddVenture, TA Ventures, u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">and u003c/span>u003cb>Vladimir Kholiaznikovu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/16/jiffy-grocery/">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://meallogix.com/">u003cb>Meallogixu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a San Diego-based maker of software for meal prep company owners, raised $1.7 million in Pre-Series A funding. u003c/span>u003cb>Tech Coast Angelsu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> led the round and was joined by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Spark Growth Ventures.u003c/b>u003c/p>nu003ch3>PRIVATE EQUITYu003c/h3>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>TA Associates u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">invested $100 million in u003c/span>u003ca href="http://appfire.com">u003cb>Appfireu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">a Burlington, Mass.-based provider of productivity apps.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Accel-KKR u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">invested in u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.kimbleapps.com/">u003cb>Kimble Applicationsu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Boston-based provider of cloud-based professional services automation solutions. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Clearlake Capital Group u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">invested in u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.rsa.com/">u003cb>RSA Security,u003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> a Bedford, Mass.-based provider of cybersecurity, and governance risk and compliance management software solutions. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>DartPointsu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, backed by u003c/span>u003cb>Astra Capital Managementu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, agreed to acquire u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.immedion.com/">u003cb>Immedionu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Greenville, S.C.-based provider of colocation, cloud and managed services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Endicott Growth Equity Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> invested in u003c/span>u003ca href="https://govspend.com/">u003cb>GovSpendu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a  Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based provider of government spend analysis solutions to government vendors and agencies. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> u003c/span>u003cb>Imawebu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, backed by u003c/span>u003cb>PSGu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">acquired u003c/span>u003ca href="https://stamp.yt/">u003cb>Stampytu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a French provider of remarketing software and other digital solutions for the second-hand vehicle market. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>ICV Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> made a majority investment in u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.cherrytreedental.com/">u003cb>Cherry Tree Dentalu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Wisconsin-based dentistry practice. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Emburseu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, backed by u003c/span>u003cb>K1u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, u003c/span>u003cb> u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">acquired u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.dvibigdata.com/">u003cb>Data Visualization Intelligenceu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">,u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> a U.S.-based corporate-spending analytics company, and u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.getroadmap.com/">u003cb>Roadmapu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Dutch mobile travel startup. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003ch3>EXITSu003c/h3>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Arsenal Capital Partnersu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> acquired u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.appliedadhesives.com/">u003cb>Applied Adhesivesu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based manufacturer of adhesive products and thermal product solutions, from u003c/span>u003cb>Goldner Hawnu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>THI Investments u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">agreed to acquire u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.oxfordinternational.com/">u003cb>Oxford International Education Groupu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a London-based international education provider. u003c/span>u003cb>Bowmark Capital u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">exited.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Snap-on Incorporated u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">agreed to acquire u003c/span>u003ca href="https://dealer-fx.com/">u003cb>Dealer-FXu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a provider of customer experience and process automation software for automotive retailers, from u003c/span>u003cb>HGGCu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Apax u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">agreed to acquire u003c/span>u003ca href="https://lutech.group/en">u003cb>Lutech SpAu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Milan-based u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">IT u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">system integration and digital u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">services businessu003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, from u003c/span>u003cb>One Equity Partners. u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Peloton Capital Managementu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> acquired u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.glasslewis.com/">u003cb>Glass Lewisu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a provider of independent global governance solutions, fromu003c/span>u003cb> Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Boardu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> and u003c/span>u003cb>Alberta Investment Management Corporationu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>Lookout,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> backed by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>Andreessen Horowitzu003c/b>u003cb>,u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> acquired u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.ciphercloud.com/">u003cb>CipherCloudu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a San Jose, Calif.-based cloud-native security company, also backed by investors including u003c/span>u003cb>a16z.u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003ch3>OTHERu003c/h3>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">A majority of u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.g4s.com/">u003cb>G4Su003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> shareholders have accepted a u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">£u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">3.8 billion ($5.28 billion) takeover offer from U.S. rival u003c/span>u003cb>Allied Universalu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. U.K.-based G4S is a security services company. u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003cb>LeBron Jamesu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> is now a part-owner of the u003c/span>u003cb>Boston Red Soxu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> after joining u003c/span>u003ca href="https://fenwaysportsgroup.com/">u003cb>Fenway Sports Groupu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> as a partner, per the Boston Globe. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/03/16/sports/fenway-sports-group-adds-lebron-james-partner-approves-deal-jump-start-plan-acquire-more-teams/">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.grubmarket.com/">u003cb>GrubMarketu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> acquired u003c/span>u003ca href="https://rjproduceinc.com/wp/">u003cb>RJ Produceu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a produce wholesaler in Texas. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003ch3>IPOu003c/h3>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://diversey.com/en">u003cb>Diversey Holdingsu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Fort Mill, S.C.-based provider of cleaning and hygiene products, now says it is planning to raise as much as $970 million in an IPO of 46.2 million shares priced between $18 and $21 apiece. u003c/span>u003cb>Bain Capital u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">backs the firm. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0001831617/000110465921036638/tm2035458-11_s1a.htm">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.trustpilot.com/">u003cb>Trustpilot Groupu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a Denmark-based consumer review site, is set to raise as much as 434 million ($600 million), in its London listing. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-16/trustpilot-holders-seek-as-much-as-600-million-in-london-ipo?srnd=deals">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.cricut.com/">u003cb>Cricutu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a South Jordan, Ut.-based maker of design apps and crafting machines, now u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">plans to raise $322 million in an offering of 15.3 million shares (13% insider sold) priced between $20 to $22u003c/span>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1828962/000156459021006015/crct-s1.htm">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.vizio.com/">u003cb>Viziou003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, an Irvine, Calif.-based maker of low-cost electronics, says it now plans to raise $333 million in an offering of 15.1 million shares (50% insider sold) priced between $21 to $23. u003c/span>u003cb>Foxconnu003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> backs the firm. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0001835591/000119312521082123/d87723ds1a.htm">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.semrush.com/company/">u003cb>SEMrush Holdings,u003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400"> a Boston-based maker of software for digital marketing, says it plans to raise $252 million in an offering of 16.8 million shares (11% insider sold) priced between $14 to $16. u003c/span>u003cb>Greycroft u003c/b>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">backs the firm. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0001831840/000162828021004792/semrushforms-1a1.htm">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.chime.com/">u003cb>Chimeu003c/b>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">, a San Francisco-based fintech, has held early talks about an IPO in the country that could value it at over $30 billion, per Reuters. u003c/span>u003ca href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chime-ipo-exclusive/exclusive-chime-prepares-stock-market-listing-as-online-banking-grows-sources-idUSKBN2B82TG">u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">Read moreu003c/span>u003c/a>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">.u003c/span>u003c/p>nu003ch3>SPACu003c/h3>nu003cp>u003cspan style="font-weight: 400">– u003c/span>u003ca 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