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23andMe lands $1.4 million grant from NIH to detect genetic roots for disease

Home genetics startup 23andMe has secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build survey tools and expand its gene database.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

China cements deal with Kenya to fund railway construction project est. $3.8 billion

Sunday Kenya made an agreement with China to finance 90% of the 609.3 kilometer railway project in Nairobi with cost estimate of SH 327 billion or $3.8 billion.

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European Union

Djibouti receives $11 million grant from the European Union

Djibouti has received $11 million grant from the European Union to help the country in looking for ways to solve the current problem in potable water and its scarcity of supply.

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Keona Health

US-based health tech startup Keona bags $2.5M to fuel growth

Keona Health, a Chapel Hill, US-based health tech startup that created software that helps nurses save time by taking patient histories and classify cases online, bagged $2.5 million in funding to accelerate its growth.

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The Cocoa Trees

Singapore backs travel-focused chocolate retail chain The Cocoa Trees

Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd backed chocolate retail chain The Cocoa Trees with an undisclosed amount of fresh capital as the travel retail sector of Asia enjoys a sudden rise in income.

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Yatra.com

Indian travel portal Yatra.com takes home INR140 crore in fifth financing

Gurgaon, India-based online travel agency Yatra.com took home INR140 crore in its fifth funding round led by IDG Ventures India and Vertex Venture Holding to fund future acquisitions.

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Jasper Wireless

California firm Jasper lands $50M in funding to bring the Internet of Things to Coca-Cola

Mountain View, US-based Internet of Things (IoT) cloud Jasper landed a $50-million investment in a funding round led by Temasek to bring its IoT technology to Coca-Cola's new initiatives.

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North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Staffordshire pockets £4M grant to expand SMBs

The British government awarded £4 million in funding to Staffordshire to help small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) expand and to add more jobs in the region.

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Kaitek Labs

Chilean government grants $350K to Kaitek Labs to develop red tide detector

The government of Chile gave $350,000 in funding to tech startup Kaitek Labs to develop prototype of a device that detects red tide in a bid to reduce the costs of testing for toxins.

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GrabTaxi

GrabTaxi closes Series A round to conquer Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based taxi app GrabTaxi closed its Series A round with more than $1 million from Singaporean state-owned investment firm Vertex Ventures to conquer Southeast Asia.

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Sol Kerzner

Dubai's sovereign wealth fund acquires stake in Kerzner International

Dubai's sovereign wealth fund, Investment Corp of Dubai, has bought a stake in Kerzner International but did not disclose information regarding the terms of the deal, reported Reuters.

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Banco Mare

Spanish lender BMN to sell shares to pay back state-back rescue fund

Banco Mare Nostrum has intended to sell its shares before the deadline of the state funded bailout aid it received before the 2017 deadline.

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Varun Beverages Limited

Varun Beverages to expand in Africa and South Asia with USD300 million investment

Varun Beverages planned to invest USD300 million for a business expansion in South Asia and Africa, reported Ventures Africa.

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Solar Power Panels

US-based solar-panel robotics startup Brittmore bags $1M in government grant

San Jose, US-based solar-panel robotics startup Brittmore Group bagged $1 million in a recent grant from the Department of Energy to automate the construction of solar power plants.

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Intelligent Energy Holdings

Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC backs Intelligent Energy Holdings with $63M

GIC, a sovereign wealth fund in Singapore that manages its foreign reserves, has supported UK-based Intelligent Energy Holdings with $63 million, a statement about the funding said.

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