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23 November 2017

Parkwalk announces fourth Oxford fund

The University of Oxford Innovation Fund IV is seeking commitments from alumni and other investors to support the Oxford ecosystem.

Author: Thierry Heles, editor

UK-based investment firm Parkwalk Advisors announced the University of Oxford Innovation Fund IV on Tuesday, inviting commitments from the institution’s alumni and other investors.

The firm has not revealed a size for the vehicle, noting only that it will operate through the Enterprise Investment Scheme and will be “relatively small” – therefore “priority will be given to existing investors and alumni”.

The fund will, like its predecessors, focus on spinouts emerging out of University of Oxford, with portfolio advice provided by the institution’s tech transfer office Oxford University Innovation. The current vehicle, Innovation Fund III, closed to new investors in March 2016.

Parkwalk Advisors is owned by commercialisation firm IP Group, which acquired the firm in December 2016 for $12m. Parkwalk also manages funds for Cambridge Enterprise, the tech transfer arm of University of Cambridge, and University of Bristol.      

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