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VC Platform ‘Vintage Investment Partners’ Surpasses its Target, Raising $200 Million for its 4th Growth-Stage Venture Fund

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Vintage Investment Partners, a global venture capital platform, has announced the close of its 4th Growth-Stage Venture Fund (Growth IV) at $200 million, above its target. Similar to Vintage’s prior Growth funds, Growth IV will invest in 15-20 leading Israeli, European, and U.S. growth-stage technology startups, together with its trusted network of tier-one venture capital funds. The Fund, which is Vintage’s 16th fund overall, will operate in parallel to Vintage’s Fund of Funds and Secondary Funds, all driven by Vintage’s deep database and network, bringing Vintage’s total assets under management to roughly $4 billion.

Abe Finkelstein, General Partner at Vintage, noted, “Having just completed Vintage’s 20th anniversary year, we are entering one of the most exciting periods the firm has witnessed in venture capital investing, with innovation and disruption still occurring at a breathtaking pace across a wide variety of sectors, all the while valuations are becoming attractive after the recent bubble years. Further, despite the tough fundraising environment for venture capital funds, we were able to close Growth IV above target, and are grateful for the strong show of support from our limited partners.”

Asaf Horesh, General Partner at Vintage, added, “Vintage has continuously shown an ability to not only access and support leading companies at the growth stage such as JFrog, Honeybook, Minute Media, Mirakl, Monday.com, SentinelOne, Silverfort, Wiliot, Wolt, Yotpo, and many more, but also generate strong distributions to investors while remaining disciplined in deployment pace and fund sizes. Going forward, we will maintain our laser focus on both partnering with and serving the best founders and teams, and generating market leading returns for our investors.”

Vintage will continue to support its portfolio companies and funds through its free Value+ services. The Value+ team cultivates relationships with over 500 leading corporations with the goal of generating meaningful business engagements for startups, funds, and corporate partners. Vintage’s Value+ has generated over 3,300 meetings and introductions between startups and corporations, resulting in nearly 300 known purchase orders or paid proof of concepts for startups from global corporations and over $200 million in business.

Amit Frenkel, General Partner at Vintage, said, “We aim to be more than just capital and work our hardest to add value and serve all of our companies. We connect startups with customers, investors, and industry experts. Even when we’re not the largest investor or on the board, our goal is to be the most impactful partner a founder can have.”

In addition, Vintage has grown its team significantly to over 60 people since its last growth fund. Alan Feld, Founder and Managing Partner of Vintage, also noted, “For the last seven years, we have been working hard to build Vintage for the future. We are fortunate to have two generations of excellent future leaders of the firm who I believe can bring Vintage to the next level. I am thrilled that my Partners so successfully raised Growth IV and look forward to working with them to profitably deploy the $632 million fund of funds we raised in 2022, the $312 million secondary fund that we raised a couple of years ago, and the remaining capital in Growth III.”

About Vintage:

Vintage Investment Partners is a global integrated venture platform combining Secondary Funds, Growth-Stage Funds, and Fund-of-Funds. With roughly $4 billion in assets under management across 15 active funds, the firm is invested in many leading venture funds and mid/late-stage startups. Vintage also leverages its position in the ecosystem, broad network, and database of over 3,800 venture funds and over 23,100 startups to provide value-added services to funds and startups, connecting thousands of venture-backed technology startups to hundreds of corporations seeking support in their digital journeys. Vintage’s Value+ also offers funds and startups access to data and market insights, and connections to investors.

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Internet Service Provider Omni Fiber announces $150 Million in financing from Stonepeak Credit to continue rapid expansion in the Midwest

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Omni Fiber, a regional Fiber Internet Service Provider with operations in over 25 markets in Ohio and Pennsylvania backed by Oak Hill Capital, today announced the closing of $150 million in debt financing from Stonepeak Credit.

Founded in 2022 by management and Oak Hill, Omni Fiber has invested over $250 million in building an XGS-PON fiber network and is on track to reach approximately 200,000 locations by the end of the year. The financing from Stonepeak Credit will fund rapid expansion into more communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Omni Fiber launched its service in late 2022 and now serves residential and business customers in over 25 small and mid-size communities. Construction is in progress in over 15 additional communities, and network design and engineering activities are ongoing in many others.

Omni Fiber’s founding CEO, Darrick Zucco said, “We are excited about the additional opportunities this financing enables. The company’s network expansion not only brings choice to communities with limited options for reliable, ultra-high-speed Internet service but also creates hundreds of new jobs at Omni Fiber and local contractors. The halo effect on economic development for the impacted towns is significant.”

Scott Baker, Managing Partner at Oak Hill Capital, added “It has been a uniquely rewarding experience to partner with Darrick and his talented leadership team. We are thrilled by the rapid growth of Omni Fiber and are committed to continuing investing behind the team as they expand their fiber services to underserved markets in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.”

Ryan Roberge, Senior Managing Director at Stonepeak, added “We are proud to partner with Omni Fiber and Oak Hill Capital to support Omni’s next phase of growth. Our team was thoroughly impressed with Darrick and the rest of Omni’s management team and their plans to expand Omni’s next generation fiber network to additional communities in the Midwest. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Omni and Oak Hill Capital over the long-term.”

With the additional funding, Omni Fiber expects to accelerate the pace of expansion and announce more communities in the next few months.

About Omni Fiber
Omni Fiber was founded in 2022 and is backed by Oak Hill Capital, one of the largest investment firms in the telecommunications industry. Based in Ohio, Omni Fiber is led by a leadership team with 100+ years of combined industry experience and provides 100% fiber-optic broadband Internet, TV, and Phone services to residential and business customers in the Midwestern United States. Omni Fiber offers symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbps, no hidden fees, no data caps, Premium Wi-Fi included, local customer service, and competitive pricing.

About Oak Hill Capital
Oak Hill is a longstanding private equity firm focused on the North America middle-market. Oak Hill applies a specialized, theme-based approach to investing in the following dedicated industry sectors: Media & Communications, Industrials, Services, and Consumer. The Firm implements a highly systematic approach to theme development, proactive origination, and value creation in partnership with management to build franchises of lasting value. Over the past 35+ years, Oak Hill and its predecessors have raised approximately $20 billion of initial capital commitments and co-investments, invested in approximately 100 companies, and completed more than 300 add-on acquisitions representing an aggregate enterprise value at acquisition of over $60 billion.

About Stonepeak
Stonepeak is a leading alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real assets with approximately $71.2 billion of assets under management. Through its investment in defensive, hard-asset businesses globally, Stonepeak aims to create value for its investors and portfolio companies, with a focus on downside protection and strong risk-adjusted returns. Stonepeak provides capital, operational support, and committed partnership to grow investments in its target sectors, which include communications, energy and energy transition, transport and logistics, and real estate.

Stonepeak is a sponsor of private equity and credit investment vehicles. Stonepeak Credit provides credit solutions to infrastructure sponsors and companies.

Stonepeak is headquartered in New York with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, London, Singapore, and Sydney.

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Schoox Partners with learning content aggregator Go1 to Offer Content for Every Learning Style

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Schoox customers gain access to Go1’s diverse content formats available in 14 languages.

Learning management and talent development software provider Schoox announced a new partnership with Go1, the most diverse learning content aggregator, to seamlessly integrate Go1’s library within the Schoox platform. Meticulously curated by a team of experts, Go1’s learning content features courses from more than 250 industry-leading providers, bolstering Schoox’s LMS offering.

“We are excited to provide our customers with access to Go1’s content library. This will enable their employees to engage with a variety of styles, formats, and languages that cater to their learning preferences.” —Lefteris Ntouanoglou, Schoox

Go1’s high-quality education and training options span a global array of industries and topics across compliance and upskilling. Organizations can offer their employees the skills and training most relevant to them in various formats, from text-based content to video and audio courses. Content can be curated into skill-boosting playlists designed to tackle any learning challenge head-on.

“We are proud to offer learning opportunities that allow our customers to reimagine learning and development,” said Chris Eigeland, CEO of Go1. “Our content powers learning programs with the most diverse learning and compliance training content and enables employees to take learning into their own hands for personal and professional growth.”

“Every individual learner is unique,” said Lefteris Ntouanoglou, founder and CEO of Schoox. “We are excited to provide our customers with access to Go1’s content library. This will enable their employees to engage with a variety of styles, formats, and languages that cater to their learning preferences.”

Go1’s formats include micro-learning, immersive courses, podcasts, practice labs, and more. Together, Go1 and Schoox serve up essential content solutions that learning and development teams worldwide need to flourish.

About Go1

Go1 is the most diverse learning content aggregator. With expertly curated content spanning more than 80,000 courses from hundreds of industry-leading providers, Go1 delivers a seamless experience for both L&D leaders and employees in a single subscription. The company has raised over $400 million in funding from investors AirTree Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Five Sigma, Insight Partners, Madrona, Salesforce Ventures, SEEK Investments, SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Y Combinator. Go1 is a Y Combinator 2023 Top Company that provides a seamless learning experience in over 70 learning platforms.

About Schoox

Schoox is workplace learning software with a people-first twist. People aren’t cogs, and Schoox was designed for how humans actually learn. We keep learners curious by letting you deliver more kinds of content wherever they are, from the front line to the corporate office. And by making learning easy, accessible, rewarding, and fun, we help you get everyone more excited about their career development. Learners can “up” their skills, grow on the job, and get more done—and you can measure the impact of their awesome accomplishments. Schoox powers people-focused learning experiences for organizations around the world, including Subway, Celebrity Cruises, Phillips 66, and Sonesta Hotels.

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StockGro Teams Up with Dubai Financial Market, Eyes UAE Debut with Enhanced Market Data Access

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To boost financial literacy in the UAE, StockGro, India’s largest stock market experiential learning platform, has partnered with Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to integrate a live data feed. This collaboration aims to enhance retail investor participation by fostering stock market literacy across the region.

StockGro’s community-based learning platform features over 100 licensed financial experts educating millennials about the financial markets. With DFM’s live data feed implemented on StockGro’s risk-free education platform, the partnership aims to propagate financial awareness in the UAE region.

Ajay Lakhotia, Founder and CEO of StockGro, commented on the expansion, saying, “Launching in UAE marks a significant milestone in our journey to make financial education accessible globally. With DFM’s support, we are excited to empower lakhs of UAE-based investors to become financially free.”

StockGro is India’s premier experiential social learning platform for trading and investments. With over 35 million users nationwide, StockGro is the trusted destination for individuals seeking to learn and master the art of trading and investments. StockGro has successfully empowered financial enthusiasts across 1000+ prestigious educational institutions, offering a unique and immersive learning experience.

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) is the UAE’s premier stock exchange, facilitating financial growth for investors and market participants by offering innovative products in an efficient, transparent and liquid environment. Dubai Financial Market (DFM) was established as a public institution with independent corporate bodies. DFM operates as a secondary market for the trading of securities issued by public shareholding companies, bonds issued by the Federal Government or any of the local Governments and public institutions in the country, units of investment funds and any other financial instruments, local or foreign, which are accepted by the market.

The DFM commenced operations on March 26, 2000, and became the 1st Islamic Shari’a-compliant exchange globally since 2007. Following its IPO in November 2006, when DFM offered 1.6 billion shares, representing 20% of its paid-up capital of AED 8 billion, DFM became a public joint stock company, and its shares were listed on 7 March 2007 with the trading symbol (DFM). Following the IPO, the Government of Dubai retained the remaining 80% of DFM Company through Borse Dubai Limited.

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