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Highland Capital Partners launches USD400m fund

Venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners has launched its eighth fund, Highland Capital Partners VIII.

The new USD400m fund will continue to fuel the firm’s focus on early through growth stage investments in healthcare, internet & digital media and technology companies.

"We are very appreciative for the continued backing of our limited partners," says Bob Higgins (pictured), general partner at Highland. "We are pleased to raise a fund in this challenging environment that will allow us to continue to partner with the world’s best entrepreneurs and management teams in building high-growth and successful companies."

Since its inception, Highland has partnered with over 200 entrepreneurial enterprises, 90 of which have gone public or been acquired to date. Recent Highland-backed companies with valuations in excess of USD1bn include Conor Medsystems (IPO/acquired by Johnson & Johnson), lululemon athletica, Starent Networks and VistaPrint.

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