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Top 50 Startup Investors in Japan

A list of 50 angel investors and VC funds that invest in startups based in Japan. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in companies from Japan. We update this investor list every month.

Top 50 Startup Investors in Japan

Investor Japan investments
SMBC Venture Capital 104
Mizuho Capital 104
ANRI 104
East Ventures 98
Incubate Fund 89
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital 88
ANOBAKA 75
DNX Ventures 69
Nissay Capital 69
Global Brain Corporation 66
Genesia Ventures 65
Monex Ventures 55
SBI Investment 49
STRIVE 48
Archetype Ventures 48
MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital (MSIVC) 44
Daiwa Corporate Investment 43
DBJ Capital 39
Globis Capital Partners 38
Yusuke Sato 38
Nippon Venture Capital 38
Japan Finance 37
Coral Capital 37
Kotaro Chiba 37
Kotaro Chiba 37
Future Venture Capital 35
YJ Capital 34
ITOCHU Technology Ventures 33
Yu Akasaka 32
B Dash Ventures 31
Ayataro Nakagawa 31
Vector 31
NOW Japan 30
Real Tech Japan 30
F Ventures 29
Hidetoshi Takano 29
VOYAGE VENTURES 28
iSGS Investment Works 28
Nobuhiro Ariyasu 27
D4V 27
Kensuke Furukawa 27
XTech Ventures 27
Osaka University Venture Capital 26
W ventures 26
Hirofumi Miki 25
Colopl Next 25
Mobile Internet Capital 24
GMO VenturePartners 24
BEENEXT 23
Energy & Environment Investment 23
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SMBC Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 21 investments in the past 12 months
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and its group companies offer a broad range of financial services centered on banking. They are also engaged in the leasing, securities, credit card, investment, mortgage securitization, venture capital and other credit related businesses. The following lists the activities of SMBC, its subsidiaries andaffiliates in the various business segments.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Information Technology, Software
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Mexico
Portfolio highlights
  • X Mile — Corporate Site:https://www.xmile.co.jp/ Service Site:https://x-work.jp/
  • Micoworks — Micoworks is a business development and organizational management firm.
  • SPACER Japan — SPACER is a 24-hour handover IoT locker that can open and close doors with a smartphone.
Mizuho Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 22 investments in the past 12 months
Mizuho is the venture capital firm affiliated to Mizuho Bank, the second-largest Japanese bank in terms of assets. The firm has headquarters in Tokyo.The firm has ¥49.6 billion JPY under management, focusing on information technology and biotechnology investments. Over 600 Mizuho companies have gone public. According to Nikkei, Mizuho is thefifth-largest venture capital firm in Japan.Mizuho Capital was formed in 2002 by the merger of Fujigin Capital, Tokyo Venture Capital and IBJ Investment. Three firms were subsidiaries of Fuji Bank, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and the Industrial Bank of Japan respectively.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Software, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • KAICO — KAICO is a pharmaceuticals, diagnostic drugs production company.
  • Opt Fit — Opt Fit is a fitness industry that provides fitness, wellness and health-care services.
  • Social Interior — subsclife is a Furniture design platform.
ANRI VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 13 investments in the past 12 months
ANRI is a Japanese venture capital firm that mainly invests in seed and early-stage startups.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Software, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Age well Japan — Age Well Japan is a conference and festival aimed at understanding Japan's super-aged society and defining new values for the future. The purpose of the gathering is to bring together young people and the elderly to exchange ideas.
  • 3DC — 3DC develops and manufactures a new carbon material, graphene meso sponge (GMS), for electrodes in next-generation batteries, capacitors, fuel cells and other energy storage and generation devices.
  • One Medica — One Medica is a platform that provides people outside of China with access to Japan's state-of-the-art medical care. They collaborate with numerous Japanese medical facilities to offer online second opinions and comprehensive medical services for tourists visiting Japan.
East Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 53 investments in the past 12 months
East Ventures is an early stage venture capital (VC) focused on Southeast Asia, Indonesia & Japan. Success cases include Tokopedia, Traveloka, and Mercari.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, Indonesia, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • SoLeLands — SoLeLands provides children with future-ready skills, virtues, and applied competences and inspires children to love learning.
  • Maka Motors — MAKA is dedicated to building the best electric motorcycles for Indonesian riders.
  • Zenith Learning Group — Zenith Learning Group's mission is to deliver a holistic, world-class education to learners across South East Asia through technology.
Incubate Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 11 investments in the past 12 months
Incubate Fund is an independent early-stage venture capital that specializes in providing capital to technology startups at the seed stage. The firm built a portfolio of over 300 companies in Asia, taking 12 companies to public and 20 companies to M&A exit since 2010.
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Investment focus
  • Software, E-Commerce, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Fager — Fager is an agriculture firm specializing in promoting decarbonization projects, agricultural carbon production, and sales.
  • Retrocausal — Retrocausal is the industry leader in intelligence augmentation systems that help manufacturing workers avoid assembly mistakes, train better, and improve the processes they drive. Our RetroActivity "Virtual Supervisor" platform uses an AI-enabled camera to analyze the tasks performed on your assembly line in real-time, offering audibleand visual alerts when mistakes happen to ensure the operator completes the build correctly before the next step in the process. Our platform also continuously performs time studies on assembly processes to help your business accelerate Kaizen events.
  • Iwaya Giken — Iwaya Giken manufactures and sells gas balloons, airtight cabins, and other space-travel equipment.
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 23 investments in the past 12 months
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital is a venture capital firm focusing on life science, ICT, and high technology investments.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Xbit — X-bit offers a chatbot service that enables shop owners to gather availabilities from employees and create shift schedules.
  • OPTEMO — OPTEMO develops and supplies sales technology that allows businesses and customers to connect through a website.
  • Iwaya Giken — Iwaya Giken manufactures and sells gas balloons, airtight cabins, and other space-travel equipment.
ANOBAKA VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
ANOBAKA is a Tokyo-based venture capital firm with rich group resources to add value to seed-stage startups. ANOBAKA actively invests in and supports startups aiming to be a global leader in the innovative Internet business and promising to greatly grow up in the future. ANOBAKA's investment focuses on fledgling seed-stage startups. Inaddition to investment financing, ANOBAKA provides founders with a variety of business support such as development consulting by our engineers, sales support, and international marketing support.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Content, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • TieUps — TieUps develops and operates SNS integrated marketing services.
  • 3S — 3S is a SaaS developer platform that provides and operates 24-hour home nursing care services through technology.
  • Fotographer AI — Fotographer.ai is a service that allows e-commerce companies and individuals interested in advertising creatives to generate product photos automatically for use on their websites and in marketing. Product photos for websites and commercials that need to be taken for each campaign or season can be generated using generative AI.
DNX Ventures VC Fund · San Mateo, California, United States · 14 investments in the past 12 months
DNX Ventues is an early stage VC firm focusing on B2B Startups that are shaping industries and transforming the way we live and work.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, SaaS
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • enpay — enpay is a SaaS platform that offers cashless collection services.
  • miibo — miibo is an AI construction platform that allows businesses to develop conversational AI bots for their products and websites.
  • YESOD — YESOD is a cloud-type service for management departments
Nissay Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Nissay Capital is a venture capital Company specializing in seed, start-up, growth capital, middle stage, and later stage investment.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Internet, Medical
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Glocalist — Glocalist is a consulting firm that offers management tool that detects, share, and organizes the risks of businesses expanding overseas.
  • Memory Lab — Memory Lab is a research laboratory that offers AI paper analysis and development solutions.
  • ORIGINAL LIFE — ORIGINAL LIFE is a wedding media tech company.Original Life is looking for friends to contribute to the evolution of the industry with consumer insights and technology !
Global Brain Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 63 investments in the past 12 months
Global Brain Corporation is a venture capital firm that invests in companies from seed or early to pre-IPO startups. Global Brain has invested in 300+ startups from seed/early to pre-IPO startups and achieved 25 IPOs and 61 M&As as a result of providing hands-on support services and resources to its portfolio startups. Global Brain hasmanaged a pure investment fund as well as multiple corporate venture capital funds partnered together with tier 1 public companies of telecom, real estate development, financial service, beverages, agriculture food, logistics, and electronic devices.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Chefaa — Chefaa is a GPS-enabled pharmacy benefits platform connecting patients & pharmacies nation-wide to help patients manage all their pharmacy needs. Chefaa uses big data, data ming & machine learning
  • Zafrens — Zafrens specializes in developing tools and generating insights at the interface of biology, chemistry, and engineering. The company was founded in 2021 and is headquartered in San Diego, California, United States.
  • Axelspace — Axelspace is a startup company developing businesses in the microsatellite field. Axelspace plans to construct a monitoring platform to cover the entire globe on a daily basis at extremely low cost.
Genesia Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 10 investments in the past 12 months
Genesia Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on seed/early-stage startups in Japan and Southeast Asia.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Content
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Taian — Taian, which specializes in bridal industry services and software. They also provide ''Concept Marry,'' which allows couples to design invites and seating charts that match their wedding theme, as well as display guest information on Oiwaii.
  • Gaxie Co — Gaxie is an IT firm that provides a cloud management system and manages scholarship sites for business.
  • Oikos Music — Oikos Music is a media company that provides service to support artists by purchasing music rights.
Monex Ventures VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan
Monex Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Japan that finances seed and early stage investments in startup companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Financial Services, Information Technology
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Degas — Degas develops solutions to improve the productivity of small-scale farmers in Africa.
  • pickupon — Pickupon is a company that transcribes important parts of the call
  • MoneyDuck — MoneyDuck - Making Smart Financial Decision
SBI Investment VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan · 20 investments in the past 12 months
SBI Investment supports the business development and growth of private venture companies through fund investment. It manages and manages venture capital funds under the management philosophy of becoming a leading company responsible for the creation and development of core industries in the 21st century as a "new industry creator".SBIInvestment has invested in a total of 986 companies in the past, of which 169 (17.1% of investment companies) have exited through IPO or M & A.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, Software, Information Technology
  • Series B, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, South Korea, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Owners Co — Owner's is a group of professionals who are close to the wishes of corporate owners and support their realization.
  • OPTEMO — OPTEMO develops and supplies sales technology that allows businesses and customers to connect through a website.
  • Oxford Quantum Circuits — Oxford Quantum Circuits developing technology using the power of quantum to do things which have never been achieved before, from enabling life-changing drug discoveries to developing new battery technologies.
STRIVE VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
STRIVE focuses on investing in early-stage (Seed to Series A) internet and mobile companies. It seeks out companies in Japan, Southeast Asia, and India with top-notch management teams and strong market potential. It is not tied to strategic investments for GREE Inc. and leverages its pan-Asia expertise for guiding its portfolio in an engaged,hands-on role.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, India, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Bytebeam — Accelerate your IoT initiatives with Bytebeam - our platform makes it 10X simpler and quicker to build cutting-edge smart products
  • Showroom B2B — SHOWROOM B2B is building the largest B2B “Phygital” platform for India’s $108 Bn fashion industry by connecting Tier 2+ clothing retailers directly with small to mid-scale apparel manufacturers and providing all parties with solutions for distribution, credit, logistics, and marketing.Showroom works on “Touch & Feel” mode of selling where itsunique distribution model ensures that there is almost NO RETURN of products sold. It creates Experience Centres for its retailers which gives them the confidence to buy without any iota of doubt about product quality.Showroom's offerings = Better Margins for Clothing Retailers + Aggressive Growth for Clothing Manufacturers
  • Testsigma — Powerful cloud-based test automation platform that lets you automate tests for web, mobile, desktop apps, and APIs in minutes. Sign up now!
Archetype Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Archetype Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in B2B Tech seed and early stage venture investments.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Spacely — Spacely is a cloud software that allows you to easily create, edit and manage VR web contents using photos taken with a 360 degree camera. From April 1, 2018 the service name has been changed from 3D Stylee to Spacely.
  • any. — any. develops and offers knowledge sharing tool Qast.
  • FLUX — FLUX provide “FLUX Header Bidding Solution” that creates fair competition opportunities and significantly increases advertising revenue within the header bidding server, ad requests are sent to SSPs and ad exchanges all at once, so it is possible to have a pure price competition without prioritization, and to determine the highest bid amount andvalue of the advertising space. I can. Then, the price of the highest bid ad in the header bidding and the ad set in the ad server are competed, and the ad with the higher bid is delivered.
MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital (MSIVC) VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 14 investments in the past 12 months
MSIVC is a venture capital firm that invests in Japanese and global startups scaling to IPO. It focuses on startups in verticals of Fintech, SaaS, Healthcare, AI, E-Commerce, Foodtech, and Environment etc.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Food and Beverage
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • PR Table — PR Table is a provider of a public relation platform designed to offer corporate storytelling. The company's platform creates, accumulate and utilizes story for marketing and advertisement, enabling corporate clients to transmit information on story publication, recruitment and information focused on founding episodes.
  • VALT JAPAN — VALT JAPAN is a social business compan that continues to pursue solutions to social issues.
  • SPACER Japan — SPACER is a 24-hour handover IoT locker that can open and close doors with a smartphone.
Daiwa Corporate Investment VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Daiwa Corporate Investment is a private investment firm of Daiwa Securities Group that has been engaged in overseas VC investments by taking advantage of an extensive business network in Japan and foreign countries, long experience and professional knowledge, and by supporting the growth of a number of overseas portfolio companies and their stockexchange listings.
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Investment focus
  • Task Management, Software, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, France, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • GITAI — GITAI is a robotics startup for space development. The company aims to replace astronauts with robots that can work for a long time while being remotely controlled from earth while in low earth orbit space stations to decrease the burden on astronauts, shorten the time it takes to perform work in space, and reduce costs.
  • COUNTERWORKS — Counter works is an Information technology company.
  • Nippon Hydropowtech — Nippon Hydropowtech uses proprietary technology and experience in hydrolysate production to investigate new food applications.
DBJ Capital VC Fund · Otemachi, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
DBJ Capital Co., Ltd. was founded in June 2010 through the integration of two venture capital firms of the DBJ Group, New Business Investment Co., Ltd. and Intellectual Properties Development & Investment, Inc. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Development Bank of Japan Inc.At DBJ Capital, we focus on venture firms which use newtechnologies and business models to grow and compete on the global market, regardless of their industry or scale. To meet the particular needs of each client, we mobilize the entire DBJ Group to arrange the best investment solutions, ranging from growth-spurring equity investment to financing schemes drawing on DBJ's vast networks.We also assist in venture start-ups. Our value enhancement team provides the kind of comprehensive, hands-on support needed to commercialize outstanding intellectual property and technologies developed by firms, research labs, and universities, and to carve out a place for them in the market.DBJ Capital will continue to play in a part in Japan's economic revival - by helping the firms we invest in to grow, and by encouraging the creation of new industries in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Biotechnology
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States, Australia
Portfolio highlights
  • Cellusion — Cellular technology breakthrough for clear vision of the future.
  • Hedgehog MedTech — Hedgehog Medtech is a medical firm focused on digital therapeutics (DTx). DTx is a pharmaceutically approved programmable medical device that assists patients' medical operations via smartphone apps.
  • Kyoto Fusioneering — Kyoto Fusioneering is a research & development, design, and manufacture of parts related to fusion reactors.
Globis Capital Partners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Globis Capital Partners (GCP) is one of Japan's leading venture capital firms. With its unique combination of local business presence through Globis Group and the experience of Western VC experience, GCP has set new VC standards in Japan, with hands-on, and in-depth industry expertise.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Information Technology, Software
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • AnotherBall — AnotherBall = Digital + Entertainment + Token economy
  • Ascend — Ascend is a logistics company.
  • Orange — About Us With a mission of Creating a world where everyone enjoys manga since our founding in 2021 Orange has been developing various manga specialized deep l
Yusuke Sato Angel
Yusuke Sato is the Co-Representative and Co-Founder at Pulit.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Content, Food and Beverage
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan, Indonesia, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • AirX — AirX is a management service company specializing in air transportation agency business and travel arrangement business. The company leverages technology to transform the notion of mobility into an unprecedented experience. It also provides services such as CodeShare, AIROS Skyview, and AIROS Air Loss. AirX will create the movement of the futuresociety, sightseeing and the way of life of helicopter, Empty MaaS, Flying taxi, eVTOL, and Next-generation traffic.AirX was established on February 23, 2015, and is based in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Paytner — yup is providing services to support freelance people's funding.The freelance population in Japan has been shown to continue to increase in many Chosa. While working styles are diversified, they are not able to respond to the development of the working environment, and they will develop their business to change the situation where problemssuch as funding, credit, sexual harassment, and power harassment are accumulated.
  • Meetscare — Meetscare provides correct information and supports the self-awareness of all people involved in care. The company provides a wealth of information to ensure optimal care and create a mechanism for the realization. Users can make a telephone consultation and web diagnosis and search for free information using the system.Meetscare was founded on2016 and is headquartered in Arakawa, Tokyo.
Nippon Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Nippon Venture Capital ("NVCC"), established in 1996 as one of the few largest Japanese independent venture capital firms, is destined to undertake the unprecedented task of providing full-range venture capital services in cooperation with major Japanese business leaders and leading companies, which have supported and nurtured various newbusinesses on their own, as well as proactively developing new venture enterprises.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Utill — Utill is anything that expands the possibilities of not only production but also our own services
  • LIFESCAPES — LIFESCAPES is a research and manufacturer of brain-computer interface equipment.
  • LUCA Science — LUCA Science develops innovative treatments intended for mitochondrial and related diseases.
Japan Finance VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Japan Finance provides a diversified portfolio of financial services to the small and medium enterprise sector.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Seed, Debt Financing
  • Japan, India, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Hogetic Lab — Hogetic Lab specialize in DCaaS, AI development, and Data human resources training.
  • Smart Shopping — Smartmat is an eco-friendly IoT purchase system for on-demand, no-hassle grocery with cost-effective shipping.
  • OriCiro Genomics — DNA amplification | OriCiro Cloning Kit - OriCiro Genomics, Inc.
Coral Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Coral Capital is a seed stage venture capital firm in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Software, Internet
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Dioseve — Dioseve is providing novel possibilities for all life.
  • HQ Inc — Hq is a consutling firm that works in the area of personnel organization strategy, working style office strategy and software development.
  • TeraWatt Technology — Electrifying all for the sustainable future
Kotaro Chiba Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kotaro Chiba is the founder of ChibaDojo Fund. Kotaro Chiba attended Keio University.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Travel, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • MI-6 — MI-6 is a research, development, consulting, and project management for material development using IT. We will promote materials informatics in the field of material development with our technological capabilities and a wealth of project knowledge that challenge the world's most advanced technologies .
  • ELESTYLE — ELESTYLE are promoting mobile payments and providing high value-added services for users to realize a cashless society.
  • Luup — Luup is an Internet Company.
Kotaro Chiba Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kotaro Chiba is the founder of ChibaDojo Fund. Kotaro Chiba attended Keio University.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Drones, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • MI-6 — MI-6 is a research, development, consulting, and project management for material development using IT. We will promote materials informatics in the field of material development with our technological capabilities and a wealth of project knowledge that challenge the world's most advanced technologies .
  • ELESTYLE — ELESTYLE are promoting mobile payments and providing high value-added services for users to realize a cashless society.
  • Luup — Luup is an Internet Company.
Future Venture Capital VC Fund · Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Future Venture Capital Co., Ltd. is a venture capital firm specializing in early stage investment. The firm invests in diversified investment in a broad range of industrial sectors. It seeks to invest in Japan. The firm prefers to be the lead investor in its portfolio companies. Future Venture Capital Co., Ltd. was founded in 1998 and is based inKyoto, Japan with offices in Tokyo, Aomori, Iwate, Yamagata, Kanazawa, Mie, Sakai, Kobe, and Ehime.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Manufacturing, Health Care
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Myanmar
Portfolio highlights
  • Torana — Torana provides "Toysub!" well known as educational toy subscription service in Japan market. We plan to go global and will be more bigger market share holder in East Asia. We collect month-age base toy feedback data and children's development status information. We plan best combination of toys and deliver. Customer returns and getsnew toys which fit children's growth and it is eco friendly service. We plan to build our own brand toys based on massive customer feedback and growth data and enter D2C market.
  • Petokoto — Petokoto is a media created with pet specialists such as certified veterinarians.
  • LIFESCAPES — LIFESCAPES is a research and manufacturer of brain-computer interface equipment.
YJ Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
YJ Capital is a Corporate Venture Capital of Yahoo Japan. Our value is to help global minded entrepreneurs build successful and lasting internet companies. We invest in all stages, all sectors in Asia, US and Israel.YJ Capital has a unique access to Yahoo Japan's operational experience and unparalleled Japan market entry support. Oursole LP allows us to focus only on our portfolio companies and make fast decision making.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Brhino — Brhino provides planning, development, and management of web services. The company's product, Monokabu, is a site where people can buy and sell sneakers and things like stock. Brhino is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • LEAN BODY — Lean Body is an online platform for fitness videos.
  • Stacked — Watch videos with your people on Stacked.com
ITOCHU Technology Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
ITOCHU Technology Ventures (ITV), based in Tokyo, is the venture capital arm of ITOCHU Corporation. ITOCHU is one of the world's largest corporations with offices in over 80 countries and operations that cover a broad spectrum of industries. ITV's mission is to invest and help build leading information technology companies by leveraging avast array of resources both domestically and internationally throughout ITOCHU and its group companies. The ITOCHU group has a long history of funding information technology companies with successes including Siebel Systems, NVIDIA, Openwave and Aruba Networks. Current portfolio includes, Box, Fab, Ooyala, WHILL, Tokyo Otaku Mode, etc.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Software, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Belgium
Portfolio highlights
  • Funds — Funds is an online marketplace for lending funds.
  • KAICO — KAICO is a pharmaceuticals, diagnostic drugs production company.
  • Yoii Fuel — Yoii Fuel is a software company which analyzes a company's KPIs and enables them to obtain a means of financing based on this data.
Yu Akasaka Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
During Hosei University student, and intern at Hakuhodo C & D. After joining the Image-net, I do media monetization of EC site as a media planner. Then, new business, engaged in Alliance. Launched a crowdsourcing site "MILLION DESIGNS" of design in the individual, sold to Ransazu Corporation. Established the Eureka Co., Ltd., wasappointed Representative Director CEO.
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Investment focus
  • Food and Beverage, Content, Internet
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Australia, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • RE — RE specializes in smartphone application design and development.
  • Vitalogue Health — Vitalogue Health offers Canvas, a home-based hormone testing service for women.
B Dash Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
B Dash Ventures does seed to late stage tech investments in Japan, Asia Pacific, and the U.S. LPs include Japan's largest technology companies and financial institutions including NTT Docomo, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, GREE, NEC BIGLOBE, Fuji Television, and the Japanese government. B Dash Ventures also operates an incubation space inpartnership with Mori Building Co. and holds the invitation-based B Dash Camp conference.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Information Technology, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, Taiwan, India
Portfolio highlights
  • G.U. Group — G.U. Labs provides cloud tools and solutions, security technologies, and R&D capabilities to respond to the various social changes caused by blockchain. G.U.Labs provides cloud tools and solutions, security technologies, and research and development capabilities to respond to the various social changes caused by blockchain.
  • Fixx — Fixx is an automobile company that provides on-site car maintenance and other mechanic services.
  • Ascend — Ascend is a logistics company.
Ayataro Nakagawa Angel
2011 At university, participated in the founding period as a director of Atcole Co., Ltd., and started the web service experience.2012 Founded Peroli Co., Ltd., which operates a curation platform for women "MERY" .2014 Founded Peroli Co., Ltd. Sold to DeNA 2015 Jointly established Tokyo Founders Fund as an angel investor and startedinvesting in startups in Japan and overseas 2019 Appointed outside director of FIREBUG Co., Ltd.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Information Technology
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Hong Kong, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Meetscare — Meetscare provides correct information and supports the self-awareness of all people involved in care. The company provides a wealth of information to ensure optimal care and create a mechanism for the realization. Users can make a telephone consultation and web diagnosis and search for free information using the system.Meetscare was founded on2016 and is headquartered in Arakawa, Tokyo.
  • SPORTS CROWN — SPORTS CROWN engages in the development and operation of fantasy sports.
  • Recipio Japan — Recipio is a service that can suggest recipes just by entering ingredients the user already has at home. The app can also refine suggestions based on the user's mood, the occasion, and how many people the user is eating with, and more.
Vector VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Vector is a Japan-based PR agency that provides PR planning and implementation services for its clients. The agency also offers other services covering areas such as management, finance, accounting, human resources, administration, internal controls, and audits. Vector was founded in 1993.
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Software, Marketing
  • Funding Round, Seed, Corporate Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • PeaceTecLab — PeaceTecLab is a CtoCsharing service, as its main business.
  • Alliance Cloud — Alliance Cloud primarily engages in the Sales Tech and BtoB Sales Outsourcing Business.
  • The Ethical Spirits & Co. — The Ethical Spirits & Co. is an online store for spirits and alcohol.
NOW Japan VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Next One for the World.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Marketing, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Geofra — Geofra develops Planning and creation of items that rejuvenate the movement of people in physical areas, regional revitalization initiatives
  • Bé-A Japan — Bé-A Japan producer and distributor of fashion accessories. They provide products that include underwear, sanitary napkins, interior goods, fashion accessories, health foods, and cosmetic products. They offer products that are available for shopping online. Their customers' inquiries are addressed through phone, email, and online applications.
  • Sixty Percent — Sixty Percent is an overseas fashion mail order site that collects street brands from various countries and transmits asian fashion.
Real Tech Japan VC Fund · Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Real Tech Japan is a venture capital firm that seeks to invest in innovative R&D technology companies. Realtech Fund is a joint venture between the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). The firm was founded in 2014 and based in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Robotics
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, Singapore, Austria
Portfolio highlights
  • ProfilePrint — Helping agribusinesses buy and sell better, ProfilePrint is powered by a patented digital food identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) technology. ProfilePrint synthesises complex molecular data of ingredient samples into digital fingerprints, rapidly predicting its identity and quality.
  • Integriculture — Integriculture makes cellular agriculture products to improve sustainability, food security, and reduce public health problems. The company offers a developed patented general-purpose large-scale cell culture system that can culture wide range of cells without external addition of expensive growth factors and provide consumers with affordable cleanmeat.Founded in 2015, Integriculture is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Sentient.io — We provide a secure AI & Data platform with ready-made AI models for easy adoption and turnkey AI solutions for Enterprises on your digitalisation journey.
F Ventures VC Fund · Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
F Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Information Technology, Human Resources
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • LABOT — LABOT is a Japanese company that combines the power of finance and technology to create future education possibilities.
  • DENDOH — DENDOH specializes in branding and promotion business using AR technology and 3D design.
  • microverse — Microverse offers NFT-related services such as content creation, distribution, and customer service.
Hidetoshi Takano Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Joined Intelligence in 1999. Established Key Players Inc. in 2005. Consultation with more than 3,000 managers and career counseling for more than 10,000 individuals. In addition, we have invested in more than 55 outside directors, advisors and angels in Silicon Valley and Bangladesh in Japan. Over 100 lectures on careers, entrepreneurship andstartups.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Cocoach — Cocoach provides online education service.
  • Data Viz Lab — Data Viz Lab is a platform that offers data analysis, visualization consulting, and data human resource development support.
  • ElevationSpace — ElevationSpace offers high quality & well equipped workspaces giving tenants a nurturing environment .
VOYAGE VENTURES VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Voyage Ventures is the venture capital arm of Voyage Group specializing in seed and early-stage investments. The firm seeks to make investments in the internet and mobile internet industry. It invests from JPY1 million ($.01million) to JPY to 10 million ($.12 million) in its portfolio companies. The firm typically invests in Japan, China, and othergrowing Asian markets. Voyage Ventures, Inc., formerly known as EC Navi Ventures Company, was founded on March 25, 2011, and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Content
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, China, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • pickupon — Pickupon is a company that transcribes important parts of the call
  • bravesoft — bravesoft is a software company that operates events and in-house product for contract development and events. The company offering services such as UI / UX design, application consignment development service, appvisor push, and technical research service.
  • ventus Japan — ventus is an Media and Entertainment based company.ventus aiming to be an entertainment company that provides technology that all fans can enjoy.
iSGS Investment Works VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
iSGS Investment Works is Japan-based venture capital firm.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Software, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • BABY JOB — BABY JOB offers nursery support and child care support businesses.
  • SOUNDRAW — Your personal AI music generator.
  • Startbahn — Startbahn aims to realize a richer society by providing the technology needed by artists and people involved with art all over the world. We are developing Startbahn Cert., a service that issues blockchain certificates for artworks, and promoting the development of Startrail, a blockchain infrastructure that is the basis for Startbahn Cert. We alsorun joint projects with other companies.
Nobuhiro Ariyasu Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuhiro Ariyasu is the CEO at Coach United.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Internet, Finance
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • Todoker — Todoker is a baggage delivery convenient service providing company.
  • Seibii, Inc. — Transforming traditional car maintenance, repair, after-parts installation, road service industry of Japan by leveraging Technology.
D4V VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
D4V (Design for Ventures) is a Tokyo-based early-stage venture capital firm that invests in disruptive, consumer and enterprise technology startups.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, Software, Fashion
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • GPx — GPx is a biotech company that revolutionizes remote chronic disease management with bloodless blood tests. It is dedicated to transforming the standard of care of cardiorenal diseases and enabling patients to better understand their condition, much like the continuous glucose monitor has transformed diabetes care.The company was founded in 2020and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • SUN METALON — We localize metal part manufacturing, anywhere.
  • Hedgehog MedTech — Hedgehog Medtech is a medical firm focused on digital therapeutics (DTx). DTx is a pharmaceutically approved programmable medical device that assists patients' medical operations via smartphone apps.
Kensuke Furukawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kensuke Furukawa was born in June 2, 1981. He graduated Waseda University majoring Political Science and Economics, and in 2000, he launched "Milkcafe", a student community, which has grown to a site with 10 million PV per month. In 2004, he became the CEO of Media Clip, which operates a rental bulletin board service "ShitarabaBBS". After that year, he had transfer "Shitaraba BBS" to Livedoor, and took charge of starting up the Consumer Generated Media sector. In 2006, he joined Recruit, and took charge of starting up a new business at Business development sector. In June of 2009, he left Recruit, and became the CEO of nanapi (formerly Rocket Start), which operates the How-to Site "nanapi".
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Investment focus
  • Content, Media and Entertainment, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Plott — Plott producing youtube animation platform under Vision “Become a Content holder from YouTube”. In August 2019, the company name was changed from Fabo to Plott. Plott, the new company name, is derived from the plot that you make before writing novels, etc., and the idea that “I want to make content all the time” is put in the company name.
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • Neighbor — The creative universe of Fortnite is infinite. To give an example , building fantasy and science fiction worlds, creating simple games and full-scale battle games can all be completed with Fortnite. Is the world of Fortnite, played by 350 million users worldwide, is it real or unreal? We will try to combining the vast world of Fortnite with the real world.
XTech Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
XTech Ventures aims to achieve dramatic growth for investee companies by supporting entrepreneurship, multifaceted management support, and IPO support for the excellent middle class who are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, Italy, United Arab Emirates
Portfolio highlights
  • Nexta — Nexta manufactures site, issues such as analog management, personalization of operations & labor shortages are becoming more serious.
  • FiT — FiT encourages the use of information technology in fitness to address industrial concerns. We will build a highly sustainable fitness facility using a business model that allows consumers to easily use the gym without being burdened by price or procedures, while also allowing owners to build a very successful business with low running costs.
  • Tokuiten — Tokuiten is a company that develops systems for the production of organic vegetables and automates their cultivation.
Osaka University Venture Capital VC Fund · Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Osaka University Venture Capital is a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage ventures in the fields of life innovation, green innovation, and platform technology. The firm was founded in 2014 and based in Osaka, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Biotechnology, Health Care, Manufacturing
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • EX-Fusion — EX-Fusion develops the first commercial laser based nuclear fusion reactor for power generation.
  • GAIA BioMedicine — GAIA BioMedicine Inc., a spin-out venture from Kyushu University founded on 2015, is a technology-driven biopharmaceutical company focusing on cellular therapies and immunotherapies mainly for intractable malignancies.
  • Restore Vision — Restore Vision is a startup based in Japan aiming to develop a visual restoration gene therapy.
W ventures VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 4 investments in the past 12 months
W ventures is a Japan-based venture capital firm investing in Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A rounds. They have been conducting investment to 25 companies in a total of about a year from the start of investment activities in April 2019. The company works not only with investment business but also with companies that provide services related to HR, PR,infrastructure, legal and accounting, etc., as incubation support after investment. It is also characteristic to provide support for the investor companies. In addition, in cooperation with other venture capital companies, Ar Rase TAGE startups regularly hold office hours that allow financing and business consultations to two companies at the same time and actively support startups are doing.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Information Technology, Health Care
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Geofra — Geofra develops Planning and creation of items that rejuvenate the movement of people in physical areas, regional revitalization initiatives
  • Mepple — Mepple is planning, developing, and operating internet services.
  • Nagisa — Nagisa develops smartphone applications to facilitate free group chats, calls, and photo and movie sharing services. It was launched in 2010 by Yoshiyuki Yokoyama and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
Hirofumi Miki Angel · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan
After JTB Co., Ltd. and CYBIRD Co., Ltd. as an initial member of Glee Co., Ltd. is responsible for business development. Currently, he is mainly engaged in venture support in the Internet area, investing in venture and venture capital, and served as management advisor for dozens of companies. Hands-on business development, growth strategydevelopment, financing advice, HR organization design support, partner referral and Recruit Support. He is also engaged in business support for ventures in the healthcare and university venture fields. He served as Digital Health Meetup Advisor, NEDOTCP Mentor and Future 2016 Mentor.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Marketing, Internet
  • Seed, Angel, Pre-Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • AceRNA — AceRNA contributes to regenerative medicine and drug discovery through the discovery of novel miRNA functions. It began operation in April 2018, with its headquarters in Kyoto in Japan.
  • Epicbase — Epicbase is an AI-based automatic voice transcription service based on voice recognition technology.
  • Go Visions — Go Visions engages in the edutainment tech for children and human resources services.
Colopl Next VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Colopl Next is the corporate venture capital of is Colopl, Inc, which is a leading Japanese gaming company. Colopl, Inc. is founded with the mission of “Entertainment in Real Life”, and constantly put its customer as first priority.Colopl Next is headquartered in Japan, but invests globally in a variety of internet businesses, with the commitmentto support innovative entrepreneurs.
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Investment focus
  • Virtual Reality, Software, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Rybit — A leading technology platform that connects the last mile delivery industry, optimizing and simplifying day-to-day delivery operations.
  • Levr.ai — Levr.ai is an intelligent loans platform built to get your business funded—fast
  • Return Helper — Founded in 2018, Return Helper is a data-driven return management solution that optimizes return process and the aftermarket activities for online retailers. We support all the major ecommerce platforms including Amazon and FBA, eBay, Walmart, Shopify, Rakuten etc.
Mobile Internet Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Mobile Internet Capital (MIC) keeps up on the latest developments of Mobile Internet technologies and services at a high level, and continues to be a venture capital with both technical expertise and execution capability.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • MedUp — MedUp operates foro CRM, a SaaS CRM tool that provides hospitals with sales and marketing support, data analysis and visualization, and more.
  • KAUCHE — KAUCHE is a social commerce app. They provide services for online and mail-order retail shops. Their customers' inquiries are addressed through phone, email, and online applications.
  • Sumutasu — sumutasu is an online real estate marketplace that enables users to quickly buy and sell their properties.
GMO VenturePartners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
An investment that restructures the value and quality.Supplying big capital is not an essential value of our firm.We have a strong attitude to input and drive critical thinking behind a new startup.After the problem is clarified and solution become established in the world,people could not imagine the society without that solution.An investment that innovates this world.We will become a real partner to execute the strategy together.INVENTION OF THE ESSENCE ----we will keep on doing it.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, FinTech, Finance
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Asuene — Asuene involves in clean power retail business, retail SaaS business, etc.
  • Fondo — Fondo is an all-in-one accounting platform for startups. We'll handle your bookkeeping, tax, and tax credits so you can focus on building your startup.
  • Mundi — Mundi provides financial, trade development, strategy, freight and reinventing international trade services.
BEENEXT VC Fund · Singapore, Central Region, Singapore · 9 investments in the past 12 months
BEENEXT is a Venture Capital fund managed by serial entrepreneurs that focuses on assisting founders with its operational experience, network, trust, unique perspectives, and the capital. The team invests in early-stage tech start-ups that are focused on building the new digital platforms driven by the data network. BEENEXT aims to establish aplatform of founders, by the founders and for the founders across the globe, primarily in South East Asia, India and Japan. Since its establishment in 2015, the team has invested in over 180 companies globally.
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Investment focus
  • Software, E-Commerce, Financial Services
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • India, Japan, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Scimplifi — At Scimplify we are solving the sourcing and manufacturing Chemistries. Involved in every step of R&D, Scale up & Commerical Manufacturing to ensure success.
  • Protos Labs — Protos Labs is a Singapore-based cyber risk management company founded by ex-Booz Allen cyber leaders. We work with government agencies, enterprises and regulators globally. We are on a hyper-growth phase and are backed by leading VCs in the region, including BEENEXT, Vinacapital Ventures, Gobi Part
  • International Battery Company — International Battery Company (IBC) is constructing unique I-NMC Prismatic cells in India at the planned non-captive Gigafactory. Because of their big form factor, IBC cells reduce battery complexity while providing 40% more energy density than LFP cells. They are also recyclable. These cells will be ideal for mobility applications (EVs). Thesupply chain will be localized and secure, allowing for energy independence.
Energy & Environment Investment VC Fund · Higashi-shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Energy & Environment Investment, Inc. (EEI) is Japan’s first venture capital specialized in the clean technology sector. With core members who have rich hands on experience in founding and managing venture companies, we aim to provide risk money and various strategic values to promising venture companies and businesses.
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Investment focus
  • Internet of Things, Software, Energy
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • Fager — Fager is an agriculture firm specializing in promoting decarbonization projects, agricultural carbon production, and sales.
  • Synspective — Synspective provides one-stop-solutions by satellite gathered geospatial data. The core technology was developed by the ImPACT program led by The Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, building small SAR satellites and constellations, allowing frequent observation of areas of interest (AOI). Synspective uses its satellites to produce SAR data which can be provided to both government and commercial clients as-is, as well as transform that data through AI solutions to produce insights and user-friendly information across industries.
  • Clean Energy Connect — Clean Energy Connect is into offering green energy solutions. It invests in its own generation capacity for a stable electricity supply by not harming nature.
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