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Top 15 Local VC Funds in Japan

A list of 15 VC funds that invest in Local startups based in Japan. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Local companies from Japan. We update this investor list every month.

Top 15 Local VC Funds in Japan

Investor Local Japan investments
Global Brain Corporation 4
Incubate Fund 3
Chiba Dojo 3
ANRI 3
SBI Investment 2
NetAge 1
Adways 1
GMO VenturePartners 1
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 1
OPT Ventures 1
Recruit Strategic Partners 1
Mizuho Capital 1
F Ventures 1
STRIVE 1
Energy & Environment Investment 1
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Global Brain Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 55 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
  • Information Technology, Software, Artificial Intelligence
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Essen — Essen is a vehicle wrapping advertising platform, but in the future, it hopes to offer new services like traffic congestion relief and anomaly detection that make use of mobility data.
  • Turing — Turing develops and manufactures fully autonomous vehicles.
Incubate Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 20 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, Information Technology, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Owlto — Owlto Finance is an intent-centric interoperability protocol, 'Bridge the World with AI Agent'.
  • Landit — Landit manages transportation infrastructure and real estate technology firms.
  • Woodstock — Woodstock is an investment app that allows to invest in US stocks.
Chiba Dojo VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 7 investments in the past 12 months
Chiba Dojo is an entrepreneurial community that supports startup companies in various stages from seed to pre-IPO.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, E-Commerce, Content
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, Singapore, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • OPTEMO — OPTEMO develops and supplies sales technology that allows businesses and customers to connect through a website.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
  • Paradigm AI — Paradigm AI is an entertainment firm that produces songs and creates virtual human idols using generative AI.
ANRI VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 18 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, Information Technology, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
  • RENDEZ-VOUS — RENDEZ-VOUS offers a co-ownership option for vintage cars.
SBI Investment VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan · 22 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
  • Information Technology, Financial Services, Software
  • Series B, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, South Korea, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • NIHON AGRI — Exportation of Japanese agricultural products is currently small in volume. While Japanese farmers aspire to export their products to foreign countries for more people to enjoy and local consumers universally share the positive perception of the quality of Japanese agricultural products, issues such as price, communication, and logistics hinder theexpansion of exportation.They aim to solve these issues and satisfy the needs of both Japanese farmers and global consumers which are so clearly evident but devastatingly unmet.
  • Xaion Data — Xaion Data is an IT consulting firm concerned about implementation of AI technology in various business areas.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
NetAge VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
netage, inc. is a venture capital firm specializing in startup and incubation investments. They invests in internet business. netage is located in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • News, Local, Big Data
  • Pre-Seed, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • JX Press — The JX PRESS Corporation is Japan’s“virtual news agency.”JX PRESS’s “FASTALERT” service provides breaking news bulletins for urgent information on accidents, natural disasters, and other incidents detected by AI to all six of the major television broadcast stations in Japan, including NHK, and the majority of the 100+ local broadcast stations.FASTALERT works with more companies than any other service that utilizes information gathered from social networking sites for news reporting in Japan.The version offered to ordinary consumers, an app called “NewsDigest,” is the biggest news bulletin app in Japan, boasting over 1 million downloads. It is gaining popularity because of its ability to use AI to automatically detect and deliver news bulletins on information worth reporting. Alongside FASTALERT, it is also gaining more widespread use by news reporters as a standardized service for information.Stakeholders in the JX PRESS Corporation include KYODO NEWS, the leading news agency in Japan, two of the leading commercial broadcast stations (TV Asahi and Fuji TV), and the Nikkei Group. We are a new kind of news agency that provides computerized news reporting to all of the major media groups in Japan.Bloomberg - This Media Startup Is Beating the Competition With a Newsroom Run by Robots https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-27/the-airline-geek-trying-to-build-a-media-giant-with-no-reporters
  • Oceans — Oceans Inc. was incorporated on September 16th, 2010 as an internet service company with the expressed goal of making the Internet more useful, more local, more here and now. Specialists from the fields of user interface, user experience, creative, programming and monetization gathered to make this possible. Currently, these development and serviceoperations professionals operate Eyeland(http://eyeland.in), a popular local communications platform.
Adways VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Based in Tokyo, Adways is a mobile marketing solution provider mostly known for its Asia’s largest mobile CPI adnetwork “AppDriver” and mobile app measurement & tracking tool “PartyTrack” used by great number of major app developers around the world. Since 2004 when it opened the first overseas office in China, Adways has been aggressivelyexpanding its mobile app distribution network in Asian markets. Now with 1,000 employees in 11 countries (Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and the USA), Adways supports app developers worldwide to maximize their user acquisition and monetization and furthermore thrives to provide new value to the market. Haruhisa Okamura is Founder and CEO of Adways who has grown Adways from a small startup to an international corporation with over a thousand employees around the world. In 2006, Adways went public and Okamura was one of the youngest entrepreneurs to list a company in Japan at that time.You can read his story here: "How a high school dropout became a multi-millionaire entrepreneur" http://www.techinasia.com/high-school-dropout-multimillionaire-entrepreneur/
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Media and Entertainment, Software
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan
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.
  • MICOLY — MICOLY is a operator of a website aimed at publishing and selling creative video lessons. The company hosts lectures that are presented by the creators of all categories who are keen on sharing their techniques and philosophies in areas of nail art, Japanese calligraphy, flower arrangement, knitting and many more, as well as interacting with theirpassionate fans, enabling users to take creative lessons and start a new hobby.
  • MiddleField — MiddleField is a team to make cars the best entertainment and to make the lives of everyone involved in cars into entertainment. They creates a society where a lot of people are involved as a middle point of all people's dreams. MiddleField owns and operates an e-commerce platform offering cars.
GMO VenturePartners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 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, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Niro — Niro is embedding personal credit products into leading consumer internet platforms. The fintech startup aims to disrupt the consumer lending ecosystem in the country by democratizing access to convenient and hassle-free embedded credit products for 624 million internet users in India.
  • OTO Capital — India's most trusted place to buy bikes, scooters and electric scooters of all brands on loan and in cash. Digital Process. Lowest EMIs. Fast Deliveries - OTO
  • Sharing Energy — Sharing Energy is providing energy supply and energy management services.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 9 investments in the past 12 months
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, is a Japanese bank holding / financial services company headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. MUFG manages the affairs of its subsidiaries within the group and the business of the group as a whole along with all relevant ancillary business.The MUFG Group turned its eye toward the expected operatingenvironment changes over the next decade, and launched the new medium-term business plan, which outlines the strategies that will be implemented over the first three years of this period. The new plan is designed to guide us as they strive to realize their corporate vision—“Be the world's most trusted financial group.” By accelerating initiatives that span across business entities, regions, and business groups, they will work to live up to the expectations of their customers, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders.The MUFG Group aims to achieve stable and sustainable income growth through seeking diversified revenue bases especially in customer segment both domestically and abroad, and capital efficiency by improving productivity. In addition, they will enhance shareholder value by conducting capital management flexibly taking the balance of (1) enhancement of further shareholder returns, (2) maintenance of a solid capital base and (3) strategic investments for sustainable growth, into consideration.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, FinTech, Finance
  • Debt Financing, Funding Round, Series A
  • United States, Japan, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Global Screening Services — From the industry, for the industry.A unique approach to deliver better sanctions screening.
  • Home Credit — Home Credit is a financial services provider based out of Kansas.
  • SB Energy — We make renewable energy more reliable, cost-effective, and accessible through cutting-edge innovations in order to build a more renewable future.
OPT Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
OPT Ventures is an investment and incubation firm that offers startups with venture capital, investments, IPO advice, management information services, and more. The company was established on February 27, 2015, and operates as an investment subsidiary of Opt Holding Corporation, an e-marketing company based in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Content, Task Management
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • CirclePe — The UPI of renting
  • wakuwaku — WAKUWAKU is a Japanese real estate tech company that focuses on developing a platform that helps users to search for and renovate used housing. In addition, the company offers platforms for building materials e-commerce and marketing automation for the real estate and construction industries.
  • Receptionist — Delighted develops an application for reception services. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
Recruit Strategic Partners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Recruit Strategic Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in innovative startups from all around the world. It is a corporate venture capital arm of Recruit Holdings that seeks to invest in education and financial technology, digital healthcare, and infrastructure sectors. It was established in 2008 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Software, Financial Services
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • United States, Japan, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Blacklane — Blacklane is the global chauffeur service that offers safety, sustainability, and stress-free travel. Since 2017, the company has been carbon-neutral, combining a five-star guest experience with care for the planet. The customers can book their travels using Blacklane’s mobile app or website.Blacklane was co-founded by Jens Wohltorf and FrankSteuer and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
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  • ZenBusiness — Start a new business today for $0 or grow your existing business with the ZenBusiness platform. Get to your first dollar faster without the stress.
Mizuho Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 24 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
  • enechain — enechain provides liquidity in Japan’s energy market by brokering OTC transactions of energy.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
  • Aeterlink — Aeterlink is a wireless device maker and developer. They applied their technology to fields such as FA, robots, smart houses, and medicine and developed practical level technologies such as elemental technology that can wirelessly supply power.
F Ventures VC Fund · Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
F Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Software, Service Industry
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Bgrass — bgrass is a consultation support platform for women working in the IT industry.
  • Tripi — Tripi provides travel media and digital marketing services, as well as the accommodation gift service.
  • microverse — Microverse offers NFT-related services such as content creation, distribution, and customer service.
STRIVE VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 4 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
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Testsigma — Powerful cloud-based test automation platform that lets you automate tests for web, mobile, desktop apps, and APIs in minutes. Sign up now!
  • Mercado Único — Mercado Único is a B2B platform for the distribution and management of opportunistic sales of Consumer Goods that are close to expiration and slow-moving, connecting suppliers (manufacturers/distributors) to buyers (retailers/distributors) with items that have predictable and immediate use at discounted prices.
Energy & Environment Investment VC Fund · Higashi-shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan · 9 investments in the past 12 months
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
  • Software, Energy, Internet of Things
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • Crassone — Crassone is an housing assistance service.
  • Zehitomo — Zehitomo is an Japanese online platform that enables user to hire local service professionals, from photographers to personal trainers.
  • Kisui Tech — Kisui Tech is an agricultural AI robotics company that help farmers for farming.
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