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Top 50 Mobile Apps Startup Investors in Japan

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

Top 50 Mobile Apps Startup Investors in Japan

Investor Mobile Apps Japan investments
UB Ventures 5
East Ventures 4
Nissay Capital 3
Ayataro Nakagawa 3
Genesia Ventures 3
Incubate Fund 3
Monex Ventures 3
Future Venture Capital 2
Yusuke Tanaka 2
SMBC Venture Capital 2
Komura Fujio 2
Ceres 2
Masahiko Inada 2
Takashi Shibayama 2
Venture United 2
Soichiro Kawai 2
Kotaro Chiba 2
F Ventures 2
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital 2
MIRAISE 2
Kotaro Chiba 2
Beenos Partners 2
YJ Capital 2
DBJ Capital 2
Yusuke Sato 2
Okinawa Development Finance Corporation 1
K Auction 1
Vector 1
Angel Bridge 1
OPT 1
Uenoyama Katsuya 1
Line Games 1
Tokyu Fudosan 1
DD Holdings Venture Capital 1
Nobuyuki Idei 1
NAVER Z 1
Orient Corporation 1
Shinsegae 1
Sansei Capital Investment 1
CJ ENM 1
MUFG Bank 1
ITOCHU Technology Ventures 1
Shoji Kodama 1
Toru Shimada 1
Ryugin research Institute 1
Masaru Tange 1
Singapore Angel Network 1
SLD Entertainment 1
Hack Ventures 1
Mercari 1
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UB Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
UB Ventures is venture capital firm.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Software, Advertising
  • Seed, Series B, Funding Round
  • Japan, Hong Kong, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • PeopleX — PeopleX encourages and assists employees in their professional development.
  • SoftRoid — SoftRoid provides a software robot that patrols and collects data for analyzing the construction site.
  • WorkCircle — WorkCircle is an online application that offers an anonymous community for the IT industry where professionals connect and discuss careers.
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.
Nissay Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 13 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, Medical, Internet
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, Ethiopia, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Zpeer — Zpeer provides appropriate medical care to all livestock and companion animals
  • Nailie — Nailie is an app that lets you connect to a nail specialists just for you.
  • Re:Power — Re:Power is a manufacturing company that designs, develops, and sells renewable energy storage batteries and other products.
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, Content
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Hong Kong, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • For you — For you is a comprehensive Advertising agency business specializing in SNS.
  • 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.
Genesia Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 9 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
  • Payn — Payn is a digital billing tool that automates the cancellation fee billing process by automating message sending and billing reminders.
  • Miresso — Miresso is a startup firm that offers nuclear fusion power generation services through natural resources.
  • Oyraa Inc. — Oyraa provides online meetings and conference apps. Their interpreters will help you communicate not only in business but also in personal situations, such as in hospitals and real estate agencies.
Incubate Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 19 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.
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
Future Venture Capital VC Fund · Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan · 6 investments in the past 12 months
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
  • YADOKARI — Yadokari provides various types of Construction & Real Estate related other services.
  • YeLL Japan — YeLL is a company that help transform the organization by making the real sound of employees visible.
  • Thinker — Thinker provides sales of proximity sensors and proposed solutions using these products.
Yusuke Tanaka Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
"Shin"ichiro joined Yahoo Japan in April 2013. From July 2013, he joined YJ Capital. He has served as COO of YJ Capital since January 2015. Prior to Yahoo! Japan, Shin was General Director of Dream Incubator Vietnam from 2007 to 2012, managing US$50 million private equity funds in Vietnam. He was formerly a Project Manager at DreamIncubator Japan. He started his career at Future Architect as a system engineer.Shin received his bachelor's degree in Policy Management from Keio University.
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Investment focus
  • Tourism, Consulting, E-Commerce
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • TakeMe Co., Ltd. — TakeMe aims to provide an “One-stop Inbound destination service” by enabling tourist to easily find, communicate with, and pay with smartphones via QR code at In-Travel destinations. TakeMe, is the country’s largest inbound service platform in Japan, which lets tourists find, communicate with, and pay with QR code at our affiliated shops,restaurants and tourist attractions. Since our launch in 2015 as JapanFoodie, we have expanded our merchant base to tens of thousands beyond food and restaurants, to include travel, lodging, shopping and events, providing every tourist with the best experience as your best local guide and friend.
SMBC Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 49 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
  • Information Technology, Health Care, Software
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Nailie — Nailie is an app that lets you connect to a nail specialists just for you.
  • Suit Up — Suitup is a project and task management solution that teams can readily utilize regularly. With spreadsheet-like processes, it make teamwork evident and prevents tasks from being neglected or deadlines from being missed.
  • BTB Drug Development Research Center — BTB Drug Discovery Research Center aims to contribute to reducing illness, saving people, and leading to a harmonious society.
Komura Fujio Angel
Komura Fujio
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Investment focus
  • Content, Ethereum, Marketing
  • Seed, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • GINKAN — GINKAN is the managing company of SynchroLife, the world's first restaurant recommendation platform where users and can earn cryptocurrency token rewards for dining out and posting restaurant reviews. GINKAN was selected for Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 in the fintech category and we won for best domestic fintech company and won the audienceaward at the Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 EXPO (Demo Day) in September 2018.GINKAN was also selected for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s MUFG Digital Accelerator’s Batch 4 and won the Grand Prix, Audience Award, and AWS Award in a triple win on their demo day on July 26, 2019.
Ceres VC Fund · Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Ceres is a company providing internet marketing services and is engaged in the planning, development, and operation of smartphone media.
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Investment focus
  • Cryptocurrency, Content, Internet
  • Funding Round, Seed, Corporate Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • DINETTE — DINETTE is a cosmetics manufacturing company.
  • SOUNDRAW — Your personal AI music generator.
  • Indent — Indent creates products that help writers create original works such as novels, manga, screenplays, and game scenarios. They will work to create an environment in which artists can focus on their creations and enjoy sharing their work.
Masahiko Inada Angel
Masahiko Inada is the Venture Advisor at DNX Ventures. He was Founder and Chairman at Kabuku Inc. He attended The University of Tokyo.
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Investment focus
  • SNS, Content, Finance
  • Angel, Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Theoria — Theoria is a marketing team that brings together practical knowledge.
  • 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.
  • Theoria Japan — Theoria Japan is a specialized Q & A service.
Takashi Shibayama Angel
Takashi Shibayama
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Investment focus
  • Music, EBooks, Gaming
  • Seed, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • FOWD — FOWD is a comprehensive entertainment company in Japan.
  • AtHearth — AtHearth is a real estate agency offering specialized services for expats in Tokyo. Find Out More.
  • 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.
Venture United VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Venture United is a provider of venture capital for entrepreneurs, especially for internet-related businesses.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • ZEST — ZEST is an IT firm that offers consulting and management support services to its clients. It is based in Tokyo.
  • FamiOne — FamiOne is creating a society that will support the future of couples who want to receive children.
  • Meetcareer — Meetcareer provides online counseling services for career planning.
Soichiro Kawai Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Soichiro Kawai - CEO @ ReBoost
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Information Technology, Internet
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Villio — Villio provides talent experience SaaS which helps companies with human resource development and recruitment of talented engineers.
  • HarvestX — HarvestX manufactures fully automatic robots which contributes to the shortage of agricultural human resources and stable food production
  • SPeak Corporation — SPeak Corporation operates JPort Match that is involved in direct recruiting service. It is a global career platform for budding new talents.
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.
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.
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 53 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
  • Information Technology, Software, Health Care
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Nature — Nature offers a product that enables its users to save money by controlling the use of their air conditioners.The product that the company offers is an air conditioner controller that transforms any window-mounted or through-wall AC into a smart one, equipped with infrared, power control, and sensors that, along with a mobile app for voicesensors, enabling users to operate household appliances with just one smartphone to control their ACs. It transforms the operation of room air conditioners (ACs) to improve comfort and efficiency for consumers while reducing energy demand peaks for utilities with simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-install device.The Boston, Massachusetts-based company was incorporated by Mash Ohtsuka and Haruumi Shiode in 2014.
  • Vesicle — Vesicle is a fruit and vegetable company that provides distribution and delivery of fresh vegetables.
  • Turing — Turing develops and manufactures fully autonomous vehicles.
MIRAISE VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
We are engineers investing in engineers. With experienced mentors, MIRAISE supports you hands-if basis, for business model, financial planning and presentation. All founders of our potfolio automatically join MIRAISE online community that gives you the peer-learning opportunities with other founders. Join us updating the normal!
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Consulting
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, United States, Estonia
Portfolio highlights
  • Yozboshi — Yozboshi is a software firm that develops accounting software along with legal compliance consulting services.
  • Zenmetry — Zenmetry primarily engages in the development of web services and business consulting.
  • Hexabase — Hexabase(formerly Beee Technology) is a venture company developing in-house IT services for corporations. Their greatest mission is to think, develop, and propose a system that can solve the business problems of corporate customers by making full use of the latest IT technology.Hexabase offers Cloud services and EBaaS [Hexabase] that specializedin corporate system development.
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
  • Travel, Internet, 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.
Beenos Partners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Beenos is a platform for startups. Our in-house team of entrepreneurs-in-residence and specialists help you get your ideas off the ground. We’re (the) experts in engineering, design, data science, and business management. We know how to launch a company in this ever changing IT industry, and we’d like to help establish and expand your present andfuture business.The company was founded in 1999 as NetPrice.com, a provider of eCommerce services. NetPrice.com established Beenos as an incubation program before
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Internet, Mobile
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Raena — RAENA adalah platform reseller kecantikan terbesar di Indonesia yang memberikan peluang bisnis rumahan yang menjanjikan. Dropshipper & Reseller produk kecantikan
  • Ralali — Ralali.com, Pusat toko grosir online pertama di Indonesia, sebagai b2b wholesale marketplace platform yang menghubungkan supplier, distributor dengan retail.
  • Delivered Korea — Delivered Korea is an e-commerce platform, that accelerates cross-border e-commerce from South Korea to your country.
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
DBJ Capital VC Fund · Otemachi, Tokyo, Japan
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, Health Care
  • 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.
Yusuke Sato Angel
Yusuke Sato is the Co-Representative and Co-Founder of Pulit.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Content, Food and Beverage
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan, Indonesia, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Kaymak — Kaymak is a recruitment platform that focuses on creating a recruitment website, planning a recruitment strategy, and managing candidates.
  • 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.
Okinawa Development Finance Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Okinawa Development Finance Corporation provides policy-based financial services.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Medical, Nursing and Residential Care
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • LiLz — LiLz is an IT technology network for businesses looking to use AI and IoT to offer new services and value.
  • Aplaca.Lab — Aplaca.Lab is a driver substitution platform that provides an unprecedented new driving experience. They released a driving agency application for providing comfortable driving experiences. It enables driving agencies to optimize their resources and clients' safety, prevent accidents, and receive assistance in areas with limited transportationoptions.
  • Swivel — Swivel's mission is to create the fishing brand.
K Auction VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
K Auction is an art auction company that offers modern and contemporary Korean art.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Mobile, Messaging
  • Series A
  • Japan, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Line Next — Line Next is committed to advancing and expanding the worldwide NFT industry. LINE NEXT seeks to offer innovative digital experiences and pave the road for the future by utilising blockchain and NFT technology.
  • Line — LINE develops calling and messaging applications for mobile phones in Japan and internationally. It offers LINE, a smartphone application that allows users to make free calls and messaging with other users regardless of which mobile network provider they are using.The company also offers NAVER, a search communication service; NAVER Matome, auser-participatory curation platform; Livedoor, a portal site; livedoor Blog, a blogging service; and livedoor News that provides information gathered from various news sources, as well as a range of advertising products. In addition, it operates LINE GAME, a platform that lets LINE users to play games.
Vector VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
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
  • Nailie — Nailie is an app that lets you connect to a nail specialists just for you.
  • Openrec — Openrec is a live-streaming platform that focuses on game commentary and online event business.
  • Unito — Unito offers people a friction-free lifestyle by pursuing optimization of living.
Angel Bridge VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Angel Bridge is a angel investor groups in Japan and provide high quality and abundant funds to excellent companies.
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Investment focus
  • Nursing and Residential Care, Medical, Information Technology
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Goooods — Goooods provides engagement in the development and operation of B2B commerce.
  • PeopleX — PeopleX encourages and assists employees in their professional development.
  • Smartpay — Smartpay is the first free of charge BNPL payment option for Japanese consumers who have credit cards. There are no sign-up fees, interest fees, settlement fees, or late charges. The payment experience is also Japan’s first cross-merchant, cross-platform, and single-click checkout BNPL service, allowing consumers to checkout in as little as 10seconds. The BNPL payment solution is simple to understand, structured on 3 equal installments over 8 weeks. This means that unlike the existing BNPL services in Japan, customers do not need to go to the convenience store to make payments or pay any bank transfer fees.
OPT VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
OPT, Inc. is Japanese e-marketing company, which supports customer's Internet marketing holding the concept 'e-marketing that would directly into sales'.OPT, Inc. aims to create new market by realizing maximizing customer's ROI and finding the best way of solutions to the customer's problem. It is the OPT'stask to propose collectively the way how to use the Internet as a marketing tool for customers and support them.In order to maximize customer's ROI, it is necessary to make ads, develop sites, develop marketing strategies, and support communication and IT strategies.At OPT. Inc: it has wide business lines, customers would be supported by the 4 business fields making ads, technology, solution, and contents.The important thing for the e-marketing company is always standing the idea "market in" not "product out". And so OPT, Inc instantaneously developed its own tool to objectively effect measurement and has tried to improve customer's marketing by using the objective data.
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Investment focus
  • Mobile, Advertising, Apps
  • Seed, Funding Round, Corporate Round
  • Japan, New Zealand, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Raksul — Raksul.inc is a fabless B2B platform builder. It aims to redesign and simplify value chains in legacy industries. It has enabled the "sharing economy" business model in printing, logistics and advertising, by connecting SME customers directly to excess capacities of existing players in various industries at a low cost.
  • OPT China — OPT China is a company that provides marketing and distribution support for Chinese consumers.
  • Shuttlerock — Create attention-worthy video ads from any asset for every screen, at scale.
Uenoyama Katsuya Angel
Uenoyama Katsuya - CEO @ PKSHA Technology
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Investment focus
  • Fashion, Software, Advertising
  • Seed, Angel, Corporate Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Babel — Babel is creating meaningful media for users and expanding globally.
  • AppBrew(Lips) — AppBrew develops LIPS, a mobile application for users to share and read real reviews on cosmetics, nail care, personal care, hair care, and other related products of different brands. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Neural Pocket — Neural Pocket provides Smart City related services for commercial buildings and urban spaces utilizing AI enabled image recognition technology. The company focuses on business development and co-creation serve its clients. Other applications include solutions for digitalization of factories, warehouses, parking lots and retail stores.
Line Games VC Fund · Seocho, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Only Fun, LINE Games
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Investment focus
  • Mobile Apps, Apps, Gaming
  • Series A
  • South Korea, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • 5minlab — 'A game development company with superior techniques leading to business growth' 5minlab is a PC/mobile game development company based in Seoul, South Korea. Since our launch in 2013, we’ve brought 5 PC/mobile games, 3 VR games, and 24 hyper-casual games to the global market. In addition, our technical skills have developed overthe years while performing various outsourcing tasks and projects.Since 2018, based on our years' worth of know-how, a PvP game 'Smash Legends' has started developing, which allowed users to participate and gather worldwide. In 2020, 5minlab successfully attracted Series A investment from 4 investors due to the success of the game in 2019.Currently, 5minLab has 70 experts from various backgrounds, from a brilliant developer born in 00 to the art director of ‘Dragon Nest' and ‘Phantom Chaser'. The senior development leader of ‘Dungeon & Fighter'.Starting with 'Smash Legends', which is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2021, 5minlab aims to release the next game in 2024 to become a developer that can create global IP in a chain.
  • Line Next — Line Next is committed to advancing and expanding the worldwide NFT industry. LINE NEXT seeks to offer innovative digital experiences and pave the road for the future by utilising blockchain and NFT technology.
  • Line — LINE develops calling and messaging applications for mobile phones in Japan and internationally. It offers LINE, a smartphone application that allows users to make free calls and messaging with other users regardless of which mobile network provider they are using.The company also offers NAVER, a search communication service; NAVER Matome, auser-participatory curation platform; Livedoor, a portal site; livedoor Blog, a blogging service; and livedoor News that provides information gathered from various news sources, as well as a range of advertising products. In addition, it operates LINE GAME, a platform that lets LINE users to play games.
Tokyu Fudosan VC Fund · Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyu Fudosan is a Japanese company engaged in the real estate business that includes leasing, construction, and retail. Its main business line includes urban development, property management, residential, wellness, Real-Estate Agents, Tokyu Hands, and Business Innovation. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Real Estate, Content, Task Management
  • Funding Round, Corporate Round, Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • TRUNK — TRUNK is an Information site for internship and business training company
  • TRYETING — TRYETING provides an AI platform that integrates various types of software. One of the strengths of the company is materials informatics, a field that applies the techniques of informatics, such as AI and big data, to materials. This approach can significantly speed the development of new materials.
  • TRUNK Japan — TRUNK is a provider of Information service industry,advertising agency business and design business.
DD Holdings Venture Capital VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan
DD Holdings Venture Capital is the investment arm of DD Holdings, a restaurant and amusement brand.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Ethereum, Education
  • Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • GINKAN — GINKAN is the managing company of SynchroLife, the world's first restaurant recommendation platform where users and can earn cryptocurrency token rewards for dining out and posting restaurant reviews. GINKAN was selected for Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 in the fintech category and we won for best domestic fintech company and won the audienceaward at the Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 EXPO (Demo Day) in September 2018.GINKAN was also selected for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s MUFG Digital Accelerator’s Batch 4 and won the Grand Prix, Audience Award, and AWS Award in a triple win on their demo day on July 26, 2019.
  • Knowledge Merchants Works — Knowledge Merchant Works Co., Ltd. is offering the next-generation leader “Juku” series, which provides business and organizational transformation projects to the next generation of store service leaders, and the application series, “Hata,” which helps improve store productivity. Luck® Platform ”.
Nobuyuki Idei Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyuki Idei has served as our independent director since June 2007.Being an experienced director, Nobuyuki Idei currently also serves as director of Accenture, director of FreeBit Co, Ltd., director of Lenovo Group, and chairman of the National Conference on Fostering Beautiful Forests in Japan.Nobuyuki Idei is the founder and chief executiveofficer of Quantum Leaps Corporation, a specialist consultancy that advises private and public institutions on the changing role of technology in the 21st century.Nobuyuki Idei is also the founder and chairman of the board of Asia Innovators’ Initiative, a private non-profit organization that he established in 2011 to serve as a catalyst for social innovation in Asia by bringing together a diverse range of individuals and promoting knowledge sharing.Nobuyuki Idei was chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation from 2000 to 2005, chief corporate advisor from 2005 to 2007, and chairman of the advisory board from 2007 to 2012.Prior to that, Nobuyuki Idei held a range of leadership positions at Sony including general manager of the audio division, senior general manager of the home video group, and president and representative director.Nobuyuki Idei has also served in a number of other advisory positions including as counselor to the Bank of Japan, member of Japan’s national IT Strategy Council, and vice-chairman of Nippon Keidanren.Nobuyuki Idei received a bachelor of science degree in economics and politics from Waseda University in Tokyo.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Manufacturing, Internet
  • Seed, Funding Round, Corporate Round
  • Japan, France, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Pyrenee — Pyrenee is a hardware startup that creates devices that protect people's lives.
  • Antescofo — Antescofo is the mariage of world-class R&D and Business endeavours. Their technology is the result of 7+ years of R&D in the world’s largest laboratory dedicated to Music and Technology, IRCAM in Paris, and public experience with the most important musicians and orchestras around the world. The principle? Through Intelligent MachineListening, they recognize how humans perform music in real-time and use that information to synchronize content and provide an immersive experience! Antescofo was incorporated in July 2016 and based in Paris, France.
  • Stake Technologies — Stake Technologies is a technology company that provides blockchain solutions to enterprises.
NAVER Z VC Fund · Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea
The official corporate website of NAVER Z Corporation
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Investment focus
  • 3D Technology, Software, Gaming
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • South Korea, Japan, Denmark
Portfolio highlights
  • Rokoko — Rokoko | Affordable high-end motion capture and animation tools for body, hand, and face capture + software with native integrations for all major animation software and game engines
  • Cinamon — Cinamon provides a visual story platform designed for casual games. In 2018, the company began as a joint venture with Naver Webtoon. Since our first project, an interactive stories app called "Maybe," the company has continued to broaden its scope in the field of visual storytelling. The company is currently working on two projects: a 2Dand a 3D UGC story platform.
  • Line Next — Line Next is committed to advancing and expanding the worldwide NFT industry. LINE NEXT seeks to offer innovative digital experiences and pave the road for the future by utilising blockchain and NFT technology.
Orient Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Orient Corporation is a consumer credit company that provides auto loans, credit cards, and direct cash loan services. The company was founded in 1954 and based in Tokyo, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Logistics, Information Services
  • Series A, Funding Round, Series D
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • GINKAN — GINKAN is the managing company of SynchroLife, the world's first restaurant recommendation platform where users and can earn cryptocurrency token rewards for dining out and posting restaurant reviews. GINKAN was selected for Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 in the fintech category and we won for best domestic fintech company and won the audienceaward at the Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 EXPO (Demo Day) in September 2018.GINKAN was also selected for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s MUFG Digital Accelerator’s Batch 4 and won the Grand Prix, Audience Award, and AWS Award in a triple win on their demo day on July 26, 2019.
  • New Revo — New Revo is a logistics start-up company that provides "strategic logistics".
  • Baseconnect Japan — Baseconnect Co., Ltd. connects people from all over the world and spends one-tenth the time it takes for people to “know”.
Shinsegae VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
In 1930, Shinsegae, the first department store of Korea, brought light to the history of distribution industry in Korea. With a dream toward the new world and passion for customers, the Main Store has been the symbol and confidence of Shinsegae pursuing to create a better world. Since then, Shinsegae has been continuously creating values in theireveryday life as a leader to modernize the distribution industry of Korea. Throught these efforts, Shinsegae is continuouly developing the new world of distribution.From Shinsegae and E-mart, the first department store and discount store of Korea, to premium outlets… Over the past 80 years, Shinsegae has been leading the affluent living culture of Korea by ceaselessly striving to advance in the distribution industry. The path Shinsegae has been pursuing is indeed the history and traditional of distribution indistry in Korea. Now, Shinsegae is creating a happy world through continuous value creation for customers and new attempts that take the world by surprise.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Mobile, Messaging
  • Series A
  • Japan, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Line Next — Line Next is committed to advancing and expanding the worldwide NFT industry. LINE NEXT seeks to offer innovative digital experiences and pave the road for the future by utilising blockchain and NFT technology.
  • Line — LINE develops calling and messaging applications for mobile phones in Japan and internationally. It offers LINE, a smartphone application that allows users to make free calls and messaging with other users regardless of which mobile network provider they are using.The company also offers NAVER, a search communication service; NAVER Matome, auser-participatory curation platform; Livedoor, a portal site; livedoor Blog, a blogging service; and livedoor News that provides information gathered from various news sources, as well as a range of advertising products. In addition, it operates LINE GAME, a platform that lets LINE users to play games.
Sansei Capital Investment VC Fund · Koto, Tokyo, Japan
Sansei Capital provides portfolio management, corporate management support, and financing services.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Software, Medical
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, Belgium
Portfolio highlights
  • RABO — RABO is a Cat-Tech Company that "watches cat life with technology.
  • 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.
  • ASOVIEW Inc. — ASOVIEW Inc. is an online booking website that provides booking services for weekend leisure activities like skydiving and rafting. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Shibuya, Kanagawa.
CJ ENM VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
CJ ENM is a Korean entertainment and mass media company.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Apps, Digital Media
  • Series A, Series B, Corporate Round
  • South Korea, Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Line Next — Line Next is committed to advancing and expanding the worldwide NFT industry. LINE NEXT seeks to offer innovative digital experiences and pave the road for the future by utilising blockchain and NFT technology.
  • Uneedcomms — We create communication between the shopping mall and customers. We offer mobile shopping malls, dynamic advertising systems, message automation solutions and global image hosting services based on advanced technology. Uneedcomms is moving toward the next generation of marketing that the global E-Commerce market needs with the power of software.
  • Line — LINE develops calling and messaging applications for mobile phones in Japan and internationally. It offers LINE, a smartphone application that allows users to make free calls and messaging with other users regardless of which mobile network provider they are using.The company also offers NAVER, a search communication service; NAVER Matome, auser-participatory curation platform; Livedoor, a portal site; livedoor Blog, a blogging service; and livedoor News that provides information gathered from various news sources, as well as a range of advertising products. In addition, it operates LINE GAME, a platform that lets LINE users to play games.
MUFG Bank VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 10 investments in the past 12 months
MUFG Bank is Japan's largest bank. ; MUFG
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, Energy, Renewable Energy
  • Debt Financing, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, India, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Invenergy — Invenergy is a leading independent, global developer and operator of clean energy solutions.
  • Aypa Power — Aypa is a pioneering developer, owner, and operator of energy storage and renewable hybrid projects.
  • Varo Energy — VARO Energy is an integrated oil refiner and supplier serving North West Europe, safely and efficiently. Varo Energy is investing in this market by building a network of refineries, storage tanks and distribution channels to secure the reliable supply of oil products for heating, transportation, construction and the petrochemical industry in NorthWest Europe.
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 A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Belgium
Portfolio highlights
  • 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.
  • 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.
Shoji Kodama Angel
Shoji Kodama - President @ Laxus Technologies
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Investment focus
  • Real Estate, Internet, Construction
  • Seed, Angel, Series B
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Mepple — Mepple is planning, developing, and operating internet services.
  • Parame — Parame provides human resources, staffing and recruiting services.
  • FABRIC TOKYO — FABRIC TOKYO is a Japanese startup provides a direct-to-consumer custom-made apparel brand. (former-company name Lifestyle Design Co., Ltd.). It enables customers to save their sizes, idea fabrics, and favorite designs, allowing them to make their original clothing later.FABRIC TOKYO was founded in 2012 by Yuichiro Mori and is based in Tokyo,Japan.
Toru Shimada Angel
Toru Shimada is a Senior Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten. Mr. Shimada is a Director of Rakuten Baseball, Inc., and Head of Asia Regional Headquarters Office of the Company.Mr. Shimada joined Rakuten in 2004. Prior to joining Rakuten, Mr. Shimada was founder and Director of INTELLIGENCE, LTD from 1989 to 2004. Prior to INTELLIGENCE, LTD.Mr. Shimada worked at RECRUIT CO., LTD. from 1987 to 1989.
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Investment focus
  • Task Management, Manufacturing, Content
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Neith — Neith is a apparel manufacturer, seller and a whoelseller of water absorbing bralette, lingerie and shorts for women.
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • Abentry — Abentry is engaged in the SNS business and media advertising business.
Ryugin research Institute VC Fund · Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Ryugin Research Institute Co., Ltd., took over its business from the Economic Research Office of the Corporate Support Department, which is the economic research division of the Bank of the Ryukyus, and became independent on June 28, 2006 in a form that further strengthened its functions.The Ryukyu Bank Research Department was the predecessor ofthe Economic Research Office, but since the foundation of the Ryukyu Bank in 1948, it has conducted various economic and industrial surveys and made proposals and proposals, etc. We have been committed to development.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Automotive, Web Design
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • EC-GAIN — Ec Gain is a service to fulfill the EC operator's "want to sell more".
  • Re:Build — Re:Build is to create the world where we can help each other. Re:Build company was born from the desire to help those who challenge.Our mission is to create a world where help and support circulate throughout the business .
  • Aplaca.Lab — Aplaca.Lab is a driver substitution platform that provides an unprecedented new driving experience. They released a driving agency application for providing comfortable driving experiences. It enables driving agencies to optimize their resources and clients' safety, prevent accidents, and receive assistance in areas with limited transportationoptions.
Masaru Tange Angel
Masaru Tange graduated from Kyoto University and joined Incs Inc. in 2000 where he started their IT business and strategy consulting group with only 2 members and developed it into the company's main business with a team of 140 consultants with annual revenue of $50M in 5 years. He then founded SHIFT Inc in 2005 in his studio apartment. He wasthe only employee. The business world wasn't very kind to him - he made no revenue for a while but he kept experimenting with the business model listening to the needs of customers. In 2009, he finally found traction in the "software testing industry." In 2014, Masaru successfully IPO'ed the company. Shift now has 500 employees.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, E-Commerce, SaaS
  • Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Timee — Timee is a Planning, development and management of Internet media company.
  • Smart Shopping — Smartmat is an eco-friendly IoT purchase system for on-demand, no-hassle grocery with cost-effective shipping.
  • Launchable — Shorter test runs, smarter test triaging, test health insights, and test failure analysis. Remove friction from the dev-test loop to iterate & ship faster.
Singapore Angel Network VC Fund · Singapore, Central Region, Singapore
SGAN is an early stage VC anchored by the multi billion dollar Thakral Group of Companies and has investments across India, Singapore and the USA.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Software, Health Care
  • Seed, Angel, Series A
  • India, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Qyuki — Qyuki is the next big thing that's going to hit new media very soon. If you've got latent creative talent that's waiting for the right opportunity to come along, then this is your time. Wait no more, prepare to give your best to the company that is founded by some of the biggest names in the entertainment business the world over;Shekhar Kapur and A. R. Rahman.
  • MyCaptain — MyCaptain is an online learning and teaching platform offering online courses with placements and certification programs. Upskill industry knowledge in the fields of business, marketing, design, content, and more.
  • Dawaa Dost — Dawaa Dost specializes in the pharmacy retail chain of generic medicines in India. The company focuses on the availability of affordable generic medicines. Dawaa Dost was founded by Amit Choudhary and Yash Harlalka and is based in India.
SLD Entertainment VC Fund · Shiba, Tokyo, Japan
SLD Entertainment operates and manages cafes and restaurants under "kawara CAFE&DINING" brand.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Ethereum, Marketing
  • Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • GINKAN — GINKAN is the managing company of SynchroLife, the world's first restaurant recommendation platform where users and can earn cryptocurrency token rewards for dining out and posting restaurant reviews. GINKAN was selected for Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 in the fintech category and we won for best domestic fintech company and won the audienceaward at the Plug and Play Japan Batch 1 EXPO (Demo Day) in September 2018.GINKAN was also selected for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s MUFG Digital Accelerator’s Batch 4 and won the Grand Prix, Audience Award, and AWS Award in a triple win on their demo day on July 26, 2019.
Hack Ventures VC Fund · Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
Hack Ventures is a venture capital firm that specializes in the fields of rehabilitation, support business, and advice on initial public.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Artificial Intelligence, Manufacturing
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, China
Portfolio highlights
  • BABY JOB — BABY JOB offers nursery support and child care support businesses.
  • BitClout — BitClout is a platform owned by its users. Bitcoin is decentralizing money, BitClout is decentralizing social media.
  • On The Slope — On the way to Sakano deliver vegetables grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, aiming to spread agriculture with low environmental impact. We want to make agriculture sustainable and reach a sustainable society.
Mercari VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan
Under our mission to circulate all forms of value to unleash the potential in all people, Mercari, Inc. aims to use technology to connect people all over the world and create a world where anyone can unleash their potential.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, AgTech, Rental
  • Seed, Corporate Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • newmo — newmo delivers sustainable local public transportation create a user experience (UX) that people may utilize with peace of mind and comfort.
  • Flamingo — Flamingo is to contribute to a multicultural society through IT.
  • Pocket Marche — Pocket Marche is a smartphone app that allows you to buy food while talking with farmers and fishermen across the country.
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