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Top 50 Music VC Funds in Japan

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

Top 50 Music VC Funds in Japan

Investor Music Japan investments
ANOBAKA 3
Genesia Ventures 3
East Ventures 3
SMBC Venture Capital 2
Ceres 2
Z Venture Capital 2
MIRAISE 2
mixi 2
iSGS Investment Works 2
UNITED 2
Globis Capital Partners 1
W ventures 1
San-in Godo Bank 1
Gogin Skyland Next Fund 1
Taisho Pharmaceutical Holdings 1
Otsuka Holdings 1
Mint 1
NES Venture Capital 1
Mobile Internet Capital 1
Salesforce Ventures 1
NOW Japan 1
Uzabase 1
Towa Pharmaceutical 1
Carbide Ventures 1
Japan Finance Corporation 1
Resona Bank 1
PE&HR 1
KAYAC 1
Murata Manufacturing 1
Sevenwoods Investment 1
Candee 1
Allfuz 1
Avex Ventures 1
Nextblue 1
Gumi Ventures 1
Mint 1
TLM 1
iFund 1
Yamaguchi Capital 1
KDDI Open Innovation Fund 1
Chiba Dojo 1
Sony Innovation Fund 1
Global Brain Corporation 1
Dentsu Ventures 1
Bricks Fund Tokyo 1
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment (021 Fund) 1
FIREBUG 1
NES Investment 1
Shoko Chukin Bank 1
XTech Ventures 1
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ANOBAKA VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 10 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, Food and Beverage
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Uniam — Uniam is a manufacturing company that produces and sells pet food and other pet-related products.
  • Paradigm AI — Paradigm AI is an entertainment firm that produces songs and creates virtual human idols using generative AI.
  • Teammate — Teammate is an AGI Application for business based on LLM & Prompt Management Service
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.
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.
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.
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.
Z Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 9 investments in the past 12 months
Z Venture Capital is the venture capital arm of Z Holdings that invests in companies that focuses on the insurance and finance industry.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Content, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, South Korea, Thailand
Portfolio highlights
  • k-ID — At k-ID, we specialize in integrating safety and privacy by design compliance solutions for digital platforms, focusing on creating a safer, more responsible online environment for children and teenagers.
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • 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.
mixi VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 8 investments in the past 12 months
Mixi is a Japanese social networking service that allows users to connect with their friends in a convenient way.It enables users to send and receive messages, write in a diary, read and comment on others' diaries, organize and join communities, and invite their friends.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Apps, Media and Entertainment
  • Series A, Funding Round, Series B
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Clepseadra — Clepseadra is a software company that creates sound and realistic audio files for personal and commercial uses.
  • Meson Tokyo — Meson Tokyo provides Games, Entertainment, AR, software, game basic technology, application development, VR & AR.
  • LightFury Games — LightFury Games is a gaming studio focused to creating immersive experiences with unique narrative and gameplay.
iSGS Investment Works VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
iSGS Investment Works is Japan-based venture capital firm.
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Investment focus
  • Software, E-Commerce, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • SOUNDRAW — Your personal AI music generator.
  • Inter — VIRUTUOUS CYCLE OF ECONOMY AND ECOLOGY
  • Gojo & Company — Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world beginning with the developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalization and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Its long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100+ million unserved and underserved people in50+ countries by 2030. Five and half years since their establishment, they work in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and India with 3,400+ employees, serving more than 570,000 women who are also mothers.
UNITED VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 9 investments in the past 12 months
UNITED, Inc. is developing the smart phone app and the advertising technology business.
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Content, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, Nigeria, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • REVORN — REVORN is a fragrance AI and DX research and development company. They develop products such as odor sensors that can respond to odor issues and needs. They provide consultation at a range of levels, from identifying issues to developing solutions.
  • Pictoria — Pictoria produce total events for entertainment.They handle a wide range of events, from talk events to events using advanced technologies such as 3D motion capture.
  • Zenmetry — Zenmetry primarily engages in the development of web services and business consulting.
Globis Capital Partners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 12 investments in the past 12 months
Globis Capital Partners (GCP) is a venture capital firm in Japan. With its 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, Seed
  • Japan, United States, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • Autify — AI software testing company aimed at solving the challenges associated with automation testing. We are passionate about making software testing faster and easier, empowering companies to release faster and keep their applications stable.
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Orange — Orange is a developer of a variety of deep-learning models with a focus on computer vision and natural language processing for comics.
W ventures VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 12 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
  • Information Technology, E-Commerce, Internet
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, Indonesia, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Uniam — Uniam is a manufacturing company that produces and sells pet food and other pet-related products.
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Edukita — Belajar Bahasa Inggris jadi menyenangkan, interaktif, dan memberi hasil yang nyata. Diajar oleh guru asing berpengalaman.
San-in Godo Bank VC Fund · Matsue, Shimane, Japan · 7 investments in the past 12 months
San-in Godo Bank provides financial services to its customers. They provide services for opening accounts, accepting deposits, creating and managing assets, obtaining loans, and providing insurance.
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Investment focus
  • Consulting, SNS, Content Creators
  • Corporate Round, Funding Round, Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Aruya Umu — Aryaum supports "regional revitalization through NFT" by offering local governments all around the nation hometown tax and tourism NFT solutions.
  • Manpuku Holdings — Manpuku Holdings is a food and beverage company that specializes in sushi, yakiniku, fried chicken, bento, and rice balls.
Gogin Skyland Next Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Gogin Skyland Next Fund is an early-stage venture funding fund that Gougin funding and Skyland Ventures oversee.
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Investment focus
  • Music, Video, Content Creators
  • Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
Taisho Pharmaceutical Holdings VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Biotechnology, Machine Learning
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • Japan, Israel, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Biolinq — Introducing a revolutionary platform for metabolic health.
  • Moodify — Moodify develops unique active scents that enables you to improve your performance, enhance your well being and increase your safety
  • VIE STYLE — VIE STYLE offers wearable music device and AI technology services.
Otsuka Holdings VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Otsuka Pharmaceutical was established in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan in 1964. At Otsuka Pharmaceutical, we are committed to a holistic approach to health and well-being of people and are striving to create innovative, thoroughly-original: pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products based on our corporate philosophy “Otsuka-people creating newproducts for better health worldwide”. Analogous to riding on a bicycle, we drive on two wheels.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Therapeutics, Nursing and Residential Care
  • Series A, Funding Round, Corporate Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • VIE STYLE — VIE STYLE offers wearable music device and AI technology services.
  • Renascience — Renascience is a pharmaceuticals company.
  • OE Therapeutics — OE Therapeutics provides digital therapeutics for suicide prevention.
Mint VC Fund · Higashi, Tokyo, Japan · 9 investments in the past 12 months
Mint operates as an independent venture capital firm specializing in the early stage of startups. It focuses on bridging the boundaries between finance and business, investors and entrepreneurs, creating a foundation for startup growth, and supporting entrepreneurs.
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Investment focus
  • Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Video Chat
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • SOUNDRAW — Your personal AI music generator.
  • MoonJapan — MoonJapan is an educational impact startup that offers a variety of programs and thorough assistance.
  • 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.
NES Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 6 investments in the past 12 months
NES Venture Capital is an investment firm.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Software, Web3
  • Seed, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • YADOKARI — Yadokari provides various types of Construction & Real Estate related other services.
  • Peco Free — Peco Free is a school meal pre-order service that is selected using a smartphone.
  • SHINSEKAI Technologies — SHINSEKAI Technologies focuses on supporting companies, enabling them to advance their services to Web3 and NFT technologies.
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
  • 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.
  • DayBreak Japan — DayBreak is Quick freezing consulting and support for introduction of special quick freezers,Sales, installation, construction, and solution services of freezing and refrigeration equipment and related products,Distribution of quick freezing ingredients,Internetservice for frozen foods.
Salesforce Ventures VC Fund · San Francisco, California, United States · 25 investments in the past 12 months
100% invested in enterprise cloud companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, SaaS, Information Technology
  • Series B, Series A, Series C
  • United States, Japan, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Asuene — Asuene involves in clean power retail business, retail SaaS business, etc.
  • Autify — AI software testing company aimed at solving the challenges associated with automation testing. We are passionate about making software testing faster and easier, empowering companies to release faster and keep their applications stable.
  • Mistral AI — Frontier AI in your hands
NOW Japan VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Next One for the World.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Marketing, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Aracan — Aracan is an e-commerce business that provides online and offline car-sharing services for vehicles.
  • Geofra — Geofra develops Planning and creation of items that rejuvenate the movement of people in physical areas, regional revitalization initiatives
  • HIGHRESO — GPUSOROBAN is a GPU cloud service that enables anyone to perform high-speed calculations on high-end GPUs with ease. Hi-Res, the running business, is the first GPU cloud operator in Japan to be accredited as a "NVIDIA Elite Partner," the program's highest level (CSP Compute field). Furthermore, it received the "Best CSP Partnerof the Year" award at the NVIDIA NPN Partner Award 2022. It is widely used by university research institutes, large corporations, and AI venture firms, with over 100 uses per year.
Uzabase VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Official corporate site of Uzabase, Inc., the provider of SPEEDA, NewsPicks and other services
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Investment focus
  • Content, Information Services, SNS
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • Japan, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Arches — Arches is a sharing platform focusing on Asian market. It's mission is to accelerate the growth of our global clients sharing the respectable knowledge, network, resources of local experts on our platform. We provide the experts / distributors matching platform and help our clients to understand the industry, enter Asian market throughknowledge sharing between the local experts and clients.
  • EventHub — Deliver engaging B2B events with the event platform designed with lead generation and nurturing in mind. Webinars, expos, conferences, job fairs, meetups, and more.
  • Baseconnect Japan — Baseconnect Co., Ltd. connects people from all over the world and spends one-tenth the time it takes for people to “know”.
Towa Pharmaceutical VC Fund · Kadoma, Osaka, Japan
The Towa Group contributes to people's health by creating superior products and services. Through our corporate activities, we aim to be a company that is pleased and sought after by all people, including patients, healthcare professionals, and local communities.
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Investment focus
  • Music, Medical, Robotics
  • Series A, Series C
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • INNOPHYS — INNOPHYS is developing, designing, manufacturing, consulting and distributing robotics equipment for various industries. Their flagship product, Muscle Suit® is a wearable robot supported by artificial muscle technology, well known for its high quality and reasonable price compared with the same kind of support exoskeletons. The company is planningto expand its business to Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America.
  • VIE STYLE — VIE STYLE offers wearable music device and AI technology services.
Carbide Ventures VC Fund · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Carbide Ventures is a venture capital firm.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Payments, Artificial Intelligence
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Runetale — Runetale is a zero-trust P2P mesh VPN platform built on WireGuard that allows devices and services to connect from anywhere.
  • SOUNDRAW — Your personal AI music generator.
  • Lumber — Lumber automates scheduling, time tracking, payroll, and more for building contractors. Discover effortless construction workforce management software today.
Japan Finance Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 31 investments in the past 12 months
Japan Finance provides a diversified portfolio of financial services to the small and medium enterprise sector.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Internet
  • Debt Financing, Funding Round, Seed
  • Japan, India, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Meleap — HADO is a new sport utilizing the leading AR technology with players wearing a head mounted display and an armband sensor to compete against each other by using the ‘energy ball’ or ‘shield’ and earn points in a three-on-three, eighty-minutes game between two teams.
  • TANAAKK — TANAAKK provides “HITSERIES”, Growth-as-a-Service especially for Fortune Global 500 in-house startups to migrate R&D fruits into cloud-native scalable SaaS. HITSERIES delivers reference architecture, platform and related DevOps, RevOps, EquityOps services. There is annually US$190 R&D expenditure solely in Japan. TANAAKK find growth optionin R&D, selecting right cloud business scheme and enabling liquidity for discounted intellectual assets. Usually supporting conglomerate to achieve new $100M SaaS revenue in 5 years.
  • Shiftmation — Axiverse creates an environment where employees shift automatic creation service using artificial intelligence to create a better society.
Resona Bank VC Fund · Osaka, Osaka, Japan · 6 investments in the past 12 months
Resona Bank provides various banking products and services for individual and corporate customers in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Internet, Internet of Things
  • Debt Financing, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Openrec — Openrec is a live-streaming platform that focuses on game commentary and online event business.
  • Luup — Luup is an Internet Company.
  • LocationMind — LocationMind is an IT company that provides human flow analysis, IoT solutions, and security for positioning signals. Through AI analysis of location information and big data, they provide end-to-end services to customers in a variety of fields. A position critical to the advancement of next-generation technology. They have independently developedmultiple AI models that specialize in people flow to make predictions for the near future, in addition to analyzing people flow in the past.
PE&HR VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
PE&HR is a private equity and venture capital firm that seeks to invest in incubation, start-up, and early-stage companies. PE&HR primarily invests in the human resources, internet, healthcare, IT, mobile, and social commerce-related industries.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Fashion, Education
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • MEME — MEME is a money app for parents and children to make money more familiar and simplifies the flow of money.
  • VIE STYLE — VIE STYLE offers wearable music device and AI technology services.
  • Sixty Percent — Sixty Percent is an overseas fashion mail order site that collects street brands from various countries and transmits asian fashion.
KAYAC VC Fund · Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Creating and ConnectingOur imagination knows no bounds and we believe in everyone's creative abilities.In Japanese, we describe ourselves as an "omoshiro" company. It is hard to translate but it kind of means playful, fun and interesting. What we really want is to create things that are fun for people to use. And that'swhy we hire free-spirited and light-hearted people who won't lose their playful creativity at work.KAYAC is what an IT and web company looks like when it is given the freedom to play. Our name is based on the initials of our three directors: KAihata, YAnagisawa, and C(k)uba. And it fits us because a kayak is a nimble and fun little boat that needs a strong, hardworking crew to navigate it, just like our company.
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Investment focus
  • Music, Content, Wearables
  • Series A, Funding Round, Corporate Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • No9 — Number Nine is a digital distribution agency business, EC business,tax return agency business,manga production business and media mix business.
  • VIE STYLE — VIE STYLE offers wearable music device and AI technology services.
  • Bike Startup — Bike Startup offers service that diverts idle space, development, and operation of PEDALRest, and other bicycle-related business.
Murata Manufacturing VC Fund · Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
This is Murata Manufacturing's products-related website. You can view electronic component information, product and event news, exhibition, campaign and webinar information, application guides, and more.
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Investment focus
  • Semiconductor, Information Technology, Electronics
  • Series B, Series A, Seed
  • United States, Japan, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • Asuene — Asuene involves in clean power retail business, retail SaaS business, etc.
  • VIE STYLE — VIE STYLE offers wearable music device and AI technology services.
  • Xona Space Systems — Xona's Pulsar service is the first high-performance alternative to GPS designed to support the age of autonomy. Our constellation of smallsats will provide secure navigation and timing services with the resilience and accuracy needed to enable modern devices to operate safely in any conditions.
Sevenwoods Investment VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan
Sevenwoods Investment is a global multi-asset investment firm providing Venture Capital & Private Equity.
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Investment focus
  • Music, Content, Animation
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Elaly — Elaly Technology makes life better for people around the world.We aim to make the value of money and the experience gained from it flatter.As many people as possible will use technology to realize a happier life, independent of the money economy.
  • YUIMEX — YUIMEX specializes in copyright, digital content, animation, and network entertainment services.
Candee VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan
Candee is a PR and digital video marketing company that provides marketing services.
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Content, Music
  • Seed, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Lute — Lute is an Instagram Stories media that produce and deliver video content specialized for mobile to deliver edgy content to the digital native generation worldwide. In order to realize the above, lute pays tribute to the historical backgrounds and past works that have had a great influence on the artists and their works that are currently active,their appearance and development, cultural We will produce video works with value and contextual appeal.The vision of lute like this is to protect the rights of authors, etc. while keeping in mind the fair use of cultural property (= content), contributing to the development of culture ", the 1st Copyright Law No. 1 It is in keeping with the objectives stipulated by the Article.Therefore, lute will actively use / quote contents such as voice, images including pictures, video etc.
  • vivito — Vivito provides a shooting location search platform for video production companies and creators.
Allfuz VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Allfuz is a contents boutique that offers advertisement planning, production, contracting, management, and promotion; as well as talent casting, content development, platform development, and more.Allfuz was launched in May 2012 as a company that develops and expands the possibilities of completely new entertainment services. For example,specifically, a casting business that focuses on the hobbies and tastes of artists and talents.Allfuz is developing a new service that integrates advertising production for the first time in Japan, and is currently working on diversified services that are not bound by existing frameworks, such as "digital content" and "restaurant business."
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Investment focus
  • Music, Video, Mobile
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Lute — Lute is an Instagram Stories media that produce and deliver video content specialized for mobile to deliver edgy content to the digital native generation worldwide. In order to realize the above, lute pays tribute to the historical backgrounds and past works that have had a great influence on the artists and their works that are currently active,their appearance and development, cultural We will produce video works with value and contextual appeal.The vision of lute like this is to protect the rights of authors, etc. while keeping in mind the fair use of cultural property (= content), contributing to the development of culture ", the 1st Copyright Law No. 1 It is in keeping with the objectives stipulated by the Article.Therefore, lute will actively use / quote contents such as voice, images including pictures, video etc.
Avex Ventures VC Fund · Minami-aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
Avex Ventures targets entertainment-related "technology" and "human resources" and is not just a net investment aimed at capital gains, but something that can generate group synergies in the future, or in each business utilizing group infrastructure We will aggressively invest and support those that are expected to increaseprofits.
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Music, Content
  • Series A, Corporate Round, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • HJ — HJ provides media, marketing and sales promotion services for teens.
  • SAGOJO — SAGOJO is a planning and operation of the amazing traveler recruiting site "SAGOJO" and production, direction, and editing of accompanying content.
  • Stationhead — Stationhead is the place for music fans around the world to connect, listen live, and stream together.
Nextblue VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Nextblue is a Tokyo and Berlin based early-stage Venture Capital investing in disruptive and impact-driven startups in Japan and EU
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Apps
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • kencko — kencko started with the simple belief that organic fruits and vegetables should be available anytime, anywhere, in any shape or format. kencko is on a mission to reinvent fresh organic fruits and vegetables into convenient products that are hassle-free to consume while preserving all the goodness of freshly harvested produce.
  • Bento — Create a beautiful page to show your audience everything you are, create, and sell in one link. Designed in Berlin.
  • Bento — Discover the people and stories behind the coolest projects, and share how you've built yours.
Gumi Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Gumi Ventures helps the new entrepreneurs and businesses to cause a new innovation in the smartphone field. Gumi Ventures supports the new entrepreneurs and businesses that can resonate with gumi listed in the business mission, that cause a new innovation in the smartphone field. They will create a global company that represents the future ofJapan.
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Investment focus
  • Video, Media and Entertainment, Gaming
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, Taiwan, Finland
Portfolio highlights
  • 1SEC — 1sec is a virtual influencers in Japan,develop in-house and management. IMPACT to CEKAI in 1 second. Based on the concept of making CEKAI happy in one second, US based in Los Angeles and Japan, based in Tokyo, virtual influencers × AI, fashion & music & The company will develop a number of CEKAI's first and first projects in Japan inthe field of enter teignment.
  • Mech — Mech is an NFT-based metaverse game that is currently developing their first versions of a match-3 game in which players can earn the in-game currency ore.
  • Brave group — Brave group engages in IP development, marketing and support services.
Mint VC Fund · Mountain View, California, United States
Mint is an extensible, self-hosted web site analytics program. Its interface is an exercise in simplicity. Visits, referrers, popular pages and searches can all be taken in at a glance on Mint's flexible dashboard.
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Investment focus
  • Music, Web Apps, Blockchain
  • Seed, Series A
  • Japan, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Bunzz — Comprehensive dev tool for Smart Contracts, AI based audit, and analysis.
  • SOUNDRAW — Your personal AI music generator.
TLM VC Fund
TLM is a venture capital that invests basically in seed rounds, including some Series A startups.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Content, SNS
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Morght — Morght is an information technology service company.
  • nanameue, Inc. — Nanameue creating a new future that makes people smile and has a fun experience. Create your own place by connecting people to people in “nanameue” way.
  • Hogetic Lab — Hogetic Lab specialize in DCaaS, AI development, and Data human resources training.
iFund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
iFund is an investment and financial service firm.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Music, Content
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • YUIMEX — YUIMEX specializes in copyright, digital content, animation, and network entertainment services.
  • Adavito — Adavito engages in the planning, development, and operation of internet business.
Yamaguchi Capital VC Fund · Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Yamaguchi Capital Co., Ltd. is a venture capital firm. Yamaguchi Capital Co., Ltd. was established in 1996 and is based in Yamaguchi-ken, Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Manufacturing, Task Management
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series B
  • Japan, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Payn — Payn is a digital billing tool that automates the cancellation fee billing process by automating message sending and billing reminders.
  • Baby Jam — Baby Jam is a music app that offers music promotion, video editing, videography, and transaction services.
  • Parallel — Parallel Inc. develops a parallel SNS which can be used while playing games on smartphones.
KDDI Open Innovation Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 11 investments in the past 12 months
KDDI Open Innovation Fund is a corporate venture capital fund that will support promising startup companies. Total size of the fund is JPY10 billion. This is the first corporate venture capital fund established by KDDI. The fund will be managed by Global Brain Corporation (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO, Yasuhiko Yurimoto),which has a strong track record in the venture capital business. By combining KDDI’s know-how and assets with Global Brain’s investment and management support capabilities, we will work together to accelerate cooperative activities with promising startup companies. Through this fund, as well as "KDDI ∞ Labo," a startup incubation program currently inviting a second round of applications, we will continue to support the growth of the next startup companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • MOV — MOV is a technology platform. They offer SaaS for stores that can collectively manage word-of-mouth sites and visualize and analyze customer feedback. It distributes inbound market data, news, and know-how to domestic companies. Their services include inbound support and consulting.
  • DataMesh — DataMesh empowers conventional enterprises to adopt intelligent design, accelerate service deployment, and execute cost-effective planning processes by leveraging Digital Twin and Mixed Reality technologies.
  • Turing — Turing develops and manufactures fully autonomous vehicles.
Chiba Dojo VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 10 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
  • MOV — MOV is a technology platform. They offer SaaS for stores that can collectively manage word-of-mouth sites and visualize and analyze customer feedback. It distributes inbound market data, news, and know-how to domestic companies. Their services include inbound support and consulting.
  • 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.
  • Orange — Orange is a developer of a variety of deep-learning models with a focus on computer vision and natural language processing for comics.
Sony Innovation Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 16 investments in the past 12 months
Sony Innovation Fund is investing in technology-driven transformational companies shaping the future of business, entertainment and society.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Artificial Intelligence, Health Care
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • United States, Japan, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Asuene — Asuene involves in clean power retail business, retail SaaS business, etc.
  • 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.
  • Woodstock — Woodstock is an investment app that allows to invest in US stocks.
Global Brain Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 50 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.
Dentsu Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Dentsu Ventures is the corporate venture capital fund of Dentsu. It specializes in seed, early, mid and later-stage investments. It prefers to invest in the marketing and communication business sectors in the United States of America, Europe, and Asia.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Virtual Reality, Internet
  • Series B, Series A, Funding Round
  • United States, Japan, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Inworld AI — AI for Metaverse
  • Fiddler AI — Monitor, observe, analyze, and explain your machine learning models in production with Fiddler AI. Maximize ML model performance with our Model Performance Management Platform that simply plugs in.
Bricks Fund Tokyo VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Bricks Fund Tokyo collaborates to establish new enterprises that address social challenges and alter industrial systems.
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Investment focus
  • Nursing and Residential Care
  • Series B
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Ivry — Ivry offers cloud based telephonic answering service.
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • VALT JAPAN — VALT JAPAN is a social business compan that continues to pursue solutions to social issues.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment (021 Fund) VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Bandai Namco Entertainment 021 Fund is a fund to invest in startups to create new entertainment and build its IP Metaverse.
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Investment focus
  • Video Games, Media and Entertainment, Mobile
  • Funding Round, Corporate Round, Seed
  • United States, Japan, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Magma — Welcome to Magma. A space that unlocks creativity for all. A collaborative art platform that brings artists, teams and communities together to innovate, collaborate and express themselves. Want to join the ride?
  • Magma — Welcome to Magma. A space that unlocks creativity for all. A collaborative art platform that brings artists, teams and communities together to innovate, collaborate and express themselves. Want to join the ride?
FIREBUG VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Firebug is an entertainment startup.
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Investment focus
  • Music, Theatre, Media and Entertainment
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • TicketMe — TicketMe is Japan's largest NFT, allows to freely purchase and sell tickets for live music, theater, sports, and other events. Its purpose is to ''find the hidden value in the world and deliver the appropriate value to the right location.
NES Investment VC Fund
NES Investment is an investment firm based in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Audio, Music, Media and Entertainment
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Oikos Music — Oikos Music is a media company that provides service to support artists by purchasing music rights.
Shoko Chukin Bank VC Fund · New York, New York, United States · 11 investments in the past 12 months
Shoko Chukin Bank is a financial company offering personal banking services.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Content, Artificial Intelligence
  • Debt Financing, Funding Round, Series B
  • Japan, Canada, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Voyt — Voyt provides planning, operation and development of audio software and computer systems.
  • Openrec — Openrec is a live-streaming platform that focuses on game commentary and online event business.
  • Japan Culture and Technology — Japan Culture and Technology assists artists and craftspeople in expanding their activities by providing IT support.
XTech Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 12 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
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Goooods — Goooods provides engagement in the development and operation of B2B commerce.
  • RENDEZ-VOUS — RENDEZ-VOUS offers a co-ownership option for vintage cars.
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