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Top 15 Publishing Startup Investors in Japan

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

Top 15 Publishing Startup Investors in Japan

Investor Publishing Japan investments
IT-Farm 2
Drone Fund 2
Showa Leasing 1
STRIVE 1
Tsuneishi Capital Partners 1
NOW Japan 1
Himegin Lease 1
Future Venture Capital 1
Kazuhiro Ishikura 1
Nippon Venture Capital 1
F Ventures 1
Shoko Chukin Bank 1
Shinsei Bank 1
Kiyoshi Nishikawa 1
Fundinno 1
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IT-Farm VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 8 investments in the past 12 months
IT-Farm is a venture capital firm which specializes in seed, start-up, and early stage companies. It primarily invests in mobile, big-data, connected car, IoT, OTT service, Helth care, Bio Tech and other IT industries. The firm actively invests in SF bay area and Japan, as well as other geometries including Asia and Europe. We support portfoliocompanies, especially on the partnership with Japanese enterprises.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Medical
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • United States, Japan, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • Ac-Planta — Ac-Planta provides research, development, manufacture, and sales of agrochemicals.
  • EV Motors Japan — EV Motors Japan provides sales and services for commercial vehicles in the automotive industry.
  • Honeycomb — Honeycomb (fka Agilius) is the only place where you can buy a condo/apartment building master policy online in less than 3 minutes at a fraction of the cost! Instant, free, no hassle quotes, online everything and up to 40% savings. With all that we're bringing simplicity and transparency to the real estate insurance space for condoassociations (HOAs), building owners, property managers, and developers everywhere. This is what we do. This is all we do.
Drone Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Drone Fund is a venture capital firm that provides supports in IP strategy, innovative planning, and drone policy. It offers capital investment and financing and aims to create a Drone Ecosystem where LPs and startups can benefit from membership within the Drone Fund.
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Investment focus
  • Drones, Robotics, Aerospace
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Wingcopter — Wingcopter is an award-winning German developer, manufacturer, and operator of unmanned eVTOL fixed-wing aircraft dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide through meaningful commercial and humanitarian applications. The start-up focuses on the delivery of goods such as medicines to remote health facilities, packages, and food to privatehouseholds. With their unique, patented tilt-rotor mechanism, the electrically powered Wingcopters far exceed the range and payload capabilities of commercial multicopter drones. Taking off and landing vertically like multicopters, Wingcopters fly long distances as efficiently and quickly as fixed-wing aircraft, reaching ranges of up to 75 miles (120 kilometers) and a Guinness world record speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). Even in strong winds of up to 44 mph (71 km/h) or inclement weather, Wingcopters fly autonomously and reliably.Wingcopters are also used for the efficient inspection of public infrastructure and for long-range mapping applications.In 2020, Wingcopter was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
  • Sunflower Labs — Sunflower Labs makes an autonomous outdoor security system that senses and deters unwanted visitors before they’re at your door. Our elegant sensors detect motion and vibration, differentiating between people, animals, and cars. When they detect something unusual, they’ll notify you and deploy a fully autonomous drone. The drone flies directly tothe scene and streams live video of what’s happening. Guided by our sensors, it follows the activity, performs a security “sweep,” and lands itself safely in its weatherproof docking station.
  • RICOS Co. Ltd. — RICOS is a tech company that optimizes manufacturing processes using AI, simulation, and high-performance computing technologies.
Showa Leasing VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Showa Leasing engages in the leasing of machine tools, construction machinery, medical equipment, and commercial equipment. The company was founded on April 2, 1969 and its headquarters are located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
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Investment focus
  • Printing, Publishing, Photography
  • Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • CAMELOVE — Cameloveis a Camera equipment rental subscription service.
STRIVE VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
STRIVE focuses on investing in early-stage (Seed to Series A) internet and mobile companies. It seeks out companies in Japan, Southeast Asia, and India with top-notch management teams and strong market potential. It is not tied to strategic investments for GREE Inc. and leverages its pan-Asia expertise for guiding its portfolio in an engaged,hands-on role.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, India, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Asuene — Asuene involves in clean power retail business, retail SaaS business, etc.
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Testsigma — Powerful cloud-based test automation platform that lets you automate tests for web, mobile, desktop apps, and APIs in minutes. Sign up now!
Tsuneishi Capital Partners VC Fund · Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Tsuneishi Capital Partners is a company that formulates and operates investment partnerships.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Robotics, Drones
  • Seed, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • UUUO — UUUO is a planning, development, and operation of the UUUO (fish market) connected by smartphone and fresh fish shipment from our own shipping base UUUO Base to each consumption market.
  • KAMOMEYA — Kamomeya is an island and live because of inconvenience in transportation and transportation.
  • POWERNEXT — POWERNEXT provides electric power supply & demand management, rate calculation, customer management & environmental value trading services.
NOW Japan VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
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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.
Himegin Lease VC Fund · Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
Himegin Lease engages in venture capital business and centering on leasing business of machinery and equipment.
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Investment focus
  • Drones, Content, Robotics
  • Seed, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • KAMOMEYA — Kamomeya is an island and live because of inconvenience in transportation and transportation.
  • Setsuro Tech — Seturotech Co., Ltd. is a biotechnology venture company established on February 22, 2017 by Tatsuya Takemoto (PI: Principal Investigator) of the University of Tokushima as a venture from Tokushima University. In 2015, Takemoto and Masakazu Hashimoto (Osaka University) developed a simple and highly efficient method for producing genetically modified(genome-edited) mice using CRISPR / Cas9, and filed a patent application for the technology. The technology is called fertilized egg electroporation (GEEP method), a technology that introduces molecules required for genome editing by CRISPR into fertilized eggs at high throughput by the power of electricity (electroporation). Using this technology, Seturotech will start from the production and sale of genetically modified mice, and will become a fundamental company providing all genetically modified animals, anticipating the future use of genetically modified animals in industry.
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.
Kazuhiro Ishikura Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kazuhiro Ishikura served as the head of the Akatsuki Business Management Department in 2013 and as a corporate auditor of Akatsuki in 2014, contributing to the company's listing on the TSE Mothers and TSE 1st sections. Appointed 3minute CFO in 2015, engaged in business start-up and organizational design, and succeeded in large-scale M & Adeal with Glee. After leaving the company, he became a WARC director in November 2018. Certified public accountant.
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Investment focus
  • Beauty, Content, Fashion
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Neith — Neith is a apparel manufacturer, seller and a whoelseller of water absorbing bralette, lingerie and shorts for women.
  • WARC Japan — WARC provides hands-on support for business management departments as well as mergers and acquisition advisory services.
  • Vitalogue Health — Vitalogue Health offers Canvas, a home-based hormone testing service for women.
Nippon Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 4 investments in the past 12 months
Nippon Venture Capital ("NVCC"), established in 1996 as one of the few largest Japanese independent venture capital firms, is destined to undertake the unprecedented task of providing full-range venture capital services in cooperation with major Japanese business leaders and leading companies, which have supported and nurtured various newbusinesses on their own, as well as proactively developing new venture enterprises.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Issues — Issues provides development and management of web service issues that solve the problems.
  • A10 Lab — A10 Lab is a company that aims to makes people happy with technology that is independent of Sony's new business creation program. It provides Google Play an app that allows users to do things that they have never been able to do with the custom app 'Min Chale' selected for two consecutive years. It is a company that brings profits tocompanies by improving lifetime value (sales) through the habitation of users that companies have.
  • YADOKARI — Yadokari provides various types of Construction & Real Estate related other services.
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.
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.
Shinsei Bank VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
We provide online services and English-speaking support, allowing you to make transactions anytime, anywhere.
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Investment focus
  • Finance, Internet, Task Management
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series C
  • Japan, United Arab Emirates
Portfolio highlights
  • TAQA — TAQA is a utilities and energy company that engages in power, water, and oil and gas operations. It is an international company listed in Abu Dhabi and operates in 11 countries across four continents.The company's interests lie in conventional and alternative power generation, water desalination, oil and gas exploration and production,pipelines, and gas storage. TAQA was founded in 2005 and operates in Canada, Ghana, India, Iraq, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • PeaceTecLab — PeaceTecLab is a CtoCsharing service, as its main business.
  • Mirfa International Power & Water Company — Mirfa International Power & Water Company is a renewable energy startup that delivers power and water solutions. A combined-cycle gas turbine power plant, a modular reverse osmosis plant, and three multi-stage flash desalination units comprise the company's power and water plant. It has a gross installed power capacity of 1.7 gigatonnes(GW) and a gross water desalination capacity of 53 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD). It aims to deliver a futuristic power generating plant with a net power capacity of 1600 megawatts to address the country's power issues.
Kiyoshi Nishikawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
After working at KDD Corporation (Currently known as KDDI Corporation), Kiyoshi Nishikawa next went to work at Arthur D. Little Inc. in the United States, where he became inspired to start his own company. After returning to Japan, he established a Japanese corporation of the world’s largest Internet company, America On Line, LLC. Later andbased on this experience and the relationships he developed, he founded the first Internet business incubator, NETAGE, Inc. After serving as the President and CEO of NETAGE Group, he later became and still serves as the Chairman of ngi group, inc. Kiyoshi was one of the main entrepreneurs responsible for proposing and realization of “Shibuya Bit Valley Concept” and is well known for his various speeches and writings. He is a graduate of the Department of Education at Tokyo University.
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Investment focus
  • News, Social Media, Big Data
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • PoliPoli — PoliPoli is a next-generation politics co-creation platform where you can participate like a game. Politicians from all over Japan post their policies in an easy-to-understand manner, and those who sympathize can enjoy working on the "missions" necessary to realize the policies.
  • Astroscale — Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company solely dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.
  • TECHFUND — TechFund is a venture capital firm specializing in incubation and seed stage investments. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Fundinno VC Fund · Higashi-shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Fundinno is an equity investment crowdfunding platform.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Content, Health Care
  • Equity Crowdfunding, Product Crowdfunding, Funding Round
  • Japan, France
Portfolio highlights
  • EBRU — EBRU is a manufacturer and seller of earphones and ear monitor audio products that include custom artwork on the products.
  • Meiten Kan — Meiten Kan engages in the food delivery service industry.
  • Human Potential Lab — Human Potential Lab is a company that supports individual skills development and corporate organizational change. Focusing on mental health and well-being, the company's programs are based on brain science, bioscience, psychology, and technology.
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