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Top 50 Transportation Startup Investors in Japan

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

Top 50 Transportation Startup Investors in Japan

Investor Transportation Japan investments
Incubate Fund 13
Nissay Capital 10
SMBC Venture Capital 9
ANRI 8
Drone Fund 7
Mizuho Capital 7
DBJ Capital 7
YJ Capital 6
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital 6
ANOBAKA 5
Globis Capital Partners 5
500 Startups Japan 4
Headline Asia (formerly Infinity Ventures) 4
Genesia Ventures 4
DIMENSION 4
SBI Investment 4
Energy & Environment Investment 4
MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital (MSIVC) 4
KDDI 4
Monex Ventures 4
XTech Ventures 3
Spiral Ventures 3
Global Brain Corporation 3
Yu Akasaka 3
W ventures 3
Lifetime Ventures 3
STRIVE 3
DCM Ventures 3
Archetype Ventures 3
Nobuhiro Ariyasu 3
Coral Capital 3
FFG Venture Business Partners 3
Mamoru Taniya 2
Yusuke Sato 2
Mitsubishi Corporation 2
Delight Ventures 2
PE&HR 2
Kensuke Furukawa 2
Kyushu Electric Power 2
Hiroshima Venture Capital 2
Tsuneishi Capital Partners 2
Mobility Technologies 2
F Ventures 2
Masao Ito 2
Daisaku Harada 2
BroadBand Tower 2
Marubeni 2
Kazuma Ieiri 2
Tottori Capital 2
Mercari 2
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Incubate Fund VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 20 investments in the past 12 months
Incubate Fund is an independent early-stage venture capital that specializes in providing capital to technology startups at the seed stage. The firm built a portfolio of over 300 companies in Asia, taking 12 companies to public and 20 companies to M&A exit since 2010.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Owlto — Owlto Finance is an intent-centric interoperability protocol, 'Bridge the World with AI Agent'.
  • Landit — Landit manages transportation infrastructure and real estate technology firms.
  • Woodstock — Woodstock is an investment app that allows to invest in US stocks.
Nissay Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 12 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
  • Re:Power — Re:Power is a manufacturing company that designs, develops, and sells renewable energy storage batteries and other products.
  • StockFormer — StockFormer is a real estate investment platform that connects investors with property opportunities. Users can calculate their asset score and gain a better understanding of their position and status as an investor, as well as their creditworthiness to financial institutions, among other things. Investors can exchange information on purchased andsold properties, as well as loan terms. The log provides investors with an understanding of the current real estate market conditions, investment conditions, and loan conditions that correspond to their asset formation level, allowing them to make appropriate investment decisions.
SMBC Venture Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 38 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, Mexico
Portfolio highlights
  • enechain — enechain provides liquidity in Japan’s energy market by brokering OTC transactions of energy.
  • Zenobe Energy — Discover Zenobe. Our vision: enable the transition to zero-carbon, non-polluting power and transport systems through the innovative use of battery storage.
  • 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.
ANRI VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 18 investments in the past 12 months
ANRI is a Japanese venture capital firm that mainly invests in seed and early-stage startups.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Information Technology, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
  • RENDEZ-VOUS — RENDEZ-VOUS offers a co-ownership option for vintage cars.
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.
Mizuho Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 24 investments in the past 12 months
Mizuho is the venture capital firm affiliated to Mizuho Bank, the second-largest Japanese bank in terms of assets. The firm has headquarters in Tokyo.The firm has ¥49.6 billion JPY under management, focusing on information technology and biotechnology investments. Over 600 Mizuho companies have gone public. According to Nikkei, Mizuho is thefifth-largest venture capital firm in Japan.Mizuho Capital was formed in 2002 by the merger of Fujigin Capital, Tokyo Venture Capital and IBJ Investment. Three firms were subsidiaries of Fuji Bank, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and the Industrial Bank of Japan respectively.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Software, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • enechain — enechain provides liquidity in Japan’s energy market by brokering OTC transactions of energy.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
  • Aeterlink — Aeterlink is a wireless device maker and developer. They applied their technology to fields such as FA, robots, smart houses, and medicine and developed practical level technologies such as elemental technology that can wirelessly supply power.
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.
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
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 43 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 B, Series A
  • Japan, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Voyt — Voyt provides planning, operation and development of audio software and computer systems.
  • Forward — Forward is a SaaS-based startup that offers recruitment agency services.
  • 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.
ANOBAKA VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 11 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
Globis Capital Partners VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 11 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
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
500 Startups Japan VC Fund · San Francisco, California, United States
500 Startups is the most active seed VC in the world. 500 Startups Japan is a $35M regional fund focusing on Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Human Resources
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Noin — Noin specializes in cosmetics and delivers content that accurately captures trends like videos that solve girls worries.
  • Trustdock — Trustdock is a platform for identity confirmation API service in Japan. You can outsource KYC / identity confirmation via online API, complying with various laws including criminal profit transfer prevention law, antique sales law, cell phone fraud prevention use law etc. It can be used with any ID service regardless of business type, such asmatching to FinTech, shared eco, etc.
  • Connected Robotics — Connected Robotics is an information technology company that designs and manufactures robotic arms for enterprises. The company's product, OctoChef, provides cooking services. It caters to individual restaurants, shopping malls, stations, service areas, amusement centers, and large-scale events. The company was founded in 2014 and is basedin Koganei-shi, Japan.
Headline Asia (formerly Infinity Ventures) VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 7 investments in the past 12 months
Headline is a Venture Capital firm actively on the ground in 7 cities around the world. We invest across categories and geographies, leading rounds at every stage. Once we commit to a team, we go to the ends of the earth to make their success global.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, Software, FinTech
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, China, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • newmo — newmo delivers sustainable local public transportation create a user experience (UX) that people may utilize with peace of mind and comfort.
  • At Forest — At Forest is an end-of-life service provider that organizes circular burial services for the deceased.
  • Infobox — Infobox is a sales data platform that includes every detail from market research to creating a list of companies and contacting decision-makers.
Genesia Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 10 investments in the past 12 months
Genesia Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on seed/early-stage startups in Japan and Southeast Asia.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Content
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Payn — Payn is a digital billing tool that automates the cancellation fee billing process by automating message sending and billing reminders.
  • Malme — Malme is a company that operates in the fields of 3D technology, architecture, civil engineering, and construction. The company offers total support for BIM/CIM operations, with a team of engineers who are well-versed in construction consulting. The company's motto is to 'update civil engineering', indicating a commitment tocontinuous innovation and improvement in the field. The company's services are designed to assist in the planning and execution of construction projects, leveraging advanced 3D technology and architectural expertise.
  • Miresso — Miresso is a startup firm that offers nuclear fusion power generation services through natural resources.
DIMENSION VC Fund · Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
DIMENSION is an investment fund management company.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Advertising, Content
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Biophilia — Biophilia is a company specializing in pet-related, consulting business, internet service business, and consignment development business. The company was established in August 2017 and is based in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
  • TapNow — TapNow is a social networking platform.
  • Kaleidoscope — Live tracking for R&D decisions and milestones.
SBI Investment VC Fund · Minato, Chiba, Japan · 22 investments in the past 12 months
SBI Investment supports the business development and growth of private venture companies through fund investment. It manages and manages venture capital funds under the management philosophy of becoming a leading company responsible for the creation and development of core industries in the 21st century as a "new industry creator".SBIInvestment has invested in a total of 986 companies in the past, of which 169 (17.1% of investment companies) have exited through IPO or M & A.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Financial Services, Software
  • Series B, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, South Korea, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • NIHON AGRI — Exportation of Japanese agricultural products is currently small in volume. While Japanese farmers aspire to export their products to foreign countries for more people to enjoy and local consumers universally share the positive perception of the quality of Japanese agricultural products, issues such as price, communication, and logistics hinder theexpansion of exportation.They aim to solve these issues and satisfy the needs of both Japanese farmers and global consumers which are so clearly evident but devastatingly unmet.
  • Xaion Data — Xaion Data is an IT consulting firm concerned about implementation of AI technology in various business areas.
  • Orange — This site has moved. The new website is here. https://orange.inc
Energy & Environment Investment VC Fund · Higashi-shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan · 9 investments in the past 12 months
Energy & Environment Investment, Inc. (EEI) is Japan’s first venture capital specialized in the clean technology sector. With core members who have rich hands on experience in founding and managing venture companies, we aim to provide risk money and various strategic values to promising venture companies and businesses.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Energy, Internet of Things
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • Crassone — Crassone is an housing assistance service.
  • Zehitomo — Zehitomo is an Japanese online platform that enables user to hire local service professionals, from photographers to personal trainers.
  • Kisui Tech — Kisui Tech is an agricultural AI robotics company that help farmers for farming.
MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital (MSIVC) VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 16 investments in the past 12 months
MSIVC is a venture capital firm that invests in Japanese and global startups scaling to IPO. It focuses on startups in verticals of Fintech, SaaS, Healthcare, AI, E-Commerce, Foodtech, and Environment etc.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Food and Beverage
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Miresso — Miresso is a startup firm that offers nuclear fusion power generation services through natural resources.
  • Niro — Niro is embedding personal credit products into leading consumer internet platforms. The fintech startup aims to disrupt the consumer lending ecosystem in the country by democratizing access to convenient and hassle-free embedded credit products for 624 million internet users in India.
  • Virohan — Virohan is India's leading professional training partner of NSDC, providing paramedical diploma courses in MLT, OTT, HA, etc for 12th pass and graduates.
KDDI VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 5 investments in the past 12 months
KDDI Corporation is a Japanese telecommunications operator. It was created in 2000 through a merger of DDI, KDD and IDO and now employs over 15,000 people.The company provides a broad range of services, including fixed-line phone communication, mobile phone and web services, and Internet services. It also has a ownership stake in two Japanesecable television companies, Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) and Japan Cablenet (JCN). KDDI's mobile phone and web arm is branded as "au". The company is the current No. 2 in Japan's mobile communications market, trailing NTT DoCoMo and ahead of SoftBank.
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Investment focus
  • Mobile, Software, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • ATOMica — ATOMica is a co-working space and business management company for conference rooms, event venues, circles, and schools. The company uses coworking spaces as HUBs to provide services that maximize individuals' power. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including coworking space, shared office space, meetings, events, and web seminars. Itis also possible to use it only once. They plan and run local communities that bring together a diverse range of people, including students, workers, businesses, universities, and governments.
  • Allganize — Allganize provides Alli, an AI document understanding platform that revolutionizes enterprise productivity. If you want a proper AI chatbot, enterprise chatGPT, or AI OCR, Allganize is the answer.
  • Secret Double Octopus — Provider of industry-leading FIDO-certified, rotation-based passwordless MFA with the fullest support for enterprise complexity. Click here for more!
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
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.
Spiral Ventures VC Fund · Singapore, Central Region, Singapore
Our former entity “IMJ Investment Partners” was established in 2012 by IMJ Corporation (“IMJ”), a major digital marketing company, as an independent venture capital subsidiary in Japan. After IMJ was acquired by Culture Convenience Club (“CCC”) in 2013, we continued our investment activities independently, and eventually relocated our office toSingapore to change our strategy and start a venture capital fund for the Southeast Asia market. In 2015, we established the Japan office and started a venture capital fund for the Japanese market.In tandem with the expansion of our business, we left the CCC Group, changed our name to “Spiral Ventures” in 2017, and made a fresh start as an independent venture capital firm.taken from https://spiral-ventures.com/en/group-info/
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Information Technology, Internet
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, India, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • BharatNXT — On Time Settlements
  • Inflow — Looking for reliable suppliers and efficient supply chain management for your fashion brand? Look no further than Inflow! Our online platform offers an end-to-end solution for all your production needs, from design to delivery. Simplify and optimize your production process with Inflow's high-quality sourcing and expert supply chain management. Try us out today!
  • PolicyStreet — PolicyStreet is a regional full-stack InsurTech company. We customise insurance solutions for businesses and consumers.
Global Brain Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 55 investments in the past 12 months
Global Brain Corporation is a venture capital firm that invests in companies from seed or early to pre-IPO startups. Global Brain has invested in 300+ startups from seed/early to pre-IPO startups and achieved 25 IPOs and 61 M&As as a result of providing hands-on support services and resources to its portfolio startups. Global Brain hasmanaged a pure investment fund as well as multiple corporate venture capital funds partnered together with tier 1 public companies of telecom, real estate development, financial service, beverages, agriculture food, logistics, and electronic devices.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Software, Artificial Intelligence
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Utaite — Utaite is an operator of an entertainment platform that focuses on planning, production, and development of entertainment content.
  • Essen — Essen is a vehicle wrapping advertising platform, but in the future, it hopes to offer new services like traffic congestion relief and anomaly detection that make use of mobility data.
  • Turing — Turing develops and manufactures fully autonomous vehicles.
Yu Akasaka Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
During Hosei University student, and intern at Hakuhodo C & D. After joining the Image-net, I do media monetization of EC site as a media planner. Then, new business, engaged in Alliance. Launched a crowdsourcing site "MILLION DESIGNS" of design in the individual, sold to Ransazu Corporation. Established the Eureka Co., Ltd., wasappointed Representative Director CEO.
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Investment focus
  • Food and Beverage, Content, Internet
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Australia, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • RE — RE specializes in smartphone application design and development.
  • Vitalogue Health — Vitalogue Health offers Canvas, a home-based hormone testing service for women.
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.
Lifetime Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Lifetime Ventures is a VC firm that specializes in pre-seed and seed investments.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Software, Medical
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • ekei labs — build your longevity strategy with ekei labs
  • EF Polymer — EF Polymer Private Limited providing 100% Organic and fully Biodegradable Super Absorbent Polymer cum Fertilizer to reduce Water and Fertilizer requirement for your plant. Let's grow organically.
  • MORPHEUS — Development of Nose To Brain Drug Delivery System (DDS)
STRIVE VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 4 investments in the past 12 months
STRIVE focuses on investing in early-stage (Seed to Series A) internet and mobile companies. It seeks out companies in Japan, Southeast Asia, and India with top-notch management teams and strong market potential. It is not tied to strategic investments for GREE Inc. and leverages its pan-Asia expertise for guiding its portfolio in an engaged,hands-on role.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, India, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • YOUTRUST — YOUTRUST is a startup to operate YOUTRUST a referral recruitment platform for side-job change.
  • Testsigma — Powerful cloud-based test automation platform that lets you automate tests for web, mobile, desktop apps, and APIs in minutes. Sign up now!
  • Mercado Único — Mercado Único is a B2B platform for the distribution and management of opportunistic sales of Consumer Goods that are close to expiration and slow-moving, connecting suppliers (manufacturers/distributors) to buyers (retailers/distributors) with items that have predictable and immediate use at discounted prices.
DCM Ventures VC Fund · Menlo Park, California, United States · 12 investments in the past 12 months
DCM Ventures assists entrepreneurs in building companies that will change how institutions and people use and live with technology.DCM Ventures focuses on the size of its team, the money they raise, and the investments they make all so that it can focus on the business of helping portfolio companies succeed. Collectively, the DCM investingpartners have over a century of investing and operational experience and each DCM partner has experience building hyper-growth startups into billion-dollar businesses.DCM Ventures manages ten funds totaling $4.0 billion and has made investments in more than 400 technology companies across the United States and Asia. With offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Tokyo, DCM provides hands-on operational guidance and a vast network of global business and financial resources to its portfolio companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, E-Commerce
  • Series B, Series A, Series C
  • United States, China, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • UniUni — Explore our shipping Universe. Our mission is to be your first-choice for last-mile delivery.
  • enechain — enechain provides liquidity in Japan’s energy market by brokering OTC transactions of energy.
  • Qingbo Exploration — Qingbo Exploration is a hydrogen boat power system technology provider, dedicated to applying clean energy—hydrogen energy—to the marine sector.
Archetype Ventures VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Archetype Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in B2B Tech seed and early stage venture investments.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Spacely — Spacely is a cloud software that allows you to easily create, edit and manage VR web contents using photos taken with a 360 degree camera. From April 1, 2018 the service name has been changed from 3D Stylee to Spacely.
  • FLUX — FLUX provide “FLUX Header Bidding Solution” that creates fair competition opportunities and significantly increases advertising revenue within the header bidding server, ad requests are sent to SSPs and ad exchanges all at once, so it is possible to have a pure price competition without prioritization, and to determine the highest bid amount andvalue of the advertising space. I can. Then, the price of the highest bid ad in the header bidding and the ad set in the ad server are competed, and the ad with the higher bid is delivered.
  • Sotas — Sotas provides services to chemical trading companies and bridges the gap between raw material producers and consumers.
Nobuhiro Ariyasu Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Nobuhiro Ariyasu is the CEO at Coach United.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Content, Finance
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Issues — Issues provides development and management of web service issues that solve the problems.
  • Jiraffe — jiraffe focusses on Internet service planning, development, and management.
  • Collectest — Collectest specializes in integrating AI into trading card appraisal procedures that show current market pricing and verify authenticity.
Coral Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Coral Capital is a seed stage venture capital firm in Japan.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Internet
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Facilo — Facilo is a real estate communication cloud that offers unifies and visualizes the complex communication of real estate brokerage solutions.
  • HQ Inc — Hq is a consutling firm that works in the area of personnel organization strategy, working style office strategy and software development.
  • Woodstock — Woodstock is an investment app that allows to invest in US stocks.
FFG Venture Business Partners VC Fund · Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan · 8 investments in the past 12 months
FFG Venture Business Partners is a large-scale enterprise that offers in traditional regional bank venture capital.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Artificial Intelligence, Content
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • ATOMica — ATOMica is a co-working space and business management company for conference rooms, event venues, circles, and schools. The company uses coworking spaces as HUBs to provide services that maximize individuals' power. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including coworking space, shared office space, meetings, events, and web seminars. Itis also possible to use it only once. They plan and run local communities that bring together a diverse range of people, including students, workers, businesses, universities, and governments.
  • HMS — HMS develops AI smart camera that integrates image input and processing.
  • QibiTech — QibiTech created HATS, a service in which a human operator remotely supplements the operation of a robot. Add-on edge calculator or software for various robots to increase robot flexibility. It also serves as a platform for connecting operation data to the business improvement system.
Mamoru Taniya Angel · Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo, he joined Solomon Brothers, where he became the youngest managing director in Asia, where he was in charge of Asian investment. After that, he created one of the largest independent Asuka assets. He also launched Japan's first independent online life insurance company,LifeNet Life Insurance, and inspired Japan's first International.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Content, FinTech
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, Singapore, Spain
Portfolio highlights
  • Revorf — Revorf analyzes data and develops AI-related to infectious diseases and healthcare.
  • abillion — Find tips for plant-based food & products near you. Join the community to share reviews of restaurants & brands. Raise funds & drive sustainability!
  • RIMM Sustainability — RIMM Sustainability provides a SaaS platform that enables companies of all sizes to optimise their sustainability management effort. It builds tools for sustainability management, reporting and optimisation.
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.
Mitsubishi Corporation VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 6 investments in the past 12 months
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses across virtually every industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, living essentials, and environmental business. MC's current activities are expanding far beyond its traditional trading operations asits diverse business ranges from natural resources development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • enechain — enechain provides liquidity in Japan’s energy market by brokering OTC transactions of energy.
  • KoBold Metals — KoBold Metals is investing in battery materials projects across the globe by combining basic ore-deposit science, big data, and scientific computing with patient private capital.The company's software uses datasets with conventional geochemical, geophysical and geological data in statistical association models to identify prospects to ensure acobalt supply for the electric vehicle revolution, enabling mineral exploration companies to find new sources of cobalt through machine learning and data analysis.
  • Lilac Solutions — Scaling lithium supply for the electric era
Delight Ventures VC Fund · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan · 11 investments in the past 12 months
Delight Ventures is a venture capital firm that thoroughly reduces the hurdles of entrepreneurship in Japan and supports entrepreneurs in the world. Entrepreneurship is taken as a natural career path, and we aim to be a society where both successful and unsuccessful people can continue to take on challenges.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Service Industry, Human Resources
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, United States, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Ababa — Ababa provides recruitment and employment solutions.
  • Sotas — Sotas provides services to chemical trading companies and bridges the gap between raw material producers and consumers.
  • Tensor Energy — Creating the operating system of our zero-carbon, distributed energy future
PE&HR VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 4 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.
Kensuke Furukawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kensuke Furukawa was born in June 2, 1981. He graduated Waseda University majoring Political Science and Economics, and in 2000, he launched "Milkcafe", a student community, which has grown to a site with 10 million PV per month. In 2004, he became the CEO of Media Clip, which operates a rental bulletin board service "ShitarabaBBS". After that year, he had transfer "Shitaraba BBS" to Livedoor, and took charge of starting up the Consumer Generated Media sector. In 2006, he joined Recruit, and took charge of starting up a new business at Business development sector. In June of 2009, he left Recruit, and became the CEO of nanapi (formerly Rocket Start), which operates the How-to Site "nanapi".
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Investment focus
  • Content, Media and Entertainment, Social Media
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Plott — Plott producing youtube animation platform under Vision “Become a Content holder from YouTube”. In August 2019, the company name was changed from Fabo to Plott. Plott, the new company name, is derived from the plot that you make before writing novels, etc., and the idea that “I want to make content all the time” is put in the company name.
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • Neighbor — The creative universe of Fortnite is infinite. To give an example , building fantasy and science fiction worlds, creating simple games and full-scale battle games can all be completed with Fortnite. Is the world of Fortnite, played by 350 million users worldwide, is it real or unreal? We will try to combining the vast world of Fortnite with the real world.
Kyushu Electric Power VC Fund · Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan
Kyushu Electric Power Company, Incorporated is a Japan-based company mainly involved in the electric power business. It has four business segments. The Electric Power segment offers electric power that the Company generated and purchased from other energy supplier. The Energy-related segment is engaged in the wholesale of thermal electric power,the research, design, construction and supervision of electric- and civil engineering-related construction work, as well as the environment protection for power plants. This segment is also involved in the sale of electric machine tools, natural uranium, gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the new energy generation and heat supply businesses. The Information Communications segment offers data communication, broadband, fixed phone and information technology (IT)-related services.
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Investment focus
  • Drones, Software, Aerospace
  • Funding Round, Series B
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • 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.
  • Terra Drone — Terra Drone Indonesia provides drone services for various industry sector such as mining, construction, oil & gas, energy, and utilities.
  • DIGITAL GRID — Digital Grid is a retail supply contract or a power supply contract with a service provider using the digital grid platform.
Hiroshima Venture Capital VC Fund · Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshima Venture Capital provides venture capital investment services. The firm creates corporate value from a long-term perspective.
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Investment focus
  • Task Management, Manufacturing, Software
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Sagri — Sagri is developing agriculture software for experienced farmers.
  • Anipos — Anipos is an application that allows you to easily claim pet insurance.
  • SmartRyde — October 5, 2021 Bloomberg featured CEO Sota Kimura's thoughts on the company's founding and future business development. March 19, 2021 What We Do to Protect Our Customer All staff are required to wear masks. Provision of alcohol-based disinfectants in
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.
Mobility Technologies VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Mobility Technologies provides vehicle allocation systems for taxi operators.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Automotive, Taxi Service
  • Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • DennoKotsu — Denno Kotsu is a Taxi dispatch system development and provision, taxi company contract dispatch service
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.
Masao Ito Angel · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Masao Ito is a Founder & CEO at User Local.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Information Technology, Social Media
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Illusil — Illusil is a service that makes it easier for anyone to generate slide materials and reduces the amount of time needed to do it. Additionally, presentations can be automatically generated from text input by AI, and over 1,000 design templates can be used to build original slides.
  • Aruya Umu — Aryaum supports "regional revitalization through NFT" by offering local governments all around the nation hometown tax and tourism NFT solutions.
  • Driver Technologies — Driver Technologies is a cloud logistics platform provider. It provides a solution for driver matching and cargo vehicle demands.
Daisaku Harada Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Daisaku Harada is the Director of Management Strategy at Mercari. Daisaku attended Chuo University.
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Investment focus
  • Finance, Tourism, Automotive
  • Seed, Pre-Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Carstay — Carstay Comfortable Overnight in car or tentdo itCar tripWith guests who want to enjoy.
BroadBand Tower VC Fund · Uchisaiwaicho, Tokyo, Japan
BroadBand Tower supports IoT (internet of things) through its advanced technological capabilities.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Automotive, Taxi Service
  • Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • DennoKotsu — Denno Kotsu is a Taxi dispatch system development and provision, taxi company contract dispatch service
Marubeni VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Marubeni is involved in the handling of products and provision of services in a broad range of sectors. These areas encompass importing and exporting, as well as transactions in the Japanese market, related to food, textiles, materials, pulp and paper, chemicals, energy, metals, and mineral resources, transportation machinery, and includes offshoretrading.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Energy, Renewable Energy
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series A
  • United States, Japan, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • LineVision — LineVision is accelerating the net zero grid by equipping our utility partners with unique monitoring and analytics that improve the capacity, resilience, and safety of the grid.
  • Willbox — Willbox is an international logistics company providing an international logistics digital platform for shippers and logistics companies. The company's platform "Giho" connects shippers and logistics companies (transportation, packaging, warehousing, customs clearance, etc.) with a direct contract. It visualizes the three elements of[lead time, money, and safety], which have been regarded as a black box, and supports comparative examination and decision making. Willbox digitizes the packing technique of wooden boxes and steel, mandatory for international logistics, and incorporated them into their system. Their mission is to solve the logistics issues focusing on the large cargo of industrial products.The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.
  • Cirba Solutions — Where to recycle end-of-life batteries? Cirba Solutions is the leader in EV and end-to-end battery recycling and meets all recycling needs. Start Recycling Now!
Kazuma Ieiri Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Born in 1978 and raised in Fukuoka prefecture, Kazuma founded paperboy&co. inc. (currently GMO Pepabo) and went on to become the youngest CEO ever (at the time) to take a company public in Japan by taking paperboy&co. public on the JASDAQ Japanese stock exchange. After leaving paperboy&co, he continued his startup trail by foundingBASE, CAMPFIRE, and XIMERA. Kazuma also dabbled in the food services industry via the founding of On The Corner (a cafe) and is active in the startup investment scene. He also started the Liverty-house project which attempts to create shared housing for young people in need.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Fashion, Recruiting
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Taliki — Taliki is a Coworking Space Operates Social Entrepreneurs Development Support for Intrepreneur Development.
  • ONE NOVA — One Nova (ワンノバ) is a lifestyle brand and online platform that offers a range of innerwear products, such as men's boxers.
  • vivid garden — vivid garden is an Agriculture company.
Tottori Capital VC Fund · Tottori-shi, Tottori, Japan
Tottori Capital is the provider of management consulting and financial services.
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Investment focus
  • Shipping, Marketing, E-Commerce
  • 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.
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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