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Archetype Ventures
Archetype Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
Archetype Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in B2B Tech seed and early stage venture investments.
Asahi Medialab Ventures
Asahi Medialab Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
Asahi Media Lab Ventures is a Tokyo and Silicon Valley based Corporate Venture Capital arm of the Asahi Media Group, one of the world's leading media conglomerate. We invest in early-stage technology startups changing digital media, entertainment, and way of life.
Cool Japan Fund
Cool Japan Fund
Japan | Government
Cool Japan Fund was founded in November 2013 as a public-private fund with the aim of supporting and promoting the development of demand overseas for excellent Japanese products and services. Cool Japan Fund aims to commercialize the "Cool Japan" and increase overseas demand by providing risk capital for businesses across a variety of areas, including media & content, food & services, and fashion & lifestyle.
Creww Japan Accelerator
Creww Japan Accelerator
Japan | Accelerator
Creww runs open innovation programs for many of Japan’s largest companies. These three-month programs are customized and targeted to meet specific needs for each client. Currently most of these programs do not involve direct investment into the startups, each client company commits significant resources to each program and successful participants end up with partnerships, sales, distribution arrangements, or development partnerships as determined by the goals of the specific program.
CyberAgent Capital
CyberAgent Capital
Japan | Venture Capital
From Asia to the World.CyberAgent Capital is a partner for entrepreneurs that drive global innovation.Investment PolicyCyberAgent Capital constantly seeks for the next global innovation.We invest in venture companies in Internet-related businesses with outstanding global market potential led by entrepreneurs with excellent management leadership.Fields and StagesWe specialize in the growing Internet-related industry.Operating under the theme of being a partner for entrepreneurs and venture companies, we actively finance venture companies at various stages from the seed stage where entrepreneurs are just starting up their businesses to the early stages where their semces are starting to gain momentum.
Deepcore
Deepcore
Japan | Incubator
DEEPCORE is an AI specialized incubator that trains challengers with the will to change the world with technology as entrepreneurs.DEEPCORE will provide an open R&D environment by establishing an advanced co-working space in Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo and preparing an AI computing platform, including GPUs with the cooperation of NVIDIA.DEEPCORE will provide opportunities for members to solve social issues by utilizing the latest Deep Learning and other technologies through joint demonstration experiments with companies. Utilizing its position as a member of the SoftBank Group, DEEPCORE will make industry connections, manage projects and offer other forms of support.
DG Incubation
DG Incubation
Japan | Venture Capital
DG Incubation is the investment subsidiary of Digital Garage Group. We provide partnerships for entrepreneurs building innovative Internet-related services and technologies as well as facilitate synergy between startup companies and DG group companies.
East Ventures
East Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
East Ventures is an early stage venture fund focusing on SEA and Japan. Over the years, East Ventures has invested in hundreds of companies in Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand. Majority of East Ventures' portfolio went on to raise follow-on financing rounds, dominate the market, and become category leaders. East Ventures has a strong track record in developing pan-Asia tech-ecosystems and backing the startups in their early day, including Tokopedia, Traveloka, Mercari, Disdus (acquired by Groupon), Kudo (acquired by Grab), Tech in Asia , Omise, IDNTimes, Ruangguru, Jurnal, Cermati, Mokapos, Shopback, EVHive, and Loket (acquired by Gojek).
Emurgo
Emurgo
Japan | Accelerator
EMURGO drives the adoption of Cardano and adds value to ADA holders by building, investing in, and advising projects or organizations that adopt Cardano's decentralized blockchain ecosystem. EMURGO leverages its expertise in blockchain R&D as well as its global network of related blockchain and industry partners to support ventures globally. EMURGO is the official commercial and venture arm of the Cardano project, registered in Tokyo, Japan since June 2017 and in Singapore since May 2018. EMURGO is uniquely affiliated and works closely with IOHK to grow Cardano's ecosystem globally and promote the adoption of the Cardano blockchain.
Genesia Ventures
Genesia Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
Genesia Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on seed/early stage startups in Japan and Southeast Asia. Since it's inception in Dec 2016, Genesia Ventures has invested in over 60 companies in Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and the US. Genesia Ventures invests in various sectors: SaaS, marketplace, Media, Finance, Insurance, RealEstate, Healthcare, Medical, Travel, Education, Manufacturing, Construction, HR, Agriculture, Sports, Retail, Entertainment, etc.
Global Brain Corporation
Global Brain Corporation
Japan | Venture Capital
Global Brain (GB) is an early stage venture capital firm based in Tokyo, expanding its investment activities in the US and Asia. Since 2001, GB has invested in about 30 companies selectively, provided full services and resources and achieved 7 IPOs and 7 M&As. GB accelerates growth of portfolio companies in a long run by providing not only capital but also supports to build strategies, partnerships and a team to achieve their milestones. GB is strong at e-commerce and forms a platform called EC-PLANET among its group companies: a listed DRTV/Infomercial company, one of the largest sport goods online stores, a logistics company that can provide comprehensive fulfillment services and a social media company that can develop web services. EC-PLANET, GB's resources and accesses to Japanese established companies can help Japan entry of US/Asian companies. GB recently invested in zozi and is trying to identify outstanding venture companies and management teams to build a business together across the Pacific.
Globis Capital Partners
Globis Capital Partners
Japan | Venture Capital
Globis Capital Partners (GCP) is one of Japan's leading venture capital firms. With its unique 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.
GMO VenturePartners
GMO VenturePartners
Japan | Venture Capital
GMO Venture Partners is an early and growth stage investment subsidiary of GMO Internet Group, one of the most comprehensive providers of industry-leading Internet services in Japan. The firm has a strong presence in supporting startups from EC, payment, ad-tech and enterprise SAAS sectors in regions such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and the US. GMO VenturePartners Inc has invested in over 50 startups in over the past years and eight companies went public.
Infinity Ventures
Infinity Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
At Infinity Ventures, we strive to create venture companies with infinite possibilities. We bridge Japan, the second largest global economy and China, the world's growth engine, to support the birth of new ventures.
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Japan | Venture Capital
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a unique public-private partnership aimed at promoting innovation and enhancing the value of businesses in Japan, was launched in July 2009. Leveraging the rich history of Japanese technological prowess, INCJ aims to provide financial, technological and management support in order to promote the creation of next-generation businesses through "open innovation," or the flow of technology and expertise beyond the boundaries of existing organizational structures. INCJ will draw on funding as well as management and technological expertise from the public and private sectors. INCJ is actively reviewing various investment opportunities in areas of green energy, electronics, IT and biotechnology to infrastructure-related sectors such as water supply. Each investment will be thoroughly vetted to ensure it meets the exacting standards of INCJ's Innovation Network Committee, which will make the final investment decisions. INCJ is capitalized at 280 billion yen, with the Japanese government injecting 266 billion yen and 26 private corporations (refer to details in Appendix below) providing a further 14 billion yen. The government will also provide guarantees up to a total of 1,800 billion yen for INCJ investments, giving it an investment capability of approximately 2,000 billion yen. INCJ will be established for a period of 15 years.
ITOCHU Technology Ventures
ITOCHU Technology Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
ITOCHU Technology Ventures (ITV), based in Tokyo, is the venture capital arm of ITOCHU Corporation. ITOCHU is one of the world's largest corporations with offices in over 80 countries and operations that cover a broad spectrum of industries. ITV's mission is to invest and help build leading information technology companies by leveraging a vast array of resources both domestically and internationally throughout ITOCHU and its group companies. The ITOCHU group has a long history of funding information technology companies with successes including Siebel Systems, NVIDIA, Openwave and Aruba Networks. Current portfolio includes, Box, Fab, Ooyala, WHILL, Tokyo Otaku Mode, etc.
JAFCO Japan
JAFCO Japan
Japan | Venture Capital
JAFCO operates a series of funds to channel risk capital to start-ups in Japan, US, China, Taiwan, Korea, India, and Singapore. Targeting high-potential companies with innovative and creative management strategies, JAFCO provides support for enhancing corporate value and expanding business through deep involvement in management. JAFCO currently manages total capital commitments of approximately 460 billion yen.
Kaihanna Science City
Kaihanna Science City
Japan | Technology Park
The Keihanna Science City (officially known as the Kansai Science City) is nestled in the green Keihanna hills stretching over Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara prefectures in western Japan. The city, which has been constructed and maintained under the Kansai Science City Construction Act, is one of Japan?s national projects - much like the Tsukuba Science City in the east of Japan. Twelve cultural and scientific research districts (about 3,600 ha) scatter the 15,000 ha of land that makes up the Keihanna Science City. The city is about 30 km from the center of both Kyoto and Osaka cities, and about 10 km from the center of Nara city. More than 140 research facilities, including universities and cultural facilities, the city has accomplished remarkable success in the fields of cultural and scientific research.
Kazusa Akademia Park
Kazusa Akademia Park
Japan | Technology Park
Kazusa Akademia Park was developed on the green Kazusa hills as one of the leading science park in the greater Tokyo area. Along with world class biotechnology research institute and incubators, there are various R&D and manufacturing facilities of private companies in cutting-edge industries. Many companies attracted by Kazusa's rich natural environment and well-developed industrial sites with reasonably priced land and choose the Park as their home. Moreover, the prefecture and local cities offer various incentives including subsidies and tax reduction to support start-up business in Kazusa.The Park has convenient access from the center of Tokyo and Narita International Airport. Moreover, the Tokyo Bay Aqualine, which runs over Tokyo Bay, gives the Park easy access to Haneda Airport, Yokohama and Kawasaki as well.
Kyoto Research Park
Kyoto Research Park
Japan | Technology Park
With support from the Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, and local industry, Kyoto Research Park (KRP) was born as the first private operated Research Park in Japan. Since its opening 1989, KRP has now grown to host over 480 tenant companies and institutions in the field of ICT, Biotech, Electronics, Machinery, and etc. It aims to be the base for new business creation and the base for collaboration between industry, academia and government in the Kyoto region.KRP offers 2 types of services to its tenants and to the region. The first service is the Spatial Services. It is to provide safe, secure and pleasant environment for the tenants and visitors at KRP. The Second service is the Support Services. The Support Services consist from New Business Creation Activities and Business Support Activities. The 2 services do not stand alone. They are well combined to enhance new innovation from this area.The role of KRP is to become the catalyst of regional development. Kyoto has strength in its regional resources. Looking at the industry, many global companies like Shimadzu Corporation, OMRON, HORIBA and KYOCERA have been developed in distinctive Kyoto environment. Many SMEs holding unique technologies are located in Kyoto. Looking at the academia, there are more than 40 universities consisting 10% of the population in Kyoto. Many Nobel Prize winners have been produced from world leading research conducted at these universities. KRP coordinates the strength of the region to find new collaboration possibilities leading to new innovation from the area.KRP’s aim is to become the innovation hub of the region. KRP believes that by gathering and networking the regional companies, researchers and ideas, new innovation will be created. Through this process, KRP aims to contribute to regional development.
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital
Japan | Venture Capital
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (“MUCAP”) was founded in 1974 as one of the first venture capital firms in Japan. Backed by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, the leading financing group headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, we have been helping entrepreneurs in Japan, and around the world. More than 870 companies we worked together with have gone public.MUCAP is a team of professionals who are passionate to run side-by-side with visionary entrepreneurs.As a venture capital firm, MUCAP supports start-ups through financial investments and beyond. Backed by one of the largest client bases in Japan, we help invested companies accelerate their business in various ways. Providing access and connecting timely to our corporate clients of MUFG is one of our strategic focuses. We aim to be a major hub of entrepreneurs, investors, executives, engineers, academics, industry experts and others in their relevant fields.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Japan | Venture Capital
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, is a Japanese bank holding / financial services company headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. MUFG manages the affairs of its subsidiaries within the group and the business of the group as a whole along with all relevant ancillary business. The MUFG Group turned its eye toward the expected operating environment changes over the next decade, and launched the new medium-term business plan, which outlines the strategies that will be implemented over the first three years of this period. The new plan is designed to guide us as they strive to realize their corporate vision-"Be the world's most trusted financial group." By accelerating initiatives that span across business entities, regions, and business groups, they will work to live up to the expectations of their customers, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders. The MUFG Group aims to achieve stable and sustainable income growth through seeking diversified revenue bases especially in customer segment both domestically and abroad, and capital efficiency by improving productivity. In addition, they will enhance shareholder value by conducting capital management flexibly taking the balance of (1) enhancement of further shareholder returns, (2) maintenance of a solid capital base and (3) strategic investments for sustainable growth, into consideration.
Mizuho Venture Capital
Mizuho Venture Capital
Japan | Venture Capital
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 the fifth-largest venture capital firm in Japan.[1] 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.
Nippon Venture Capital
Nippon Venture Capital
Japan | Venture Capital
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 new businesses on their own, as well as proactively developing new venture enterprises.
Nissay Capital
Nissay Capital
Japan | Venture Capital
Since its establishment in 1991, Nissay Capital has invested and supported more than 1,500 venture companies, and has achieved a top class record in Japan, with 257 companies having completed IPOs.Under the corporate slogan "From Seeds to Exits," we are actively working from the seed early stage and investing in a wide range of stages. In addition, we support the growth of investee companies through support for management strategies, capital policies, etc., and utilizing the Nippon Life Group's network.Our society is about to change dramatically in the context of major trends such as demographic changes, rapid advances in technology, and response to environmental issues. At the time of this change, we will continue to work as a venture capital that continues to take on challenges together with highly aspired venture companies.
NTT DOCOMO Ventures
NTT DOCOMO Ventures
Japan | Venture Capital
NTT DOCOMO Ventures is the venture capital arm of NTT DOCOMO, Inc. specializing in investments in incubation, early stage, middle stage, and later/pre-IPO stage companies. It prefers to invests in the field of information technology, telecommunications, contents platform services, battery power, authentication security, BigData, solution with devices, cloud, and communication platform. The firm invests in and outside of Japan. It seeks to invests up to about USD $2 million to USD $3 million per investment. It prefers to seek minority stakes of around 20% or less per portfolio. The firm seeks to exit its investments through sales of stocks or transfer of shares to DOCOMO and NTT Group companies. It also runs an accelerator program called DOCOMO Incubation Program. Docomo Innovation Ventures, previously known as NTT Investment Partners Inc., was established on February 20, 2008 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
Open Network Lab
Open Network Lab
Japan | Accelerator
Open Network Lab is a seed accelerator program launched in 2010 with the purpose of "developing world-class entrepreneurs." During its 3 month program, startup teams are given funding, facility access, mentoring, and access to leading international and domestic entrepreneurs and developers. Onlab has received applications from entrepreneurs worldwide, and graduates of the program include AnyPerk, WHILL, Qiita and Fablic.
Samurai Incubate
Samurai Incubate
Japan | Venture Capital
In 2008, we launched Samurai Incubate Inc. to support early-stage start-ups in the areas of management, marketing, sales, human resources, and finances. Our company invests in start-up ventures, and we also hold advisory posts and serve as external directors of some venture companies.Whereas venture capital investment is at about 30 billion dollars in U.S. and 24 billion dollars in Europe, Japan was only at about 0.86 billion dollars (2005), and the Japanese investment ratio is only about 30 / 1. On the other hand, by the legal deregulation progresses as seen in new business laws, increasingly in the future Japanese funding is expected to expand.Samurai Incubate Inc. was established to help companies to develop vision and strength and to realize their greater revenue potential. We support practical expertise in marketing and sales management personnel as well as clear financial strategies to monetize our start-ups.
SBI Investment
SBI Investment
Japan | Venture Capital
SBI Investment is the core company in the SBI Group's Asset Management Business. As one of Japan's leading venture capital firms, our management of venture capital funds is guided by our mission to become a leader in the creation and cultivation of key industries for the 21st century.As a “New Industry Creator”, we provide privately held ventures with risk capital through fund investments that support business developments and progress of these companies. Our efforts have generated a succession of IPOs and we have thus contributed to the well-being of society.Since establishment, SBI Investment has focused on investments on growth sectors such as information technology, biotechnology and life science. Currently, we have expanded investment areas to include mobile/wireless, environment and energy sectors.
SMBC Venture Capital
SMBC Venture Capital
Japan | Venture Capital
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 and affiliates in the various business segments.
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