Japan has been experiencing the 4th period of the venture capital boom over the last 5 years. As a result of the increasing investments, the Japanese startup ecosystem is gradually maturing. Furthermore, traditional major corporations are starting to expand their business into new areas while significantly increasing their investments into startups over the last decade. Below we have gathered the list of the best VC investors in Tokyo.
This article is part of a series where we present you the best Venture Capital firms across different cities and countries. Here you can view the ranking for Osaka.
Top 10 VC Investors in Tokyo
Founded in 2009, East Ventures is an early-stage sector-agnostic venture capital firm. The firm has supported more than 170 companies in the Southeast Asian region that are present across Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Latest fund size: $550M (2022)
Notable Investments: Mercari, RedMart, BASE
2-SMBC Venture Capital
SMBC Venture Capital is a Japanese finance company that offers banking-centered financial services.
Latest fund size: -
Notable Investments: BASE, Wealthnavi, Uzabase, SiTime
3-Mitsubishi UFJ Capital
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital is a venture capital firm focusing on life science, ICT and high technology investments.
Latest fund size: ¥10B (2020)
Notable Investments: Coinbase, MoneyForward, Kyriba, Wealthnavi, Uzabase
4-Global Brain Corporation
Global Brain Corporation is a venture capital firm that invests in companies from seed/early to pre-IPO startups.
Latest fund size: ¥5B
Notable Investments: Mercari, coins.ph, BASE, Edmodo, Tapjoy, Jibo
Mizuho Capital is a venture capital firm that focuses on information technology and biotechnology investments.
Latest fund size: ¥10B (2020)
Notable Investments: Money Forward, Wealthavi, GENIEE, Allm, LOCONDO, Quan
Incubate Fund is an independent early stage venture capital that specializes in providing capital to technology startups at seed stage.
Latest fund size: ¥17.1B (2021)
Notable Investments: GamingMonk, Coincheck, Wealthnavi, Sansan
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.
Latest fund size: ¥61.4B (2019)
Notable Investments: MoneyForward, double jump.tokyo, Viridian Therapeutics, Liquid Global
Nissay Capital is a venture capital Company specializing in seed, start-up, growth capital, middle stage and later stage investment.
Latest fund size: ¥10B (2019)
Notable Investments: Gumi Inc, Sansan, Paksul, Medley
CyberAgent Capital is a venture capital firm that provides financial support for start-ups specializing in the internet businesses.
Latest fund size: $55.5M (2021)
Notable Investments: Paidy, Woowa Bros, BASE, ITutorGroup, Sansan
ANRI is a Japanese venture capital firm that mainly invests in seed and early-stage startups.
Latest fund size: ¥16B (2019)
Notable Investments: Coincheck, UUUM, DELY, Raksul, PR Times