Posted on
May 20, 2022

Top 10 VC Investors in Tokyo

Narine Davtyan
Entrepreneur in Residence

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.

Top 10 VC Investors in Tokyo

1-East Ventures


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.

Website: https://east.vc/

Founded: 2010

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.

Website: https://www.smbc-vc.co.jp/

Founded: 2005

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.

Website: http://www.mucap.co.jp/

Founded: 1974

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.

Website: https://globalbrains.com/

Founded: 1998

Latest fund size: ¥5B

Notable Investments: Mercari, coins.ph, BASE, Edmodo, Tapjoy, Jibo

5-Mizuho Capital

Mizuho Capital is a venture capital firm that focuses on information technology and biotechnology investments.

Website: https://www.mizuho-vc.co.jp/

Founded: 1983

Latest fund size: ¥10B (2020)

Notable Investments: Money Forward, Wealthavi, GENIEE, Allm, LOCONDO, Quan


6-Incubate Fund

Incubate Fund is an independent early stage venture capital that specializes in providing capital to technology startups at seed stage.

Website: https://incubatefund.com/

Founded: 2010

Latest fund size: ¥17.1B (2021)

Notable Investments: GamingMonk, Coincheck, Wealthnavi, Sansan


7-JAFCO

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.

Website: https://www.jafco.co.jp/

Founded: 1973

Latest fund size: ¥61.4B (2019)

Notable Investments: MoneyForward, double jump.tokyo, Viridian Therapeutics, Liquid Global


8-Nissay Capital

Nissay Capital is a venture capital Company specializing in seed, start-up, growth capital, middle stage and later stage investment.

Website: http://www.nissay-cap.co.jp/

Founded: 1991

Latest fund size: ¥10B (2019)

Notable Investments: Gumi Inc, Sansan, Paksul, Medley


9-CyberAgent Capital

CyberAgent Capital is a venture capital firm that provides financial support for start-ups specializing in the internet businesses.

Website: https://www.cyberagentcapital.com/

Founded: 2006

Latest fund size: $55.5M (2021)

Notable Investments: Paidy, Woowa Bros, BASE, ITutorGroup, Sansan


10-ANRI

ANRI is a Japanese venture capital firm that mainly invests in seed and early-stage startups.

Website: http://anri.vc/

Founded: 2012

Latest fund size: ¥16B (2019)

Notable Investments: Coincheck, UUUM, DELY, Raksul, PR Times


Other VC Investors in Tokyo

Nippon Venture Capital

Samurai Incubate

STRIVE

DG Ventures

DBJ Capital

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