11 Japanese Startups That Raised $50M+ In Funding!

11 Japanese Startups That Has Received Over $50M In Funding!

  

The Japanese Economy may have seen their zenith back in 1980. Since then it’s whole sectors seem to have windswepted. For years their tech startup scene was desolated. Until recently, there has been a shift in startup.

 


  

Here Is The List Of 11 Japanese Startups With Over $50M Funding:

  

1. freee:

 

 

With a total funding of $167.9M in 8 funding rounds, this online accounting software ranks the top of the list. freee syncs with bank accounts and automatically categorizes entries to create financial reports. It’s lead investor includes DCM Ventures, Infinity Ventures, Recruit Strategic Partners & Pavillion Capital and has secured their last funding of $29M on Dec 26, 2016.

Year Founded: 2012

Specialties: Accounting, B2B, Enterprise Software, Finance, Network Security
  

2. Spiber:

 

 

A bio materials company engaged in the research of synthetic spider silk and other protein-based materials. Spiber has raised a total of $148.1M in 7 funding rounds and that placed them on the 2nd of the list. The company received their last funding on Oct 1, 2016, where they secured $20M from 1 investor in “Grant” type funding. Spiber’s investors are not disclosed.

Year Founded: 2007

Specialties: Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Life Science
  

3. Preferred Networks:

 

 

An IOT company that implements Deep Intelligence throughout the Internet to integrate data from the physical and digital worlds. Spiber has raised a total of $148.1M in 7 funding rounds. The company received their last funding of $20M on Oct 1, 2016. Toyota Motor Corporation is the lead investor for Spiber.

Year Founded: 2014

Specialties: Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Distributed Systems
  

4. Mercari:

 

 

An E-commerce platform that has raised a total of $116.6M in 5 funding rounds to date. Mercari is the biggest community-powered shopping app from Japan, for anyone to buy and sell anything, from anywhere, in seconds. The company received their last funding of $75M on Mar 1, 2016 in a “Series D” funding. Mercari has also made investments in Jiraffe & KitchHike to date. World Innovation Lab (WiL) & UNITED, Inc. are leading the investment to the company.

Year Founded: 2013

Specialties: E-Commerce, Internet, Mobile
  

5. Sansan:

 

 

A multi-platform cloud-based contact management solution that has raised a total of $92.6M in 8 funding rounds. Sansan is Centered around business cards, enabling you to effortlessly build a complete contact database, accessible anywhere. The company received their last funding of $17.6M on Nov 8, 2017 in a “Series D” funding. Sansan’s lead investors are Goldman Sachs, DCM Ventures, Salesforce Ventures & Mirai Creation Investment.

Year Founded: 2007

Specialties: The planning, development, and selling of cloud services for business card management.
  

6. ispace:

 

 

A space resource exploration company that has raised a total of $92.3M in 3 funding rounds to date. Ispace utilizes 3D printed and commercially off the shelf products (COTS) for rapid prototyping while maximizing structural mass efficiency and shortening the developmental life cycle. The company received their last funding of $90.2M on Dec 13, 2017 in a “Series A” funding. Japan Airlines (JAL) & Tokyo Broadcasting System are the lead investors for the company.

Year Founded: 2010

Specialties: Navigation, Robotics, Space Travel
  

7. SmartNews:

 

 

An award winning news discovery app that has raised a total of $88.3M in 4 funding rounds to date. SmartNews is a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users discover the most interesting and important stories that matter right now. The company received their last funding of $38M on Jul 7, 2016 in a “Series D” funding. Atomico, Globis Capital Partners, GREE & Development Bank of Japan led the investment.

Year Founded: 2012

Specialties: Machine Learning, Mobile News, and Mobile App Development
  

8. Folio Investing:

 

 

A fintech company that is the brokerage designed specifically to help you maximize returns by providing you with the ability to create customized, well-diversified portfolios and manage them at a low cost. Folio has raised a total of ¥9.1B (Approx. $84.5M) in 3 funding rounds to date. The company received their last funding of ¥7B (Approx. $65M) on Jan 18, 2018 in a “Series A” funding. Folio’s investment was led by Goldman Sachs & DCM Ventures.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialties: Investing, online brokerage, ETFs, stocks, mutual funds, SRI/ESG security filters, dollar-based investing, fractional shares, and tax management tools
  

9. Raksul:

 

 

A B2B platform builder that is aiming to redesign and simplify value chains in legacy industries. Raksul has raised a total of $71.8M in 6 funding rounds to date. The company secured their last funding of $20.2M on Aug 3, 2016. It was a “Series D” type funding. Their funding is led by Fidelity Investments & Development Bank of Japan. Raksul has also made investments in Inkmonk & Prinzio to date.

Year Founded: 2009

Specialties: Sharing Economy, e-Commerce, Fabless, Techonlogy, Logistics, Online Platform, Supply Chain, B2B platform, Truck Management System, Marketing Support, Global Investment
  

10. Wealthnavi:

 

 

A fintech startup that has raised a total of $57.8M in 4 funding rounds to date. WealthNavi is a fully automatic asset management service using algorithms based on the theory advocated by Nobel laureates. It offers a platform for asset managers which uses risk management algorithm for asset management advice. WealthNavi has secured their last funding of ¥1.5B (Approx. $13.9M) on Feb 5, 2018 in a “Series C” funding. Their funding is led by Mirai Creation Fund.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialties: Finance, FinTech, Property Management
  

11. GROOVE X:

 

 

A robotic startup that has raised a total of ¥5.7B (Approx. $53M) in 3 funding rounds to date. GROOVE X is designing and developing a next-generation household robot that truly touches people’s hearts and inspires real affection. The company received their last funding of ¥4.4B (Approx. $14.9M) on Dec 4, 2017 in a “Series A” funding.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialties: Robot, Household robots.
  

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