Japanese Startup Ecosystem

25 Japanese Startups Founded in 2020 to Invest in

We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories: Innovation Innovative ideas Innovative route to market Innovative product Growth Exceptional growth Exceptional growth strategy Management Societal impact   1. I’mbesideyou The idea behind this startup: Saas,movies,AI,Edtech Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Education, Information Technology, SaaS Founders: Shozo Kamiya   2. […]

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Japanese sneaker marketplace reaches $340M valuation after raising funds from SoftBank

Japanese sneaker marketplace reaches $340M valuation after raising funds from SoftBank

Tokyo-based Soda, the Japanese startup behind a marketplace specializing in sneakers and streetwear called SNKRDUNK (pronounced as Sneaker Dunk), announced today that it has secured an undisclosed sum in a series D round from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 (SBVF2), which brought the company’s valuation up to 38 billion yen or $340 million US. This follows […]

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Japan music marketplace Audiostock secures $5.8M for global subscription service

Japan music marketplace Audiostock secures $5.8M for global subscription service

Okayama, Japan-based Audiostock, the Japanese startup behind a marketplace for music composers and sound creators under the same name, has secured 670 million yen (about $5.8 million) in its latest round, according to Nikkei’s report on Wednesday. Participating investors include Susquehanna International Group, Ceres (TSE:3696), and HBCC Technology Investment. This follows the company’s series B […]

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Japan’s space debris remover Astroscale secures $109M, brings valuation to $295M

Japan’s space debris remover Astroscale secures $109M, brings valuation to $295M

Tokyo-based Astroscale Holdings, the Japanese startup offering space debris removal services, has secured approximately 12.4 billion yen (about $109 million) in a Series F round, which brought the startup’s valuation to 33.4 billion yen (about $295 million). This follows their series E round back in October of last year. Investors participating in the latest round […]

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