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21 Leading Venture Capital Firms in Tokyo

By 
Nicolás Cerdeira
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Updated: 
November 2, 2022
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The venture capital ecosystem in Tokyo has undergone major growth over the last decade.

In this article, you will find some of the top venture capital firms in Tokyo investing across various sectors and industries.

21 Venture Capital Firms in Tokyo

1) 500 Startups

500 Startups

500 Global is a globally renowned venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech companies.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, India, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Cambodia, South Korea, Taiwan
  • City: San Francisco, Austin, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Miami, New York, São Paulo, Washington, Abu Dhabi, Baku, Cairo, Dubai, Manama, Riyadh, Bangalore, Bangkok, Hangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Jaipur, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Christine Tsai, Dave Mcclure
  • Industries: SaaS, Media, E-Commerce, Consumer, Healthcare, Proptech & Real Estate, Hardware & Industrials, Education, Devops, Fintech, Crypto & Blockchain
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed
  • Minimum check size: $50,000
  • Maximum check size: $250,000
  • Number of investments: 2600
  • Number of exits: 339
  • Funds raised: $67,000,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Canva, Solana, Reddit

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@500startups.com.

2) Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is a government organisation that provides investment support and opportunities for founders looking to build their businesses in Ireland.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Ireland, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Czechia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Poland, Brazil, USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya
  • City: Dublin, Düsseldorf, Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Stockholm, Madrid, Prague, London, Brussels, Warsaw, São Paulo, Austin, Toronto, New York, Dubai, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing, Mumbai, Seoul, Riyadh, Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Shannon, København
  • Started in: 1998
  • Industries: Life Sciences, Industrial
  • Stages: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C
  • Maximum check size: €50,000
  • Number of investments: 686
  • Number of exits: 78
  • Funds raised: €216,100,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Profitero, Immersive VR Education, Invinity Energy Systems PLC

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at equitydept@enterprise-ireland.com.

3) Salesforce Ventures

Salesforce Ventures

Salesforce Ventures is a venture capital firm by Salesforce that only invests in enterprise software.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan
  • City: London, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Sydney, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Halsey Minor, Marc Benioff, Parker Harris
  • Industries: Cloud, SaaS, Enterprise, Healthcare, Productivity, Fintech, Cybersecurity, Automation
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage, Seed
  • Minimum check size: $1,000,000
  • Maximum check size: $2,000,000
  • Number of investments: 665
  • Number of exits: 128
  • Funds raised: $5,000,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Docusign, MongoDB, Infor

You can find their website here.

4) East Ventures

East Ventures

East Ventures is an Indonesian venture capital providing seed and growth stage funds to SouthEast Asian companies.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Singapore, Indonesia, Japan
  • City: Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Batara Eto, Taiga Matsuyama, Willson Cuaca
  • Industries: AI & ML, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Fintech, Health & Wellness, Supply Chain & Logistics, DTC, Education, Agriculture
  • Stages: Seed, Growth
  • Number of investments: 514
  • Number of exits: 49
  • Funds raised: $1,100,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Mercari, Redmart, Base

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@east.vc.

5) DCM

DCM

With offices in America and Asia, DCM is a global venture capital investing in seed, early and mid-stage tech startups.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, China, Japan
  • City: Beijing, Tokyo, San Francisco
  • Started in: 1996
  • Founders: David Chao, Dixon Doll,
  • Industries: Internet & Mobile, Consumer, Social, Gaming, SaaS
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Maximum check size: $2,000,000
  • Number of investments: 400
  • Number of exits: 56
  • Funds raised: $25,000,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: 51Job, 58.Com, Fortinet

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at businessplan@dcm.com.

6) HAX

HAX

HAX is a hard tech venture capital firm with residency programs for pre-seed funding.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: China, Japan, USA
  • City: Shenzhen, Tokyo, San Francisco
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Duncan Turner
  • Industries: Deep Tech & Hard Science, Robotics, Industrial, Infrastructure
  • Stages: Pre-Seed
  • Maximum check size: $250,000
  • Number of investments: 369
  • Number of exits: 21
  • Funds raised: $5,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Clarity, ViaBot,, Striemo

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at makeit@hax.co.

7) Antler

Antler

Antler is a venture capital firm providing early-stage investments and global residency programs to support founders worldwide.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, France, Sweden, Australia, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Kenya
  • City: Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Seoul, Tokyo, Austin, Boulder, New York, São Paulo, Toronto, Nairobi, Sydney
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Magnus Grimeland,Fridtjof Berge, Dilan Mizrakli Landgraff, Vegard Medbo, Jussi Salovaara
  • Industries: AI & ML, Consumer, Crypto & Blockchain, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Fintech, SaaS, Gaming, Proptech & Real Estate, Internet & Mobile, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain & Logistics, Healthcare, Media
  • Stages: Pre-Seed, Seed, Early Stage
  • Number of investments: 365
  • Number of exits: 3
  • Funds raised: $82,200,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: ChatFood, Baselime, Genuine Taste

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at hello@antler.co.

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8) Cyber Agent Capital

Cyber Agent Capital

CyberAgent Capital is a Japanese fund primarily investing in Asian startups in the early stages.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, USA, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia
  • City: Beijing, Jakarta, Shanghai, Shenzhen, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Hirofumi Kondo
  • Industries: Fintech, Entertainment, SaaS, AI & ML, Education, AR & VR, Consumer, Proptech & Real Estate, DTC, IoT, Healthcare, Marketplace
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage
  • Number of investments: 249
  • Number of exits: 40
  • Funds raised: $185,800,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Selly, Recruitery, Dagangan

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at cac_public@ext.cyberagent.co.jp.

9) Strive

Strive

Strive partners with seed to series B founders across Japan, Southeast Asia and India.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan, Singapore
  • City: Tokyo, Singapore
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Yusuke Amano
  • Industries: Transportation, Travel & Hospitality, Marketplace
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage, Series A, Series B
  • Number of investments: 177
  • Number of exits: 44
  • Funds raised: $3,800,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Grab, Galapagos, Qoala

You can find their website here.

10) Globis Capital Partners

Globis Capital Partners

Globis Capital Partner is a Japanese venture capital firm since 1996.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan
  • City: Tokyo
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Jun Hosoya, Paul Packer, Yoshito Hori
  • Industries: Consumer, Enterprise, Internet & Mobile
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage, Seed
  • Number of investments: 156
  • Number of exits: 35
  • Funds raised: $830,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Mercari, Akatsuki, Uzabase

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info-gcp@globis.co.jp.

11) White Star Capital

White Star Capital

White Star Capital is an international venture capital firm that invests in tech founders in their series A and series B stages.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Singapore, United Kingdom, France, Japan, China
  • City: New York, Singapore, London, Montréal, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Eric Martineau-Fortin
  • Industries: Healthcare, Internet & Mobile, Fintech, SaaS, Marketplace, DTC, Mobility, Productivity
  • Stages: Seed, Late Stage, Series A, Series B
  • Minimum check size: $1,000,000
  • Maximum check size: $6,000,000
  • Number of investments: 142
  • Number of exits: 27
  • Funds raised: $120,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Castle, DFNS, Webflow

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@whitestarcapital.com.

12) ITOCHU Technology Ventures

ITOCHU Technology Ventures

Itochu Technology Ventures is a Japanese corporate venture fund seeking early-stage startup investment opportunities.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan
  • City: Tokyo
  • Started in: 2000
  • Founders: Shinzo Nakano
  • Industries: Consumer, Enterprise, Internet & Mobile
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage, Seed
  • Maximum check size: $5,000,000
  • Number of investments: 134
  • Number of exits: 43
  • Funds raised: $336,700,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Box, Mercari, Trinetx

You can find their website here.

13) World Innovation Lab (WiL)

World Innovation Lab (WiL)

Since 2014, World Innovation Lab helps US founders to expand into the Japanese market and supports Japanese startups to expand globally.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Japan
  • City: Palo Alto, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Gen Isayama, Masataka Matsumoto, Shinichi Saijo
  • Industries: Enterprise, SaaS, Fintech, InsurTech, Automation, Productivity, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Developer Tools, Climate & Sustainability, Healthcare
  • Stages: Late Stage
  • Minimum check size: $5,000,000
  • Maximum check size: $30,000,000
  • Number of investments: 127
  • Number of exits: 18
  • Funds raised: $1,900,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Mercari, Wise, Doctor On Demand

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at contact@wilab.com.

14) Real Tech Holding

Real Tech Holding

Real Tech is a corporate investment fund providing capital to technology companies.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan
  • City: Tokyo
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Akihiko NagataYukihiro Maru
  • Industries: Food & Beverage, Hardware & Industrials, AI & ML, Biotech, Deep Tech & Hard Science, Robotics, Hardware
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage
  • Number of investments: 99
  • Number of exits: 3
  • Funds raised: $100,596,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: AutoPhagyGO, Eight Knot, ProfilePrint

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at contact@realtech.fund.

15) Scrum Ventures

Scrum Ventures

Scrum Ventures is a seed and series A venture capital with primary investments in the US.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Japan
  • City: San Francisco, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Tak Miyata
  • Industries: Consumer, Enterprise, DTC, Healthcare, Transportation, SaaS, IoT, Fintech
  • Stages: Seed, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $100,000
  • Maximum check size: $800,000
  • Number of investments: 81
  • Number of exits: 13
  • Funds raised: $5,200,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Chariot, Origin, Kidaptive

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at contact@scrum.vc.

16) Coral Capital

Coral Capital

Coral Capital is a venture capital based in Japan investing in companies building digital transformation solutions including fintech, insurtech, deep tech and more.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan
  • City: Tokyo
  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: James Riney, Yohei Sawayama
  • Industries: SaaS, InsurTech, Fintech, Healthcare, Deep Tech & Hard Science, Robotics
  • Stages: Early Stage, Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Maximum check size: $5,000,000
  • Number of investments: 80
  • Funds raised: $275,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: SmartHR, Kaminashi, Logiless

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at contact@coralcap.co.

17) XTech Ventures

XTech Ventures

XTech Ventures is a Japanese sector-agnostic venture capital targeting seed and early-stage companies.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan
  • City: Tokyo
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Shinichi Saijo, Hiroki Teshima
  • Industries: Any, SaaS, AR & VR
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed
  • Minimum check size: ¥20,000,000
  • Maximum check size: ¥500,000,000
  • Number of investments: 50
  • Number of exits: 1
  • 3 remarkable investments: Communition, Tokyo, Spacemarket

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@xtechventures.com.

18) Sozo Ventures

Sozo Ventures

Founded in 2012, Sozo Ventures is a late-stage venture capital firm financing startups in advanced data technologies, e-commerce, enterprise cloud, fintech, IoT and healthcare IT and related sectors.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Japan
  • City: Redwood City, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Phil Wickham, Koichiro Nakamura
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Enterprise, Cloud, Fintech, IoT, Healthcare
  • Stages: Seed, Pre-Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage
  • Number of investments: 44
  • Number of exits: 8
  • Funds raised: $836,400,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Zoom, Coinbase, Twitter

You can find their website here.

19) Progression Fund

Progression Fund

Progression is a consumer-focused venture fund investing in gaming, entertainment, social commerce, marketplaces, and the future of work, wellness and education industries.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Japan
  • City: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2020
  • Founders: Matt Lee
  • Industries: Social, Gaming, Entertainment, Consumer, Marketplace, Health & Wellness, Future of Work, Education
  • Stages: Early Stage
  • Number of investments: 28
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Funds raised: $3,500,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Flavrs, Atmosfy, Odela

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at matt@progression.fund.

20) AID Partners

AID Partners

AID Partners invests in companies within the technology, lifestyle, health tech and finance sectors.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Taiwan, France, Belgium, Israel
  • City: Los Angeles, Hilo, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Paris, Brussels, Tel Aviv-Yafo, San Francisco
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Kelvin Wu, Joel Chang
  • Industries: Biotech, Healthcare, Gaming, Entertainment, DTC, Food & Beverage
  • Stages: Late Stage, Growth
  • Number of investments: 20
  • Number of exits: 2
  • Funds raised: $650,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Cmge, Legendary Entertainment, SIRIN Labs

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@8088inc.com.

21) Abies Venture

Abies Venture

Abies Venture is a Japanese Venture capital firm investing in deep tech startups in Japan and the US.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Japan
  • City: Tokyo, Kyōto
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Fuyuki Yamaguchi
  • Industries: Deep Tech & Hard Science
  • Stages: Early Stage
  • Number of investments: 12
  • Funds raised: ¥4,000,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Pixie Dust Technologies, Telexistence, Ultimatrust

You can find their website here.

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