The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), a global venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in the augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR) spaces, and Yahoo! Japan Corporation (Yahoo! Japan, TYO:4689), have teamed up to accelerate growth in the AR and VR industries.
Plug and Play, one the world’s largest accelerators, will launch the first program in Tokyo this fall, partnering with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).
Meditrix, a Tokyo, Japan-based Contract Research Organization (CRO), received an investment from genae, a CRO and service provider for the medical industries.
SoftBank Group held the first major close of the The SoftBank Vision Fund with over U.S.$93 billion of committed capital.
UiPath, a robotic process automation software company, raised $30m in Series A funding.
Farmnote Holdings, Inc., a Hokkaido, Japan-based IoT solution provider for dairy and livestock farming, raised 500 million yen in funding.
UniFa, a Japanese maker of an IoT solution for tracking kindergarteners’ physical and mental growth, raised $1m in equity funding.
Moneytree, a Tokyo, Japan-based provider of a personal finance management app, completed a $9m Series B funding.
SB Drive Corp., a Tokyo, Japan-based company aiming to commercialize smart mobility services by utilizing self-driving technologies, received a capital increase through a third-party allocation of shares, with Yahoo! JAPAN making a new investment and SoftBank making an additional investment.
Trillium, Inc., a Tokyo, Japan-based auto cybersecurity startup, closed its Series A financing round of undisclosed amount.
East Ventures, a South East Asia-based early stage venture capital firm, closed its fifth fund, at $27.5m.
Global early stage venture capital firm 500 Startups has launched its second fund, 500 Durians II for Southeast Asia.
Monstar Lab, Inc., a Meguro, Tokyo, Japan-based mobile & web application development company, raised 250m yen (USD$2.5m) in funding.
SoftBank Group Corp. is to form a private fund for making investments in the technology sector globally.
Money Forward, a Tokyo, Japan-based fintech company, raised approx. $11m in Series D funding.