DNX Ventures

DNX Ventures

Formerly Draper Nexus Ventures, a U.S and Japan-based venture capital firm funding startups in IT and clean technology.

Draper Nexus Ventures was established in 2011. The firm is a US-Japan cross border venture capital firm operating from Silicon Valley and Tokyo. It was formerly known as DFJ JAIC Venture, a firm founded through the collaborative efforts of Japan Asia Investment (JAIC), JAIC America, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). It is associated with the Draper Venture Network together with over 22 firms located in more than 60 cities all over the world. As of February 2019, the firm re-branded itself as DNX Ventures.

Funding

Draper Nexus Venture Partners primarily finances startups operating in two business sectors: information technology and clean technology. The firm primarily invests on businesses based in the U.S and Japan. It has invested for startups in various funding stages – as of February 2019, it has provided financing for startups seeking funding at incubation, seed/startup, early venture, mid venture, as well as Series A and Series B investment stages. Within the same month, the firm has also managed to collect a total of $255 million across three funding series, launched in April 2011, September 2014, and November 2016 consecutively.

Timeline

September 8, 2020

DNX Ventures launches $315 million fund for US and Japanese B2B startups.

February 14, 2019

Draper Nexus rebrands to DNX Ventures

Funded Companies

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Description
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Contiq

Contiq is a San Jose, California-based enterprise software and marketing and sales company using machine learning and data analysis founded in 2016 by Arun Lal and Rahul Kapoor.

Machine learning
San Jose, California
ICEYE

ICEYE provides commercial access to Earth observation data. The ICEYE SAR Satellite Constellation captures images of any location on Earth every three hours, day and night, regardless of cloud cover.

Satellite
Finland
PayJoy

PayJoy is a software development company offering a mobile digital platform to purchase new smartphones and receive loans using their smartphone as collateral.

Consumer electronics
San Francisco
Zūm

Zūm is a company that partners with schools to provide transportation for children.

Software
Uplift (digital marketing company)

Uplift is a Menlo Park, California-based company founded in 2014.

Digital marketing
Menlo Park, California
PayStand

A software company offering a blockchain and cloud technology platform for business to business payments.

Blockchain
Guadalajara
Swell Radio

Swell Radio is a Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California-based company.

Audio
Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California
Vector Launch

Vector Launch is a Tucson, Arizona-based company founded by John Garvey, Shaun Coleman and Eric Besnard.

Satellite
Tucson, Arizona
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People

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LinkedIn

Akira Kurabayashi

Managing Director

Deepak Jagannathan

Employee

Hiro Maeda Rio

Managing Director

Hiro Rio Maeda

Employee

Mitch Kitamura

Managing Director

Mitch Kitamura

Employee

Quaeed Q. Motiwala

Managing Director

Tetsujiro Nakagaki

Managing Director

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Kakehashi

PayJoy

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News

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Catherine Shu
September 8, 2020
TechCrunch
DNX Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on early-stage B2B startups in Japan and the United States, announced today that it has closed a new $315 million fund. This is DNX's third flagship fund; along with supplementary annexed funds, this brings its total managed so far to $567 million. Founded in 2011, with offices in [...]

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