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Incubate Fund

Incubate Fund

A venture capital firm in Japan that focuses on investing in early-stage companies in Japan.

Incubate Fund is a venture capital firm in Japan that focuses on investing in early-stage companies in Japan. Founded 2010 in Tokyo, Japan, it invests in early stage ventures, seed, series A, series B, and corporate rounds. Its portfolio companies include Graffer, KiteRa, Tripeur, Legmin, Wellness, park & port Co., Ltd., chikaku, yup, Shopkirana and AVA Intelligence. As of April 2020, Incubate Fund has made 170 investments. Their most recent investment was on December 20, 2019, when Graffer raised ¥450M. Incubate Fund has had 20 exits, the most notable of which include Coincheck, GameWith, and Drivemode. The company has raised six funds, their latest being IFLP. This fund was announced on January 1, 2018 and raised a total of $53M.

Investments

Incubate Fund has made (as of December 2019) a total of 140 investments, 13 exits, and 19 initial public offerings. Sectors receiving investment from Incubate Fund are consumer, e-commerce, enterprise, gaming, financial technology, advertising technology, and frontier technology. The notable investments made by Incubate Fund include: Aeria, Ceres, GameWith, Golf Partner, Minnano Wedding Co., Real World, Sunfun Info, CodeCamp, Grood, Aquwa, Anytimes, AI Travel, Beyond, and Bright Table Inc.

Investment funds
Fund 1

In 2010 Incubate Fund established their first venture capital fund worth $340 million for investing in seed stage startups in Japan. The fund was used to invest in over 120 companies over the course of five years.

Fund III

On January 5, 2015 Incubate Fund announced raising $91 million for their third venture capital fund. The fund will be used to make investments in early-stage companies operating in North America, Japan, and Asia. Technology sectors the firm will use the fund to invest in include: media, entertainment, gaming, online commerce, logistics, medical, financial, real estate, and housing.

Timeline

2010
Founded

People

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Maria Han

Associate

Ryu Kusakabe

Associate

Masahiko Honma

General Partner

Ryo Taneichi

Associate

Shuhei Yoshida

CFO, Controller

Tohru Akaura

General Partner

Toshinori Kabetani

HR Partner

Yusuke Murata

General Partner

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Companies

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chikaku

AI Medical Service

AVA Intelligence

Carstay

Joyz, Inc.

Meleap

Shopkirana

StayAbode

Tripeur

News

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Aria Alamalhodaei
August 4, 2021
TechCrunch
Japanese startup ispace has raised $46 million in a fresh round of Series C funding as it looks to complete three lunar lander missions in three years. The funding will go toward the second and third of the planned missions, scheduled for 2023 and 2024. The first mission, which ispace aims to conduct in the [...]

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