SoftBank Ventures Asia

SoftBank Ventures Asia

The corporate venture capital arm of SoftBank Group specializes in investing in information technology, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence companies.

SoftBank Ventures Asia is the corporate venture capital arm of SoftBank Group specializes in investing in information technology, smart robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence companies that is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and was founded in 2000.

Investments

According to the firms website they have invested in more than 250 companies, manage 15 investment funds, and have approximately $1.1 billion under management. SoftBank Ventures Asia focuses on investing in companies operating in Asia, but will also make investments in companies in the United States, Israel, and Europe. Major limited partners working with Softbank Ventures Asia include: SoftBank Group, LGU, Naver, Nexon, KVIC, KDB Bank, KB Insurance, NPS, and Nonghyup Bank. Notable investments made by SoftBank Ventures Asia include: PlaySight, Arraiy, Fishbrain, TwoXAR, Aldokter, Innoviz Technologies, Tokopedia, Hyperconnect, Snow China, Spoon Radio, Bepro11, Moka, Gauss Surgical, and Spyce.

Investment funds

Global Opportunity Private Equity Fund

In 2018 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $27 million for their Global Opportunity Private Equity Fund.

China Ventures Fund I

In 2018 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $27 million for their China Ventures Fund I.

SB Global Champ Fund

In 2017 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $27 million for their SB Global Champ Fund.

SB Next Media Innovation Fund

In 2016 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $27 million for their SB Next Media Innovation Fund.

SB Global Star Fund

In 2015 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $120 million for their SB Global Star Fund.

Future Creation Naver-SB Fund

In 2014 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $27 million for their SB Future Creation Naver-SB Fund.

SB Pan-Asia fund

In 2011 SoftBank Ventures Asia raised $87 million for their SB Pan-Asia fund.

Venture fund

On July 19, 2019 SoftBank Ventures Asia announced raising $270 million (317 billion won) for an investment fund focuses on investing in early-stage companies in Asia and around the world. South Korea's National Pension Service was a major investor in the firms $270 million venture fund.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
twoXAR

A biopharmaceutical company using artificial intelligence for drug discovery and drug development of small molecules.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Palo Alto, California
Arraiy

Company developing a machine learning platform for creating real-time special visual effects during live video capture

Machine learning
Palo Alto, California
Cybereason

Cybereason is a Boston-based cybersecurity company.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Boston
Mythic

Mythic is a U.S-based artificial intelligence hardware and software company.

Artificial neural network
Austin, Texas
Zimperium

Zimperium is a San Francisco and Dallas-based cybersecurity and mobile security company founded in 2010 by Zuk Avraham.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
San Francisco
Blueshift (company)

Blueshift is an AI-powered customer engagement platform for B2C marketers and cross-channel marketing.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
San Francisco
Mathpresso

Mathpresso is a Seoul-based company offering a mobile application which can answer questions from a picture.

Computer Vision
Seoul
Opay

Opay is a Nigeria-based company.

Payment
Nigeria
Pliops

Pliops is a San Jose, California-based company founded by Uri Beitler.

San Jose, California
Toss Lab

Company

Software as a service (SaaS)
Playnery

Enswers

Play Megaphone

Play Megaphone is a New York-based company.

New York
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People

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Brian Hyeon-woo Cheong

Employee

Chase Chang

Employee

Cherry Thuy

Employee

Cindy Jin

Employee

Dongsuk Shin

Employee

Eunwoo Lee

Employee

ILSEOK (IAN) SUH

Employee

Jimmy Jihoon Rim

Employee

Minji Kim

Employee

Sherman Li

Employee

Sohit Miglani

Employee

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