Strive (venture capital)

Strive (venture capital)

Strive (formerly known as GREE Ventures) is a seed-stage investment firm investing in startups from India, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian markets.

Strive (stylized as STRIVE) is a venture capital firm based in Tokyo, Japan. The firm also has an office in Singapore.

The firm was founded in 2011 and was originally called GREE Ventures; the firm rebranded itself to Strive in May 2019, coinciding with the firm raising its third venture capital fund.

GREE, a Tokyo-based mobile game development company, is one of several limited partners which have invested in Strive's funds. Nikhil Kapur, a partner at the firm, told TechCrunch that the firm's rebrand was motivated in part by confusion over the firm's financial and management structure. He stated that "[the firm is] quite independent from Gree, plus we’re not a corporate fund and we’re not investing in gaming."

Strive makes its investments at seed and early-stage. The firm leads and participates in venture funding rounds typically totaling $10 million (or foreign currency equivalent).

Strive's portfolio primarily consists of companies in the e-commerce, software as a service (SaaS), and information technology sectors. The firm's portfolio companies include Hasura, Zenport, Five Inc., Travelstop, and SixSense, among others.

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Funded Companies

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Travelstop

Travelstop is a SaaS company that makes business travel platform. The company provides tools to manage business travel, expense reporting, and data analytics for travel and expenses.

A FinTech startup providing affordable financial services to underserved, unbanked, and financially marginalized communities.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
AT-I Limited Investment Partnership
50,000,000
50,000,000
May 16, 2014
130,000,000
130,000,000
May 13, 2019
67,000,000
67,000,000
May 23, 2017
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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Ajith Issac

Investment manager

Hiromi Ozawa

Talent partner

Hiroyuki Honda

Advisory board member

Kota Yamaguchi

Advisory board member

Osamu Chujo

Advisory board member

Takumi Kojo

Investment manager

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