STARTUPSCompanies we’ve funded

Tricera is an e-commerce startup that connects Japanese artists struggling to gain exposure overseas with collectors around the world. Tricera’s comprehensive solution enables Japanese artists to list their artwork, receive marketing/branding support, as well as deliver their work seamlessly overseas. For art collectors, Tricera also offers storage services, alleviating the challenges related to maintenance and lack of space.(TRiCERA,Inc.)

Batch 19

Precal is a service for drug stores that automates the entry of patient prescription data. The operations of Japanese drug stores are rudimentary—and relies on manual entry of complex information into a difficult to use software system. Precal solves this issue by offering a simple solution which takes the image of the paper prescription, analyzes the information, and records them in digital format.(precal Inc.)

Batch 19

Daysk is an app and provider of space-as-a-service, with a growing network of workplaces, designed to inspire creativity and productivity. Through the app, users can browse through a wide range of locations, as diverse as restaurants, shrines, and art galleries — and reserve seats by a click of a button. The app allows users to check the availability of individual seats, wifi and electric outlets, as well as rules against smoking or bringing in outside foods/drinks. (Curio Inc.)

Batch 19

Water X is a toilet company, that sells Japanese style bidet toilets, directly to Chinese consumers — minimizing the stress/inefficiencies related to purchasing from established sales channels. Water X offers a product with a customer-centric design and provides quality customer service from purchase to after-support. Water X also provides a membership service that delivers toiletry items right to the doorsteps of consumers. (Water X Technologies Co., Ltd)

Batch 19

e-相続

E-souzoku is a service that simplifies the difficult process for real estate inheritance. Today’s inheritance procedures and regulations are complicated, slow, expensive and relying on third parties to be executed. E-souzoku can shortcut all of these by allowing users to handle everything online. (Marc.on, Inc)

Batch 18

カラバト

Karabato provides a karaoke app for millenials and Gen Z women. Users can upload 15 seconds voice recordings and compete with other users in singing. As young people are craving for new short-form mobile contents, the app aims to function as an outlet to present their creative expression, directly from the mobile phone. (aboon,Inc.)

Batch 18

HIX

HIX is an app designed for males with pattern hair loss (AGA). By submitting regular photos of scalp, AI and AGA professionals will analyze users’ hair condition, find possible cause of hair loss, and comes up with best treatment for their hair regrowth. HIX aims to allow users to accurately monitor the results of hair loss treatment. (M-box, Inc.)

Batch 18

Homekuru

Homekuru is an online marketplace connecting owners with property to rent and tenants looking for housing in Japan. Through our platform, tenants can search for properties, sign contracts and message owners online and even bid on property rent. Owners can view tenant resumes and receive rent online. (Homekuru Co., Ltd)

Batch 18

9lione is a cloud-based medical supply management service for medical institutions such as pharmacies. It takes prescription data, and uses it to automatically manage inventory, generate optimal order proposals, and reduce waste of medicine that would otherwise be discarded.
(9lione Inc.)

Batch 17

KibunLog is a mental health app that helps users cope with mental illnesses such as depression. By engaging in proven psychotherapeutic activities, and tracking everyday emotional patterns, KibunLog helps users achieve a higher level of self-understanding and well-being.
(kimamani Inc.)

Batch 17

Giftpack is a global on-demand gifting service that enables the delivery of personalized gifts, in as little as several hours. The service is currently being used primarily in San Francisco and Taiwan.
(Giftpack, Inc.)

Batch 17

EveryPlus is a matching service for elderly care facilities and recreational service providers. The service improves the satisfaction of facility users, as well as reduce the workload of the care facilities.
(everyplus Co., Ltd.)

Batch 17

Signature is a marketplace app that connects craft beer breweries with enthusiasts around the world. Its service eliminates the common roadblocks that breweries face when expanding overseas, such as the onerous process of obtaining sales licenses and forming difficult contracts.
(Signature Inc.)

Batch 17

Mediction is a medical tourism service for foreign patients who visit Japan for the purpose of receiving medical care. Services such as translation of medical records, introduction of hospitals, and generation of examination results are provided under the supervision of a doctor for a safe and secure medical experience.
(MEDICTION Co., Ltd)

Batch 17

ReShape is an AI-driven image-editing service, which allows anyone to edit shake correction, or exposure correction just by one-click. By applying Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) technology, ReShape aims to provide higher quality images rather than ones corrected with professionals tools like Photoshop. (Navier, Inc.)

Batch 16

ShareTable is a nursery teacher matching service, targeting working parents with elementary school children. ShareTable provides an afterschool class to study home economics centered on food at teachers’ home close to users’ home on weekdays, which enables parents to have safe and felxible option for their children to be looked after. (ShareTable, Inc.)

Batch 16

イチロウ

Ichiro is an online platform that connects specialists and seniors who needs homecare supports. Users can arrange various kinds of specialists, such as nurse, physiotherapists and aesthetician, directly to their home. As Ichiro offers not only homecare services but other recreations, they aim to raise quality of life for seniors. (LINK, Inc.)

Batch 16

Dr. Fellow is a clinical case-sharing platform for medical doctors. It is important for doctors to learn from many clinical cases but the conventional methods are inefficient. By creating a non-anonymous doctor community on their app, Dr. Fellow enables clinical case-sharing among doctors in the open for a wider range of medical fields. (Dr.Fellow,Inc.)

Batch 16

pickupon is a speech-to-text service for inside sales, which enables transcribing audio and analyzing phone call interaction quantitatively. (pickupon, Inc.)

Batch 16

CryptoBowl is Japan’s first matching platform, which specifically aims for connecting companies that wants to create Blockchain business. (Enbowl, Inc.)

Batch 15

BetterEngage is a people analytics tool that helps executives visualize and analyze employee motivation. The tool aggregates multiple data sources such as attendance and evaluation and automatically analyzes by employee. By offering data-driven analysis and next-step action recommendations, BetterEngage is able to help managers and executives prevent high performing employees from turnover. (BtoA Co.,Ltd.)

Batch 15

Famione is a concierge chatbot that helps couples with pregnancy. Using machine learning techniques the service can provide relevant and personlized advice based on conversations users have with the chatbot. Famione also offers advice from experts and couples who have gone through similar experience, recommendations to medical institutions, medical consultation, and behavioral analysis using data analytics. (FamiOne, Inc.)

Batch 15

HIDEOUT CLUB is a subscription based app that gives its members a free drink per day at their favoriate bars. The app curates only the best bars to give its users not only the best experience but also find new bars to hang out. The company also provides a CRM and new user acquisition SaaS product for bars. (HIDEOUTCLUB Inc.)

Batch 15

Logi-cloud is a cloud based SaaS product that provides inventory management and forecasting for small to medium retailers and wholesalers. Using data gathered from its inventory management system that helps reduce time wasted in manual labor, Logikura applies machine learning techniques to better forecast inventory need for every customer. (New Revo.Inc.)

Batch 15

Cansell is a service that allows users to sell hotel bookings that they would otherwise cancel. Instead of paying a cancellation fee, sellers can list their hotel bookings. Buyers can buy these bookings at a discounted price, providing a win-win for everyone. (Cansell, Inc.)

Batch 14

Toreru is a cloud service focused in the intellectual property market. Toreru is a product that is aimed to increase efficiency of legacy communication and work to lower costs, allowing patent lawyers to manage more clients and hence make more revenue. The company hopes to use the data acquired from its services to create a new intellectual property business. (Toreru, Inc.)

Batch 14

Nimomin is an online property management software that allows users to manage its properties via Airbnb and monthly apartments in the most effective manner. The service optimizes for the highest rate of return for property owners by switching the property between rental houses, monthly apartments, share houses, meeting spaces, and event spaces, all while adhering to the new 180 day cap for home sharing. (matsuri technologies, Inc.)

Batch 14

Café Wifi offers an app and web service to help remote workers find the ideal remote workspace. Information such as wifi speed, outlet, seating arrangement, food and drinks, etc makes finding workspaces simple and easy. The service is already used in over 90 countires, with over 3,000 cafés and spaces registered. (Remote Work, Inc.)

Batch 14

PSYGIG is a SaaS platform for understanding Mobility IoT like humanoid robots and connected cars. By using PSYGIG, companies can dramatically lower engineering costs by reducing the time spent to gather and process data. With its cloud service and big data processing, companies can quickly investigate and troubleshoot issues and errors. (PSYGIG, Inc.)

Batch 14

Outreach Grid is a mobile app that enables officers and social service workers to work in the field and collect geolocation and identity information of transient and hard-to-reach populations. The tool was built in collaboration with outreach workers and community police officers. (Appledore, Inc.)

Batch 13

Comiru offers a business support tool for small to medium sized cram schools. Paper-free services such as online guidance reports and communication through PC and smartphone has increased efficiency in workload for cram schools and resulted in higher satisfaction for parents. (POPER, Inc.)

Batch 13

Foxsy is a matching concierge service to optimize online dating experiences. The service provides an in-depth profile creation methodology and conversation support tool that helps people create more intimate and long-lasting relationships. (Xpresso, Inc.)

Batch 13

Zenport provides cloud software for import/export and freight forwarding tasks. Traders will be able to lower operational costs by being able to manage ordering, transportation, and storage information in one dashboard. The company hopes to support supply chain management by implementing artifical intelligence as well as payments through blockchain technology.(Zenport Inc.)

Batch 12

“maricuru” is a communication platform for to-be brides and brides to discuss wedding ideas and give advice to each other regarding wedding planning. All these solutions are aimed to solve all the pressing issues of wedding and wedding planning for users. (maricuru, inc.)

Batch 12

Syounika Online is a service that connects users to pediatricians via smartphone. Parents can easily contact and have certified pediatricians look over their children via LINE, and other communication methods. (Kids Public Inc.)

Batch 12

Trim, Inc. provides the smart private nursing room ‘mamaro’ that can be easily installed everywhere and available for mothers to take care of their babies. They also offers Babymap, a map-based app that helps users find baby-friendly facilities. (Trim, Inc.)

Batch 12

Túpac Bio is is combining software with next generation sequencing and data analysis to greatly improve the drug discovery process. Their software allows researchers in drug development R&D to customize their drug candidates through software design of synthetic DNA. (Túpac Bio, Inc.)

Batch 12

withfluence is a matching platform that connects businesses and Asia’s top influencers for marketing purposes. Businesses can monitor their hired influencer’s performance through withfluence’s dashboard, while automated processes such as negotiation, management, and analysis. The company is acquired by Ginzamarket in 2017. (Withfluence, Inc)

Batch 12

A monthly subscription rental service for jewelry and accessories. With just 2,500 yen, users can freely rent three items, which can be exchanged anytime. Users can pick from 18 brands and over 500 items that are registered. The team hopes to further expand by targeting all fashion accessories beyond jewelry in the future. (Sparklebox, Inc.)

Batch 11

asQme is an AMA platform where users asks their favorite bands and artists questions, and artists respond to the most popular questions via video. With its team well-versed in the music industry, asQme has gathered major artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Deadmau5. asQme plans to expand by adding new artists and eventually adding new categories. (ASQME, Inc.)

Batch 11

HackerBase Jobs

HackerBase Jobs is a tool for companies to gauge and test developer performance by automatically collecting and visualizing their outputs. As it allows users to track team members’ extracurricular activities, managers can give a right feedback. (Labbits, Inc.)

Batch 11

Current news publishers take approximately 90 minutes after an incident, accident, or disaster to start reporting on it. Spectee is a real-time publishing platform that aims to shorten the time it takes to report on information by curating video and images posted on social media, and then analyze and sort the information using artificial intelligence. (Spectee Inc.)

Batch 11

tsunagu Japan is an informational media site for foreigners to learn about Japanese culture. tsunagu Japan will further expand into multiple genres of media as well as expanding their services beyond informational content. (D2C X lnc.)

Batch 10

SmartHR is a HR management system targeting SMBs in Japan. SmartHR hopes to make the on-boarding process of SMBs easier and cheaper than traditional tools and methods. (SmartHR, Inc.)

Batch 10

MAKEY operates a beauty focused YouTube business and makeup/cosmetic community review and tutorial service. The service attracts millenial and Gen Z women who share tutorials and reviews on the platform. MAKEY then finds any prominent voice or content creator within the platform and helps them become YouTubers. MAKEY was acquired by Avex in March 2019. (MAKEY,Inc.)

Batch 10

ChatCast is a chat-based content creation and sharing platform. Users can create and post conversational content similar via chat to create interview articles. Live chat broadcasts are available for content marketing, online events, etc. (iDEAKITT Inc.)

Batch 10

HouseCare is an on-demand platform for house cleaning and other home services. Order a housecleaner with your smartphone, easier than food delivery, higher quality than competitors, and cheaper than traditional service providers, social networks, reviews, GPS, and video features ensure trust and quality. (Mommy care, Inc.)

Batch 10

YUNOMI is an online marketplace for Japanese tea, marketed specifically towards non-Japanese, global consumers. Yunomi has created a platform that bridges the language barrier between global consumers and Japanese tea farmers, and is taking on the 9 trillion yen global tea industry with their high quality, low cost Japanese tea. (MATCHA LATTE MEDEIA, Inc.)

Batch 9

TABEENA is a smartphone application that providers users with an easy and fun way to log pictures they’ve taken while on a trip or vacation. Using these pictures and associated metadata, TABEENA becomes a guidebook for its user community. Through the 3 month Seed Accelerator Program, the TABEENA product experienced the most growth of its peers, and the team was awarded the Best Growth Award for this batch. (TABEENA, Inc.)

Batch 9

untickle is a social network focused on helping users discover useful treatment options for atopy (atopic syndrome) across a wide range of symptoms and areas of affliction. Through creating a database of actual atopy sufferers and their syndromes and treatments, untickle allows sufferers of atopy to find the treatments that works for them. (untickle, Inc.)

Batch 9

Mobingi provides a web application that makes it possible to deploy, configure and monitor a cloud environment for a server infrastructure or hosting applications with only a few clicks. With Mobingi, users can forget about dedicating resources to troublesome infrastructure environment set up procedures and can focus on what’s important. (Mobingi, Inc.)

Batch 9

On-prem helps package and sell your SaaS application as a virtual appliance. It builds the appliance inside firewall, making it the easiest way to reach enterprise customers. (Unscramble HK,Ltd.)

Batch 8

Shouldbee enables an automation for the ongoing development of web system process, thus allowing users to significantly decrease development costs as well as providing accuracy to final products. (Craftman Software, Inc.)

Batch 8

Orange Magazine is a mobile contents platform tailored to forty-five plus generation of women with rich contents within their areas of interests, such as movies, health and travel. (myLab, Inc.)

Batch 8

Connected Robotics develops a robotic arm that helps users prepare meals and wash dishes. The company hopes to help solve the problem of lack of manpower in restaurants while making the process of preparing meals more creative through the robot and human interaction. (Connected Robotics, Inc.)

Batch 8

Viibar operates a video production crowdsourcing platform and one of Japan’s largest network of video creators. Through a combination of crowdsourcing and Viibar’s unique production management system, high quality videos can now be produced at unprecedented low costs. (Viibar, Inc.)

Batch 7

A private social networking service for schools. ednity connects teachers, students and parental guardians to provide educational support. (Ednity, Inc.)

Batch 7

Count your shop’s visitors and front traffic thanks to a tiny sensor.Track key metrics: dwell time, window conversion, retention rate… Use a real-time dashboard online. (Locarise, Inc.)

Batch 7

Emotion Intelligence, Inc. offers “Emotion I/O,” an artificial intelligence engine that observes and analyzes user behavior in real time on the web or in mobile apps. The company incorporates this engine into its e-commerce analytics service “ZenClerk,” which predicts and identifies the ideal time of purchase intent, and automatically offers sales promotions to maximize conversion rates. With clients ranging from SMB to enterprise e-commerce sites using ZenClerk, Emotion Intelligence plans to maximize cost-effectiveness through improvement and iteration in its machine learning technology. (Emotion Intelligence, Inc.)

Batch 6

papelook, Inc. operates cosmetics media “FAVOR,” a site that offers the latest cosmetics use cases and example usage reports through stunning pictures. FAVOR is able to give in-depth knowledge about products to users through information such as fine shades, tones, and very particular nuances. (papelook Inc.)

Batch 6

HiNative is a Q&A app for language learning community. Their platform allows you to interact with native speakers who are knowledgeable about the language or culture that interests you. Currently, they have over 110 language options available. (Lang-8,Inc.)

Batch 6

WHILL is reinventing the personal mobility industry with an Intelligent Personal EV that focuses on an approachable and aesthetically pleasing powered vehicle that boosts confidence and pushes the boundaries of personal transportation. Headquartered in the Bay Area with offices in Tokyo and Taiwan, WHILL is focused on enabling everyone to explore the world in comfort and style. (WHILL, Inc.)

Batch 5

Sparta is the world’s first hand drawing retouching app for a point cloud, which helps the workflow with a 3D scanner and a fluid simulation. (Sparta Project, Inc.)

Batch 5

Sider is an automated code review tool for Github, which analyzes source codes, and identifies non-standard codes, security flaws, and bugs. Currently, they have users from more than 100 countries and aim their service to be used all over the world. (Sider,Inc.)

Batch 5

FRIL is the very first flea market app for women in Japan. Any clothes or accessories can be sold or bought from your smartphone. In 2016, the company was acquired by Rakuten, Inc. (Fablic, Inc.)

Batch 4

Dreampass is the on-demand theather service, which allows users to request a screening of their favorite movies. By popular vote, Dreampass will negotiate with content holders to allow such a screening. If the screening is permitted, tickets will be made available on the Dreampass website for users to purchase. In 2013, the company is acquired by Yahoo Japan Corporation. (Bluem, Inc.)

Batch 4

Qiita is the knowledge sharing community for programming. Increments, Inc. also provides Qiita team, the team-wide knowledge sharing infra and Kobito, the easy-to-use knowledge sharing client specialized to Qiita and Qiita:Team. The company is acquired by Ateam in December 2017. (Increments,Inc.)

Batch 4

A smartphone application that rids the world of trash. Pirika is a startup that solves the world’s littering problem. (PIRIKA, Inc.)

Batch 3

Fond is an employee engagement platform that helps companies attract, retain, and motivate their workforces. Fond offers benefit packages, such as welfare, and other perks to companies for to provide for their employees. As the first Japanese team to participate in Y Combinator, they are currently based in the U.S. and have more than 1,000 local clients who use their service. (FOND, Inc.)

Batch 3

Voyagin is a marketplace where anyone can host, discover, and book unique travel experiences in Asia. Whether you’re a food lover, into offbeat adventures or just want to relax, Voyagin connects you with hosts that you won’t even find in guidebooks. Acquired by Rakuten, Inc. in July 2015. (Voyagin Pte. Ltd.)

Batch 3

Coursebase is a cloud service for internal training for businesses, used by HR departments for onboarding training and other departments for various online training. Companies can effectively implement, manage trainings, cut time and costs compared to when training was done by paper. (Coursebase, Inc.)

Batch 3

KiDDY is a secured private network service for families. You can share private information like kids’ dairies and personal health records with your family easily on the app. The posted diaries can be printed, archived, kept, sent and other helpful purposes. (Compath.me, Inc.)

Batch 2

giftee

Giftee is a web service with which you can send small “thank you” gifts via Twitter and email, such as gourmet coffee, beer, and sweets. (Giftee, Inc.)

Batch 1

Sassor, Inc. develops and designs modules and data analytics engine for the IoT sector. The company operates “ELP (Energy Literacy Platform),” a tool that enables users to learn about the amount of electricity every device is consuming every day to enhance home energy literacy. Sassor also offers “Abis,” a data analytics engine that provides analysis on various IoT devices for business use. (Sassor, Inc.)

Batch 1

Takestock allows users to search the library database of over 6,100 libraries, and the inventory of over 1,400 bookstores in Japan, including TSUTAYA and MARUKZEN & JUNKUDO. It helps users find, test-read, and compare any book. (Spinning Works, Inc.)

Batch 1