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Ajinomoto Co. Launches Silicon Valley CVC HQ to Grow U.S. Investments, Adds New Portfolios

Ajinomoto Co., Inc., a Tokyo, Japan-based multinational corporation covering food, healthcare and electronic materials, and built on "AminoScience,*" expanded its corporate venture capital (CVC) arm with...

Plug and Play Japan Selects 73 Startups for its Winter/Spring 2024 Batch Accelerator Program

Global innovation platform Plug and Play Japan KK has selected 73 startups from Japan and overseas for the Winter/Spring 2024 Batch accelerator program which is carried...

Development Bank of Japan Invests in 4BIO Capital’s Ventures III Fund

4BIO Capital, a London, UK-based international venture capital firm investing in advanced therapies and other emerging technologies, entered into an investment agreement with the...

Sony Ventures Corporation, Interview With CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gen Tsuchikawa

Gen Tsuchikawa, the CEO and Chief Investment Officer at Sony Ventures Corporation, replied to our questions about the himself, the state of corporate, international, and...

Tikehau Capital and Nikko Asset Management Into Discussion to Form Strategic Partnership in Asia

Tikehau Capital (Paris:TKO), a global alternative asset management group, and Nikko Asset Management, one of Asia’s largest asset managers, have entered into advanced discussion to...

Techstars Launches New Accelerator Program in Japan

Techstars, a NYC-based pre-seed investor, Mitsui Fudosan, a global real estate developer headquartered in Tokyo, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), are partnering to bring a...

Shiseido Launches Venture Capital Fund To Back Early-Stage Beauty Wellness Startups

Shiseido Company, Limited, a global beauty company, launched Shiseido Long Term Investments for the Future (LIFT) Ventures. The New York City-based limited liability company...

Ono Expands Investment in Ono Venture Investment Fund I, L.P. to US$200M

Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., an Osaka, Japan-based pharmaceutical company. expanded investment in Ono Venture Investment Fund I, L.P. from US$100M to US$200M. Established as...

SBI Holdings Invests USD40M in Novastar Ventures’ Funds

SBI Holdings, a Japanese venture capital firm, made a $40m investment to anchor Novastar Ventures’ upcoming funds. SBI Holdings will take a minority stake...

Berkeley SkyDeck Partners with JETRO and Japanese Universities to Accelerate Global Innovation

Berkeley SkyDeck, a Berkeley, CA-based global hub for entrepreneurship and accelerator, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to jointly...

Beyond Next Ventures Launches 3rd Fund Focused on Deep Tech

Beyond Next Ventures, Inc., a Tokyo, Japan-based venture capital firm, launched Beyond Next Ventures 3 Investment Limited Partnership (BNV Fund – 3). With contributions from...

Sony Establishes Sony Innovation Fund: Africa

Sony Group Corporation has established "Sony Innovation Fund: Africa" as an initiative to support the growth of the entertainment businesses in Africa. Sony is initially allocating US$10m towards such...

NordicNinja Announces €200M Fund II

NordicNinja, a Japanese VC firm in Europe, closed its second fund, at €200m. The cornerstone investor in this fund was Japan Bank of International...