Skyland Ventures Raises New $10M Fund for SEED STARTUPs
The VC aims to do seed investments in 30+ STARTUPs by GENIUSES in the new internet fields of VR, AI (Artificial Intelligence), Video Communication, Personal Robots etc.
Seed round Venture Capital, Skyland Ventures (Shibuya, Tokyo; Founder/Managing Patner: Max Kinoshita), announced its interest to invest in geniuses in the new internet fields of VR, AI (Artificial Intelligence), Personal Robots etc. In the second half of 2015, the VC invested in 6 new seed STARTUPs and also raised its new fund ‘Skyland Ventures No.2 LPS’. The VC aims to do seed investments in 30 new seed STARTUPs from this new fund. It is expected that within 2 years from 2016, the total number of companies invested in by Skyland Ventures will be a total of 50+ STARTUPs.
- About Skyland Ventures
Skyland Ventures started in August 2012. It is a seed round Venture Capital and its motto is “Looking for Genius50 everyday” — aiming at young, U30 entrepreneurs, for pre-seed and seed stage investment, Skyland Ventures has been investing in Japan/US STARTUPS. In the near future, we aim to invest in Indian seed STARTUPS. In an effort to support portfolio companies, Skyland Ventures is running a co-working space #HiveShibuya in collaboration with East Ventures which is early stage VC in Japan/Indonesia/US STARTUPs.
- About Skyland Ventures New Investments
Skyland Ventures announceds the 6 new seed investments below, done in the second half of 2016. These startups have particularly spent their time at Skyland Venture’s co-working space #HiveShibuya and are aiming at further expanding the respective fields of their services. SV2 fund will focus on investing about $15K in early stage startups, followed by $50K to $500K in additional investments.
-VR：Fictbox (CEO：Naoto Kato)
-AI(Artificial Intelligence)：Liaro Inc. （CEO：Kento Hanada）
-Video Communication：Popshoot (CEO：Toshihiro Oyama), Modecas（CEO：Saito Yusuke）
-Personal Robot：DOKI DOKI, INC. (CEO：Takahito Iguchi)
-Media：ConU Inc.（CEO：Takashi Ban）
- About Skyland Ventures VC Funds
Skyland Ventures has a total of 2 funds after raising Skyland Ventures No.2 fund in addition to the Skyland Ventures No.1 raised in August 2012 and has invested in over 20 companies till date like Hachimenroppi(Fresh-fish EC), Travelbook (Travel EC & Media), Kaumo (Shopping EC & Media), Translimit(Gaming), Nanameue(Communication) etc.The fund includes investments from companies worth billions of dollars to several hundreds million dollars or angel money of their founders. The companies are DeNA, East Ventures, United, Vector, Septeni Holdings, Adways. The new fund will also focus on seed and early stage investments.
- Skyland Ventures’ investment policy — “Looking for Genius50”
Big Successful CEOs and LEADERs do something every day for 50 years. Skyland Ventures is interested in seed or early stage investments in these geniuses.
In order to reach out to these geniuses, Skyland Ventures organizes the following:
・BEATS：10 speed meetings of 15 minutes each, every week on Wednesday mornings
・XDAY：A bi-annual event that aims to gather around 100 U30 geniuses
・Campus：An event for 30 to 50 students held at University campuses.
- Skyland Ventures is running 2 VC funds
-CEO & Managing Partner: Max Kinosita -Total Size: $14M
-Portfolio Companies are 20+ companies. Hachimenroppi(Fresh-fish EC), Travelbook (Travel EC & Media), Kaumo (Shopping EC & Media), Translimit(Gaming), Nanameue(Communication) etc.
-Our limited partners are DeNA, East Ventures, United, Vector, Septeni, Adways & Angels.
-Location: Shintaiso Bldg. No.3 5F 531, 2–10–12, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150–0043