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Ajinomoto

Founders Kikunae Ikeda

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Total investments 11
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$66M
Portfolio companies 8
Rounds per year 0.11
Lead investments 2
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.27
Key employees 1

Areas of investment

  • Food and Beverage
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Processing
  • Sales
  • Agriculture
Summary

Ajinomoto appeared to be the Corporate Investor, which was created in 1925. The leading representative office of defined Corporate Investor is situated in the Tokyo. The company was established in Asia in Japan.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 partakers. Despite the Ajinomoto, startups are often financed by Tana Africa Capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL), SMBC Venture Capital. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by NTT Data.

Besides them, we counted 1 critical employee of this fund in our database.

We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Organic Food, Food Processing. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Promasidor Holdings, MycoTechnology. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of more than 20 years to get the investment from the fund. For fund there is no match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups.

When the investment is from Ajinomoto the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars. The important activity for fund was in 2016. Speaking about the real fund results, this Corporate Investor is 13 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The common things for fund are deals in the range of more than 100 millions dollars. The fund is generally included in less than 2 deals every year.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Ascend

Biotechnology
Consulting
Manufacturing
Therapeutics
$65M09 May 2023 -

Tsubame BHB

Sales
$36M21 Jul 2022 Chiyoda, Japan

DAIZ

Food and Beverage
Food Processing
$3M17 Dec 2020 Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

Tsubame BHB

Sales
$10M31 Mar 2019 Chiyoda, Japan

MycoTechnology

Advanced Materials
Agriculture
Biotechnology
Food and Beverage
Organic Food
$42M29 Aug 2017 Aurora, Colorado, United States

Hinoman

Food and Beverage
Food Processing
$15M27 Mar 2017 Israel, Tel Aviv District, Israel

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Total investments 11
Average round size 66M
Rounds per year 0.11
Peak activity year 2017
Lead investments 2
Follow on index 0.27
Group Appearance index 0.73

Latest deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Ascend

Biotechnology
Consulting
Manufacturing
Therapeutics
$65M09 May 2023 -

Tsubame BHB

Sales
$36M21 Jul 2022 Chiyoda, Japan

DAIZ

Food and Beverage
Food Processing
$3M17 Dec 2020 Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

Tsubame BHB

Sales
$10M31 Mar 2019 Chiyoda, Japan

MycoTechnology

Advanced Materials
Agriculture
Biotechnology
Food and Beverage
Organic Food
$42M29 Aug 2017 Aurora, Colorado, United States

Hinoman

Food and Beverage
Food Processing
$15M27 Mar 2017 Israel, Tel Aviv District, Israel
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