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D4V – Design for Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Kengo Ito Tom Kelley


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Total investments 52
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 38
Rounds per year 8.67
Lead investments 4
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 4
Key employees 8

Areas of investment

  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • E-Commerce

D4V - Design for Ventures is the famous VC, which was founded in 2016. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Minato. The fund was located in Asia if to be more exact in Japan.

The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight FiNANCiE, Crevo, Sprocket Inc.. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - Japan. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 2-3 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are EdTech, Software.

The important activity for fund was in 2017. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 16 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars. The fund is generally included in 7-12 deals every year.

The current fund was established by Tom Kelley. The overall number of key employees were 6.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the D4V - Design for Ventures, startups are often financed by SMBC Venture Capital, NEC Capital Solutions, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are SMBC Venture Capital, Eric Di Benedetto, IDEO. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Eric Di Benedetto, Y Combinator, SMBC Venture Capital.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Big Data
Human Resources
Information Technology
$2M28 Jul 2021 Singapore, Central, Singapore


Financial Services
15 Feb 2021 Chiyoda, Japan


Digital Media
$2M13 Oct 2020 Chiyoda, Japan


Marketing Automation
$3M02 Jun 2020 Japan, Chiyoda


Digital Media
$3M26 May 2020 Chiyoda, Japan


Social Network
$2M30 Apr 2020 Chiyoda, Japan

Cinnamon AI

Artificial Intelligence
Data Center Automation
Machine Learning
Productivity Tools
$13M23 Apr 2020 Chiyoda, Japan


$182K14 Feb 2020 Japan, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


Web Design
$1M25 Jul 2019 Japan, Chiyoda


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