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Kakao Investment

Investor type Corporate Venture Capital


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Total investments 10
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 10
Rounds per year 1.25
Lead investments 3
Key employees Soon
Stages of investment
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Information Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Genetics

Kakao Investment is the famous VC, which was founded in 2015. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Seongnam. The venture was found in Asia in South Korea. Kakao Investment seemed to be an CVC arrangement as part of the organization.

The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The important activity for fund was in 2018. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year.

Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 1 and less years to get the investment from the fund. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Database, Artificial Intelligence. For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - Israel. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Orbs.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 1 participant.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Financial Services
$20M18 Jan 2023 South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$2M21 Oct 2021 Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea

H2O Hospitality

Housekeeping Service
Property Development
Property Management
Real Estate Investment
Vacation Rental
$29M06 Sep 2021 Chiyoda, Japan


Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$4M26 Aug 2021 Berkeley, California, United States


Health Care
$13M26 Mar 2021 South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Oasis Market

Consumer Goods
Delivery Service
Food and Beverage
$4M25 Dec 2020 Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea

Bobobox Indonesia

Information Technology
Renewable Energy
$11M21 May 2020 Bandung, West Java, Indonesia


Asset Management
$1M23 Jul 2019 Chiyoda, Japan

Big Data
Cloud Data Services
Information Technology
01 May 2018 San Francisco, California, United States
H2O Hospitality secures $30M Series C to expedite hotel digital transformation

– H2O Hospitality, a South Korea and Japan-based unmanned hotel management company, raised $30m funding.
– The round was led by Kakao Investment and Korea Development Bank, Gorilla Private Equity, Intervest and NICE Investment also participated.
– H2O Hospitality will expand its business further by adding various types of accommodations in South Korea and Japan in 2021 and 2022 and plans to enter Singapore and Indonesia in 4Q in 2022 in line with its Southeast Asia penetration strategy.

AI voice, synthetic speech company LOVO gets $4.5M pre-series A funding

– LOVO, a Berkeley, California-based artificial intelligence (AI) voice & synthetic speech tool developer, closed a $4.5m pre-Series A round.
– The round was led by South Korean Kakao Entertainment along with Kakao Investment and LG CNS, an IT solution affiliate of LG Group.
– The proceeds will be used to propel its research and development in artificial intelligence and synthetic speech and grow the team.
– LOVO has 17 people, including both co-founders, chief executive office Charlie Choi and COO Lee.
– The company plans to double down on improving LOVO’s AI model, enhance its AI voices and develop a better product that surpasses any that exists in the current market, Lee said.


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