Sony Innovation Fund

Investor type Corporate Venture Capital

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Total investments 85
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$20M
Portfolio companies 71
Rounds per year 17.00
Lead investments 11
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.16
Exits 1
Key employees 3
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Seed

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Health Care
  • Machine Learning
  • Internet of Things
Summary

In 2016 was created Sony Innovation Fund, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Tokyo. The fund was located in Asia if to be more exact in Japan. Sony Innovation Fund appeared to be a CVC structure as part of the corporation.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Sony Innovation Fund, startups are often financed by Sparkland Capital, Sierra Ventures, SMBC Venture Capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are SBI Investment, Intel Capital, Samsung NEXT. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Total Access Fund, Fission Ventures, Strawberry Creek Ventures.

We also calculated 3 valuable employees in our database.

Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Machine Learning, SaaS. The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight AI Medical Service, Sight Machine, Sliver.tv. For fund there is no match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States.

The top activity for fund was in 2019. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are the general things for fund. The real fund results show that this VC is 3 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. The fund is constantly included in 7-12 deals per year.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Ieso Digital Health

Health Care
Internet
Psychology
Therapeutics
$53M23 Nov 2021 Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Nudge

Financial Services
01 Nov 2021 Chiyoda, Japan

Agrando

Agriculture
AgTech
B2B
Procurement
$14M05 Jul 2021 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Botrista Technology

Coffee
Food and Beverage
Restaurants
Retail
Robotics
Software
Tea
$10M28 Jun 2021 Redwood City, California, United States

Consumer Lending
E-Commerce
Financial Services
FinTech
Payments
$30M02 Jun 2021 London, England, United Kingdom

3D Technology
Biometrics
Semiconductor
Sensor
$17M24 May 2021 El Monte, California, United States

Plunk

Mobile Apps
Real Estate
Software
$6M11 May 2021 Bellevue, Washington, United States

Covr Financial Technologies

Financial Services
FinTech
Insurance
Wealth Management
29 Apr 2021 Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Analytics
Computer Vision
E-Commerce
Image Recognition
Retail Technology
$640M07 Apr 2021 Singapore, Central, Singapore
News
Truepic, which just raised $26M in a Microsoft-led round, aims to verify the authenticity of photos and videos

– Truepic, a digital image verification software provider, has raised $26m in a Series B funding round.
– The round was led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, and joined by Adobe, Sony Innovation Fund, Hearst Ventures and individuals from Stone Point Capital.
– The company has raised $36m since its 2015 inception.

Botrista Closes $10M Series A Funding

– Botrista Technology, a San Francisco CA-based robot-barista company, raised $10M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Purestone Capital and La Kaffa International with participation from Sony Innovation Fund, Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), and PIDC.
– The company intends to use the funds to further ramp up deployment operations to roll-out the DrinkBot nationally.

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