Founders Akio Morita Julian Lea Masaru Ibuka


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Total investments 59
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 44
Rounds per year 0.78
Lead investments 6
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 16
Key employees 18

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Internet
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Security
  • Video

In 1946 was created Sony, which is appeared as Corporate Investor. The venture was found in Asia in Japan. The main department of described Corporate Investor is located in the Tokyo.

The current fund was established by Akio Morita, Masaru Ibuka. We also calculated 18 valuable employees in our database.

The top activity for fund was in 2000. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2017. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Comparing to the other companies, this Sony performs on 23 percentage points more the average number of lead investments. Considering the real fund results, this Corporate Investor is 2 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Sony, startups are often financed by Greylock Partners, Cisco, Texas Instruments. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Cisco, Texas Instruments, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Greylock Partners, Texas Instruments, Samsung NEXT.

For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 2-3 years to receive the investment from the fund. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Video, Machine Learning. The fund has specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline CoWare, ArrayComm, SIRIUS PLUS

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Epic Games

Developer Platform
Video Games
$2B11 Apr 2022 Cary, North Carolina, United States


Cloud Computing
Internet of Things
10 Jun 2021 Chiyoda, Japan

Opulence Images Atlanta Georgia

Angel Investment
Media and Entertainment
Photo Editing
Photo Sharing
Video Editing
Video Streaming
$3M23 May 2021 Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Epic Games

Developer Platform
Video Games
$1B13 Apr 2021 Cary, North Carolina, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Information Technology
Internet of Things
Machine Learning
$2M09 Feb 2021 Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Monozukuri Ventures

Health Care
Industrial Manufacturing
Internet of Things
25 Nov 2020 Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


Health Care
$17M12 Oct 2020 Japan, Chiyoda

Epic Games

Developer Platform
Video Games
$250M09 Jul 2020 Cary, North Carolina, United States

IDUN Technologies

Health Care
Medical Device
$1M04 Jun 2020 Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


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