The June 2020 snapshot of Japan’s startup news, drawn from Startup News Asia’s news feeds
The June 2020 snapshot of Japan’s startup news provides a brief overview of early-stage startup headlines from the country, as covered online in the English-language press. Headlines below are gathered at the country level to provide a broad overview of developments in Japan’s startup scene.
Links here are Japanese startup news headlines; each leads to an item reported online in, or concerning, Japan’s tech scene across the month of June 2020. Each link listed takes you to the online news article, on the original source site for that headline. Items cover, for example, Japanese startups in the news, or features of Japan’s startup ecosystem – VC firms and funds, Japan’s startup support programs, technology industry news and so on.
- Japan: SynchroLife raises $2.6M Series A with restaurant review platform rewarding users in SynchroCoin crypto token, claiming 2120K reviews across 100K restaurants
- Japan: Ubie medtech startup gains $18.7M with AI-driven healthcare software, focused on both identification of symptoms and creation of clinical records
- Japan’s Softbank invests $19.5M in UK’s Splyt, startup allowing app operators to integrate ride-hailing options with existing services, part of search for super-app investments
- Japan: Kyushu Electric Power to provide blockchain platform to Fukuoka’s regional bank Chikuho Bank to help digitize ‘premium vouchers’ for low-income families
- Japan: Sequoia Capital, US VC giant, hunting Japanese startups delivering high-end tech to corporate customers with valuations of $279M to $1.3BN
- Japan’s virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, joins China’s Taobao as live-streaming ambassador for upcoming 618 online shopping festival
- India: Gojo & Company, Japanese impact investor, boosts financial inclusion-focused investments with stakes in Satya MicroCapital and Aviom, women-focused lender
- TechShake Southeast Asia Online Pitch Session set for July 9th, showcasing Japanese startups in this session
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