From SME Support JAPAN, GREE Inc., Mizuho Financial Group, and others
Kenneth Ho23 May, 2017
GREE Ventures closes second fund at US $67M from SME Support JAPAN, GREE Inc., Mizuho Financial Group, and others
GREE Ventures, Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, CEO: Yusuke Amano, hereinafter: GREE Ventures) announces the final close of new fund AT-II Investment Limited Partnership Fund (hereinafter: AT-II) with committed capital of US $67M. Main investors in AT-II are top Japanese corporate and financial institutions including the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN; GREE, Inc.; and members of the Mizuho Financial Group including Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Securities Principal Investment Co., Ltd., and Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd.
In addition to Japan and Southeast Asia, which were the primary target regions of the first fund AT-I, the second fund AT-II also targets investments in India. AT-II will provide funding to venture companies in the broadly defined Internet sector. In general, the fund plans to act as a lead investor, providing financing of US $0.5 million to US $3 million for Seed to Series A stage startups.
Since its formation in April 2016, AT-II has already invested in ten Asian startups and recently provided financing to Ayopop (headquartered in Jakarta, CEO: Jakob Rost, hereinafter: Ayopop), a mobile payments platform. Ayopop aims to provide utilities and bill payment services to the massively underbanked population of Indonesia. AT-II also recently invested in PopXO (headquartered in New Delhi, CEO: Priyanka Gill), India’s largest female-targeted content platform.
GREE Ventures is a venture capital firm with assets under management of roughly US $120 million. Since its establishment over five years ago, under the leadership of Yusuke Amano and Tatsuo Tsutsumi the Company has made more than 40 investments in startups in Asia and has positioned itself as an active investor focusing on early-stage startups. Being an independent institutional fund with a vision of cross border collaboration across Asia, GREE Ventures does not make investments in sectors that have synergies with the business of GREE (gaming and media), and instead leverages its domestic and overseas network to identify
promising investment targets in the broadly defined Internet sector. Using an active fund strategy, GREE Ventures does more than just inject cash. The Company’s highly experienced staff provides startups with hands-on support to boost value creation.