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List of next unicorn startup companies in Japan

List of next unicorn startup companies in Japan

Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters

Unicorn is a startup company valued at over $1 billion.

The term was coined in 2013 by a venture capitalist Aileen Lee, an American seed investor who was a venture capital investor before.

She chose the mythical animal to represent the statistical rarity of such successful ventures.

According to TechCrunch, there were 267 unicorns as of September 25, 2017.

 

World Top 20 Unicorn Startups

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Company
Country/ Post Money Value/ Total Equity Funding/ Market

1. Uber
USA/ $62.5B/$8.6B/ Transportation

2. ANT Financial
China/ $60B/ $4.5B/ Financial Services

3. Did Chuxing
China/$50B/ $13B/ Consumer Internet

4. Xiaomi
China/$45B/ $1.1B/ Hardware

5. Airbnb
USA/$31B/ $3.4B/ Consumer Internet

6. Space X
USA/$21B/ $1.5B/Aerospace and Defence

7. Palantir Technologies
USA/$20.33B / $2B/ Software

8. Toutiao
China/ $20B/ $3.1B/ Consumer Internet

9. Wework
USA/ $20B/ $5.45B/ Real Estate

10. Lufax
China/ $18.5B/ $1.7B/ Financial Services

11. Meituan-Dianping
China/ $18B/ $4.34B/ Consumer Internet

12. Pinterest
USA/ $12.3B/ $1.47B/ Consumer Internet

13. Flipkart
India/ $111.6B/ $6.12B/ E-Commerse

14. Dropbox
USA/ $10.35B/ $600M/ Software

15. Infor
USA/ $10B/ $2.5B/ Software

16. Stripe
USA/ $9.2B/ $440M/ Financial Services

17. Spotify
Sweden/ $8.53B/ $1.06B/ Consumer Internet

18. ZhongAn
China/ $8B/ $934M/ Financial Services

19. DJI
China/ $8B/ $105M/ Hardware

20. Koubei.com
China/ $8B/ $1.1B/ Local Business

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108 Next unicorn startups in Japan

Here in Japan, unfortunately there are not as many unicorns as in other entrepreneur-friendly countries (cities).

However, just recently, the Nikkei, Japan Economics Newspaper, has announced “next unicorn startup firms” having large potentials to become unicorns in Japan.

According to their investigation, there’re 108 next unicorn startup companies in high technology fields such as AI, IoT, ICT, fintech, robot, space, mobility, e-commerce, internet service, biotechnology, materials, energy, health care, etc.

So, I’d like to share the information about the 108 fast-growing startup companies.

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AI/ IoT/ ICT

Company
Headquarters/ Business/ Capital/ The number of employees

ABEJA
Tokyo/ Store analysis (deep learning)/ ¥1.1B/ 54

uhuru
Tokyo/ Support for the application of cloud/ ¥6ooM/ 225

EXAWIZARDS
Tokyo/ Data analysis (deep learning)/ ¥70M/ 39

CAULIS
Tokyo/ The detection of illegal computer access/ ¥20M/ 14

SENSY
Tokyo/ Personal AI/ ¥1B/ 24

Goodpatch
Tokyo/ Designing UI/ UX/ ¥900M/ 1520

CLOUDIAN
USA/ Big data/ ¥7.9B/ 150

SKYDISC
Tokyo/ IoT services/ ¥900M/ 25

SmartDrive
Tokyo/ Data platform for driving/ ¥1.1B/ 40

safie
Tokyo/ Surveillance camera system/ ¥1.2B/ 24

SORACOM
Tokyo/ IoT services/ ¥3.7B/ 45

Preferred Networks
Tokyo/ Control technology (deep learning)/ ?/ 132

Floadia
Tokyo/ Semiconductor/ ¥1.7B/ 52

from scratch
Tokyo/ Data control/ ¥100M/150

vegetalia
Tokyo/ Smart agriculture/ ¥1.6B/ 50

UniFa
Nagoya/ Support for the application of IoT/ ¥1.3B/ 50

LEAPMIND
Tokyo/ Software development (AI)/ ¥200M/ 50

JTOWER
Tokyo/ A unified, in-building mobile phone sharing system/ ¥1.3B/ 30

LIQUID
Tokyo/ Biometric authentication/ ¥700M/ 50

 

FinTech

Company
Headquarters/ Business/ Capital/ The number of employees

Accounting SaaS Japan
Tokyo/ Cloud accounting/ ¥300M/ 61

WealthNavi
Tokyo/ Asset management/ ¥2.2B/ 50

Money Design Co.
Tokyo/ Investment management/ ¥5.4B/ 78

ORIGAMI
Tokyo/ Settlement service/ ¥2.1B/ 70

Kyash
Tokyo/ Remittance service/ ¥1.3B/ 20

Coiney
Tokyo/ Settlement service/ ¥1.4B/ 34

bitFlyer
Tokyo/ Bitcoin/ ¥4.1B/ 90

freee
Tokyo/ Cloud accounting/ ¥9.6B/ 400

One Tap BUY
Tokyo/ Securities business/ ¥3.4B/ 50

BASE
Tokyo/ Online settlement/ ¥2.4B/ 80

QUOINE
Tokyo/ Bitcoin/ ¥2.1B/ 65

 

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