Japanese early-stage investor Genesia Ventures has raised about $45 million for the first close of its second fund that targets to raise a total of $80 million to invest in Japan and Southeast Asia-based startups.
The first close was held in December 2018 and the firm is seeking a final close by the end of September this year, said a top executive.
“The fund will focus on seed and pre-series A stages for our initial investments and do follow-on investments as well. We can invest up to $5 million per startup in total,” Genesia Ventures principal Yuto Kono, who is responsible for investments in Southeast Asia told DEALSTREETASIA.
Genesia Ventures has also appointed Takahiro Suzuki as a general partner of the second fund. The VC firm recently backed a $500,000 funding round for KAMEREO, a B2B purchasing and sourcing platform for restaurants in Vietnam.
In May last year, DEALSTREETASIA first reported that Genesia Ventures planned to raise its second fund with a target corpus of $80-100 million in 2019 that will target investments in both Japan and Southeast Asia.
The second fund will focus on investments in digital transformation, new economy/digital media content and frontier technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), robots, drones and low-earth-orbit satellites. It will primarily target Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore for investments, with plans to expand to Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and India at a later juncture.
Set up in August 2016, Genesia Ventures is led by Soichi Tajima, the former CEO of CyberAgent Capital. Its $40-million first fund had invested in 47 startups, including 35 Japanese companies, by the end of December 2018.
Its backers include institutional investors such as Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Capital, TFHD Open Innovation Program operated by Tokyu Fudosan Holding, Marui Group, mixi, and JA Mitsui Leasing.