Docomo Ventures starts its third incubation batch of four startups in Tokyo

Masaru Ikeda by Masaru Ikeda on 2014.7.23

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From the Demo Day event for the previous batch

Docomo Ventures, the startup-focused investment arm of Japan’s leading telco, has just announced three four startups chosen for the third batch of its incubation program.

Chosen startups will be able to obtain grants of up to 5 million yen ($50,000) as well as rewards like a complimentary use of Docomo’s co-working space and mentoring/cooperation from the program’s partnering companies. Here’s a quick rundown on what they are working on.

  • Unlog (literally meaning ‘poo log’)
    A free iOS app that lets you input details about each poop that you make. You can specify the size, shape, and color of your poops, as well as input how bad it smelled or whether or not you experienced any discomfort. Our readers may recall we have featured this app before.
  • Money Smart
    A personal finance management platform comparable to an enhanced online account book. But details have not been disclosed.
  • Liquid
    A payments and reward platform that uses your fingerprint as an authentication token, saving users from having to bring a real wallet or digital wallet when shopping.

Details of the forth startup have not been disclosed. These startups will take part in the incubation program starting tomorrow, and their progress during the program period will be showcased at Demo Day on November 6.

Masaru Ikeda

Masaru Ikeda

Masaru started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley and Asia exploring the IT industry, and he also curates event updates for the Tokyo edition of Startup Digest.

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