Japan’s W fund to start investing in Southeast Asian startups

The W team
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Tokyo-based VC firm W (formerly W ventures) announced on Tuesday that it has increased the fund size of W fund II from its initially-announced size of 5 billion yen to 7 billion yen. The fund invests in toC startups and others with innovative technology in a seed to Series A round. The fund has invested in 102 startups to date, with one IPO (Creema) and four M&As (Monokabu acquired by Sneaker Dunk).

LinQ, one of the firm’s portfolio companies, has developed a location sharing app called Whoo, which has been downloaded over 10 million times. In response to portfolio companies creating globally competitive services, the firm has decided to start full-fledged investments in Southeast Asia. The team focused on the region is expected to include Amanda Umezono, a former East Ventures employee with investment experience and network in the region, and Kengo Takada, who has experience in global projects at Dentsu.

via PR Times