Signifiant Inc. has launched a ¥20 billion growth fund "THE FUND". "THE FUND" mainly targets startups in the late stage before IPO.
Signifiant plans to invest in startups aiming to create new industries, and provide management and financial support so that their smooth and continuous growth can be achieved even after IPO.
While more and more growth-stage startups raise more funds before IPO for business growth, an only limited number of investors are supplying large-scale risk money in Japan.
Besides, startups at the growth stage have unique management issues before and after IPO, such as business strategy, financial strategy, organizational management, and corporate governance.
The unique feature of "THE FUND" is to provide growth-stage startups with hands-on support for growth on these management issues as a strategic partner, not just a supply of risk money.
The fund will be operated jointly with Mizuho Capital.
Signifiant has been working on the "industrial finance business" to support startups which have the potential to be the driving force behind industry creation.
By establishing "THE FUNDS", Signifiant will expand resources such as risk money and management knowledge to be provided to support target companies, and further strengthen the "Industrial Finance Business".
Neural Pocket Inc. and Signifiant Inc. have signed a capital and business alliance for social implementation of Artificial Intelligence.
The effectiveness and necessity of using AI to solve social issues are frequently pointed out. To realize that, it is necessary to develop AI into a general-purpose service and implement it in society, rather than merely making AI into a one-time solution specialized for a specific application.
Neural Pocket has developed its own AI analysis technology through a fashion trend analysis service. Going forward, the company will use its own AI technology and apply it to businesses such as smart ad business and smart city business.
OPENLOGI Inc. and Sinifiant Inc. have concluded a capital and business alliance for the growth of logistics platform services.
In recent years, due to the sharp increase in the number of courier services handled triggered by the expansion of e-commerce, deficiency of logistics capacity is emerging as a severe problem in Japanese society.
For shippers, a logistics network tailored to the scale of the business is essential for growth. However, building a distribution network is very difficult. Efficient logistics services that can be used efficiently and securely are required.
OPENLOGI is developing a logistics outsourcing platform involving shippers, warehouse operators, and freight forwarders. We believe that this platform will solve the problems of Japanese logistics systems.
OPENLOGI will expand its business, expand overseas, create new markets. For OPENLOGI to execute sustainable business operations, Signifiant will strengthen the organizational structure and management system, and support capital policy.
VISITS Technologies Inc. and Signifiant Inc. have concluded a capital and business alliance to develop the Consensus Intelligence business.
Until now, VISITS Technologies has been developing HR business using its artificial intelligence technology.
The two companies will work together to accelerate global business development based on VISITS Technologies's core competence, Consensus Intelligence technology.
On January 17of 2019, FOLIO Co., Ltd. and Signifiant Inc. concluded a capital and business alliance to expand the service of FOLIO.
Establishing assets for individuals is one of very important issues in Japan where the reduction of pension and retirement allowance is anticipated in the future.
We, Signifiant, think that FOLIO's approach to try to root asset management in Japan through the provision of familiar financial services to ordinary users is an effective effort to solve this social problem.