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".