Real Tech Holdings (RTH) is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as one of the 13 co-investment partner of SEEDS Capital. RTH is the first and only Japan-based venture capital firm to be appointed. Through this co-investment partnership, RTH’s Real Tech Global Fund hopes to strengthen it’s investments towards deep tech startups in Singapore and bridge the Singapore and Japanese startup ecosystems.
Established in 2001, SEEDS Capital is one of Southeast Asia’s most active venture capital investors. As an enabler of Singapore’s deep tech ecosystem, SEEDS Capital partners with institutional co-investors from around the world to support Singapore-based innovative startups that possess break-through intellectual content and global market potential. In the latest appointment of co-investors, SEEDS Capital has broadened, diversified and refreshed its current pool of partners in the three deep tech sectors, (i) Manufacturing, Trade & Connectivity; (ii) Human Health & Potential; and (iii) Urban Solutions & Sustainability.
“We are deeply grateful to be part of the Singaporean deep-tech ecosystem through this partnership. As a venture capital that supports deep-tech startups in Southeast Asia, we wish to help Singaporean startups to strengthen their business collaboration and joint research with Japanese large companies, startups, and factories. As of today, we have already invested in various impactful startups such as Shiok Meats, NDR Medical Technology, Sentient.io, Austrianova and look forward to supporting more. We believe this partnership shows confidence in our activities so far and are extremely excited about the future this partnership brings,” said Akitaka W. Fujii, President of RTH.
“We are excited to partner international venture capital firms such as Real Tech Holdings on our co-investments. Their expansive networks in Japan and globally, as well as their established expertise in various domains including manufacturing and urban solutions will value add significantly to the Singapore-based tech startups that we jointly invest in,” said Kaixin Tan, General Manager, SEEDS Capital.
Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. (Leave a Nest), RTH’s parent company, established a subsidiary in Singapore in 2010, and has been running “TECH PLANTER” since 2014 to discover issues and technology seeds in Singapore. In 2019, together with ESG, Leave a Nest began the “Enter to Japan market Program” to support Singapore-originated deep tech startups to enter the Japanese market, which is still today an attractive market from various perspectives.
Real Tech Global Fund, which was established in 2020, aims to collaborate with Japanese companies through investments in deep tech startups in Southeast Asia, especially in Singapore. The fund has already invested in three companies in the areas of food, medical, and AI up until today. Through this co-investment scheme, Real Tech will continue to accelerate the co-creation between deep tech startups in Singapore and Japanese corporates to support entry into the Japanese market.
■About SEEDS Capital
As the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, SEEDS Capital catalyses smart investments into innovative Singapore-based startups with strong intellectual content and global market potential. We co-invest with independent investors in innovative startups. We help our startups commercialize and expand globally through leveraging on the expertise and strategic networks of our co-investment partners in areas such as technology translation, commercialization and market expansion. Through co-investments, SEEDS Capital aims to catalyze investments into nascent and strategic sectors. These include Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Urban Solutions & Sustainability, and Services & Digital Economy. URL: SEEDS Capital | Enterprise Singapore (enterprisesg.gov.sg)
About Enterprise Singapore
Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. We work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.
We also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups, and build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.
Visit www.enterprisesg.gov.sg for more information.
About Real Tech Holdings
Real Tech Holdings is a joint venture between euglena Co.,Ltd ( https://www.euglena.jp/ ) and Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. ( https://lne.st/ ). It supports change makers who give their heart and soul to solve societal and environmental challenges. Real Tech Holding’s manages Real Tech Fund, Japan’s leading deep-tech focused venture capital fund.
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