About

SoftBank Ventures Korea has consistently operated with the vision of becoming a company that contributes to people’s happiness and joy and to the future of the world by helping early-stage startups that are on a mission to build the future.

“There is no future for those who do not challenge.”

挑戦する者にのみ未来は開かれる。

Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp.

Who We Are

Founded in 2000, SoftBank Ventures Korea is the only global early-stage venture arm of SoftBank Group. Our expertise lies in ICT investments.
We look for and invest in startups with a strong potential in Asia, the U.S., Israel, and the EU, focusing on AI, IoT, and smart robotics industry.

Where We Invest

SoftBank Ventures Korea’s primary investment candidates are early to growth-stage startups in the ICT industry, including AI, IoT, and smart robotics.

  • Early to Growth

    We focus on early to growth-stage startups for our investment. We review for potential investments even those who have only formed a team, if they have creative ideas or outstanding technologies.

  • Go Global

    SoftBank Ventures Korea invests in companies seeking to advance into the global market. Post-investment support is provided through the SoftBank Group network.

  • Constant Innovation

    SoftBank Ventures Korea invests in companies that make the world a better place through revolutions in digital information. We place priority on technology that can enrich people’s lives and bring greater happiness.

Why SoftBank Ventures Korea

  • NETWORK

    We plug great startups into the SoftBank Group ecosystem in order to facilitate side-by-side growth.
    SoftBank Ventures Korea supports portfolios to expand their business overseas by leveraging 1,300 SoftBank global network, including ARM, nVidia, Yahoo Japan, Alibaba, WeWork China, and Tokopedia. SoftBank Ventures Korea also supports partnership and cooperation among SoftBank group's various enterprises, including the Vision Fund, and introduces talented human resources.

  • BRAND

    SoftBank Ventures Korea supports startups that are pioneering global markets. Based on the substantial business experience and resources of SoftBank, we support overseas expansion, joint venture establishment, overseas sales promotion, and the M&A processes of startups.
    We also connect startups with potential business partners, investors, and acquirers, based on the trust that the SoftBank brands have built.

  • COMMUNITY

    We offer various forms of assistance for those who receive the investment and became a part of the SoftBank community. We hold workshops and networking events to pass down accumulated experience and knowledge. SoftBank Ventures Korea now has a 500 founders and investors network. A culture of helpfulness has become an important part of SoftBank Ventures Korea, which has been sustained from the beginning. The founders know that if they ever come across a challenge they need help with, they not only have the partners at their disposal, they also have 500 domain experts they can call on.

How We Do

  • 14

    Number of funds managed

  • 960

    Funds under management

  • 250

    Companies funded

Major Funds

  • 2018

    China Ventures Fund I

    300
  • 2017

    SB Global Champ Fund

    121
  • 2016

    SB Next Media Innovation Fund

    147.3
  • 2015

    SB Global Star Fund

    120
  • 2014

    Future Creation Naver-SB Fund

    27
  • 2011

    SB Pan-Asia

    87.5

Major Limited Partners

  • 소프트뱅크그룹
  • LGU+
  • 네이버
  • 넥슨
  • KVIC
  • KDB산업은행
  • KB Insurance
  • NPS
  • 농협