SoftBank Ventures Asia 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.”
Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp.
Founded in 2000, SoftBank Ventures Asia 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.
SoftBank Ventures Asia’s primary investment candidates are early to growth-stage startups in the ICT industry, including AI, IoT, and smart robotics.
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.
SoftBank Ventures Asia invests in companies seeking to advance into the global market. Post-investment support is provided through the SoftBank Group network.
SoftBank Ventures Asia 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.
We plug great startups into the SoftBank Group ecosystem in order to facilitate side-by-side
SoftBank Ventures Asia 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 Asia also supports partnership and cooperation among SoftBank group's various enterprises, including the Vision Fund, and introduces talented human resources.
SoftBank Ventures Asia 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.
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 Asia now has a 500 founders and investors network. A culture of helpfulness has become an important part of SoftBank Ventures Asia, 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.
Number of funds managed
Funds under management
Growth Acceleration Fund341
Global Opportunity Private Equity Fund35
China Ventures Fund I285
SB Global Champ Fund112
SB Next Media Innovation Fund197
SB Global Star Fund120
Future Creation Naver-SB Fund27