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Investments

163

Portfolio Exits

22

About DG Ventures

DG Ventures, the investment subsidiary of Digital Garage, provides partnerships for entrepreneurs building Internet-related services and technologies, and also facilitates synergy between startup companies and DG group companies. DG Ventures supports and builds partnerships with services and companies at all stages. Rather than simply focusing on early-stage investment, it evaluates investment opportunities based on each company's business synergy.

DG Ventures Headquarter Location

3-5-7 Ebisu Minami, Shibuya-ku

Tokyo, 150-0022,

Japan

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EMQ Announces Close of $20M Series B Funding Round

Jul 29, 2020

EMQ Announces Close of $20M Series B Funding Round • EMQ, Asia’s leading financial settlement network, announced the close of a $20 million Series B funding round. • The latest round of funding is led by WI Harper Group, with participation from new and existing investors including Abu Dhabi Capital, AppWorks, DG Ventures, Hard Yaka, Intudo Ventures, January Capital, Quest Venture Partners, SparkLabs Taipei, Vectr Fintech Partners, and VS Partners. • EMQ will use the investment to further accelerate its international growth, product development and licensing activities across Asia, Europe and the Americas. HONG KONG, July 28, 2020-- EMQ, Asia’s leading financial settlement network, announced today the issuance of $20 million Series B Preferred Shares, led by WI Harper Group, with participation from new and existing investors including Abu Dhabi Capital, AppWorks, DG Ventures, Hard Yaka, Intudo Ventures, January Capital, Quest Venture Partners, SparkLabs Taipei, Vectr Fintech Partners, and VS Partners. EMQ will use the investment to further accelerate its international growth, product development and licensing activities across Asia, Europe and the Americas. "At EMQ, we are building a global settlement network that enables everyone to send money anywhere in the world and to any end point with a simple one-stop integration,” said Max Liu, co-founder and CEO of EMQ. “This new funding marks a significant milestone in our next phase of strategic growth as we continue to innovate and deliver a network infrastructure that complies with regulatory requirements and streamlines the complexities in processing real-time international payments across the whole payment ecosystem. We are excited to partner with WI Harper as well as our new and existing VCs, who share our passion to make infrastructure a competitive advantage for next-generation enterprises.” With a network footprint touching billions of people, EMQ’s flexible and scalable infrastructure eliminates unnecessary intermediaries and directly integrates to all the end-points, facilitating seamless, real-time and cost-effective cross-border settlements. Currently, EMQ 's network spans across Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America, with access to over 80 key global markets and millions of digital endpoints. The company is currently licensed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and registered as a Money Service Business in Canada. EMQ was also accepted into Taiwan’s Regulatory Sandbox by the Financial Supervisory Commission in Taiwan. “As digital transformation intensifies globally, enterprises today are increasingly international in scale and they will require a network infrastructure like EMQ with greater speed, more certainty, increased flexibility and transparency, to expand their business in Asia and beyond. We are excited to partner with the EMQ team to expand its market-leading position in cross-border business payments globally,” said Edward Liu, Partner at WI Harper Group. “As we look to the future, we will continue to invest significantly towards constant innovation of our cross-border solutions and compliance capabilities, to deliver additional value to the global payments ecosystem and capitalize on the explosive growth of cross-border B2B payments market – valued to exceed US$218 trillion by 2022,” Max Liu added. About EMQ EMQ operates a global financial settlement network that provides a faster, more affordable and transparent cross-border settlement solution for businesses around the world, while adhering to complex regulations and compliance standards in different markets. The company’s flexible network infrastructure has been built to effectively settle any cross-border movement of capital and can be deployed across multiple vertical industries for a broad range of services, including e-commerce, merchant settlement, procurement, remittance, payroll, etc. www.emq.com. About WI Harper Group WI Harper is a pioneer and leading cross-border venture capital firm investing in early and expansion stage companies globally. With offices in San Francisco, Beijing, and Taipei, the firm actively oversees more than $1 billion in assets under management. Since inception nearly three decades ago, WI Harper has invested in over 400 startups and has successfully experienced more than 100 IPO and M&A exits. We look for innovative companies and visionary founders in technology, sustainability and healthcare fields where there are high synergies and meaningful value added cross selling opportunities. While our technology team is focused blockchain, big data, analytics, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, IoT, robotics, drones, autonomous driving, as well as digital media and green energy projects, our healthcare team is presently honing on bioinformatics and digital biology. For more information, please visit www.wiharper.com. Contact:

DG Ventures Investments

163 Investments

DG Ventures has made 163 investments. Their latest investment was in Knowhere as part of their Seed VC on June 6, 2022.

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DG Ventures Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/16/2022

Seed VC

Knowhere

$0.76M

Yes

East Ventures, GameWith, Saitoyuki, Skyland Ventures, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

3

5/17/2022

Unattributed VC - II

First Group

Yes

1

4/20/2022

Seed VC - III

aiPass

$1.95M

No

CyberAgent Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, STRIVE, and Undisclosed Investors

1

4/11/2022

Series B

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$99M

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10

4/5/2022

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

6/16/2022

5/17/2022

4/20/2022

4/11/2022

4/5/2022

Round

Seed VC

Unattributed VC - II

Seed VC - III

Series B

Series B

Company

Knowhere

First Group

aiPass

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Amount

$0.76M

$1.95M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

East Ventures, GameWith, Saitoyuki, Skyland Ventures, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

CyberAgent Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, STRIVE, and Undisclosed Investors

Sources

3

1

1

10

10

DG Ventures Portfolio Exits

22 Portfolio Exits

DG Ventures has 22 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Akili Interactive Labs on January 26, 2022.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

1/26/2022

Acq - Pending

$99M

3

2/5/2021

IPO

$99M

Public

3

12/16/2020

IPO

$99M

Public

40

12/15/2020

IPO

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$99M

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10

8/6/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

1/26/2022

2/5/2021

12/16/2020

12/15/2020

8/6/2020

Exit

Acq - Pending

IPO

IPO

IPO

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

Public

Public

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Sources

3

3

40

10

10

DG Ventures Team

2 Team Members

DG Ventures has 2 team members, including current Chief Investment Officer, Brian Yeh.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Brian Yeh

CRCM Ventures, Pivotal Investments, Susquehanna International Group, Evolution Financial Group, H&Q Asia Pacific, Promethean Investments, and Bear Stearns

Chief Investment Officer

Current

Fumihiko Ishimaru

Managing Director

Current

Name

Brian Yeh

Fumihiko Ishimaru

Work History

CRCM Ventures, Pivotal Investments, Susquehanna International Group, Evolution Financial Group, H&Q Asia Pacific, Promethean Investments, and Bear Stearns

Title

Chief Investment Officer

Managing Director

Status

Current

Current

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