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Investments

33

Portfolio Exits

2

Funds

7

About Venture Labo

Venture Labo is a Japan-based venture capital firm that provides thorough, hands-on support to small and medium-sized businesses that possess both high technical skills and the power to grow by working with them to tackle new industries and open up new markets.

Venture Labo Headquarter Location

6-17-4,Tsukiji, Chuo-ku REID-C Tsukiji-Bldg. 4F

Tokyo, 104-0045,

Japan

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Terra Drone Secures USD 14.4 Million in Series A Funding

Feb 17, 2021

Terra Drone Secures USD 14.4 Million in Series A Funding Terra Drone Corporation , the world’s leading drone solution provider, today announced the closing of a JPY 1.5 billion (USD 14.4 million) Series A round. The fundraising was organised by INPEX, Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, and Nanto CVC No.2 Investment LLP (General Partner: Venture Labo Investment and Nanto Capital Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nanto Bank) through third-party allotment, and with several financial institutions through loan agreement. Last year, Terra Drone was recognised as the ‘No 1 Global Remote Sensing Drone Service Provider’ in the ‘Drone Service Provider Ranking 2020’ by Drone Industry Insights, a global drone market research company. Although severely affected by Covid-19, Terra Drone increased its revenue and profits in 2020. The consolidated annual revenue is approximately USD 20 million. The investment will allow Terra Drone to further develop technologies and grow the client base. The drone-based solutions will contribute to the industries by enhancing safety and efficiency. Overview of the solutions: Inspection: Terra Drone enhances drone inspections by; integrating new technologies and methods. Terra Inspectioneering , a group company of Terra Drone, has developed the UT drone and the Terra 3D Inspect. UT drone is a patented drone that can conduct UT (Ultrasonic Thickness) measurements. UT drones are used to execute inspections for storage tanks, chimneys, boilers/Incinerators, and vessels. Terra 3D Inspect is a full cloud-based platform for industrial inspection data. Survey: Terra Drone has a significant track record conducting LiDAR survey. Combining the operational excellence in both data capturing and processing/analysing, Terra Drone delivers quality data to the clients. Monitoring: Drone regulations are constantly evolving around the world (especially drone based surveillances) and are expected to increase, over the coming years. C-Astral , a group company of Terra Drone, provides long endurance fixed wings, which are used for activities such as pipeline monitoring, forest fire detection and border controls. UTM (Unmanned aircraft system Traffic Management): Public-private council of Japan is targeting 2022, to achieve ‘Level 4 Operation’, which is the permission for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) over populated areas. Towards the Industrial Revolution of Sky, Terra Drone will proactively develop UTM, the platform to enable safe operations of unmanned aerial vehicles. Terra Drone invests in  Unifly , the European leading provider of UTM. ■Comments from InvestorsToshio Todoroki / General Manager, Technology Department, Digital Transformation Unit, at INPEX Corporation “While there are a number of drone companies in the world, Terra Drone is focused on providing industrial drone solutions while possessing unique patented technologies for drones and sensors. They also have a vast experience of onshore and offshore drone inspection, with major oil & gas companies in the world. Terra Drone is the only drone company in Japan, targeting to be the No.1 global company as a drone solution provider.In INPEX ‘s ‘Business Development Strategy – Towards a Net Zero Carbon Society by 2050’ which was announced on 27th January, 2021, it has stated that one of our plans is to ‘Develop new business and technology, by proactively collaborating with startups’, and this investment in Terra Drone, perfectly matches with the concept.Together with Terra Drone, we aim to create a sustainable energy business with diversity that will lead Japan and the world to the next era.”  Daiji Yamanaka / Managing Director of Venture Labo Investment “We believe Terra Drone can lead the drone industry by leveraging its high level technical/operational capability, global presence, and the speed of growth. We have known Terra Drone since its inception 5 years ago. The progress is outstanding, and it is a pleasure for us to be a part of the journey.The source of their growth is derived from the foresight and courage of serial entrepreneur Toru Tokushige, Founder/CEO, and the excellent team members around the world, who are making the breakthroughs. We will support Terra Drone to become a major international company from Japan.”   About Terra Drone CorporationTerra Drone, established in 2016, is one of the largest industrial drone solutions providers in the world.The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan. Terra Drone offers clients high-end drone-based solutions, with the latest cutting-edge technologies embedded and supported by industry professionals. For more information, visit  https://www.terra-drone.net/global/ Prev post

Venture Labo Investments

33 Investments

Venture Labo has made 33 investments. Their latest investment was in READYFOR as part of their Series B on March 3, 2021.

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Venture Labo Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

3/29/2021

Series B

READYFOR

$9.1M

Yes

3

2/25/2021

Series A

SmartShopping

$2.82M

Yes

AG Capital, NEC Capital Solutions, and Undisclosed Investors

1

12/14/2020

Series D

Asoview

$12.53M

Yes

1

5/29/2020

Series C

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$99M

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10

4/27/2020

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

3/29/2021

2/25/2021

12/14/2020

5/29/2020

4/27/2020

Round

Series B

Series A

Series D

Series C

Series B

Company

READYFOR

SmartShopping

Asoview

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Amount

$9.1M

$2.82M

$12.53M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

AG Capital, NEC Capital Solutions, and Undisclosed Investors

Sources

3

1

1

10

10

Venture Labo Portfolio Exits

2 Portfolio Exits

Venture Labo has 2 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was C CHANNEL on May 25, 2020.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

5/25/2020

IPO

1

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10

Date

5/25/2020

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Exit

IPO

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Valuation

Acquirer

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Sources

1

10

Venture Labo Fund History

7 Fund Histories

Venture Labo has 7 funds, including Nanto CVC Fund II.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

10/15/2018

Nanto CVC Fund II

Early-Stage Venture Capital

$26.4M

1

9/28/2018

CSV Venture Fund II

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$99M

10

6/21/2017

Nanto CVC Fund I

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$99M

10

12/20/2016

CSV Venture Fund I

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$99M

10

11/28/2006

Hyogo Industrial Revitalization Fund II

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$99M

10

Closing Date

10/15/2018

9/28/2018

6/21/2017

12/20/2016

11/28/2006

Fund

Nanto CVC Fund II

CSV Venture Fund II

Nanto CVC Fund I

CSV Venture Fund I

Hyogo Industrial Revitalization Fund II

Fund Type

Early-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Amount

$26.4M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

10

Venture Labo Team

1 Team Member

Venture Labo has 1 team member, including current Chief Executive Officer, Tadayoshi Yamanaka.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Tadayoshi Yamanaka

Chief Executive Officer

Current

Name

Tadayoshi Yamanaka

Work History

Title

Chief Executive Officer

Status

Current

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