YJ Capital - the corporate venture capital arm of Yahoo Japan - and East Ventures have invested JPY260 million ($2 million) in Use Local, a Japanese big data start-up.
Early stage | 27 May 2015 |
Indian venture capital firm Zodius Capital has reached a INR7 billion ($110 million) first close on its $500 million technology-focused fund being raised in partnership with Avendus Capital.
South Asia | 26 May 2015 |
Indian financial services group Edelweiss has appointed Pranav Parikh to lead its private equity, seed and venture capital funds business.
South Asia | 22 May 2015 |
Ant Financial Service Group, Alibaba Group’s online financials services affiliate, has launched a RMB1 billion ($160 million) fund to invest in internet and finance companies.
Greater China | 21 May 2015 |
IBM BlueHub - IBM's Japan incubation program - has started taking applications for its second start-up accelerator in partnership with Tokyo-based early-stage investor Samurai Incubate.
Early stage | 21 May 2015 |
Vietnamese tech group FPT Corporation has launched FPT Ventures, its new venture capital and accelerator unit, which will manage a $3 million fund targeting seed and Series A stage investments.
Southeast Asia | 20 May 2015 |
Best known as the go-to location in China for cheap electronics manufacturing, Shenzhen is now emerging as a Silicon Valley for hardware. Can these start-ups get traction with software-focused VCs?
Venture | 20 May 2015 |
Rushan Capital has led a $16 million Series B investment in EasyStack, a Chinese cloud-based software provider. YingDong Investment and existing investor BlueRun Ventures also took part in the round.
Greater China | 19 May 2015 |
Singapore-based accelerator Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI) has started taking applications for its next start-up program - which will be partly offered online - and has doubled the amount it is offering to successful applicants.
Southeast Asia | 19 May 2015 |
Arbor Ventures has led an additional $5 million round of funding for Exchange Corporation (ExCo), the Japanese start-up behind e-commerce payment and instant credit service Paidy.
North Asia | 15 May 2015 |
The Australian government has finalized changes to its significant investor visa (SIV) program, which will see more capital funneled into domestic venture capital.
Venture | 15 May 2015 |
Rahul Yadav, the controversial CEO of VC-backed Indian property listing platform Housing.com, has said he will transfer all his shares in the company to its employees.
South Asia | 14 May 2015 |
When Australian entrepreneur Melanie Perkins taught design in schools, she noticed that students struggled when using traditional software such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Clearly there could be a simpler solution.
Venture | 12 May 2015 |
Existing investors including Ardent Capital, Indonesian conglomerate Sinarmas and Inspire Ventures have committed $5 million to aCommerce, a Thailand-based e-commerce services provider.
Southeast Asia | 12 May 2015 |
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In 2015, China is expected to experience a "new normal of growth". For private equity investors, China's new stage of growth represents huge opportunities: an increase of 270% in online consumption, the reform of over a hundred sovereign-owned enterprises, trillion-dollar investments into overseas infrastructure projects, the rising entrance of young entrepreneurs, and many more.
To be held on 28 and 29 May, the 14th annual AVCJ China Forum 2015 in Beijing will feature these exciting topics and bring together top-notch speakers from across the world.Join the premium industrial gathering of over 300 private equity professionals, regulators and senior executives for two days of mind-provoking discussions, networking and more.
28-29 May 2015, China World Summit Wing,Beijing
There is a feeling that now is a shrewd time to invest in Japan and take advantage of the favourable conditions for private equity. Valuations are low compared with the rest of Asia and strategic buyers and the IPO market are providing an attractive route for exits. There are also signs that corporate Japan is slowly coming around to engaging PE as a potential buyer for non-core assets and recent developments at the GPIF suggest that PE will be under strong consideration for allocations from pension funds in the near future as well as regional banks committing to the asset class right now.
The macro concerns that have been present for many years still remain in terms of low growth and currency depreciation but these are encouraging times for fund managers looking to both raise capital from Japanese LPs and make investments.
245-26 June 2015, Conrad Hotel, Tokyo