The following startup list was provided by "Nikkei FinTech database 2017-2018 publication (Nikkei BP company)" and translated by Fintech Association of Japan(FAJ). Some members of Fintech Association of Japan(FAJ) are included. (These information are as of the end of March 2017.)
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Big Data Analysis(12)

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  • 1 AliveCast Inc.

    URL
    http://www.alivecast.co.jp
    Service/Product
    ExOrder
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    AliveCast provides account-to-account transfers in real time through their application ExOrder, primarily in order to promote regional revitalization by supporting disadvantaged shoppers and local shopping districts, as well as local tourist resorts. By embedding a QR code into brochures, posters, magazines, and TVs, customers are led to a web page where they can purchase products. The benefits that ExOrder offers for financial institutions include a likely increased fee for each transaction, as well as information about consumers when their transactions are processed. Also, the fee for member stores is reasonable, and they receive their profits instantly. For consumers, the purchase could be processed from their bank without a credit card.
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  • 2 Finatext

    URL
    http://www.finatext.com/
    Service/Product
    Asukabu, Karu FX, FX Clue, FUNDECT
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Finatext is a Fintech venture company launched by the University of Tokyo. The company began with the aim of making retail investment platforms more easily accessible across the world. With an ample knowledge of finance and a solid foundation of experience, the company has technical capabilities to develop and install UI/UX in a remarkably short length of time, in order to make platforms comprehensible to anyone. The company developed and provided several products, including an app, Asukabu, where users practice forecasting stock price changes in a risk-free environment; an FX app, Karu FX; and an app to select appropriate investment funds called FUNDECT. Their business is expanding globally, with newly-establishing offices in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, and most recently, London.
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  • 3 HEROZ

    URL
    http://heroz.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    unknown
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 100 million/Venture
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    HEROZ focuses on planning, developing, and operating AI services. The company focuses on intellectual games for smart phones and possesses a unique core AI technology, developed by their top engineers, that has defeated professional Shogi (Japanese chess) players in public matches. The company provides an AI technology using an accumulated mechanical learning algorithm, which includes deep learning, to major financial institutions.
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  • 4 LastRoots

    URL
    http://www.lastroots.com/
    Service/Product
    c0ban, c0ban advertisement, c0ban exchange
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    LastRoots developed their own virtual currency, cOban. The company is planing to provide a new advertisement business integrating their blockchain/VC. When users see advertisements on the site, they automatically receive cOban. Additionally, the company is planning to provide additional cOban based on users' location. The intriguing part of the system for clients is that the advertising fees/cOban will be covered when users purchased their advertisement products with cOban. The company has been collecting user's data and is planning to utilize it for their clients.
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  • 5 muevo Inc.

    URL
    http://www.muevo.jp
    Service/Product
    muevo
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    muevo designs and operates a crowdfunding platform targeting musicians and their fans. By connecting them to each other, the company supports music promotions. The company provides supporters with unique rewards that are not, in general, sold through typical music promotions and sales.
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  • 6 Zenport Inc. (Sendee)

    URL
    http://sendee.jp/
    Service/Product
    Zenport, Chainfy, Smart Contract News
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Sendee provides a series of software services on the Cloud for traders (importers and exporters) called Zenport, which explains the concepts of trade regulations, fills out necessary documents through online forms, explains bureaucratic procedures, and gets automated estimates from delivery companies. Additionally, the company provides an electronic certification service utilizing blockchain called Chainfy, a media-related service called Smart Contract News, consulting about blockchains, and operates contracted development of blockchain.
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  • 7 Tranzax Co., Ltd

    URL
    http://tranzax.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Supplier Finance, PO Finance
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Tranzax Co., Ltd entered the Electronically Recorded Monetary Claims business in Japan in order to operate smooth financial arrangements, predominately for SME. Their subsidiary company, Densai Service, provides Electronically Recorded Monetary Claims by SMEs for primary makers who have accounts receivable. By assigning the accounts receivable to a Special Purpose Company (SPC), the company is able to promptly collect their funds, due to the credit capability of the primary makers, with a low interest of 0.7-1.2%.
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  • 8 Otani&Co. Inc.

    URL
    http://otani.co/
    Service/Product
    GEEO Pro, GEEO Free, GEEO Analytics
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Otani provides an estimated contract amount for real estate companies throughout Japan with one click on a map, through their service, GEEO. One account on GEEO Pro. is JPY 5400 per month. The company entered into a business alliance with Liaison Architects that provides total support for real estate investment. It launched research into optimized technology for calculating the most efficient real estate investment portfolio, and providing a visualization of yield per building for individual investors. In July 2016, the company released an estimated official land price with 92% accuracy. The company was awarded the 2015 design prize and the Open Data App prize by the Minister of Public Management.
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  • 9 Torus

    URL
    http://www.torus.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    unknown
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Torus operates an IT consulting service specializing in real estate and finance. The company collects and analyzes information from real-estate registrations, and provides sales and marketing information based on the data. By supporting non-core work for the marketing of financial institutions and real estate, it helps in not only finding potential customers, but also in contributing to cost reduction.
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  • 10 Now Cast

    URL
    http://www.nowcast.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    NowcaSTats
    Total Equity Funding
    unknown
    Investor
    The subsidiary of Finatext
    Description
    By utilizing Big Data, Now Cast developed economic statistics with a degree of accuracy that had not previously been feasible, to measure the base of economic trends. The company provides their own economic index, Nikkei CPIMow, to financial institutions, public officials, thinktanks, and other companies, and offers consultation based on their economic research. The tool for Nikei CPINow was developed through the commodity price research of the UTokyo daily price project, led by Professor Tsutomu Watanabe from the University of Tokyo Department of Economics. In August 2016, the company became integrated with Finatext, and Now Cast become a wholly owned subsidiary of Finatext.
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  • 11 Leeways Inc.

    URL
    https://leeways.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Gate
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 240 million/unknown
    Investor
    Vector, GAIA Enterprise limited, PULLUP, Hallohallo Home Inc., Sugashita Partners, K&P Partners, SHIFT, NOS Ventures LLC
    Description
    Leeways provides an asset value simulation service, "Gate," which can estimate cash flow and sales prices of real-estate property based on statistical data analyzed by an AI. The strength of the service lies in how it delivers the highest level of accuracy, calculating future cash flow and sales price with an AI that has learned from data on over 3000 real-estate transactions (the margin of error is 5.8%). The customer base for the service comes from existing dealers in the industry. Unlike their competitors, their business structure is such that the source of earnings comes from the intermediate fee between investors who are looking for real-estate property and real-estate dealers.
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  • 12 Rei-Frontier Inc.

    URL
    https://www.rei-frontier.jp/
    Service/Product
    SilentLog Analytics, SilentLog, SCOPAR
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 140 million/Seed
    Investor
    Samurai Incubate, Netplus.com, Inclusion Japan,Inc., Adways Co., Ltd., Mizuho Capital, IID, Iwagin Jigyo Souzou Capital Co.,Ltd. Energy & Environment Investment, Inc.
    Description
    Rei Frontier develops and provides an activity information analysis called "SilentLog Analytics," a life log record for individuals called "SilentLog," and an AR App for smartphones, "LIVE SCOPAR." SilentLog Analysis is a user activity analytic service utilizing AI. It enables users to track someone specific, measure mobility information, and create a visualization. Furthermore, the AI can analyze length of stride and activity patterns, confirming the person's gender and age, occupation, residence, and formulate a persona.
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