Monthly Update April 2019 (Tokyo)

1. Medical XR, HoloEyes (Season 8) raised 250M Yen (2.3M USD) for series A follow-on

HoloEyes, which provides VR and MR service focused on medical field such as surgical simulation for surgeons, announced the fundraising of 250M yen from SBI Investment, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital and Mizuho Capital. With the capital, HoloEyes plans to provide its product HoloEyesXR as a medical device, which has been offered as miscellaneous item, and to launch education service for medical staff to utilize VR and MR.
https://thebridge.jp/2019/04/holoeyes-series-a2-round-funding (in Japanese)
https://holoeyes.jp/en/

2. Indoor drone, Liberaware (Season 9) fundraised pre-series A round of 130M Yen (1.2M USD)

Liberaware provides rental service of indoor inspection drone. The startup raised 130 million yen from Drone Fund and FFG Venture Fund. Its super small drone would increase safety and reduce work time of inspection for chimney, boiler, under the roof, inside of duct and pipe. Liberaware will accelerate development and implementation of the service using the capital.
https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000012.000031759.html (in Japanese)
http://liberaware.co.jp/index.html

3. Automated Machine Learning, MoBagel (Season 6) raised 150M NTD (4.9M USD) for series A

MoBagel’s Decanter AI is an expert system that delivers fast, easy, accurate, and interpretable automated machine learning for enterprises. Decanter AI solves real-world business challenges across industries such as banking, insurance, retail, manufacturing, telecom, and government. In each industry, Decanter AI tackles specific problems using automated machine learning to reduce the costs of data analysis while extracting actionable intelligence from enterprise data.
The financing was led by Wistron, a major Taiwanese ODM for ICT products, and other investors include Qunyi Ventures, First Venture capital and angels.
https://buzzorange.com/techorange/2019/04/12/mobagel-wistron-digital-technology/ (in Chinese)
https://mobagel.com/

4. PicoCELA (Season 11) installed outdoor distributed edge computing network in 5 Hectare of Gala Yuzawa snow resort

Supported by JR East Startup, PicoCELA implemented advanced outdoor edge computing network in a ski resort operated by Gala Yuzawa, a group company of East Japan Railway Company Group. In the 5 Hectare of large scale ski area, PicoCELA’s edge computers and its cloud management system, PicoManager enable survey automation and monitoring of traffic of people, which allows to analyze visitors’ behavior by the segment such as nationality, age, and gender. At the same time, visitors can use wireless LAN which is installed with less than one tenth of implementation cost than conventional methods.
https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000023.000035736.html (in Japanese)
https://www.picocela.com/en/

5. J:COM, Japanese MVNO starts to provide Mago Channel, device to share video and photo with grand parents’ TV provided by Chikaku (Season 7)

Mago Channel lets users to send photos and videos to the TV of their family living separately. J:COM provides various services including cable TV, J:COM TV and MVNO service, J:COM MOBILE. With the partnership, it provides 5.48 million households of J:COM users around the country with Mago Channel service for 1,480 yen per month and free for the device itself.
https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000896.000007676.html (in Japanese)
https://www.mago-ch.com/