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NordicNinja, the largest Japanese fund in Europe and a member of the Tech Tour Investors Club, has just announced their new €200 million fund. The VC firm invests in companies at the crossroads of addressing the world's major challenges, with an emphasis on climate tech, deeptech, and digital society. This fund will allocate investments in Series A rounds, ranging from $3 million to $5 million. 


Their first €100 million fund was primarily focused on mobility and transportation, addressing the global carbon footprint. Founded in 2019, NordicNinja has an impressive track record of 20 successful investments so far, including three unicorns such as Einride, Bolt, and Veriff. Previously backing diverse technologies, from autonomous electric trucks to city-focused climate toolkits and from AI-based identification to Mars astronaut training, with Fund II they aim to amplify their support for founders focusing on sustainability and digital innovations. 


NordicNinja sees vast potential for digitalisation in various sectors that also address the pressing demand for sustainable solutions. They are committed to investing in companies at this juncture, targeting the world's most significant challenges such as climate change and healthcare crisis.  


“Collaboration on a global scale is at the heart of this fund, building bridges of knowledge, experience and ambition so that we can become greater than the sum of our parts and create a better world to live in for all,” said Shinichi Nikkuni, Managing Partner at NordicNinja. 


Having a seasoned Japanese-European team consisting of founders, engineers, and former operators now turned investors, the VC firm offers European entrepreneurs access to a global network of over 120 Japanese large corporations. Responding to growing demand, the company is broadening its operations to the UK, Ireland, and Benelux countries, while reinforcing its presence in the Nordics and the Baltics. 


NordicNinja perceives Northern Europe as the cradle of leaders essential for driving global sustainability, given the region's history of digital innovation and major company development. By connecting these leaders with Japan's vast investor and corporate networks at the critical Series A stage, the VC firm aims to foster responsible innovation and establish itself as a globally conscious, responsible fund for Europe. 


“Both [Japan and Europe] have company-building legacies, an appetite for innovation and understanding of the need to take care of the planet. NordicNinja is a bridge that turns these shared interests into common goals, bringing two of the world’s biggest ecosystems together for the benefit of us all,” said Tomosaku Sohara, Managing Partner at NordicNinja. 


The lead investor in this fund is the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC), a Japanese financial institution promoting international economic cooperation. Notable European backers are BaltCap and Swedbank pension funds. Honda and Omron, who previously invested in Fund I, continue their support. 



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