Japanese asset management startup WealthNavi raises $15M
总部设在东京的WealthNavi提供以技术为基础的资产管理服务，服务与公司同名。近日，WealthNavi宣布获得15亿日元（约1500万美元）B轮融资。参与此轮投资的公司有SBI Holdings、SBI Investment、Mizuho Capital、SMBC Venture Capital、DBJ Capital及Infinity Venture Partners。
此外，这家创业公司与SBI Holdings的两家子公司SBI securities及Sumishin SBI Net Bank均有合作，向SBI的260万在线银行客户及360万股票交易客户提供机器建议服务。此次融资意味着自2015年4月成立以来，WealthNavi融资总额已达21亿日元（约2100万美元）。
众所周知，SBI Group大力协助日本各地地区银行和信用社接受金融科技服务，这些机构通常很小，没有太多资源，不像大银行紧随新潮流。通过与金融集团SBI Group合作，WealthNavi预计也将接触到这些区域机构拥有的大量潜在客户。
Tokyo-based WealthNavi, the company offering a technology-based asset management service under the same name, announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised 1.5 billion yen (about $15 million) in a series B round. Participating companies in this round were SBI Holdings, SBI Investment, Mizuho Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, DBJ Capital, and Infinity Venture Partners.
Additionally, the startup has partnered with SBI securities and Sumishin SBI Net Bank, both of which are subsidiaries of SBI Holdings, to offer the robo-advisory service to SBI’s 2.6 million online banking customers plus 3.6 million stock trading customers. This funding means that the company has fundraised a total of 2.1 billion yen (about $21 million) since the company’s launch back in April of 2015.
WealthNavi offers a cloud-based robo-advisory service that helps middle-income people better locate diversified investments internationally. The service was officially launched in July this year.
It is said that SBI Group has been massively helping regional banks and credit unions nationwide in Japan adopt FinTech services since they are typically small and have few resources to catch up with the new trend unlike typical megabanks. Through the partnership with the financial conglomerate, WealthNavi also expects to gain an access to a huge base of potential customers that these regional institutions posses.