Japan start-ups see hope on horizon

Hampered by cautious investors and a rigid corporate culture, Japan has produced just a handful of major start-ups. But there are signs that could be changing, industry insiders say.

Despite being the world’s third-largest economy, Japan is far behind the United States and China when it comes to producing “unicorns” — new comapnies valued at more than $1 billion in private funding.

There are nearly 500 unicorns worldwide, from Silicon Valley rental giant Airbnb to Bytedance, TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company.

But only four of these firms are Japanese, according to the latest list compiled by US analytics platform CB Insights.

“Relative to its GDP, Japan should have at least 50 to 60 unicorns,” said Gen Isayama, head of World Innovation Lab, a California-based company that provides advice and capital to start-ups, with a focus on Japan.

“In Japan, innovation efforts have always been led by big corporations,” he explained, with

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Horizon Technology Finance Provides Third Quarter 2020 Portfolio Update

– Originates $16.0 Million of New Loans –

– Positive Liquidity Events of $45 Million Demonstrate Earnings Strength of Portfolio –

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) (“Horizon,” “We,” “Our” or the “Company”), a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and sustainability industries, today provided its portfolio update for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

“We successfully originated $16 million of loans, including to two new portfolio companies, despite the protracted economic and health challenges,” said Gerald A. Michaud, President of Horizon. “We remain committed to taking a selective investment approach by investing in companies that offer advanced and unique technological capabilities, have ample liquidity, and experienced and strong management and investors. In addition, $43 million of prepayment

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