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16th April 2018

Space BD Inc.

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Space BD Raises $1.9million Funding

To Be a Comprehensive Services Provider in Low Earth
Orbitby Utilization of the International Space Station

 

Tokyo – April 16th 2018 - SpaceBD, a private space start-up company based in Japan, announced today that it raised $1.9 million*funding. The financing will be used to develop a robust team of both engineering and business development, to become an integrated service provider in low earth orbit. The funding was provided by Japanese venture capital companies, Incubate Fundand Anniversaire Holdings, and it’s a 2nd fundraising in 7 months. *Based on USD/JPY exchange rate on 13th April 2018.

 

Space BD was founded in September 2017 with a mission to contribute to make space industry a sustainable industry to advance the presence of human beings inspace. Since its foundation, the company has been offering integrated project management service to provide one-stop solution for the launch campaign to customers. The service includes identifying the right launch opportunity with suitable schedule and orbit, and handling all required interface integration, safety criteria review, transportation and logistics, and contract management.

 

Furthermore, the company aims to lead the commercialization of low earth orbit by focusing on the utilization of International Space Station(“ISS”), especially the Japanese “Kibo” module, which can offer satellite deployment and experiments on both internal and external platforms. In order to strengthen this goal, Space BD has built up global partnerships with in the industry, which include the partnership with Nano Racks, where the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding(“MOU”) for potential strategic partnership in March 2018. This far reaching partnership involves both current space station programs and next generation in-space services to fully utilize Japanese and American in–space assets in a commercial fashion.

 

Tohru Akaura – General Partner, Incubate Fund

TohruAkaura–General Partner, Incubate Fund

Incubate fund is the largest venture capital firm in Japan conducting seed investments for start-ups in incubation phase. We highly value SpaceBD’s achievements and their future potential since its founding, and for this reason, we decided to provide additional investment following the last one in Oct 2017.We will continue to give Space BD our full support inrealizing their ambition in space business and further expansion of their business.

Masamitsu Aoki –CEO, Anniversaire Holdings

Masamitsu Aoki –CEO, Anniversaire Holdings

We decided to move forward with the investment as we have been paying a great attention to Space BD since its founding. We believe space business has a huge potential to fuse with consumer business, such as food, clothing, entertainment and education, for greater market expansion. Taking these potential synergy effects into account, we will continue to support SpaceBD’s ambitions.

■Comments from the Representatives
Masatoshi Nagasaki –Co-Founder & CEO, Space BD Inc

Space BD株式会社 代表取締役社長 永崎 将利

To develop an industry, I believe it’s essential to have a service provider that can work together with the technology and innovation. “The final human frontier” is at a crucial phase of whether it can be come a full-fledged industry, and we, Space BD, will strive to contribute to the development of the space industry as our main, earnest mission.
I highly appreciate and am humbled for the support from the two gentlemen whom I truly respect and trust, and have been supporting us since our founding.

 


 

■About Incubate Fund

GeneralPartners Tohru Akaura, Masahiko Homma,
Keisuke Wada, Yusuke Murata
Location ARK Mori Building 3F,1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founded 2010
URL www.incubatefund.com

 

■About Anniversaire Holdings

Management Masamitsu Aoki, CEO
Location 3-5-25, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Capital Stock JPY100million

 

■About Space BD

Company Name Space BD Inc.
Management Co-Founder & CEO / Masatoshi (Masa) Nagasaki
Head Quarter AIOS Ginza 6th floor, 8-17-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN
Founded September 1st 2017
(Changed name from Nagasaki & Co., Ltd which had been founded on 5th September 2014)
Capital Stock JPY309million
(after the transaction and including capital reserves)
URL http://space-bd.com/en/
Mail for more info info@space-bd.com

 

■Inquiry About This News

Ms. Noguchi, Space BD Inc.
Mail: info@space-bd.com

 

 

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