Hard cash from SoftBank

SoftBank is a bit like Willy Wonka.

Companies lucky enough to pique the interest of the Japanese bank could find themselves catapulted into a different world overnight. A world that could see their fortunes change and businesses boom at the click of a pen.

Since the creation of a $100bn pool of cash reserved for tech called the Vision Fund in October 2016, SoftBank has taken companies under its wing and injected eye‑watering sums of money into them to create a collection of unicorn companies – 37% of firms listed under the