株式会社テックベンチャー総研

TVRI's mission

We here at Tech Venture are a group of professionals made up of experts with backgrounds in media, venture capital, and scientific writing.

Following our motto of connecting society with technology to make the impossible possible,” we help find solutions for investors by providing simple, straightforward explanations of new technologies.

Do you struggle with any of the following when considering investment into Japanese startup companies?

  • There are technologies that you are interested in, but you just dont have the time or budget to go all the way to Japan.
  • You just want to save time and money spent on gathering information.
  • You were approached with a venture capital investment opportunity, but couldnt reach any decisions with the language barrier and/or the complexity of the technology.
  • You want to know about the best venture capital investment opportunities before any other companies.
  • You want to broaden your search for venture capital investment opportunities in Japan, but lack the channels for gaining such information.
  • You want to search for venture capital investment opportunities with technologies that would have synergistic effects with your company, but just dont know where to look.
  • You are interested in cutting-edge research at Japanese universities, but dont have the time or resources to search.

We can help with any of these!

Why are we able to help?

universities in Japan. We are in constant exchange of information with many companies, including startups that originated from universities, and so we have a wealth of tech information at our disposal.

On top of that, we can translate descriptions of even the most complex of technologies into simple, straightforward terms for investors. Our staff members at the Tech Venture Research Institute all have extensive track records in writing and editing copyrights and articles.

With such experience, we fully utilize our skills in conveying even the most complex of technologies in simple terms, our deep knowledge and expertise in screening technologies from an investors perspective, and our ability to gather information through an expansive professional network. Backed by these three pillars, our eye for the best provides a service that not only serves to source technologies to investors and reach those places you have been itching for, but we also believe these services will ultimately contribute toward innovations for society and a brighter future.

Six reasons why companies and investors choose the Tech Venture Research Institute:

①Our partnerships with universities and research labs in Japan means fast information.

→We can get technology information delivered directly from the source faster than anybody else.

The Tech Venture Research Institute has robust connections with the research labs of national public and private universities in Japan. Rather than simply picking up information from the internet, we go directly to the source so that we can always provide you with information that is constantly being updated. By expanding our relationships with universities, we are able to readily provide information on university-founded startups. There are many revolutionary technologies and solutions from the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, as well as any other university in Japan.

②We dig up unreleased technologies from all over Japan through our own proprietary channels.

→We can gain rare, unreleased information ahead of other companies!

Tech Venture doesnt stop at universities. Many investors likely get information on startups from their own professional networks. However, each of those networks probably have areas of technology that they just cannot cover for. We gather information that range from publicly available information given during sales pitch meetings to information gained through our own unique, unmatchable proprietary channels. Our strengths particularly shine in our collection of information from all regions of Japan, such as the Kansai region, something often overlooked by those located in Tokyo.

③Our expertise in selecting the best out of a massive amount of information.

→Major savings in costs and time spent on information sourcing

The Tech Venture Research Institute only picks out the “shining gems” from all of the accumulated information for technologies and solutions and delivers them to investors in our own Tech Venture Report (TV Report). This allows for large savings in costs and time over expanding professional networks and employing new information sourcing personnel.

④The straightforward TV Reports are a breeze to read.

→Investment decisions can be made on frontline information, cutting out needless tasks.

Information contained in the TV Reports is not collected through search on the web. All information is collected directly by our highly experienced Tech Venture Research Institute reporters. By engaging deeply in rich dialogue with scientific researchers, our reporters are able to gain deep insights into the details of each technology. Additionally, our staff members use their journalistic expertise to the fullest extent in providing investors with this information in highly succinct and straightforward terms.

The items published in the TV Report are checked and reviewed time and time again by professional investors, narrowed down to only crucial information of the most optimal amounts. In addition, financing needs are also specified. For a single venture capital investment opportunity, readers should be able to gain an understanding of the technology details, future potential, and financing needs within three minutes. We receive positive reviews from busy investors about how the reports are just so easy to read and understand.

The TV Reports contain the complete information required for making investment decisions. These reports are sufficient for deciding whether or not your company should arrange an appointment just by showing your supervisor. The TV Report can make setting up unnecessary appointments a thing of the past.

⑤ We also issue English and Chinese editions! Nearly all areas of needs covered!

→Expedite your production of documents for making decisions about investments!

The Tech Venture Research Institute has nearly all areas of investor needs covered!

The largest strength of the TV Report is its availability in both English and Chinese editions. Save a great deal of time that would be required to produce internal documents for investment decisions by copying and pasting information from TV Reports.

⑥Collect the tech information you need quick and easy

→TV Accelerator

We here at the Tech Venture Research Institute do not simply provide a one-way service in which we only send out information. We can also search for the tech information your company desires.

Lets say theres a certain kind of technology that your company wants right now, something that is sure to have synergy with your companys business. Thats when you can let the Tech Venture Research Institute know about the kind of technology you need. Well then contact universities and startups all over Japan all at once about the technology you seek and inform you about any technologies for which we receive responses. And just like that, you will be able to gather information about technologies that would be synergistic with your companys business, all without the efforts and costs.

Filling in the gaps for investor needs means that investors can greatly reduce the time spent on researching and sourcing investment information, and focus on other work.

Business owners who are seriously considering investing but cant afford sourcing staff can now source information at a lower cost than employing such personnel.

We can also source tech information that is advantageous for carving out a new business.

The Tech Venture Research Institute is an information trading company membership service. Members can take advantage of the following services at no extra cost.

①Have access to the TV Report every month. Each report contains investment information on dozens of companies.

There seem to be many investors seeking to invest in startup companies by searching for information through the internet or even through word of mouth. Although some of those cases do lead to investment agreements, many of those investors become overwhelmed in gathering additional information before reaching the decision to carry out investment.

The Tech Venture Research Institute delivers carefully selected information from our extensive collection of information on startup companies and cutting-edge research from universities summarized by the dozens every month in the TV Report. Information listed in our TV Reports is entirely and collected directly from the scientific researchers of the startup or research lab by our own reporters.

While TV Reports are anonymized reports that maintain confidentiality for startups, they contain the complete set of information crucial for considering investments, including the following:

  • Straightforward details about the technology
  • Practicality and applicability of the technology
  • The financing plan of the business or university research lab
  • Analysis of risk factors such as competition.

Additionally, because TV Reports are read not only by Japanese investors, but also by Western and Asian member investors in countries such as China, we have the reports available in English and Chinese editions in addition to the Japanese edition.

Please follow the links below to request a TV Report sample or Tech Venture Research Institute materials, or to contact the Tech Venture Research Institute with any inquiries.

②Access to the "TV Accelerator” to recruit information for the technologies your company wants.

Please let us know if there is a certain kind of technology that your company wants and is sure to have synergy with your companys business. Well contact universities and startups all over Japan all at once about the technology you seek and inform you about any technologies for which we receive responses.

Conducting a startup accelerator independently requires a considerable amount of time and money, entailing internal preparations and arrangements with subcontracting companies for advertisements and events, not to mention holding the actual events. However, with TV Accelerator, all it takes is letting us know what kind of technology you seek. And just like that, you can save both time and money.

Additionally, since we inquire with universities all over Japan, the chances of finding the type of technology that your company seeks also increases. This means that you can reliably gather information on technologies that are synergistic with your company without spending money and energy.

Follow the links below to inquire about TV Accelerator, request Tech Venture Research Institute materials, or to contact us with any other inquiries.

③Access to the TV Value Boost service to revitalize affiliate companies (or financed companies for banks).

 Business performance of the company we want to invest in is shaky, even though it could excel if it just had financing…

 Business performance of the company we want to invest in is shaky, even though it could excel if it just had this certain technology…

Would you happen to have any concerns like these?

Let the Tech Venture Research Institute know if you do!

If financing is required, we will release information to other member companies and check whether there are other companies that would like to invest. We will contact your company as soon as there are there are other companies interested in investing.

If a certain kind of technology is required, we will release the information to universities and startups and recruit for technologies. We will then send you information about the technologies for which we receive responses.

With TV Value Boost, we aim to create an ecosystem that supports companies that struggle to independently achieve strong performance even though they could excel if they just had a helping hand from other companies.

Follow the links below to inquire about TV Value Boost, request Tech Venture Research Institute materials, or to contact us with any other inquiries.

④ We have the following members-only services for all member investors.

▽TV Report Pro

There are likely many investors who start considering investing when reading the TV Reports, but may feel that We cant go to Japan just for one investment opportunity. We want to know more detailed information.

The Tech Venture Research Institute has you covered with the TV Report PRO.

Not only do these reports detail the business and specialty of each companys technology, it also includes insights about the company owner, analysis of company risk factors (including not only its technology but also a wide range of considerations, such as its business management and financial systems), reviews from third-party experts who specialize in the specific technology, as well as the companys financing plan. Analysis from Tech Venture Research Institute reporters is also included.

English and Chinese versions are available. Feel free to contact us.

The Tech Venture Research Institute members-only service offers more!

Meeting appointment arrangements (free for the first three companies)

  Support through the entire investment process (additional charges may apply)

Venture tours of different categories (contact us regarding fees) →We receive requests from overseas investors who want to see a number of startups or research labs in one visit. You can leave all the scheduling and arrangements to the Tech Venture Research Institute. In fact, there are many scientific researchers who want us to show their technologies to overseas investors.

Customized Research (contact us regarding fees) →Do any of you investors lack the time to look further into a certain company you are considering investing in, but arent comfortable with requesting someone else to do the research? Setting up appointments, holding meetings, writing up reports…it all takes so much time. You can leave that all up to the Tech Venture Research Institute and its sharp eyes for solid insight. In just a 1-2 minute phone call letting us know what information youd like and when you would like it by, we can prepare a report for you similar to the TV Report PRO, including information such as details about the technology and company owner obtained through direct interviews, reviews from third-party experts, financing plan details, as well as analysis by Tech Venture Research Institute reporters. You can gain sound, reliable information while saving significant time and energy.

*We also provide support for other various tasks and matters through to making the investment. Please feel free to contact us for more details.

● For those interested in our services, please download our materials and complete the inquiry form. Calls are also welcome. We will contact you in response to your inquiry.

● To apply for Tech Venture Research Institute membership, please download our materials and complete the inquiry form. Calls are also welcome. After an inquiry has been submitted, we will contact you with further instructions.

A1: Please contact us directly by phone. We will promptly send you the materials through the method of your choice, such as by email or parcel.

A2: The telephone reception hours are  AM through  PM. Please call during the reception hours. Our website inquiry form can be submitted anytime 24/7. We will quickly respond to your inquiries.

Our Team

Representative Director/CEO

Kazuomi Yamaguchi

With half of his career spent at the frontlines of media production, CEO Yamaguchi builds upon a colorfully rich and diverse professional network within the industry. As a reporter he has 30 years of experience and was formally the editor in chief for the Asahi Weekly. At The Asahi Shimbun Company, he authored articles on a wide range of topics from politics, economy and finance to sports and entertainment. He took office as the 41st editor in chief for the Asahi Weekly in November 2005. In April 2011, he became head of the Sales Division as Sales Director, and has since taken on a number of management positions at the newspaper company.

Representative Director/COO

Shoichiro Kawano

Born 1967 in Tokyo, Japan. Joined The Asahi Shimbun Company after graduating from Waseda Universitys School of Law, and went to Afghanistan in November 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. After being based in the Osaka and Tokyo headquarters, became deputy editor in chief of Asahi Shimbuns AERA magazine in 2006. While being an editor for the weekly magazine, was also in charge as editor for books and supplementary editions ranging in topics from politics to entertainment.

Director

Masayuki Kaminaga

Born 1974 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Joined a consulting firm after graduating from Waseda Universitys School of Political Science and Economics. Later he joined Aozora Bank (formerly Nippon Credit Bank) and became part of the headquarters Sales Division.

He then worked with venture capital when he later joined ORIX Capital. In 2007 he established his own company Future Design Co., Ltd. (for which he still serves as CEO), applying his experience in management consulting and finance (investment and lending) to support startups.

Director

Yutaka Okoshi

Born 1974 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from the First Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Waseda University, he gained experience in advertisement sales for an environment business magazine before becoming a launching staff member of the Henshu Kaigi (Editing Meeting) publishing and web editing specialist magazine. He then later became an editor at a startup publishing company. In 2011 he relocated to the Kansai region of Japan as an independent writer and has since formed the Team Pascal group, which specializes in the editing and writing of scientific content.

Editor in Chief

Masatsugu Kayahara

Born 1976. Attended Kanagawa Prefectural Shōnan High School and graduated from Kyoto Universitys School of Law. After starting his career in NTT West and Hewlett-Packard Japan, he went on into the content production business. With a focus of on natural science as well as science and engineering products, he also works with a wide range of areas, including humanities, history, social science, and biographic