Leveraging early stage Australian technology companies into the Japanese market
Kepler Analytics - Melbourne
AI platform for brick-and-mortar retail managers that collects and analyses customer behaviour data to recommend actions that effectively grow sales.
Why we like them
Kepler’s in-store sensors help retailers to better understand and optimise how customers experience their store environment, providing a digital interface to the physical retail environment and enabling better data-driven decision-making capabilities across a range of business areas. InterValley will actively assist their global expansion with focus on Japan.
Myriota - Adelaide
Global leaders in low-cost, low-power, secure direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things.
Why we like them
Myriota are leading this sector of New Space with the most advanced satellite communications for remote and urban IoT devices avoiding the need to use cellular networks. Their existing nano-satellite constellation is the most well developed with clear plans to optimise global coverage and facilitate real time communications anywhere on Earth.
Baraja - Sydney
Self-driving is hard. Baraja has invented a new type of LiDAR called Spectrum-Scan™ which delivers the highest performance available to address the challenge of self-driving cars. Baraja is a rapidly growing start-up, with a revolutionary LiDAR for self-driving vehicles.
Why we like them
Baraja are at the cutting edge of Autonomous driving technology. Equally the strong relevance of this sector to Japan and with Hitachi as a co investor it made Baraja and ideal investment for InterValley.
XY Sense - Melbourne
XY Sense is a next generation occupancy sensor that helps companies unlock live, 100% anonymous data to futureproof the way they plan, use and monitor office space.
Why we like them
XY Sense have a proven track record and have built on previous experience in this sector to solve and answer office space planning challenges which is ever more relevant as the world's population returns to working in offices post pandemic
Quintessence Labs - Canberra
Quintessence Labs offers the strongest security foundation for data. This includes centralized enterprise key and policy management, a high-speed true random number generator, an integrated hardware security module, and highly secure encryption for data in uncontrolled environments.
Why we like them
QuintessenceLabs’ portfolio of modular security products addresses the most difficult security challenges facing organizations, helping implement robust security strategies to protect data today and in the future.
Global Team Members
Founding General Partner, CEO Japan
Jun Hosoya has more than 30 years of investment management experience across Japan and the USA, including 46 venture investments. His many successful exits include 8 IPO’s, 6 M&A transactions and 3 trade sales.
Jun was the founding member and Managing Director of INCJ (Innovation Network Corporation) in 2009, a Japanese VC fund with an AUM of USD 20 billion. At INCJ Jun was responsible for investment and management of early stage innovation companies. Jun also launched the Life Science IP Fund and MedVenture Partners, an incubation fund for medical devices.
Prior to INCJ, Jun was a Partner for Apax Globis, a VC fund in Tokyo, where he led the Technology Investment Team. Prior to that Jun was International Portfolio Manager for NED, responsible for managing investments in Silicon Valley.
Jun has served as COO and has been a board director for numerous portfolio companies in early stage, pre-IPO and post-IPO stages. Jun is currently the Charter Member of TiE Japan.
MBA, University of Chicago; BA, Rikkyo University
Founding General Partner Asia Pacific & Europe
From the UK, Simon Wright has extensive experience within entrepreneurial environments. For nearly 20 years he held CEO and CFO positions within the Virgin Group working closely with Sir Richard Branson.
As well as working alongside many entrepreneurs, Simon also brings extensive deal experience having directly managed exits over USD$1bn in value with Virgin. Since then Simon has worked with some of the largest Private Equity firms in the Europe and the USA, most recently working with Bridgepoint Capital.
Simon was responsible for the Virgin Group's operations in Japan over a 10 year period including successfully managing the launch of two start up businesses in Japan.
Simon has deep experience in starting, growing and exiting businesses in all parts of the world, and worked on boards across a range of sectors, affording him perspective on requirements to successfully globalise businesses.
Simon is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Sheffield Business School, Finance; Chartered Institute of Accountants (ACMA); GAICD
General Partner, Representative of New Frontier Capital Management Japan
Shigeki is CEO of NFCM Hong Kong and Executive Vice President of NFCM, with extensive experience as an Investment Committee member and representative of New Frontier Capital Management of various global funds including Cybernaut New Frontier Venture Fund (China VC), CMH Growth Fund (China PE) and Tata Capital Growth Fund I & II (India PE).
Shigeki previously served as Head of Investment Department at Mizuho Securities for 7 years and was responsible for the Private Equity fund business of Mizuho Securities. He has worked in the Tokyo and New York offices of the Mizuho group and has approximately 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Cross-border M&A, Capital Markets and PE Fund Management.
Shigeki was also Head of Fund working Group at the Investment Banking Unit of Mizuho Financial Group., and has been the CEO of NFCM Hong Kong and Executive Vice President of NFCM since 2015.
BA in Economics, University of Tokyo.
Founding Partner Japan & Australia
Yasu Kuroda has more than 15 years experience in venture investment and venture incubation. His portfolio includes 10 high-tech ventures. Yasu’s successful exits include 1 IPO and 4 M&A’s, with other investments still running. He was previously Deputy General Manager of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, a USD 200 million VC.
Yasu has a strong background in leadership development, coaching, and organizational development, which he now brings to his role as an investor. He has served as board director for numerous early stage companies. Leveraging his HR skills, Yasu has engaged in value-add and turnaround strategies for various portfolio companies. He was instrumental in core hires & building the management team of the company that has already gone to IPO.
Being married to an Australian, Yasu has a solid network within Australia’s innovation ecosystem including with Austrade, local VC’s and as a member of the expert network for the government scheme ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’.
MBA, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Keio University
Chair of Investment Committee Australia
Doron was the founding CEO of Commercialisation Australia (Federal Government) and subsequently the founding Director of the Entrepreneurs Programme. In these roles he contributed to supporting over 500 seed to early stage ventures by investing over $350m and building a unique government-led ecosystem. His continuous involvement in the program spanned seven years, from conception to maturity. He is highly regarded in Australia and beyond.
Prior to these positions, Doron spent 20 years as a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur, having co-founded 6 technology companies and invested-in and/or managed several others.
For the last 5 years, Doron was the Vice President (Enterprise) at the University of Melbourne, where he co-founded BioCurate Pty Ltd, was Chairman of University of Melbourne Commercial Ltd, and represented the University on the Board of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, California.
Doron is Chair of InterValley’s Investment Committee.
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Professor Toby Walsh
Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales, research group leader at Data61, guest Professor at Technical University of Berlin, external Professor of the Department of Information Science at Uppsala University and an honorary fellow of the School of Informatics at Edinburgh University. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the European Coordinating Committee for AI
Professor Fabio Ramos
Fabio Ramos is an Professor in machine learning and robotics at the School of Information Technologies, and co-director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and received numerous best paper awards. His research focuses on statistical machine learning techniques for large-scale data fusion with applications in robotics, mining, environmental monitoring and healthcare
John Lee, M.D.
John Tsung-Chun Lee, M.D.is a Taiwanese physician scientist turned entrepreneur in medical technologies, trained in Taiwan (NTU), Japan (Keio), and US (Stanford/Silicon Valley). John teaches Medtech, Biodesign & entrepreneurship at major Taiwanese universities.
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