We Invest in Breakthrough Technologies Linked to Artificial Intelligence

  • AI^Human™ is an early stage VC fund investing in breakthrough technologies linked to Artificial Intelligence. We specialise in companies that generate, control and learn from unique data sources. Sectors include Healthcare, Life Sciences, AgTech, Automation, FoodTech, FinTech and EduTech.


    Our focus extends to companies with hardware applications, including robotics, computer vision, sensor networks and drones, and companies with deep technologies that improve AI performance. We also look generally at companies that have new AI-enabled business models that are transforming industries.


    The AI^Human fund is backed by Japanese & other global firms who are providing an anchor of $AU10M, targeting a fund size of $AU200M. These global anchors value the rapid growth strategy of the fund: Australian companies that are US similar, at superb value, with unique IP, comprehensive access to deals, co-investment, Japanese uplift, Asian uplift, and global exits. First close is expected in Q3, 2018. At least 80% of capital will be deployed in Australia.


    Australian AI is World Class. The universities are amongst the very best and boast one of the world’s highest acceptance rates for academic papers in AI. There are a plethora of excellent companies whose valuations are more attractive than China or Silicon Valley. These companies often receive large non-dilutionary grants & rebates.


    The AI^Human fund is registered in Victoria. The Fund Manager is InterValley Ventures P/L, registered in Queensland. Queensland is particularly strong in AI ventures, including agricultural robotics. This is reflected in their strategic alliance with Softbank.

  • Global Team Members

    Jun Hosoya

    General Partner

    Jun Hosoya has more than 30 years of investment and 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.



    MBA, University of Chicago; BA, Rikkyo University


    Simon Wright

    General Partner
    Asia Pacific & Europe

    From the UK, Simon Wright has extensive experience within entrepreneurial environments. For more than twenty years he held CEO positions within the Virgin Group working closely with Sir Richard Branson and was a member of the Investment Committee for the Group.


    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, and recently worked with Bridgepoint Capital on a USD1.1bn exit, achieving a 2.5x return in less than two years.


    Simon is based in Melbourne, Australia. Having started, grown and exited businesses in all parts of the world this gives him perspective on requirements to successfully globalise businesses.


    Simon has worked on Boards across a range of sectors allowing him to work effectively with portfolio companies.



    Sheffield Business School, Finance; Chartered Institute (ACMA); GAICD


    Richard Lawson


    Richard Lawson is an investor and data scientist with a deep background as quantitative investor and researcher. Throughout his career he has specialised in the application of artificial intelligence to managing investments within capital markets.


    Richard has extensive experience implementing the quant-data pipeline and building multi-factor quantitative stock selection models in a global setting. Richard started his career on the sell side at top tier firms such as JPMorgan and Macquarie, then broadened to funds management and hedge funds.


    At Schroder Investment, Richard was in a team managing more than USD 40 billion. His role was to invest in globally listed companies based on mathematical models of company and industry characteristics. Richard lectures at Macquarie University on quantitative investing and quantitative techniques for deal evaluation.



    BSc (Hons), University of Sydney; MCom (Funds Mgmt), University of New South Wales; MAICD

    Yasushi Kuroda

    Venture 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.


    Yasu is married to an Australian. He 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

    Doron Ben-Meir

    Venture Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee

    As founding CEO of Commercialisation Australia (now Accelerating Commercialisation), Doron contributed to incubating over 500 seed to early stage ventures in a unique, government led ecosystem. He is highly regarded in Australia and beyond.

    Doron Chairs University of Melbourne Commercial Ltd and is a Board member of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, California. Doron was also a member of the Federal Government’s Entrepreneur Program Committee which makes recommendations for funding under Accelerating Commercialisation and other programs. His continuous involvement in the program spanned seven years, from conception to maturity.

    Prior to these positions, Doron spent 20 years as a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He received a B.Sc (Math and Physics) and B.E (Electronics and Computer Science Hons) from Monash University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
    Doron is chairman of InterValley’s Investment Committee.



    BSc, Monash University; BEng (Hons), Monash University

    * “Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance”.


    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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