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Empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs to never settle, to dare to pursue new blue ocean opportunities, and to build impactful ventures that solve global challenges
Partners / Venture Partners
After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, Yuichi worked at companies such as RenRen and F-code, before then founding Otsumu in 2010. From 2015, he supported various accelerator programs (such as the program with Asahi Newspaper), and from 2017 started and began operating his own VC fund called Reality Accelerator.
Kanako graduated from Keio University and worked in investment banking with GCA. After receiving her MBA from Kellogg School of Management in 2013, she joined BCG in Tokyo. At BCG she led projects related to new business development, M&A strategy, overseas expansion among others.
In 2016, Kanako joined D4V (Design 4 Ventures), a venture capital in partnership with IDEO, as founding member and portfolio director.
Vincent graduated from Columbia Law School in New York in 2011. After passing the NY Bar, he moved to Tokyo and worked as a management consultant for BCG. He spent almost 5 years at BCG, working his way from Associate to Project Leader, and leading projects in the pharmaceutical and retail industries.
In 2017 to 2019, Vincent worked as a co-Portfolio Director for Design 4 Ventures (D4V), a venture capital in partnership with IDEO.
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Andreas graduated with a master’s degree in finance from Uppsala University, and a bachelors in management from Florida University. After graduation, he worked for 5 years with the Swedish government in supporting Swedish corporations with their overseas expansion. Later he worked in new business development in both the startup field, with Virtusize, and also within a MNC, with Ericsson. He currently serves as the CEO of Virtusize.
Andreas graduated from Bremen University and after working for a PR firm, joined BCG in their Tokyo office.
At BCG he experienced a wide breadth of projects from overseas expansions, to consumer product strategy.
In 2017, he joined Anchorstar as the Director of Strategy. In this role, he supports overseas startups with their Japan entry (such as providing or recruiting a Japan country manager)
After gaining experience after university as a mobile contents consultant, Obara founded App Broad Cast in 2013. He grew the user base to 4 million users, the startup was bought out by mediaba of KDDI group in April 2016. He currently invests as an angel in 15 ventures, with 1 IPO exit
A commitment to hands-on operational support
End to end support from marketing, sales, development, recruitment and finance
Weekly mentoring available to help resolve key issues and determine critical next steps.
We invest from pre-seed to early stage with ticket sizes ranging up to a few million dollars.
We provide support and frameworks to improve tools that can meaningfully impact business development, such as sales materials and landing pages
NEXTBLUE and its wider network of specialists are experienced in providing KPI improvement consulting, covering topics such as onboarding, UI improvement to CVR improvement.
We assist in lead generation and supporting startups, especially foreign startups, nurture client relationships in Japan. NEXTBLUE also organizes regular events with LPs and among the startup community to connect portfolio companies with relevant stakeholders
We provide ticket privileges (up to 10 million yen) for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform to supports and portfolio companies.
Support for fund raising includes potential additional follow-on investment from NEXTBLUE and active fund raising support (e.g. introductions and follow up with other investors)
Please contact the NEXTBLUE team directly should you have additional questions. The team is happy to understand and address to your specific needs.