Saki Oshima Joins NEXTBLUE to Boost Women’s Wellbeing Investments and Market Expansion

NEXTBLUE Fund No. 2 Limited Liability Partnership (Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Partners: Kanako Inoue, Yuichi Gun, Vincent Tan; hereinafter NEXTBLUE II) is pleased to announce the addition of Saki Oshima, who specializes in the women’s health field. She joins the existing three representative partners in NEXTBLUE II to advance the mission of supporting women’s wellbeing.

Since 2018, Ms. Oshima has been involved in investing in startups in the women’s health sector with a venture capital firm in the United States, supporting collaborations between Japanese conglomerates and startups. The inclusion of Ms. Oshima is expected to further deepen NEXTBLUE’s expertise and network in the women’s health space.

Comments from General Partner Kanako Inoue below:

“The participation of Saki is a very important milestone for NEXTBLUE. The women’s wellbeing industry has been undervalued until now, but with the rising awareness of women’s health and welfare, it is growing rapidly. However, Saki has been focusing on this area even before women’s health gained attention. We believe her extensive experience and passion for women’s health will further advance NEXTBLUE’s mission and promote innovations that have a positive impact on society.”

Profile and Comments from Saki Oshima:

  • Background

Since 2018, Saki has been involved in investing in global startups and supporting collaborations with Japanese corporations at a venture capital firm in the United States, specializing in women’s health. Saki has served as the only Japanese judge at major industry pitch contests, established communities with multiple local VCs to act as a bridge to Japan, and mentored in several startup communities in the US and Europe. As a Japanese female investor based in the US, she has been active in disseminating the latest startup information through speaking at events and contributing to the media. She holds an MBA from the University of California, San Diego. 

  • Ms. Oshima’s comments

“In recent years, we’ve seen a surge in venture capital firms dedicated to women’s health, particularly in the US and Europe, creating a robust ecosystem. There’s been increasing interest in Japan from the startup community in these regions. I’m thrilled to be joining NEXTBLUE, Asia’s inaugural fund focusing on women’s wellbeing. Leveraging my experience in the US, I aim to use technology to build a more equitable society for women. I truly believe that this fund marks a crucial step towards enhancing women’s wellbeing.”

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