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With Noriaki Sakamoto (Partner, UTEC), Ayumi Ode (Japan Country Lead, 500 Startups), Riku Sugie (CEO, Paidy), Ken Isono (Dir., Shizen Energy Inc), Asumi Ota (Principal, D4V).
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Please join us as we kick-off the new Japan chapter of Columbia Venture Community!
About this Event
You are cordially invited to join the Virtual Kickoff & first panel discussion of the Columbia Venture Community (CVC) Asia Japan Chapter in collaboration with Columbia University Alumni Association of Japan (CUAAJ).

This event will mark the beginning of a series of initiatives, programs, & events organised by & for members of the Columbia community who are interested in entrepreneurship & innovation in Japan.

While we may not be able to meet in-person, we assure you that the Virtual Kickoff & panel discussion will be fueled with enthusiasm & the intellect of our speakers & attendees.

If you're interested in getting involved with CVC in Japan, make sure you're able to attend this event!

Note: This event will occur via Zoom Webinar. The instructions to join will be sent to all registered attendees via email two hours before the event begins.

This event will be conducted in Japanese, & the English translation will NOT be provided.

Introduction of CVC Japan Leaders

Noriaki Sakamoto, Partner & Board Member at UTEC (The University of Tokyo Edge Capital)
At METI, Nori was engaged in developing the acts for SME finance & home appliance recycling. After leaving METI, he joined his family business in apparel logistics, establishing & organizing businesses. At McKinsey & Company, he worked on projects for pharma, medical devices, auto, high-tech, consumer goods & retail companies in Japan, Southeast Asia, & Europe, support-ing Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain Management, R&D & M&A strategy for 4+ years. He served as a board member auditor in ACSL (listed in the TSE Mothers in December 2018) & a board member in Neural Pocket (listed in the TSE Mothers in August 2020). He was elected 6th as 2020 Japan's Midas List: the most influential Venture Capitalist in Japan in Forbes Japan. Nori graduated from the Faculty of Economy from the University of Tokyo & earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Ayumi Ode, Japan Country Lead at 500 Startups
Ayumi is Japan Country Lead at 500 Startups, one of the world's most active seed stage venture capital firms & innovation networks. She leads 500's innovation & partnership efforts related to corporate innovation & ecosystem building in Japan. She developed strong entrepreneurial mind & skill sets through nearly 10 years of experience working directly with founder CEOs on business management both at a 40-person startup specialized in cloud services for creativity purposes as the CEO's right hand woman & an educational & career coaching startup as its first full-time employee. Ayumi earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School & a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Columbia University Barnard College.

Riku Sugie, President & CEO, Paidy
Riku joins from Shinsei, where he was the President & CEO of Shinsei Financial & the Managing Executive officer of Shinsei Bank. Prior to Shinsei, he was working with Accenture. He began his career with Fuji Bank (now Mizuho FG). Graduated from Tokyo University, Columbia University, MBA & Master of Financial Engineering.

Ken Isono, Representative Director, Shizen Energy
After graduating university, Ken joined Recruit Co.,. where he worked as an advertisement sales representative. Later on he entered a wind power company & was involved in the development, construction, & maintenance of wind power plants across Japan. He founded Shizen Energy with Kenji & Masaya three months after the Fukushima accident in 2011. Ken holds a BA in Environmental Information from Keio University, & an MBA from Columbia Business School & London Business School.

Asumi Ota, Principal at D4V
Asumi is a Principal at D4V where she co-manages operations from sourcing & due diligence, to investment & support. Prior to D4V, she worked as a Business Design Lead at IDEO Tokyo where she developed a passion for helping Japanese startups grow by leveraging human-centered design tools. She began her career as an M&A advisor at Nomura Securities, then worked at Man Group, a UK-based hedge fund. At Orbis Investments, she launched a new retail platform to make investments more accessible. Asumi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School & a BC from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

More about CVC:
Columbia Venture Community (CVC) is a network of nearly 6,000 Columbia alumni interested in all aspects of entrepreneurship & innovation. Founded in 2006, CVC has hosted more than 480 events around the world. Today, CVC hosts multiple global programs, in-person & virtual events, & an online community for members to share resources.

Click here to become a member via, our member management platform.

CVC is officially a "shared interest group" (SIG) under the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) & works closely with the University.

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