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Create a new fund to support research ventures with people, goods, and money.


Birth of Real Tech Fund

2014.08 –

Ongoing

Create a new industry
Establishment of venture capital

In June 2014, Muroka, who was working at a venture capital firm, was approached by our company Nagata.

"I would like to launch a new concept venture capital that supports research and manufacturing, that is, the" Real Tech Fund, "so would you please cooperate?"

Muroga is a former outside director of the Company and a former person in charge of venture capital that supported the growth of the Company to be listed on the TSE Mothers. After listing, he resigned as an outside director of the Company and returned to venture capital.

"Many venture capitals invest only in IT ventures. However, Japan needs a new ecosystem to support research that solves social issues, and venture capital that realizes such an ideal. I want to make."

Euglena Co., Ltd. in August 2014 as the first person in charge of the "Real Tech Fund".

Taken in front of the University of Tokyo incubation facility when he was an outside director of the Company

Departure supported by various partners

After joining the company, Muroga immediately set about preparing to establish a fund.
Various notifications, a series of arrangements from the creation of explanatory materials to investors to the conclusion of contracts, the arrangement of investee projects, etc. Having worked for venture capital for over 10 years, I knew what to do to set up and manage a fund.

However, this time it was necessary for the person in charge to design a wide range of tasks that had been carried out with the experts in the organization. In addition, because it was a fund with an unprecedented concept whose main purpose was to support research and development and manufacturing, we gathered friends with a different idea than before. We visited the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the National Research and Development Corporation New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to explain the concept and ask for their cooperation.
As a result, it was decided that "Real Tech Fund" will be the only venture capital company in Japan that has been certified by METI and NEDO at the same time.

"We would like to support Real Tech Venture, which is a research and technology development venture, Euglena Co., Ltd., investors with know-how in various industries, and Japanese government."

As a result of Muroga's tenacious efforts, the number of partners who sympathize with the concept and value of the "Real Tech Fund" has increased. Then, in April 2015, we started operating the "Real Tech Fund" together with SMBC Nikko Securities and Leave a Nest, and by March 2016, we raised a total of 7.5 billion yen from a total of 23 companies, including large companies representing Japan. Closed funding for the first fund.

At the time of the launch of the Real Tech Fund. It was a start with a small number of people

First project, future machine

Muroga promoted negotiations with investees in parallel with investor recruitment activities. Miraikikai, Inc. was the best investment destination. Miraikikai is a venture company from Kagawa University that is developing lightweight robots that automatically clean solar panels without using water.

At that time, many venture capital firms were talking about investing in Miraikikai, but President Miyake of Miraikikai continued to decline the investment because he could not expect support for manufacturing, just for the purpose of recovering the investment by IPO. Was there. However, President Miyake sympathized with the "Real Tech Fund," which has an attitude and mechanism that respects research and manufacturing. And "Real Tech Fund" will invest in Miraikikai as the first project in August 2015.

Social implementation of Real Tech,
Solving social issues

After that, "Real Tech Fund" received investment from seven new industries such as Softbank, Mitsubishi Electric, and Mitsui Chemicals, and completed the formation of the second fund in March 2017.
In addition to future machines, we will invest in "Ory Research Institute," which aims to overcome physical and distance problems with robotics, "Meltin MMI," which aims to develop cyborg technology using biological signals and robots, and functions using cell culture technology. the production of food "integrase Li Culture", also to develop the electricity can be generated wind power generator in a typhoon "Charenaji", aimed at the lunar resource development lunar transport services "ispace such as", 40 companies (2018 December) Expanded to.
In addition to providing various types of support to investees, the "Real Tech Fund" also plays a role in interacting with large investors, real tech ventures, and creating synergies.

At first, Muroga was the sole person in charge of the "Real Tech Fund," and now members with a lot of specialized knowledge sympathize with their aspirations and become friends.

Real Tech Fund members (partial) and Muroka (far right)

"I would like to actively support as many Real Tech ventures as possible and solve as many social issues as possible. By accumulating such attempts, we can create a new industry and a new ecosystem. I believe"

Muroga is still working on solving social issues with the aim of building a new ecosystem centered on the "Real Tech Fund."

Posted in December 2018

[What is a Real Tech Fund]
Our 100% subsidiary of Euglena Investment, SMBC Nikko Securities, was founded three companies of Ribanesu "Limited Liability Company Euglena in venture capital funds that SMBC Nikko Ribanesu Capital" is managed and operated, the investment development of the real tech venture as the main purpose There is. With a total of 30 participating companies and a fund size of 9.4 billion yen (as of December 2018), Japan's largest fund specializing in real tech. Together with the business company that is the investor, we are investing in and nurturing real tech ventures.

[What is Miraikikai, Inc.]
A venture company from Kagawa University established with the aim of solving future problems with robot technology. We are developing lightweight robots that automatically clean solar panels in Middle Eastern countries without using water.

Euglena Data

-What is the robot doing? ~

Does not use water developed by Miraikikai, Inc.
Solar panel automatic cleaning robot
Active in Middle Eastern countries

Character

Real Tech Fund
Growth manager
Bunji Muroga

Joined the company in August 2014.
Joined the company as the first person in charge of Real Tech Fund, Euglena investment, fund launch, investment destination selection, support, etc. as a growth manager.

"The Real Tech Fund project is a project that we have been promoting with the support of many partners inside and outside the company. We will continue to create new industries and new ecosystems through partnerships with various partners such as finance, industry, and government. want to go"

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新しいファンドを確立せよ。

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