Typhoon energy is converted into clean electricity, and artificially cultured meat solves food problems around the world. It is the biofuels produced by living things that drive the transportation we use.
It was Akihiko Nagata of Our, Ltd. who named the R & D-type company that works to solve problems on a global and human scale with innovative technology with the aim of realizing such a completely new future. ..

About 10 years ago, Nagata met Yukihiro Maru, the representative of Leave a Nest, whose vision is to "realize the development of science and technology and contribute to the earth." And now, Leave a Nest, which supports a number of aspiring tech ventures, was the first to work with Euglena.
Since then, Nagata and Maru have been walking together with an eye on the future of "healthy people and the earth." This time, the two will talk about the present and future of ventures and Real Tech.

Investing in reality is because we want to realize our vision together

-You have been supporting a lot of real tech ventures. What do you think is important when investing in tech?

Akihiko Nagata (hereinafter referred to as Nagata): We support real tech ventures through funds, but honestly, we don't feel like we are investing in “technology (tech)”.

Maru representative (hereinafter circle):I agree. Are you investing in "reality"?
No matter how big a tech venture company is, it is "no tech" at first. Although there is an idea that "the world will be better if we do this!", Technology has not come along.

Yukihiro Maru (Group CEO, Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.)
Completed the doctoral program at the Department of Applied Biotechnology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Ph.D. (Agriculture). Established Leave a Nest only by science and engineering students while attending graduate school. Commercialized Japan's first "delivery experiment classroom for cutting-edge science". We run a "knowledge manufacturing industry" that creates seeds for new businesses by combining management resources and technologies that sleep in universities and regions, and promote more than 200 projects through the "knowledge platform" that gathers knowledge from around the world. An innovator who is also involved in the launch of many venture companies such as Euglena.

Nagata: Comparing the number of technologies in the world with the number of people who can climb mountains by carrying them, there are clearly fewer people.
If there is only one entrepreneur for 100 technologies, we invest in putting the right ones on it. Through that, I work to climb mountains with that person.

-What exactly does it mean to put the right thing on it?

Round: Leave a Nest, for example, has been a tech connoisseur in the university since 2002. Meanwhile, I met Izumo, the president of Our.
At that time, Euglena was thoroughly pursuing the "potential of Euglena", but that was not the case yet. Therefore, Leave a Nest climbed the mountain with Euglena, including a university professor and other people who have been studying Euglena for many years.
If you compare it to Dragon Quest, Izumo was a "hero", but after all you can't move on without a "witch".

Nagata: For Izumo, Maru-san was a witch. You've reduced your MP quite a bit (laughs).

Euglena Co., Ltd./Representative of Real Tech Fund)
Graduated from Keio University Faculty of Commerce. Joined an independent private equity fund and belongs to the private equity and consulting departments. In 2008, he Our Ltd., and has been in charge of business strategy, M & A, financing, capital tie-up, public relations / IR, and management departments since the unlisted period of Our He is familiar with the strategy and finance fields that support technology, and is responsible for business development of Our Currently, he is appointed vice president and also serves as the representative of Japan's largest technical VC "Real Tech Fund".

Round: That's right (laughs). But Euglena was really interesting. There are mountains and valleys, and once I turned back, I ran on the last-minute line that I couldn't go on the same road anymore.
Ten years after its founding, it was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but when it came to "What should we do next?" Become.

Nagata: I started to wonder if I could use the experience I had cultivated for the next real tech venture. So I took the form of a fund, but it didn't have to be a fund.

Round: Originally I didn't intend to create a fund. However, at that time, there was still no one to spend money on technology, especially in the real tech area. In that case, first of all, it would be possible to set up a wire called money, so I started the "Real Tech Fund".

It is not a good technology that attracts people, but a researcher with a lot of energy

-I think you've met various entrepreneurs and venture companies so far. When are you excited? Also, what venture companies are you paying attention to now?

Round: It's exciting when the vision is right. Regardless of whether it is listed or unlisted, what is important is "how fast humanity can evolve" and "how that technology can change the world."

Nagata: Yes, it was when I was made to think, "I want to see the world change together." One of the companies we are paying attention to now is the charenergy of typhoon power generation, which has the vision of "innovating wind power generation and supplying safe and secure energy to all humankind."

Round: Atsushi Shimizu, CEO, is a very interesting person. After graduating from a first-class university and working for a well-known major company, I think I had a high annual income, but after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear accident at Fukushima, I said, "As a Japanese, I have to take the path of sustainable energy without relying on nuclear power. Must be shown by the generation of. "

Nagata: You abandoned everything and participated in Leave a Nest's R & D-type venture excavation and training program "TECH PLANTER". Isn't it hot? There are many companies that are supporting charenergy right now. An increasing number of large companies are providing not only money but also the technology necessary for typhoon power generation.
After all, the people who support us are more human-like than we think, and that kind of fever makes us sick. As a result, not "a company with good technology" but "a person who can inspire the other person" will succeed.

Charenergy Co., Ltd. has a vision of "innovating wind power generation and supplying safe and secure energy to all humankind." The photo shows a vertical-axis Magnus wind power generator installed in Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture. (Photo courtesy of Charenergy Co., Ltd.)

Round: Take Shimizu who came to me to Izumo of Our Shimizu persuaded Izumo, "There is no reason not to do it together, let's change the world with this technology."
Perhaps Izumo's head had his past experiences flowing as a flashback scene, the pain of going to a person to bow his head. That's why I think he said, "Let's do it together."

Nagata: Honestly, at that stage, there was only a risk, not a benefit Euglena But as you said, it's something we've experienced, so the idea of "I want to do something about it" comes first. For example, I am experiencing poverty, so if I find a poor child, I cannot leave it alone. It feels like the rich people know it.

Round: And now, the Charenergy wind turbine is actually Our Ishigaki Island laboratory. Rather than saving money, I want to maximize the money I can move and change the world. That's an honest feeling, isn't it? I think that is what will change the world, and the situation is that we are steadily realizing it as a team.

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Composition: Tomoko Hatano / Photo: Yuji Tanno / Editing: Yu Oshima