TEAM INVESTMENT

Hideyuki Ebihara

At CyberAgent Ventures (now CyberAgent Capital) where he was employed for 12 years, he was seconded to investment targets and engaged in investment/management support for domestic start-up companies. He led the launch of investment in Korea and was stationed in Seoul for 4 years as the representative of the Korean branch. After going independent, he worked in management support for multiple companies before joining this association. His theme is to create hybrid companies/businesses that combine Japan and overseas, making use of his experience in both Japan and overseas.

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Hiroki Asano

After working at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and a buyout fund, he was involved in listed equity investment at Fidelity Investments, and was in charge of M&A and venture investment at COLOPL. After going independent, he was involved in supporting domestic and overseas startups, expanding the Japanese operations of Khosla Ventures in the US, and serving as an outside director for Sun Asterisk. In 2018, he founded Aslead Capital Pte. Ltd. He is a graduate of Waseda University and London Business School.

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Shunsuke Itadani

After serving as China representative for Dream Incubator (DI), he went independent in 2018 in order to make a long-term commitment to China. His mission is to be one of the “envoys to Tang China in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” and to accurately convey China’s cutting-edge trends to Japanese strategic/policy decision makers. He has lived in Shanghai since 2011 (has visited all provinces in China). CEO of DANNY Pro.. Distinguished Lecturer of Peking University and Adjunct Professor of Shanghai International Studies University. Graduated from the University of Tokyo and completed a degree in Frontier Informatics at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the same university.

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Tengqi Hu

Following the completion of his Masters in International Relations at Waseda University, he joined Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., working with corporate clients. And then spent six years in practice in both Local and Japanese consulting firm (CDI), providing research and consulting to Japanese and Chinese companies and government agencies across a wide range of sectors. He has also held strategic planning roles in manufacturing (Misumi China) and at a Chinese AI unicorn (DeepBlue). He serves as a Director at DANNY Pro.. He has been involved with PKSHA Algorithm Fund in 2022.

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Maowen Cheng

After completing his master’s degree in international relations at Waseda University, he worked in corporate affairs at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, and then worked for six years at a Japanese (CDI) local consulting firm, providing research and consulting to Japanese and Chinese companies and government agencies in a wide range of fields, including consumer goods and government development. He has worked in strategic planning roles in the manufacturing industry (Misumi China) and the Chinese AI unicorn (DeepBlue), including corporate and business strategy.
Director of DANNY Pro. (Itaya Workshop).
Joined PKSHA Algorithm Fund in 2022.

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Sanghyun Han

After working as an analyst at Mizuho Securities, head of the Korean startup sales team, and senior consultant at Nomura Research Institute, he joined PKSHA Algorithm Fund as the Korea/Japan representative. He is currently making cross-border investments between Japan and Korea, making the most of his 10 years of experience living in Japan and his experience in securities, startups, and strategy consulting. He graduated from the Faculty of Education at Waseda University.

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Ryeoil Kim

After working in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, he was involved in IPO and M&A FA work, and was in charge of listing on the Mothers market, IR, corporate planning, business development, and M&A at Pixta Inc. After acquiring a Korean company, he oversaw business expansion in Korea as the representative of the local subsidiary. After that, he joined CAMPFIRE Inc. and was in charge of finance and IR work, supporting unlisted startups while also working to promote exchanges and development of the startup ecosystem between Japan and Korea.

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Hisanori Kumikawa

After graduating from Keio University Faculty of Economics, he joined ITOCHU and was charge of new investment, business management, trading, and agency sales in a wide range of fields, including nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, copper, zinc, and the phenol chain which is a chemical product derived from petroleum. After that, as an entrepreneur, he joined a collection fashion brand startup which exhibited at Tokyo Collection. Experienced supply chain (upstream, midstream, downstream). Joined PKSHA Algorithm Fund from 2023.Theme: Business that can utilize Internet and Software in the manufacturing area (including Apparel/Food/Beverage/Entertainment).

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TEAM TECHNOLOGY

Kangsoo Kim

After working at Citigroup Securities Co., Ltd., he joined Matsuo Institute Co., Ltd. He is responsible for planning, PoC, and development of machine learning social implementation projects. He became a director in 2022. He holds multiple positions including Director of Matsuo Institute Co., Ltd., Director of Corporate Strategy Department, President and CEO of MK Capital Co., Ltd., Executive Officer of PLUGA AI Asset Management Co., Ltd., and Special Research Fellow of the Financial Services Agency. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo.

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