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MBC Shisaku Fund: The First Japanese For IoT startups

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MBC Shisaku Fund is a US$17.5M VC fund to invest in early stage hardware startups - not only in Japan, but also overseas.

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The first Japanese VC fund supporting hardware prototyping and early stage investment

MBC Shisaku Fund is a 2 billion yen (US$17.5M) VC fund to invest in early stage hardware startups for prototyping - not only in Japan, but also in North America and Europe, over a 10 year redemption period. The fund focus on the following IoT fields: robotics, sensors, network and big data analysis, medical devices, nursing care, lifestyle, environment and energy.

Kyoto Bank is the anchor limited partner and Darma Tech Labs (Makers Boot Camp) manages the Fund.

The purpose of the Fund is to foment investments and prototyping support currently offered through Makers Boot Camp, who already works in close collaboration with Kyoto Shisaku Net, a professional manufacturing network for prototyping support.

  • Fund Criteria

- Validate the startup stage: working prototype that is feasible for DFM

- Evaluation: Business Model, Technology Innovation & Team

- Exit Plan

How to use this Solution:

In order to apply, you must meet the criteria and send your project information:

  • Pitch Deck with details about Business Plan
  • Demo Video
  • Product Files

We're currently looking for both:

- Startups to invest

- Partners to join the Fund

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This Solution is most applicable for the following stages and categories:

  • Working prototype
  • Improving electronic board
  • Design for manufacturability
  • All project categories
  • Robots, Sensors, Environmental

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