Team-based support to start-ups in every stage of business growth
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP) backs start-ups throughout their stages of development, from the seed / early stage, through the middle stage, to the later stage where an initial public offering (IPO) or a M&A comes into view.
We have been investing in innovative business ideas that anticipate societal needs, and engaged in commercializing the research results of universities and other academia, to name just a few. Through these endeavors, we have been working hand in hand with our start-up investees from an early stage in their business development.
Our role goes beyond just investment. Once our start-up investees are on track, we help take their business to the next level, by facilitating business partnerships with large companies to expand sales channels, providing advice on organizational enhancements with an eye to an IPO, and offering assistance in various other ways. We tailor our support to the needs of start-ups in varying stages of development.
Our investees span many spheres, from manufacturing and consumer goods to cutting-edge domains including artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), financial technology (Fintech) and other technologies, software as a service (SaaS), and life sciences. We have proactively been investing in supporting emerging industries without bias toward particular sectors.
What is essential to these activities is our team-based approach as one team. For each investee, a team is formed consisting of: an investment professional, or “capitalist,” who works shoulder to shoulder with the start-up; a business strategy partner who has extensive expertise; and personnel helping forge business partnerships with large companies. The team makes a concerted effort to increase the value of the start-up.
We have capitalists stationed in Osaka and Nagoya, as well as in our head office in Tokyo. Leveraging these resources, we strive to work even more closely with start-ups located not only in Tokyo but throughout the country.
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