Monozukuri Ventures (referred to below as MZV, CEO: Narimasa Makino), a Kyoto & NY-based VC specializing in hard tech startups, is pleased to announce the appointment of Emi Makino, Associate Professor at Hiroshima University, as an outside director.
MZV has invested in hard tech startups in Japan and the United States. In light of the growing interest in ESG in recent years, we have been working to globalize and diversify our entire organization. In this context, we have decided to appoint Ms. Emi Makino, Associate Professor at Hiroshima University, as an outside director of MZV.
Ms. Makino has extensive experience covering US entrepreneurs for the Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Nikkei E-Biz. She was inspired by the speed and influence of US entrepreneurs from 1990 to 2000 and decided to get an MBA and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in the United States.
Since moving back to Japan, she has taught as an entrepreneur educator at Kyushu University, Tokyo University of Science, and now Hiroshima University. She published the book "Innovation Makers" in 2020. In addition, she has been actively making contributions to the startup community, such as inviting Professor Salas Sarasvathy, an advocate of effectuation, a framework that is gaining attention as a helpful framework for surviving in an uncertain world, to hold a conference.
Makino's appointment as an outside director will strengthen our company's governance and enable us to further enhance the manufacturing and entrepreneurship education at the Kyoto Makers Garage in the Umekoji area of Kyoto, as well as our carve-out program (Kyoto Acceleration Program) for large companies. We would like to strengthen our services by utilizing Ms. Makino's extensive knowledge and experience.
Associate Professor, Startup Promotion Division, Industry-Academia Collaboration Department, Hiroshima University. A board member of the Japan Venture Association.
She has covered many U.S. entrepreneurs for the Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Nikkei E-Biz. After working as a simultaneous interpreter, she earned her MBA and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. She has taught entrepreneurship education at Kyushu University and Tokyo University of Science. She holds a BA from Sophia University and an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
About Monozukuri Ventures
Monozukuri Ventures, Inc. (MZV) is a Kyoto and New York-based company that manages venture investment funds for hard tech startups and provides technical consulting on hardware prototyping and manufacturing.
MZV was jointly launched in January 2020 by Darma Tech Labs, Inc. (Kyoto, Japan), which operated the Makers Boot Camp and FabFoundry, Inc. (New York City) to combine the resources and further support hard tech startups. MZV's first fund, "MBC Prototype Fund," was launched in the summer of 2017, and the second fund in 2021. To date, MZV has invested in 53 hard tech startups, 24 in Japan and 29 in the US. MZV also provides technical consulting services, leveraging our knowledge and network with manufacturers to help with prototyping to mass production. So far, MZV has supported more than 150 projects. (All figures are as of May 2022)