Orange Japan is launching « Orange Fab » an accelerator program for start-ups which aim to expand businesses to global market. The program is managed by Orange Japan, R&D center of Orange, a global telecommunication company headquartered in France.
Orange Fab aims to help early-stage start-ups go global with products and service that benefit Orange and its customers. There will be 4 – 5 start-ups selected to be part of the program that will start in February 2014. Start-ups joining the program will have access to mentoring sessions from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from Japan, Asia, US and Europe. They will also be advised by experts with international background in Orange Japan and have opportunities for discussion toward partnership with Orange employees located in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In addition, two demo days will be organized; one taking place in Paris and the other is to be in Tokyo.
To join Orange Fab, start-ups must present an existing product, be in advanced beta phase or have already launched. Start-ups are invited to apply on below web site.
The applications are open until December 9th 2013.
Orange Fab will have an information session as below. Start-ups who are interested in the program are invited to register at the web site.
Date: November 21th 16:30-17:30 (after party starts at 18:00)
Place: Restaurant L’Alliance, Kagurazaka 2-11, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Please refer to the web site for detailed information. Follow Twitter and Facebook Page for update.
He worked in a marketing consulting company where he planned and practiced various kinds of marketing promotional strategies for mainly major manufacturers. In 2005, he joined CyberAgent Investment (current renamed to CyberAgent Ventures). During the past years, he served as an executive board member for a portfolio company, and helped development of strategies and improvement of operations. During 2007 to 2012, he worked on investment and incubation activeties in Japan, and he now serves as a head of Korea operations. He received a bachleor’s degree from Waseda University.
Pierre took part, in 1986, in launching the venture and growth capital arm of the French Caisse des Dépôts in the TMT sector, which then became Iris Capital. There, he was in charge of investments in cinema and television businesses, and then more widely in the media sector. Notably, Pierre managed the majority shareholdings in Lumière, a film library and movie production company, and in Coficiné, a bank specializing in TV and cinema bridge financing. He chaired Com-Dev Images, a holding company dedicated to investments in some French thematic channels pioneers (Canal J, MCM, Planète, CinéCinéma…) and was in charge of many other investments.
Jason(Jaesun) Han founded NexR Inc. in 2007 which was the first big data and cloud computing tech startup in Korea and acquired by KT in 2011. Under his leadership NexR created “icube cloud” in 2009 which was the first public cloud service in Korea and was used by mobile app developers. Jason worked as a CEO of NexR and a tech evangelist for big data and cloud computing technologies. In addition, he has organized Korea Hadoop Community and hosted PlatformDay conference since 2007 which is the most well-known big dat tech conference in Korea. He also organized the Consortium of Cloud Computing Research(CCCR) in 2008 and worked as the first chairman of the board.
Prior to his position at NexR, Jason worked in TmaxSoft and was the first developer of JEUS, a web application server which is the most popular WAS product in Korea. He has served as an adjunct professor of KAIST Business School since 2007 and teaches state-of-the-art IT trends and technologies. he is a proactive advocate of entrepreneurship in Korea and encourages his students to create their own startup.
Jason received MS and PhD of EECS from KAIST and a BA from Pusan National University.
Masahiko is Co-founder and General Partner of Incubate Fund, where he focuses on mobile, gaming, and internet media startups.
His most recent successes have been Pokelabo and Gumi, two of Japan’s leading mobile gaming companies. They have both grown from just 2 to 3 people at the time he invested in 2008, to over 240 and 600 employees respectively. Pokelabo, which Masahiko co-founded as the CEO, was acquired by GREE in 2012 for over 170M USD.
Masahiko has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital. Prior to Incubate Fund, he worked in a broad range of capacities investing at his own angel fund, Mitsubishi Corporation, Accenture, and JAFCO, Japan’s largest private equity firm. At Mitsubishi, he helped manage the investments in MonotaRO and Venture Republic from startup to IPO.
Masahiko graduated Keio University, with a degree in Commerce in 1998.
Mark Hsu is the Founder and General Partner at Pinehurst Advisors, a Taiwan-based early stage investor in internet companies. Concurrently, he is also Founder & CEO of EnvisionRecruit, a one-stop marketing agency that serves clients in the international education industry that is rapidly growing in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
For the past 18 years, Mark has been a serial entrepreneur in the internet and education sectors. Since 1996, Mark has co-founded nearly a dozen companies. Among notable companies that he has co-founded are Sinanet.com, the predecessor company to NASDAQ: SINA, KKBox (100m USD acquisition by KDDI), and TMI Holdings, an early-stage venture capital firm in Taiwan.
He works closely with Atomico’s portfolio companies and partners, using his network and deep experience to help them scale both inside and outside Japan. Prior to joining Atomico, Shin was President of Skype Japan K.K. where he developed crucial relationships in Japan with local partners. Before Skype Shin was involved in the establishment of a technology venture company, Ariel Networks, Inc. Shin’s initial career began as a software engineering manager at Lotus and Microsoft following his graduation from Keio University with a Bachelor degree in physics.
Dr. I-Chien (IC) Jan is a Co-founder and Partner at AppWorks Ventures, a Super Angel Fund located in Taipei, Taiwan with a focus on the consumer internet space. AppWorks runs an accelerator program, inspired by Y-Combinator, that has helped more than 150 startups, including EZTABLE, the leading online restaurant booking service in Southeast Asia and PubGame, one of the leading web and mobile game publishers in Southeast Asia.
Before co-founding AppWorks, he was VP & Acting CEO at ARDIC Instruments Co., an technology transformation and commercialization platfom to offer pipelines of analytical instruments for educational, research, and industrial applications in nanotechnology.
Dr. Jan received his doctoral degree in Engineering from National Taiwan University (2004)
and a MBA in Intellectual Property from National Chengchi University (2009).
Jihoon Jeong is famous for writing/blogging about his vision of the future. He also runs a radio show on KBS Radio. He is the Co-Founder of FutureDesigners and MagicEco., and an advisor for Samsung Electronics. He graduated Hanyang University, has a Master of Management in Health Policy at Seoul University, and a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California.
Simon Kang is a General Partner and co-founder of BonAngels, the pioneer of early-stage VC in Korea. He is focusing on investments in the areas of mobile and software services. Simon currently serves on the board of StudyMax, Mocoplex, Bookjam, Myrealtrip, Mycoon, Beatpacking Company and Woowa Brothers. He also led the firm’s prior investments in Thinkreals (Kakao), Quicket (Naver), Me2day (Naver), Madsmart (SK Planet) and Enswers (KT).
Before co-founding BonAngels in 2007, Simon worked at mobile service provider Iconlab which acquired oozzoo connections founded by himself as an entrepreneur.
He received a BS in industrial management from KAIST and minored in electrical engineering.
Tatsuya leads business development at Midokura, where he leverages his decades of experience with startups and technology, including extensive (human) networks in the Japanese IT industry.
Tatsuya has a proven track record in top management positions at Japanese public IT service and mobile internet companies, as well as VC fund management with investments in internet and software sectors. He served as committee member of multiple Japanese government organizations and several startups. He is a director of Royal Gate, Shift, Millmo, Movad Japan, and boox.
Tatsuya graduated from Kyoto University with a major in Engineering. He played on the university’s football team as a part of two national championship teams.
B.S in Neuro Science and Applied Mathematics from KAIST and M.S in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Worked at ‘Ministry of Foreign Affairs and’ a consulting firm in ‘OMNICOM’ group until started NeuroAssociates specializing in data visualization and cognitive science. Under the mission statement, “We help your evolution”, NeuroAssociates has worked to provide business strategic consulting service with over 20 organizations including ‘Kumho’, ‘JoongAng’, ‘SK’, ‘Ministry of Health and Welfare’, ‘Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning’, ‘Prosecution Service’, ‘The Seoul Institute’, ‘Seoul Creative Lab’, and ‘Incomm PR Foundation’.
Also, Yoonyi has been a consultant for ‘The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’, and Judge for Date Application Contest by ‘Korean Expressway Corporation’. She is also a writer for the bestselling books; ‘Legal English Handbook’, ‘Big Picture 2015’
Also, NeuroAssociates made advancement in real time infographics, mobile info-graphics, as well as new innovations like ‘News Map’ and ‘Medium Map’.
Young-ha Koh is the chairman of the Korea Business Angels Association and Go-venture Angel Club. He was a founder and managing director of Hahnaro TV which was merged with SK BroadBand. Go-venture Angel Club holds Go-venture Forum every month which is the biggest Venture Forum in Korea.
Dr. Chien-Fu KUO is a Co-founder at Gogolook, The product of Gogolook, whoscall, once received the executive chairman of Google, Eric Schimdt’s public praise.
Gogolook has just turned into a subsidiary company of Naver Corp. ,the biggest internet company in Korea, and a sister company of LINE.
Dr. KUO Graduated from Department of Industry Design form National Cheng Kung University, and holds a master degree in Industrial Engineering from Tsing Hua University. Enthusiastic about product design, human-computer interaction, and user experience research. Before Co-funding Gogolook, he was CTO&co-funder at Prefactor Inc. New Buiness Development Director at ATONA Inc.
Michael is the CEO and co-founder of HukuiBio, HukuiBio play as a platform to provide professional service for Healthcare and Biotechnology companies expanding buisness in China. Michael serves as CEO and co-founder of NCTU Angel Club, tier-one Angel Club in Chinese community. NCTU Angel Club is a NGO organization, the Club provides seed funding, strategic alliance and mentorship for entrepurneuers.
Prior to his biotechnology ventures, Michael spent 12 years in early-stage venture capital, and 8 years in Semiconductor industry. Michael is a senior venture capitalist, he has extensive interdisciplinary and practical experiences, expertise in incubation, top management recruiting, deal sourcing, due diligences, financial analysis, cost accounting, company evaluating, syndicated funding, strategic alliance, M&A negotiation and IPO tactic planning.
Michael serves as Vice President of the University of Chicago Alumni Club in Taiwan and senior member of Chicago Private Equity Network (CPEN). Michael received his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in US. Michael earned his MSEE from National Taiwan University and BSEE from National Chiao-Tung University.
Naree Lee is Managing Director of Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs. Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs is a non-profit organization in Seoul, established by 20 major financial institutions in South Korea. Its mission is to promote entrepreneurship and support Korean startup ecosystem. Before the foundation, Naree had been a prominent journalist for 20 years in tech&businiess field, while also serving as a columnist and consultant on the topics covering entrepreneurship, pop-culture and marketing. Throughout her career, she has built a vast network of trusted relationships across government, academia and industries both in and out of Korea. Her expertise and connections give her a unique strength as a key supporter of Korean startup community.
He was the CEO of Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd, the venture capital subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Kuo-Yi has spent more than 10 years in the IT start-up space, as founder, early employee, mentor and investor, spanning the US and Asia. He was a senior sales and business development executive at Encentuate (acquired by IBM) and Reputation Technologies. He was also a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with senior executives in the telecommunications, automotive and financial services industries. Kuo-Yi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the bachelor, master’s and doctorate degrees, all in electrical engineering with focus on nanophotonics.
She is the president of Bright Ideas Design, a multimedia and animation production company in Taiwan. For years, Bright Ideas has provided innovative use of animation and technology in education and exhibit context including projects for the National Palace Museum, National Museum of Natural Science, and cultural institutions in China.
She holds a Master Degree in art history, her company won the Grand Prix Award at F@imp 2004, and MUSE Awards in 2007.
And the company founder Ms. Fang-Yin Lin was awarded “Venture Model” by the Youth Career Development Association in 2012.
William’s track record spans over 17 years, having worked as an economist, treasury specialist, and fund manager. He started his career as an international economist at a stockbroking firm; co-founded a global macro hedge fund; and worked at a South African government-owned infrastructure bank, where he supervised funding with international institutions (+US$1bn financing executed) and was instrumental as a representative in negotiating agreements with BRICS-member banks. Located in Taipei since 2014, William consults to companies based in Asia on their business development and global communications requirements.
Anne-Catherine Milleron is an Intellectual property Attaché, from the French National Institute of the Industrial Property (INPI), based at the economic service of the French Embassy of South Korea. Her principal activities are to help innovation and French companies concerning all intellectual property matters and to make a legislative watch on the intellectual property right. She covers South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
Nathan Millard is Founder & CEO of G3 Partners (www.g3partners.asia), a leading Communications agency that works exclusively with startups in Asia. G3 Partners helps startups achieve communication results in support of actual business goals like new market entry, raising investment, increasing user growth and hiring top talent. This is achieved by helping startups truly understand their business and value proposition to target stakeholders like customers, investors and the media, then actioning communication strategy that forwards business goals.
Nathan has spent most of the last ten years in Asia helping bootstraps to established businesses communicate more effectively cross-border. Prior to founding G3 Partners he was Korea’s most active startup writer in English, helped organise several major startup conferences in both Seoul and Silicon Valley, taught entrepreneurship at one of Seoul’s top business schools and led several multi-country acceleration programs for startups in Asia and the USA. Nathan earned his bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of London.
He has over 15 years of international experience in the IT industry both as an entrepreneur and as a senior executive.
Neven Vision, Tak’s first US based startup, was acquired by Google in 2006. His second startup, Japan based J-Magic, was acquired in 2009 by mixi, Japan’s leading social network. At mixi, Tak served as the Executive Vice President of Alliance, forging partnerships in countries such as South Korea and China. Tak is now CEO of mixi America.
Tak holds a Master’s degree in nano Science from Waseda University.
Olivier Mouroux has an extensive professional experience in online marketing in Asia.
Olivier is the CEO and co-founder of Asiance, a Digital Marketing Agency based in Seoul. He has spent the last 15 years in Asia with a 2 years experience in China and 13 years experience in Korea. Graduate from IAE de Lyon and Aix-en-Provence in Information System Management, he previously worked as a Marketing and technical Director for Travelinchina.com in Beijing and as an IT attaché for the French Embassy in Seoul.
He serves in numerous not for profit executive boards, including the French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Cercle des Entrepreneurs Francophones de Corée. He is member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors since April 2011 (CCEF).
He also serves people and organizations through teaching classes and leading workshops in Digital marketing as well as impact of social network.
He got recognition of his contributions to the city of Seoul by receiving the title of Honorary Citizenship of Seoul in may 2008 and won several Web Awards in Korea in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Vice Chairman at Koif(Korea Internet Forum)
MC of ‘Tomorrow ON’ (IT Shows) at MBC
Co-CEO at TNM Media (first Blog Network Company in Korea)
Network programming Team Manager at YAHOO Korea
Reporter at MK Economic Daily
Chief Editor at ZDNet Korea in CNET Networks Korea
Tetsu Nakagaki has been investing from JAIC, the second largest VC in Japan since 1996 and has led the creation and investment activities of several funds at JAIC, including JAIC’s flagship venture capital funds -JAIC-Incubation No.1 and JAIC Incubation No.2. He brings an extensive background of successful investment experience in Japan, having invested in more than 36 startups and achieving 11 IPO and 2 M&A exits for his investments. And Tetsu acted as Executive Officer of Investment Group of JAIC. Tetsu’s previous successes include:SMS(TSE), Raccoon(TSE), Fullspeed(TSE), IREP(TSE), Click Security(GMO Internet). At Draper Nexus, Tetsu specializes in Consumer Internet, Enterprise software and e-commerce sectors in Japan. He graduated with Bachelors in Law from Waseda University in Japan.
Managing Director, J. Moore Partners LLC. (IB),
Founding Partner, Seoul Angels,
Managing Partner, IDG Ventures Korea,
Managing Director, IDC North Asia
Managing Director, ResearchAsia
Sogang University (MBA, 1992)
After studying graphic design and Japanese language and aesthetics, Chris moved to Tokyo in 2001 to begin his design practice. He co-founded AQ in 2004.
As managing director, Chris leads the design process, working with clients to clarify ideas, and transform them into beautiful, hard-working products.
Francis is Iris Capital’s Venture Partner in Japan. He is in charge of the identification of local investment opportunities and the follow-up of Iris Capital investments done in Japan. He is also supporting business development of Iris Capital portfolio companies in Asia.
From 2005 to 2013, Francis managed the Business Intelligence and Partnerships activities of Orange Labs Tokyo. Previously he worked for Wanadoo France as Strategic Partnership Manager and initiated collaborations with Sony, Microsoft, Philips or Danone related to new service development. In 1998 he participated to the launch of GOA, the online gaming community of France Telecom Multimedia, and successfully developed one of the first pan-European Massively Multiplayer game. Prior to joining Orange, Francis was a starting member of MultiMania at the early stage of Internet.
Matthew Romaine is co-founder and chief executive officer of Gengo®, a global people-powered translation platform enabling everyone to read and publish across languages. A serial entrepreneur, Romaine enjoys developing disruptive services, which help people connect and communicate easily around the world.
The cultural enthusiast and traveler has fused his personal goal of bringing the world together through new technology with his passion for translation, an industry that he found in need of major advancement to improve quality, speed and experience. Romaine and co-founder, Robert Laing founded Gengo in 2008 with the goal of providing a simple tool for individuals to receive translations and soon after developed the first human-powered translation service API, enabling businesses of any size to globalize and communicate freely.
Prior to Gengo, Romaine was part of Sony’s R&D group, where he researched the future of audio and served as a key member in the Corporate Technology Department, developing growth strategies. After Sony, Romaine founded Majides, a web-development company helping plan, build and deploy web-services for an international audience.
Romaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Computer Science and Music from Brown University and a Masters in Music, Science and Technology from Stanford University. Romaine currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and is fluent in Japanese.
Jung-hee is an inventor, entrepreneur and investor with 19 years experiences in business and academia. He was a co-founder and CTO of Iconlab Inc., and invented “InterCode” which is 2D barcode optimized for mobile camera phone scanning and de-facto standard for Korean operators. He founded Olaworks Inc. in 2006 and worked as CEO and CSO until Intel’s acquisition in 2012. He created “ScanSearch” in Olaworks, the mega-hit mobile augmented reality service with over 2mil users. He worked as Strategic Planner in PEG-IPG-ICG, Intel Corp after the acquisition until 2014. Now he is Partner and CEO of FuturePlay Inc., which builds and invests tech-centric startups innovating human-computer interactions. Also he is a partner of Primer, first startup accelerator in Korea founded by serial entrepreneurs. He got his Ph.D from EECS in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and he was adjunct professor at Graduate School of Information and Media Management (KSIM) and Graduate School of Culture Technology (GSCT) in KAIST until 2010.
Shin is General Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at GLOBIS Capital Partners. Shin leads investments in mobile, digital media, applications, and web services. Shin takes a hands-on approach to his portfolio companies initiating strategy development, organization/process development, partnership development, and global expansion.
His track record includes iStyle (ticker TSE 3660), Aucfan (3674), Kayac (3904), Shimauma Print System (acquired by CCC), and nanapi (acquired by KDDI). He is an active board member of Beyond, Pixta, Lancers, Viibar and Mercari etc.
Prior to Globis, Shin led management consulting projects at Arthur D. Little where he developed corporate strategy, new business strategy and innovation strategy for leading IT service providers and software companies. Shin received BA in Economics from University of Tokyo (graduation thesis with Honor), and MBA from Harvard Business School (Second Year Honor). Shin has 8+ years of overseas experience in England, Holland and the US.
Shin enjoys his life as a VC integrating his personal interest in internet and creativity with innovation and entrepreneurship!
GLOBIS is a leading Tokyo based VC focusing on IT, Core Tech and Service industry. GLOBIS has managed USD500M across 4 funds over 19 years. Past investments include homeruns such as Gree, netage, and Works Applications etc.
After graduating Waseda University, Shinsuke joined Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting involved in business improvement and other projects.
On October of 1999, he founded Axiv.com (currently VOYAGE GROUP), which became a subsidiary of CyberAgent in 2001 where he concurrently served as a board member of CyberAgent from 2005 to 2010 managing mainly technology divisions.
The company spun out from CyberAgent in 2012 and went IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on July of 2014.
Currently, the company focuses on Internet business such as media including EC Navi and PeX, and ad-tech including Fluct, the largest SSP in Japan.
Pascal Viaud has been appointed French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCEF) through prime ministerial decrees since 2012. He currently serves the Taiwan Chapter of the National Committee (CNCCEF) as President. He is actively promoting “La French Tech” in Taiwan, the startups’ development and acceleration scheme launched in France in 2013.
In 2009, Pascal launched his own venture in Taiwan: UBIK, a consulting SME specialized in hi tech innovation, partnership management and cooperation strategy in B2B and G2G. He is currently the CEO of UBIK and EU-Asia Cooperation Expert on several European programmes with Taiwan, the Philippines and North-Asia. Also serving as Asia General Manager of AEPI, the “Invest in Grenoble-Isère (France)” agency, Pascal is actively involved in investment cooperation, focusing on Taiwan and Korea territories in particular.
Pascal is a member of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) and co-chair of its Technology Committee. He has 20-year working experience in hi tech institutes and companies (NASA-JPL, CEA-LETI, HP, ATMEL, E2V SEMICONDUCTORS, YOLE), including 11+ years based in Taiwan. He is passionate about innovation, disruptive technologies and emerging applications / market development. Pascal holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Degree in Engineering Management (Physics) from Ecole Centrale Nantes / Paris, France.
Vincent has abundant experience in venture capital and startups. He is also serving as the chairman of Okogreen (7412, OTC), and board directors in several well-known companies including Easycard, Uni-president Asset management, etc. He is also the director of Taiwan Venture Capital Association (TVCA).
Vincent earned his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University and MBA degree with dual majors in Finance & Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Securities Investment Analyst (CSIA) in Taiwan.
SUNSINO VENTURES GROUP
Established in 1993, Sunsino manages venture funds over US$300M from private sector and Taiwan government collectively and invests mainly in seed-round, A-round & B-round in various industries.
Born in 1974 in Kobe, Hyogo in Japan. Graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University. After working at Pioneer and Lead Exhibition, he worked as an executive officer at Drecom, where he contributed to IPO of the company. He started his own company and expanded the business to Vietnam, Through traveling back and forth between Japan and Vietnam, he focused on a way of work without constrained by time and place, which made him establish CrowdWorks on November, 2011. “CrowdWorks”, a crowdsourcing service launched in March 2012 runs business with a mission of providing work style in 21st century under the theme of “local revitalization”, support a new way of work for women” and “global expansion”. The total amount submitted to the service surpasses 11.7 billion yen. Registered members are 180 thousands and customers reach 33,000 including listed corporations.