SUPPORT

HR SUPPORT

HR Team Support

UTEC has established a team specializing in HR support, making us one of the first venture capital funds to do so in Japan.
The team provides hiring and team building support based on the know-how and experience from numerous past investments in Deep
Tech Startups and execution of IPOs and M&A both in Japan and abroad.

TEAM CONCEPT

HR Team Concept

The HR team provides support to portfolio companies at all stages (from seed to late stage)
through the formation of the management team and organization that can compete globally.

OUTLINE

Support Overview

HR team will provide support through HR professionals who have a thorough knowledge of
HR issues and solutions of all stages of Deep Tech Startups. HR support can begin even before incorporation and
contribute to the formation of a management/leadership team.

FEATURES

Features of HR Support

In addition to basic HR function support, UTEC HR also provides special support as below:

  • SUPPORT 01

    Introduce management professionals from SOC,
    UTEC Startup Opportunity Club
    which is an invitation-only community.

  • SUPPORT 02

    Support based on HR data and
    extensive experience in IPOs and M&A
    both in Japan and abroad

  • SUPPORT 03

    Support global recruitment and
    organization development of overseas subsidiaries

  • SUPPORT 04

    Support the establishment of management team
    and leadership development

SOC

Startup Opportunity Club

The "UTEC Startup Opportunity Club (SOC) is a UTEC unique invitation-only community that brings cutting-edge scientists and management professionals together to form an organization which can accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies. In order to strongly support scientists and entrepreneurs, we match them with management professionals who have abilities to be co-founders and CEOs. (Participation to portfolio companies is not a prerequisite)

Characteristics of SOC members

Characteristics of SOC members
[ ORIENTED ]
Management professionals who have strong interest and alginment to the UTEC mission - "To solve global issues of humankind" and is considering joining Deep Tech Startups as a management executive or starting their own business.
[ SKILL ]
Management Professionals who have a track record of achievements/potential ability to work/compete globally such as: serial entrepreneurs, executives from listed companies, professionals with M&A/IPO experience in startups or experience in professional firms. SOC members include UTEC alumni who have experienced M&A/IPO in our portfolio companies.
[ REFERENCE ]
SOC has been operating on a selective referral basis. Therefore the main target will be management professionals who have connection to UTEC members. As a result, we are able to introduce highly reliable management professionals to our portfolio companies. UTEC regularly follows up with SOC members through closed study sessions.

Cases

Since our inception back in 2004, more than 100 management professionals
have joined portfolio companies.

Management
Executives
Management Executives
[ Cases ]
[ Cases ]
  • Mr. Kiichi Kubota, Co-founder and former CEO of Peptidream, Inc.
    (Ex President and representative director at SRL Co., Ltd. before joining Peptidream)
  • Mr. Hiroaki Ohta PhD. CEO of Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory (ACSL), Ltd. (Ex Mckinsey & Company, Inc. Former assistant professor at the University of Kyoto, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • Mr. Kiichi Kubota, Co-founder and former CEO of Peptidream, Inc.
    (Ex President and representative director at SRL Co., Ltd. before joining Peptidream)
  • Mr. Hiroaki Ohta PhD. CEO of Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory (ACSL), Ltd. (Ex Mckinsey & Company, Inc. Former assistant professor at the University of Kyoto, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
Executives 1
Executives 1
[ Cases ]
[ Cases ]
  • Mr. Tomohiro Somehara Fromer CFO of Neural Pocket, Inc.
    (Ex auditing company, holdings company, UTEC Venture Partner)
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  • Mr. Yuki Ueda, Chief Strategic Officer/Chief Financial Officer, WASSHA Inc.
    (Ex Executive Director, electric power start-up, Trading trading company)
  • Mr. Teppei Sekiguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Biomic M Inc.
    (Ex P&G International Operations Pte. Ltd.)
  • Mr. Tomohiro Somehara Fromer CFO of Neural Pocket, Inc.
    (Ex auditing company, holdings company, UTEC Venture Partner)
  • Mr. Yuki Ueda, Chief Strategic Officer/Chief Financial Officer, WASSHA Inc.
    (Ex Executive Director, electric power start-up, Trading trading company)
  • Mr. Teppei Sekiguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Biomic M Inc.
    (Ex P&G International Operations Pte. Ltd.)
Executives 2
Executives 2
[ Cases ]
[ Cases ]
  • Fyusion, Inc. General Manager, JAPAN
  • SWAT Mobility Pte. Ltd. Country Head, JAPAN
  • Locix, Inc. Vice President Of Business Development
  • Fyusion, Inc. General Manager, JAPAN
  • SWAT Mobility Pte. Ltd. Country Head, JAPAN
  • Locix, Inc. Vice President Of Business Development

TEAM MEMBER

HR Team

Four experienced members with expertise in human resources,
business and finance will support our portfolio companies both in Japan and abroad

  • Hirofumi Oki

    Hirofumi Oki

    After joining UTEC in 2018, Hirofumi has been in charge of managing organization development of our portfolio companies,and leads UTEC HR Team. His support includes the recruitment of founders, formation of management teams, recruitment branding, and organization strategy building for IPO. He also provides support for team building at all stages and at pre-incorporation. He has succeeded in recruiting over 70 management professionals in the past 3 years by matching cutting-edge scientists with management professionals. In addition, he is also responsible for operating UTEC unique invitation-only community, UTEC SOC (Startup Opportunity Club) . He is in charge of HR of UTEC. Previous to UTEC, Hirofumi was engaged in leading and launching a recruitment consultant team for biotech ventures at a British executive firm.

  • Masafumi Asakura

    Masafumi Asakura

    As CEO of a staffing firm in Singapore, Masafumi has managed a multinational workforce from Ireland, Spain, India, Myanmar, the Philippines and Malaysia. Then Masafumi became the COO of a series A machine learning x 3D printer startup in Tokyo, where he also served as Chief Product Officer, Executive Officer of Corporate Planning Department, and Executive Officer of Overseas Business Development Department. He has managed multinational teams in Germany, Sweden, the US, and China. He led the IoT promotion lab with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and M&A for a company listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. At Recruit (formerly Recruit Career), he a recruiter in the information system department, corporate planning department, and global planning department. Masafumi is currently engaged in supporting startups in Japan and overseas, including in the Bay Area.

  • Yugo Nakashima

    Yugo Nakashima

    Yugo joined UTEC from October 2020. He is in charge of managing the HR strategy of the portfolio companies, and mainly supports recruiting activities based on his experience of working with over 300 startups. Before joining UTEC, Yugo was involved in the assembly of a business team for a startup that applies machine learning to recruitment services. Yugo is proficient in the Python / GAS / R languages and their application to statistical analysis and automation. His authored works are "A book on the basics of IT engineering for human resources personnel" and "Data Analysis in Business Development"