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Corporate Venture Capital Part 2 with Gerrard Lai

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In this episode of the ⁠⁠⁠⁠Scaling Japan Podcast⁠⁠⁠⁠, we welcome Gerrard Lai, a Senior Associate at MUFG Innovation Partners, the CVC arm of the well-known Japanese bank. This is part two of our series on Corporate Venture Capital, in part 1 Makoto Shibata of Finolabs gave a great introduction and we would look to go deeper into the topic. You can listen to part 1 here.

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Show Notes

(1:40) What makes CVC different from venture capital?

(3:35) How much do Japanese CVCs actually invest?

(5:20) Who are the big CVCs players in Japan?

(8:10) Are there any unique changes to CVC investment in 2023 or 2024?

(10:10) Do CVCs typically lead rounds?

(12:40) What companies are the sweet spot for most CVCs?

(17:00) Do CVCs invest in companies from overseas?

(19:22) What is the best way to approach CVCs?

(21:37) How do CVCs evaluate a company?

(27:00) Pitch deck and pitch types for founders when approaching CVCs

(29:00) What are MUFG goals for creating a CVC arm?

(32:10) What areas do you like to invest in and why?

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