World innovation lab

We bridge the U.S. and Asia
for existing startups and help
new enterprises grow in both markets.

Mission

With our platform and capital, we help U.S. and Japanese startups grow into lasting global ventures. We nurture and harness the entrepreneurial spirit, and drive new business opportunities with Japan's top corporations.

Approach

Investment

Foster new global ventures

WiL invests in startups with global appeal and disruptive potential.

We typically invest $5M to $30M in mid-to-late-stage startups in the U.S. and in multi-stage startups in Japan.

Then we provide operational expertise and strategic partnerships to accelerate our portfolio companies' global expansion.

Business creation

Promote open innovation with corporate partners

We incubate new businesses, with an approach that merges our Japanese corporate partners' expertise and resources with Silicon Valley's talent pool and culture of open innovation.

Education

Cultivate global entrepreneurial mindset

We provide education programs in global entrepreneurship for our Japanese corporate partners, tailored to executives and intrepreneurs (internal entrepreneurs).

In the near future, we plan to open this program to the larger community.

Team

We use our international expertise to help our portfolio companies grow and innovate across a wide spectrum of industries.

Gen has extensive experience in venture capital, finance, and entrepreneurship.

Prior to WiL, he served as COO at CyberAgent in Japan.

Prior to WiL, he served as Chief Incubation Officer at Yahoo! Japan.

Prior to WiL, he served as Senior Vice President of CyberAgent Ventures.

Prior to WiL, he served as investment director at SMBC.

Aki’s experience includes fields as diverse as construction, venture capital, and product management.

Vicky brings to WiL her deep industry and entrepreneurial experience in consumer digital media and technology products.

Yoshi loves technology and startups, having transitioned to working with tech ventures from seven years in finance, strategy, and operation.

Prior to joining WiL, Tsune was VP of Business Operations and Strategy at Evernote.

Partners

Our industry-leading partners help us promote open innovation and create new businesses. Our portfolio companies gain a tremendous boost from mutually beneficial relationships with major corporations.

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CONTACT DETAILS

  • Silicon Valley Office [map]
  • 102 University Ave. Suite 1A Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • Tokyo Office [map]
  • Izumi Garden 10F, 1-6-1 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo 106-6010
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