Nov 30 CVC virtual kick off

CVC Japan Virtual Kickoff with Alumni Panel Discussion on Monday, November 30th at 6pm

Please join us as we kick-off the Japan Chapter of Columbia Venture Community in collaboration with Columbia University Alumni Association of Japan (CUAAJ)


Event Summary

Theme: CVC Japan Virtual Kickoff with Alumni Panel Discussion

Date: Monday, November 30th 18:00-19:00 JST

Venue: Zoom

Registration: Please register through the event page below.

Fee: Free


About this Event

You are cordially invited to join the Virtual Kickoff and first panel discussion of the Columbia Venture Community (CVC) Asia Japan Chapter in collaboration with Columbia University Alumni Association of Japan (CUAAJ).

This event will mark the beginning of a series of initiatives, programs, and events organised by and for members of the Columbia community who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in Japan.

While we may not be able to meet in-person, we assure you that the Virtual Kickoff and panel discussion will be fueled with enthusiasm and the intellect of our speakers and attendees.

If you're interested in getting involved with CVC in Japan, make sure you're able to attend this event!


This event will be conducted in Japanese, and the English translation will NOT be provided.

This event will occur via Zoom Webinar. The instructions to join will be sent to all registered attendees via email a day before the event date.

Columbia Venture Community (CVC) Japan Chapterのキックオフイベントを、Columbia University Alumni Association of Japanのご協力のもと、開催します。



テーマ:Columbia Venture Community (CVC) Japan キックオフ&卒業生パネルディスカッション






Columbia Venture Community (CVC) Japan Chapterのオンラインキックオフと卒業生パネルディスカッションにぜひご参加ください。



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・本イベントはZoom Webinarで行われます。参加方法は、イベント開催日の前日までにメールにてご登録いただいた方全員にご案内いたします。


Introduction of CVC Japan Chapter Leads


Noriaki Sakamoto, Partner and Board Member at UTEC (The University of Tokyo Edge Capital)

At METI, Nori was engaged in developing the acts for SME finance and home appliance recycling. After leaving METI, he joined his family busi-ness in apparel logistics, establishing and organizing businesses.

At McKinsey & Company, he worked on projects for pharma, medical devices, auto, high-tech, consumer goods and retail companies in Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe, support-ing Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain Management, R&D and M&A strategy for 4+ years.

He served as a board member auditor in ACSL (listed in the TSE Mothers in December 2018) and a board member in Neural Pocket (listed in the TSE Mothers in August 2020). He was elected 6th as “2020 Japan’s Midas List: the most influential Venture Capitalist in Japan” in Forbes Japan.

Nori graduated from the Faculty of Economy from the University of Tokyo and earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Ayumi Ode, Japan Country Lead at 500 Startups

Ayumi is Japan Country Lead at 500 Startups, one of the world’s most active seed stage venture capital firms and innovation networks. She leads 500’s innovation and partnership efforts related to corporate innovation and ecosystem building in Japan.

She developed strong entrepreneurial mind and skill sets through nearly 10 years of experience working directly with founder CEOs on business management both at a 40-person startup specialized in cloud services for creativity purposes as the CEO’s right hand woman and an educational and career coaching startup as its first full-time employee.

Ayumi earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Columbia University Barnard College.



Featured Panelists

Riku Sugie, President and CEO, Paidy

Riku joins from Shinsei, where he was the President and CEO of Shinsei Financial and the Managing Executive officer of Shinsei Bank. Prior to Shinsei, he was working with Accenture. He began his career with Fuji Bank (now Mizuho FG). Graduated from Tokyo University, Columbia University, MBA and Master of Financial Engineering.



Ken Isono, Representative Director, Shizen Energy Inc.

After graduating university, Ken joined Recruit Co., Ltd. where he worked as an advertisement sales representative. Later on he entered a wind power company and was involved in the development, construction, and maintenance of wind power plants across Japan. He founded Shizen Energy Inc. with Kenji and Masaya three months after the Fukushima accident in 2011. Ken holds a BA in Environmental Information from Keio University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School.


Asumi Ota, Principal at D4V

Asumi is a Principal at D4V where she co-manages operations from sourcing and due diligence, to investment and support.

Prior to D4V, she worked as a Business Design Lead at IDEO Tokyo where she developed a passion for helping Japanese startups grow by leveraging human-centered design tools. She began her career as an M&A advisor at Nomura Securities, then worked at Man Group, a UK-based hedge fund. At Orbis Investments, she launched a new retail platform to make investments more accessible.

Asumi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BC from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


More about CVC:

Columbia Venture Community (CVC) is a network of nearly 6,000 Columbia alumni interested in all aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. Founded in 2006, CVC has hosted more than 480 events around the world. Today, CVC hosts multiple global programs, in-person and virtual events, and an online community for members to share resources.


CVC is officially a "shared interest group" (SIG) under the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and works closely with the University.



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