Leveraging on Sumitomo Corporation and affiliates’ strength in media & digital, we identify promising startups to succeed together.

Investment Themes

Our focus is on Enterprise IT, Big Data, Cybersecurity, AI and IoT; and Digital Marketing, FinTech and Digital Healthcare.

We offer a wide array of collaborative business opportunities for startups to grow.

Our Differentation

We help startups to unleash values with Sumitomo Corporation businesses.

Our Team

Hazumu “Dan” Kakinoki

Managing Director

Hazumu “Dan” Kakinoki

Managing Director and Board of Director


Dan supervises Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's operations and puts forward Sumitomo Corporation's Asian new business through venture investments in Sumitomo Corporation's vast global network.

Education

  • Graduated from Doshisha University with a Bachelor Degree in Law.
  • Visiting Scholar at Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University.
  • US CPA.

Previous Experience

  • With more than 18 years of experience in Investment, Business Development and Strategic Planning in TMT.
  • Director of Presidio Ventures in Silicon Valley.
  • CEO of VA Linux Systems Japan.
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Francis Wong

Executive Director

Francis Wong

Executive Director and Board of Director


Francis leads Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's investment team from sourcing, investing, portfolio management to daily operations. With his professional background as a chartered engineer and years of experience in venture investing, Francis provides deep insights into Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's investments and charts Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's investment strategies.

Education

  • Graduated from the University of Manchester, UK with a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
  • A Master Degree in Computer Science, and a MBA from Strathclyde University Graduate School of Business, Scotland

Previous Experience

  • Two decades in venture capital investing and growing startups in the telecom, media and technology sector in China and Asia with Walden International and Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia
  • Eight years experience in telecom operation with HongKong Telecom and Hutchison Telecom.
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Jacky Chu

Senior Vice President and Shanghai Office Chief Representative

Jacky Chu

Senior Vice President and Shanghai Office Chief Representative


Jacky is a management accountant (ACMA) with experience in M&A advisory, strategy consulting, operational improvement and IT systems development. Industry focus include E-commerce, Education, New Energy, Automotive, and other industrial and consumer sectors.

Education

  • Graduated from the University of British Columbia in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering).
  • MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. A management accountant (ACMA).
  • Previous Experience

  • Experienced in M&A advisory, strategy consulting, operational improvement and IT systems development.
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Nobuyuki “Ben” Takeuchi

Vice President, Accounting & Corporate Administration

Nobuyuki “Ben” Takeuchi

Vice President, Accounting & Corporate Administration


Ben is primarily responsible for managing Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's corporate administration including financial planning, portfolio monitoring and also business collaboration. Ben has over 10 years of experience in venture capital and fund management.

Education

  • Graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor Degree in Economics
  • MBA from Globis University, Japan.
  • Completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, U.S.A..

Previous Experience

  • Experienced in Venture Capital, Fund management, Enterprise IT.
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Alan Tang

Vice President

Alan Tang

Vice President


Alan joined Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia from Asiya Investments bringing with him years of experience in investment management, equity research and management consulting.

Education

  • BSc (Comm), McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia;
  • MBA, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Previous Experience

  • Asiya Investments, Goldman Sachs, J.P.Morgan, McKinsey & Company
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Ezra Leung

Assistant Vice President

Ezra Leung

Assistant Vice President


Ezra is responsible for investment matters and business collaboration with Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's portfolio. Prior to joining Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia, Ezra built up the APAC business of a successful start up from scratch. Ezra brings hands on experience from start up operations along with years of experience in finance and in the technology sector.

Education

  • BCom, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management & Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Previous Experience

  • App Annie, Bank of China, JD.com, Bloomberg
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Ryusei Kubota

Investment Manager

Ryusei Kubota

Investment Manager


Extensive experience in investment management, strategy consulting and business development from Sumitomo Corporation's Treasury Department and related portfolio companies.

Education

  • Graduated from the Keio University with a Bachelor Degree in Law & politics.

Previous Experience

  • Sumitomo Corporation
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Chiaki Yamaguchi

Associate

Chiaki Yamaguchi

Associate


Prior to Joining Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia, Chiaki was responsible for T-GAIA's mobile phone sales and settlement services across Asia Pacific. Chiaki is well versed in the mobile and telecom industry.

Education

  • Graduated from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies with a Bachelor Degree in British and American Studies.

Previous Experience

  • T-GAIA
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Shumpei Seto

Associate

Shumpei Seto

Associate


Shumpei joins Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia with extensive experience from Sumitomo Corporation's media business where he was involved in Sumitomo's TV channel, OTT, content distribution, movie and animation businesses.

Education

  • Graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor Degree in Economics.

Previous Experience

  • Sumitomo Corporation
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Affiliates

Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia's affiliates help shape our world. Specializing in IT, mobile networks, media and more, they are the face of business development in new and established markets across Asia, and beyond. Affiliated companies help our entrepreneur partners successfully navigate what comes next.

Contact

Hong Kong



Unit C3, 23/F, United Centre
95 Queensway
Hong Kong


(+852) 2295 0300


[email protected]


(852) 2295 0600

Contact

Shanghai



10F, Shanghai World Financial Center
100 Century Avenue
Pudong New Area
Shanghai, 200120, China


(+86) 21 6146 1888 ext. 2224


[email protected]