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VC related event tomorrow March 14th March 13, 2007

Posted by fukumimi in Japan, VC.

Sorry for the short notice, but a colleague is giving an english language presentation on the Japanese VC scene tomorrow, if anyone is interested.

I’ll probably be sitting at the back with my beers smokes heckling the speaker and asking awkward questions at the Q&A. (if I don’t get dragged into helping my esteemed colleague out, that is)

It’s at the Pink Cow in Shibuya (on the Omotesando side), and admission is free, save for the drinks you should buy at the bar to keep the Pink Cow’s lovely owner happy.

Details below: (courtesy of CVP’s events calendar)

When Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 7 – 10pm
Where The Pink Cow, 1-3-18 Shibuya (www.thepinkcow.com)

A Getting Started Guide to Venture Capital (Pink Cow Conspiracy)
Rei Uno, Mitsubishi-UFJ Capital Co., LTD

The economy is booming. Is the entrepreneur in you pushing you to get up and run with your latest idea? Need some money to get started? Then it may be useful to have an insider’s guide to venture capital. The presentation will cover:

– What’s venture capital (VC)?
– VC equity finance versus Bank’s debt finance
– VC funding in Japan
– Major VC players in Japan
– How much is your company worth?
– How do you contact VCs
– How to get money from VCs
– Some checkpoints on your business plan

DATE: Wednesday 14th March
TIME: Open 7.00, Presentation 7.30-8.30, Networking 8.30 ’til late
COST: FREE entry, but please by a drink to support the venue. Delicious a la carte menu also available at reasonable prices/
VENUE: The Pink Cow, 1-3-18 Shibuya (www.thepinkcow.com)

More www.thepinkcow.com

Being a boozer (of sorts), I like evening events where I can drink something stronger than coffee, but I’ve been watching Saul Klein’s Open Coffee Club events picking up momentum and spreading globally, and have been wondering what kind of interest there might be for an informal meeting place for people related to the venture scene in Tokyo. I look forward to attending the London event on my next trip to the UK to pick up tips and to retain the flavour of the original efforts.

There are a whole bunch of business networking events and the like in Tokyo, but many which appear to be of rather dubious provenance, and I believe that getting attached to the wrong sort of people can kill an young company’s chances of success. I am also well aware of the Japanese VC industry’s weaknesses, and feel that sharing information is the best way to improve the situation for both venture businesses and investors alike, so a Tokyo version of the Open Coffee Club is something I’m going to look at doing with other people who share the same vision.

(I can vouch for the PCC/CVP events being legit, having attended in the past and knowing the people behind them)



1. Jon - March 14, 2007

thanks for the heads up – jonkenpon.com will be there 🙂

2. fukumimi - March 14, 2007


I look forward to seeing you there….

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