Refining projects from​ ​
diverse perspectives.

Our diverse team of specialists helps refine 
individual projects from the seed period through
to management.

Team members with diverse backgrounds

Enhancing value through collaboration with 
outside specialists and public support

Consortium

Keio University

Keio University

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Fund investors

Advisors

Marunouchi Capital Inc.
President and CEO

Haruyasu Asakura

MUSE Associates, LLC.
President and CEO

Mochio Umeda

Public support

NEDO certified VC (STS: Technology-Based Startup Support Program)

Startup ecosystem

Cutting edge research in the medical and IT fields
and a proven track record in 
open innovation

Kohei Itoh
Kohei Itoh

President, Keio University

Kohei Itoh

Keio Innovation Initiative (KII) was established in 2015 and can be said to be a latecomer to university VCs, but we are nonetheless proud of it being an industry-academia collaborative organization that the university has created in tandem with private organizations. KII invests heavily in the digital and medical fields, and strives to realize our vision for a human-centered Society 5.0 that will balance economic development with solutions to social problems. Most of investees have already brought about social impacts. It is my utmost wish that KII excel in its mission of contributing to society and profitability while breathing life into new industries born from academic research. Keio University will never fail to support KII as a university / research institution, as a shareholder invested in its establishment, and as a fund investor.​ ​​ ​
We are eager for more opportunities to tackle any challenges the future may bring, and for society to see the spirit of Yukichi Fukuzawa's "self-respect and independence of mind" in everything KII does.

Jun Murai
Jun Murai

Professor, Keio University

Jun Murai

When the SFC first opened and the Internet was still in its infancy, the university brought forth a large number of startups and talented individuals, creating industries that would become the backbone of Japan's Internet society. Thirty years on, digital society has evolved, with an all-new world brought about an exponential pace from 2021 because of a global pandemic and DX. The startups of this era will be at the forefront of a once-in-a-lifetime historical revolution in all industries, including primary, secondary, and tertiary industries, as well as in the financial, environmental, medical, and educational fields. We hope that the Keio Innovation Initiative (KII) , which create the future of the university, will support outstanding venture companies that use the results of research in academia to create new industries and contribute to the development of society.