JOHNAN Chair in Research and Promotion of “Kyoto Manufacturing Valley”Adjunct ProfessorKeiji IMAJO
Venture Finance, New Business Development, Business Strategy
Graduated from Department of Synthetic Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University. MBA from Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration. In charge of research and development of electronic materials and new business development at Kaneka corporation. Worked as a venture capitalist at Future Venture Capital and President and CEO in 2011, retired in 2017. Currently, Outside Director of Uchida Yoko, Osaka Yuka Industry, and JOHNAN Corporation. Adjunct Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University Professional Graduate School.
"Possibilities and issues of creation and acceleration of venture companies" ("Area Development", December / January 2017)
Over 15 years each as a research and development and new business development officer at a major manufacturer and a venture capitalist, and based on my experience as a listed company CEO, I will reexamine the mechanism of venture creation and open innovation, and through this course, I would like to explore the way to make Kyoto as a "Capital of the venture" in the world.