CyberAgent Capital Co., Ltd.
New accelerator program “Monthly Pitch Accelerator: Generative AI” launched to support startups in the field of generative AI
A new accelerator program to support startups in the field of generative AI, linked with Monthly Pitch, which has raised over 100 billion yen in funding
CyberAgent Capital, Inc. (Headquarters: Shibuya, Tokyo), a
consolidated subsidiary of CyberAgent, Inc. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Susumu Fujita, Tokyo Stock Exchange Prime Market: Securities Code 4751), which develops venture capital business Ward, President: Hirofumi Kondo) is pleased to announce that it has launched a new support program “Monthly Pitch Accelerator: Generative AI” for startup companies in the rapidly evolving generative AI field. This program is positioned as part of the pitch event “Monthly Pitch” for entrepreneurs in the founding period that we operate.
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Accelerator: Generative AI” program to be announced this time. Since 2016, Monthly Pitch has been working as a bridge between startups and investors. Especially in rapidly evolving fields such as generative AI, the situation changes dramatically on a daily basis, and the ecosystem to respond to it also needs to be able to respond quickly.
This program will specialize in supporting startups in the field of generative AI with the aim of holding a demo day at the monthly pitch event “Monthly Pitch”.
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1st of every month: Application deadline
1st week of every month: Announcement of selected companies, face-to-face meeting
About 1 month: Mentoring period
2nd Wednesday of every month: Demo Day@Monthly Pitch
The application deadline for the first round will be June 1st (Thursday), and July 12th (Wednesday) will be Demo Day.
■ Participation conditions
Participation in “Monthly Pitch Accelerator: Generative AI” is open to those who meet the following conditions.
Those who are interested in generative AI related business
Seed to Series A startups
*There is no problem even if the company is not registered.
If you are a startup company that would like to take the stage, please apply from this URL.
■ Details of support programs
Expertise and resources
Through our network of Monthly Pitch, we provide expert knowledge and resources from industry experts and technologists familiar with the area of generative AI. This allows startups to incorporate the latest technology and trends into their services.
mentoring and coaching
We provide mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Receive specific advice on how to overcome a variety of business challenges, including developing business strategy, accelerating product development, and effective marketing and sales strategies. funding opportunity
Pitch opportunities will be provided to investors through the Demo Day at the pitch event “Monthly Pitch”. It is also an opportunity for startups to receive feedback as well as an opportunity to raise funds. ■ Acceleration Partners (*Alphabetical order by English name) Mr. Hiroshi Hata, General Manager, Startup Business Development Department, Amazon Web Services Japan
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CyberAgent Senior Managing Executive Officer Yuta Iizuka
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In 2011, when he was a prospective employee of CyberAgent, he launched the smartphone application “My365”, which was developed and operated with friends to post and share photos once a day. Appointed (current position). In 2014, at the age of 24, he became the youngest executive officer of CyberAgent. Appointed as CEO of CAM Co., Ltd. in 2018 and CEO of Tapple Co., Ltd. in 2020 (current position). Appointed Senior Managing Executive Officer of CyberAgent in 2020 (current position). Datagusto CEO Mao Per
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Google Cloud Japan Venture Capital Business Development Manager Takeaki Dota
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Mercari Executive Officer VP of Generative AI/LLM Yuki Ishikawa
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Microsoft Japan Cloud Business Development Startup Team Lead Daiki Kanemitsu
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Mr. Rei Ogawa, Representative Director of Timee
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Recruit/CyberAgent. In August 2017, he launched Recolle Co., Ltd., an apparel-related business, but decided to change the business in one year. From August 10, 2018, the service of the skimmer byte
application “Timey” started. Based on the vision of “enriching each person’s time”, we aim to create a platform that allows you to easily work in various industries and occupations.
Mr. Eiko Hashiwa, Representative Director of VisasQ
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■ About VC mentors
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This program is held as part of the “Monthly Pitch”, which has a vision of producing promising startups from Japan to the world. We plan to work together to support selected companies. In addition, we will continue to call out to VC mentor partners in order.
■ What is Monthly Pitch?
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Monthly Pitch Secretariat
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