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Founder Institute Mentors

Japan 2024

Founder Institute Mentors join weekly feedback sessions, host office hours, and in general provide you feedback every step of the way. In addition, through our Equity Collective, Mentors are invested in the success of your company both during and after the program.

See the list of current and past mentors for the Japan program below.

Mentors

マスミ

マスミ シマフジ

創設者兼CEO, 株式会社エクシオン
Abe

Abe Rezai

Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, H.B. Fuller
Aki

Aki Ohashi

Vice President, Evolution Ventures
Alexander

Alexander De Vore

CEO, 3D Printing
Andrew

Andrew Shuttleworth

Mentor, Founder Institute
Benjamin

Benjamin Joffe

Founder & CEO, Plus Eight Star
Cedric

Cedric Wagrez

VP, ML Tech & Japan AI, TaskUs
Chiamin

Chiamin Lai

Managing Partner, UB Ventures
Chintan

Chintan Oza

Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
Chris

Chris Foltz

Entrepreneur In Residence, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents
Christoph

Christoph Sollich

Christoph Sollich - The Pitch Doctor, The Pitch Doctor
Conrad

Conrad Kimball

CEO, ADU.Works
Darren

Darren Menabney

Lead, Global Employee Engagement, Ricoh Company
Dr. Mayank

Dr. Mayank Singh

Co-founder, CEO , Impute Inc.
Ed

Ed Thompson

Marketing Consultant / Founder, Concept Design I/O
Erdinc

Erdinc Ekinci

Co-Director, Founder Institute Korea/Japan, Co-founder, CEO, Openfor.co, inc
Evan

Evan Burkosky

Head of Enterprise Digital Marketing, TechnoPro, Inc.
Fuminori

Fuminori Gunji

Business Coach | Startup mentor & investor | Ex-SoftBank | Ex-Startup COO | M&A exit | Trilingual BizDev expert, Gunji Works
Hideki

Hideki Suzuki

CEO , TSUCREA Co., Ltd.
Hiroshi

Hiroshi Nishikawa

Representative Director, Solve AI
Hiroyuki

Hiroyuki Anno

Founder and CEO, DELIGHT Inc.
Jad

Jad Tarifi

CEO & Co-founder, Integral AI
Jared

Jared Campion

Founder & CEO, Dream Drive
Jatin

Jatin Kataria

Founder & CEO, InMeSta
Jay

Jay Onda

Director (Investments) | CVC Advisory Board Member, Marubeni Ventures | National Venture Capital Association
Jay

Jay Ashcroft

Founder, Growth Engine Consulting
Jet Son

Jet Son Tan

Director of Product & Technology, AVANT Corporation
John

John Kirch

Director, Ichigo Asia K.K.
Jordan

Jordan Fisher

Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Zehitomo
Joshua

Joshua Flannery

Founder & CEO , Innovation Dojo Japan
Jun

Jun Miyazaki

CEO / Mentor, OrangeTechLab
Karin

Karin Wellbrock

Mrs. / Partner , Kay Group K.K.
Kei

Kei Shimada

Executive | Entrepreneur | Award-winning Innovator | Global Keynote Speaker| Startup Mentor | Angel Investor | EMBA, Liquid One Studio
Ken

Ken Sobajima

Founder & CEO , Tomorrow Access LLC
Ken

Ken Covey

Investment Manager, QXLV
Kevin

Kevin Brockland

Founder & Managing Partner, Indelible Ventures:
Khalil

Khalil Maaouni

Head of Data and Digital, Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc.
Kiyotake

Kiyotake Sugita

Founder, KLAR K.K.
Kojiro

Kojiro Seto

Startup Advisor, bTANK LLC
Kota

Kota Fujinuma

Lawyer, Kobayashi Yugeta Law Office
Krishan

Krishan Caldwell

General Manager, Japan, Tellus
Lu

Lu Dong

Founder and CEO, TakeMe Co.,Ltd.
Maaike

Maaike Doyer

Founder, Epic Angels
Mahesh

Mahesh Kasar

SVP, Head of Sales - APAC / Global Partner Alliance and Indirect Channel Sales, Rakuten Symphony
Makihara

Makihara Arisa

Junior Associate , Anobaka
Mari

Mari Nishiyama

Startup Partner Lead, Stripe
Marko

Marko Simic

Chief Technology Officer, Ascent Robotics, Inc.
Masafumi

Masafumi Kamishiro

Senior Vice President, Bain Capital
Masaru

Masaru Nagura

General Manager, CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center)
Maximillian

Maximillian Naza

Chief Executive Officer , PasciVite
Michael

Michael Sheetal

Founder / CEO, PlayBrain Inc.
Michael

Michael Sudano

Senior Robotics Operations Engineer, Woven Planet Holdings
Mikio

Mikio Kawahara

Chief Investment Officer / Head of Investment and Business Development, UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd.
Naoko

Naoko Kurosawa

Senior Manager, TSUCREA Co., Ltd.
Naotake

Naotake Murayama

Head of Global Operations, SplitX
Niklas

Niklas Karvonen

Community Director, Nordic Innovation House - Tokyo
Noriya

Noriya Tarutani

Director of Innovation Division, JETRO / J-Startup Affairs
Paloma

Paloma Lecheta

Regional Director - LatAm, Founder Institute
Paul

Paul Ashton

Country Manager, Japan, Nord Security
Raphael

Raphael Hodé

CEO, Design Director, nowthen
Rebecca

Rebecca Chai

Ventures Associate, Plug and Play Japan
Reisa

Reisa Matsuda

Community Manager, Google Japan
Roger

Roger Do

CEO, QSearch
Ryan

Ryan Micheletti

Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
Ryoichi

Ryoichi Kaneko

Partner, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Sameer

Sameer Sortur

Founding Partner, SquareCircle Ventures
Schyler Alexandra

Schyler Alexandra Cole

Associate, Incubate Fund
Sergio

Sergio Elias Wilson

Foreign Associate, So & Sato Law Firm
Serkan

Serkan Toto

Founder, CEO, Kantan Games, Inc.
Shigeru

Shigeru Sumitomo

Founder and Representative Director, Conselux Corporation
Shinya

Shinya Yamamoto

Founder & CEO, Link & Innovation, Inc.
Sho

Sho Sato

CEO, LUDiMUS Inc.
So

So Saito

Founder, So & Sato Law Offices
Steve

Steve Monaghan

General Partner, Finmirai
Takaaki

Takaaki Ono

Co-Founder, BlueCircle, LLC
Takeshi

Takeshi Maruyama

President / Chief Marketing Officer, Sekisui Fuller
Taku

Taku Furukawa

Founder & Organizer, Tokyo Fabhub
Takujiro

Takujiro Oto

Co-Founder and CEO, Drive Japan Inc.
Tao

Tao Romera Martinez

Chief Operating Officer, Soundraw
Taruho

Taruho Kuroda

Senior Director, R&D Asia-Pacific Hub, LEO Pharma
Theodore

Theodore Kee

Founder, The Elect Advisory
Todor

Todor Panev

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Web Factory, Sigoor, Talnets
Tom

Tom Moss

CEO, Skydio APAC
Tomohiro

Tomohiro Uchida

Partner, Translink Capital
Tyson

Tyson Batino

Founder 創業者, Scaling Your Company
Xinmei

Xinmei Cai

Engineering Director, Google Japan
Yamato

Yamato Sasagawa

Investor, World Innovation Lab (WiL)
Yoichi

Yoichi Ito

Dean of entrepreneurship dept., Musashino Univ.
Yoshiki

Yoshiki Kimura

lawyer , MURATA & WAKATSUKI LAW OFFICES
Yoshimi

Yoshimi Shinohara

Founder / CEO, Yokohama Ventures LLC
Yoshiro

Yoshiro Tasaka

Director of Global Strategy Division, Shibuya City Government / Shibuya Startup Support
Yuichi

Yuichi Terada

Founder & President , Hiyoura Lab
Yuji

Yuji Tanabe

Founder and CTO, Aeterlink
Yuki

Yuki Shirato

Managing Director, Yakumi
Yuki

Yuki Sato

Co-founder, CEO , Obniz Inc
Yu Li

Yu Li Shein

Co-Director, Founder Institute Korea/Japan, Co-founder, COO, Openfor.co, inc
Yves

Yves Lehmann

Mr., if21
Zak

Zak Murase

Managing Director, Pacific Sky Partners

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