UTEC Founders Program
An initiative driven by UTEC’s swift investment decision-making to turbocharge scaling-up of seed-stage deep-tech startups.
UFP is an initiative driven by UTEC’s swift investment decision-making to turbocharge scaling-up of seed-stage startups using science & technology to solve global issues of humankind.
At UTEC, we have been offering comprehensive support to teams in various stages of launching their deep-tech startups, ranging from idea-stage to newly incorporated companies.
In addition to investing $100K-$1Million in seed-stage startups, we have also established Entrepreneur-in-Residence program to support innovators preparing to start their own companies, and Grants for researchers in basic science.
The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners is an independent VC fund associated with academic institutes such as The University of Tokyo, that invests in deep-tech startups that solve global issues of humankind using science & technology. We started in 2004, and have so far invested in over 110 startups with a track record of 13 IPOs & 12 M&As. We have a portfolio of over 80 Japanese startups and 30 global startups in USA, India, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
We recently launched our fifth fund – UTEC 5 Limited Partnership.
UTEC 5 is expected to exceed $275 million (30 billion yen) in total by June 2021. The aggregated amount of Assets Under Management (AUM) from UTEC 1 to UTEC 5 amounts to approximately $780 million (85 billion yen), making us the largest venture capital fund in Japan in science and technology fields, and one of the largest deep-tech funds in Asia.
What is UFP?
UTEC Founders Program(UFP) is structured in a way that enables our team to evaluate applications and execute investments in a swift-manner, while offering ad-hoc support to the portfolio in the form of strategic advice, study sessions, recruitment support, introductions to corporates for business development and demo day. The program offers two tracks:
An investment program with applications accepted throughout the year to invest up to $1 million in seed-stage startups
A program to support technology commercialization with a grant of up to $100K over a time frame of one year. The applications are opened every six months
Life Sciences & Healthcare
Information Technology (IT)
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Details will be announced on the website soon