RTHD Singapore one year anniversary- a year of strengthening ties between Japan and Southeast Asia
↑Standing reception at RTHD Singapore’s first year anniversary @Block 71
RTHD Singapore Pte. Ltd (hereinafter “Real Tech Singapore”), an overseas subsidiary of Real Tech Holdings Limited (located in Sumida-ku, Tokyo; represented by Yukihiro Maru and Akihiko Nagata), celebrated its first anniversary on 16 February 2023 by inviting local startups and key government players within Singapore’s startup ecosystem. At the reception, the company announced the appointment of local directors and measures to strengthen the future connection between Southeast Asia and Japan.
Real Tech Holding’s Global fund was established in May 2020, and since then it has invested in more than 10 deep-tech companies in Southeast Asia, promoting governmental and corporate collaboration between portfolio startups. On 16 February 2022, Real Tech Singapore Pte. Ltd was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary to accelerate investment executions, enabling multiple co-investments with government funds and acceleration of Singaporean startups into the Japanese market.
On its first anniversary, Real Tech Singapore announced their plans to launch a new global fund to further drive investments within South East Asia. Starting with the appointment of two local directors, they will continue to actively recruit local talent to strengthen their support for their portfolio companies.
Louis Christian Murayama / Director
After completing a Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, he was in academia as a Marie Curie Fellow at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He joined Boston Consulting Group in 2017 where he was involved in M&A and PMI advisory roles for three years, after which he joined Real Tech Holdings in 2021. He led Real Tech’s first overseas investment as a lead investor, and is driving the overseas expansion strategy for several portfolio companies from the Japan Fund.
Daiki Kumamoto / Director
During his time at Keio University, Daiki initiated and executed joint research projects between corporates and startups both within and outside of Japan. Since joining Real Tech Fund in 2019 as the firm’s first graduate hire, his investments has primarily been focused in the welfare and care sector. In 2020, he led the establishment of the Global Fund, a fund dedicated to investments into deep tech startups in Southeast Asia with a mission to solve Southeast Asia’s social and environmental issues. He was appointed Director of Real Tech Fund Pte. Ltd in 2023.
↑Murayama (left) and Kumamoto (right) at the 1st year anniversary reception
Through the new structure, Real Tech Fund aims to strengthen its connection between Japan and Southeast Asia, to accelerate the development of frontier R&D technology (real tech) start-ups aiming to solve the issues faced by the planet and humanity.
■ About Real Tech Singapore
- Registered Company Name: RTHD Singapore Pte. Ltd.
- Incorporation: February 2022
- Directors: Akitaka Wilhelm Fujii,Yukihiro Maru, Louis Christian Murayama, Daiki Kumamoto
- Business: Investment and growth support of deep tech startups
■ About Real Tech Holdings
RTH is a global VC firm investing in deep tech startups aiming to solve global issues. The firm is a joint venture of two Japanese companies, Euglena, a biotech startup listed on TSE, and Leave a Nest, a company with expertise in corporate R&D and startup incubation.
It has raised over 22 billion JPY and invested in over 80 startups within Japan and Southeast Asia with a strong emphasis on early engagement and hands-on support. In 2021, RTH became the first deep tech investment firm within Japan to establish a social impact investment fund.