Kintetsu Venture Partners, Inc, promotes co-creation by startups and Kintetsu Group and contributes to the solving of social issues and further regional revitalization.
We will work on open innovation together with startups in a wide range of fields such as transportation, travel/leisure, merchandise sales / restaurants, hotels, real estate, and advertising / information services and create new businesses and new services.
Kintetsu Group will make use of every resource we have so as to support the growth of startups.
Kintetsu Venture Partners was established in August 2018 as a corporate venture capital (CVC), belonging to Kintetsu Group, which develops various businesses related to daily life in fields such as transportation, travel/leisure, merchandise sales / restaurants, hotels, and real estate, with Kintetsu Railway playing a core role.
Our goal is to create new businesses and open up a bright future through co-creation with startups.
We will also make bold efforts to create new businesses and services together with startups by playing the roles of a catalyst and a node that connects startups and Kintetsu Group, which develops various B-to-C businesses and services, and by providing the opportunities for proof of concept (POC) and proof of value (POV) leveraged by Kintetsu Group's resources.
Creative ideas and cutting-edge technologies of startups are indispensable for the future development of society, and we would like to support the growth of such startups in various ways.
Kintetsu Group develops various businesses and services related to daily life, in fields such as transportation, travel/leisure, merchandise sales / restaurants, hotels, and real estate. We also own many real assets including railway stations where business people, students, and tourists come and go, as well as commercial facilities such as Abeno Harukas.
A railway network of 501.1-kilometer and having 286 stations and covering five prefectures with an annual number of passengers of 572 million (FY 2019)
Sightseeing/fixed-route bus business nationwide
Taxi business in major cities including Osaka and Nara
Kinki Nippon Tourist and Club Tourism, which have a large numbers of tourism fans and members
Leisure facilities such as Shima Spain Village/PARQUE ESPAÑA , Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park and golf courses
Ten department stores and commercial facilities mostly along railway lines such as Abeno Harukas
In-station shopping mall Time’s Place and shops / restaurants
KINSHO, a chain with 37 grocery stores in Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto Prefectures
Miyako Hotels & Resorts, a hotel chain operating 23 inns and hotels in Japan and overseas
Detached housing and condominiums developed and sold not only in the prefectures in the Kansai region but also in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Chubu region
Developing housing-related businesses such as selling, leasing, brokering, and/or renovating housing/condominiums
Leasing and management of office buildings, commercial facilities, etc.
Entering various businesses such as the agriculture and energy businesses
KIPS Card members
Various kinds of data held as part of each business operated by the Kintetsu Group and more
(As of the end of September 2020)
①Efficiency improvement and labor savings in operations required in all business fields
②Strengthening of capabilities for marketing, promotion, and communication skills in a global and ICT society
③Sophistication of and more value added to services to support diversifying customer needs
①New businesses/services and regional revitalization measures to respond to an aging society and population decline
②New businesses aiming to solve social issues in fields such as the environment/energy, agriculture, and health / medical care
③New businesses created through the evolution of technologies, for example, FinTech
First, we consider business synergy with Kintetsu Group. Then, we conduct internal deliberation after carrying out due diligence and make investments.
Duration: Approximately 2 to 3 months
We seek financing needs through our own marketing activities, requests directly from companies, and introductions from other companies.▼
After checking the details of the business, we examine whether we can expect to create business synergy with the candidate company.▼
If we can expect to create business synergy, we investigate other matters such as financial information. We also conduct interviews with management and founding members if necessary.▼
Our board of directors examines the candidate project.▼
We prepare the necessary documents for the investment such as contracts to execute the investment.
Develops and provides an AI Video Conversation System "Talk With" that combines AI dialogue technology with an actual video to recreate the experience of speaking to the person in the video.
The company develops Odaijini Pharmacy chain incorporating “Reibai system”* and Reibai-centered Self-Care Pharmacy chain.
Each chain pharmacy aims to become a “town health center” pharmacy close to the community to offer various medical options.
Reibai system allows the sale of drugs without prescriptions for relatively minor symptoms, including cold, stomachache, and allergy remedies, among those that are usually administered based on prescriptions issued by hospitals and clinics. The sale of some drugs by Reibai system is attached to conditions such as face-to-face counseling with pharmacists and recommendations for medical consultation, and are available at the minimum necessary volume.
The company offers a counseling service for health concerns by developing pharmacies along the line that incorporates Reibai system and realizes a healthy and affluent society through contributions to regional medical care.
Gryllus Inc. is a venture company originating from Tokushima University with world-leading expertise based on nearly 30 years of cricket research at the university. The company is engaged in the breeding, production, raw material processing, product development, and sales of edible crickets in Japan.
Provides SaaS called “KINCHAKU”, a one-stop cloud service which simplifies the design and distribution of mobile wallet compatible point cards, stamp cards, discount coupons, membership cards, admission tickets, and event tickets. Kinchaku helps SMB to adopt native capabilities of Apple Wallet and Google Pay to deliver flawless mobile experience. No need to develop, maintain and promote proprietary apps.
Develops a system which allows to implement mobile wallet passes in transportation and other businesses related to the Kintetsu Group.
As an industry-leading smartphone application development company, bravesoft is known for entrusted application development and operations of in-house consumer apps. Also offers an event management platform called “eventos”.
Based on the idea of "creating infrastructure for a society that accepts diverse values as they are," develops a service named HafH that allows you to freely choose and stay at affiliated accommodation facilities in Japan and overseas by paying a fixed monthly fee.
In order to meet new needs of people working from where they like to live, which is emerging due to changes in lifestyles and working styles, promotes the link between HafH and the transportation services developed by the Group and aims to revitalize the region by promoting commuting and consumption along the railway lines and creating related populations.
Aiming to promote diversification of work styles and solve the shortage of workers, develops a work sharing service called Timee that connects users who want to work only at a certain time and businesses that want someone to work only at such a time and another work sharing service called Timee Travel that connects local businesses that need more workers and young people who seek extraordinary experiences.
Provides business transformation support with digital for enterprises starting with dynamic pricing, based on the idea of optimizing the movement of people, goods, and vehicles in the real world by the power of price so that we can minimize the waste of resources.
A robotics farm that develops and spreads wearable robots that reduce the physical burden on workers, including powered wear. Aims to realize a "power barrierless society" where people can work regardless of physical strength which depends on age and gender.
Provides sightseeing services, charter services, and Japan's only ride-sharing service (chartered but with shared seats) using helicopters with an eye on the next-generation mobility era.
Website localization solution WOVN.io, which is a SaaS-based service to localize documents in up to 40 languages without planning / development / additional operations.
Provides data integration services that maximize the value of the data a company holds by making full use of AI technology; founded in the United States, a Silicon Valley company originating in Japan.
Kintetsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd. participates as a founding partner in Plug and Play Osaka, which was established in July 2020 by Plug and Play, the world-class global venture capital/ accelerator, and works with Kintetsu Group companies to promote open innovation together with domestic and overseas startups with innovative technologies and ideas.
Kintetsu Venture Partners is a point of contact at the entire Kintetsu Group for Plug and Play Osaka, organizing the coordination between startups and other corporate partners participating with the Smart Cities accelerator program, holding various events with an aim of fostering an innovation culture in Kintetsu Group.
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