CEO / Managing Partner

Tsuyoshi Ito

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In August 2014, he founded BNV with the vision of realizing a society where financial returns from commercialized academic research circulate back into academia. Since its inception, not only has he provided initial funding, but he has also been committed to building an ecosystem that supports growth.
Prior to founding BNV, he joined JAFCO in April 2003 and led numerous investments and BizDev support deep-tech startups from academia.
He serves as an external board member for several investee companies, and holds concurrent positions as Guest Associate Professor at Nagoya University and Guest Professor at Hiroshima University. He has also served as a committee member and judge for startup-related initiatives of the Cabinet Office and various ministries.
Completed his graduate studies in Chemical Engineering , Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Tsuyoshi Ito