JAFCO invests in highly innovative companies with high growth potential, capable of initiating fundamental changes to the industry and society. Based on our “highly selective, intensive investment” strategy, we concentrate our resources on a limited number of companies. This allows us to boost their potential for success and target high returns on IPOs. We also pursue other exit opportunities with the management teams by acquiring influential interests in these companies.
JAFCO employs the following five maxims in our business operation.
Reproduce success by passing on our expertise
JAFCO is in the venture capital business for over 40 years. We capitalize on the accumulated expertise as our organizational strength to provide post-investment support, thereby increasing the chances of our portfolio companies to thrive and achieve a big success. We also believe that building up our successful track record broadens the base of entrepreneurs.
Create next-generation businesses
JAFCO works with all portfolio companies not only as an investor, but also with a mindset of “Co-Founder.” Our early involvement in new business planning and co-founding a business allow our portfolio companies to prosper, and also JAFCO and its funds to achieve high performance.
Develop globally, focus locally
Day-to-day activity rooted in the local community is important for venture investment. We establish and manage funds in the US and Asia with our local capitalists to diversify risks regionally. Capitalizing on our strength as a Japanese VC firm, our BD (business development) group members offer cross-border support covering Japan, the US, and Asia.
Work earnestly with entrepreneurs to raise corporate value
There are various hurdles to overcome in order to bring businesses up to speed. JAFCO works earnestly with entrepreneurs at any phase of startup. By working together to make better decisions through active discussions, we fulfill our common objective of raising corporate value.
Preserve discipline and transparency as a VC pioneer
To increase risk capital through venture capital funds, it is important to build a structure that ensures credible fund management for investors. As a pioneer that established Japan’s first VC fund, we will preserve discipline and transparency of our funds based on consistent management policies.