UTEC - The University of Tokyo Edge Capital
Deep-Tech Startups, Global Business Development, lab-to-market innovation
Kiran is an AI-researcher-turned-VC. He joined UTEC in January 2018 and focuses on seed/early investments in IT and AI, including applications of AI in Healthcare and Physical Sciences. He currently has Board engagements (Director or Observer) in Eureka Robotics, Tricog Health, Bugworks Research, OPALai, Obviously AI, SWAT Mobility, Liminal Insights, and Blume Ventures. He was formerly a Board Member of Agara (PM Labs) which was acquired by Coinbase in October 2021. Before joining UTEC, Kiran was the head of India/SEA Operations at Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support (DTVS) Japan. He supported over 50 deep-tech Asian startups by connecting them with Japanese corporations, and also worked closely with METI Japan, to lead CEATEC IoT Acceleration for Asian startups. Prior to that, he was an AI researcher at UTokyo and also co-founded a student-led social enterprise named 'Kriya'. Kiran has been selected as a Young Global Leader by Stanford ASES (USA), St. Gallen Symposium (Switzerland) and Yenching Academy (China). In 2020, Kiran was featured in the prestigious FORBES Asia 30 Under 30 list in the Finance & Venture Capital category.
Investment Area：Japan, International
Investment Stage：Seed, Early
Investment fields, Interest：IoT, Health