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Business plan for an investment fund to be established by Osaka University Venture Capital Co., Ltd. approved


On June 4, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry approved a business plan for the use of specific research results of Osaka University Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (OUVC). OUVC is an unlimited liability partner of OUVC Fund 1Limited Partnership for Investment (OUVC Fund 1). After the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology approves the amount of money that Osaka University will finance as a limited liability partner to OUVC Fund 1, OUVC Fund 1 will be established.

Investment activities by OUVC Fund 1

Investment will be made in the following ventures in the fields of life innovation, green innovation, and platform technology. (The illustration below shows an investment scheme.)

1. Start-up and early-stage venture by utilizing research results at Osaka University -- While getting hands-on support* from fund consulting companies, OUVC will make a milestone investment** on several occasions over a long period so that it can get co-investment from private venture capital at an early stage.

2. Joint venture established from joint research between Osaka University and private companies -- OUVC will make a full use of the university's power of research and development and companies' power of development, management, and sale.

3. Existing Osaka University venture -- OUVC will aggressively support existing OU ventures if investment destinations and other investors request or agree.

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*Hands-on support:
Support from fund professionals and consulting firms deeply involved in the management of their investment destination or companies they provide consultation.
**Milestone investment:
A type of investment by organizing business plans in chronological order and setting goals (milestones) for what should be done until when for making next investment according to the status of the achievement.

Future prospects

OUVC will promote the cooperation with related departments at OU and private companies and accelerate its approaches for facilitating the practical use of their research results. After the establishment of OUVC Fund 1, OUVC will promote the improvement of its systems including increasing staff for promoting smooth investment activities.

For more information, contact:


Joint Research and Commercialization Promotion Group
Osaka University
Tel: 06-6879-4207
Email: invest[at] 

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