Outline

Faculty

YAMAMOTO Kazuhiko

Laboratory

KUID

Position

Professor

Research Field

Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategic Entrepreneurship

Profile

Educational Background

B.A. in Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University, March 1988

Current Position

Professor, Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University
Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University
Section Director and Professor, Engineering Biology Research Center Division of Bioeconomy, Kobe University
Visiting Professor, Hitotsubashi University Business school(HUB)
Board Director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Co., Ltd.(Seed Accelerator)
Board Director, Synplogen Co., Ltd.(DNA Synthesis)
Board Director, ViSpot Co., Ltd.(Viral Safety Evaluation)
Board Director, Bio Palette Co., Ltd.(Genome Editing)

Professional Career

I began my career in the private sector, joining Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in 1988 and moved to Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (Corporate Finance Research Department) and thereafter took a role as CFO with a venture firm.
After that, I had established Classic Capital Corporation (a venture capital firm) in 1998, where I guided and invested in venture firms at an early stage and provided professional consulting services in M&A and Finance Strategy.
I resigned from the board of Classic Capital Corporation as of March 23, 2016 as I has joined the Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University in April, 2016.

Academic Career

2016-: Professor, Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University
2016:- Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University
2014-: Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University
 Subject: Entrepreneurial Finance
2012-2015: Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law, Waseda University
 Subject: Venture finance and the Creation of new industries

Message

My creed is "bridging theory and practice" and "combining social and natural sciences".
The venture firm is an innovative small business yet predetermined to rapidly grow. The significance of its existence is in both leading innovations at a global scale and contributing to the economic growth by creating a massive jobs.
In recent years, entrepreneurial finance has shifted from "Start small, Let it grow" to "Start big, Make it bigger". In today's practice of entrepreneurial finance, a venture firm tries to raise a large amount of external capital at an early stage in order to place itself in a globally competitive position.

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