We invest in impactful
technologies.

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Our Mission

Impact Investing is more important than ever before. We aim to back the most innovative ideas combining impact and ground-breaking technologies. By leveraging knowledge and ensuring access to a growing network of like-minded people and organizations, we provide the best support we can to founders, especially in the early stages of their companies.

Our Investment Focus

We know that beginnings can be hard. Especially when you are on a mission to change the world for the better. We invest in superior technologies provided by passionate teams that contribute to saving our planet while building scalable business models.

Capabilities

Team

We are an international team combining investment expertise and operational excellence. As a team, we have the strong belief that it needs an outstanding impact ecosystem consisting of founders, investors, governments, and other organizations to be able to sustainably meet the greatest challenges of our time.

Naoyoshi Yoneyama

Founder and Managing Director

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Naoyoshi Yoneyama

Founder and Managing Director

Naoyoshi is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Business Innovator Berlin, a 100% subsidiary of SBI Holdings, Inc., and a former Japanese diplomat and economist. He has profound experience in advising technological start-ups, especially when it comes to their internationalization to Asia. Furthermore, Naoyoshi is serving as Board Advisor for SBI’s European portfolio companies such as Solarisbank and Element. Prior to setting up SBI’s European office, he was engaged in several investments in the European and UK market at SBI in Tokyo. Moreover, he established the operations in the German market for SBI with the launch of a fund focusing on Industry 4.0 related technologies in 2020.

Before pursuing his career at SBI, Naoyoshi worked in Vienna where he was in charge of economic and environmental affairs as part of the OSCE Delegation appointed by Japan. In this role he especially contributed to the establishment of sustainable environmental policies.

Naoyoshi graduated from RWTH Aachen University, holding a M.A. in European Studies (Politics/Economics).

Alena Schollmayer

Senior Investment Analyst

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Alena Schollmayer

Senior Investment Analyst

Alena’s passion for entrepreneurship and technologies brought her to the field of venture capital. Prior to her career at Strategic Business Innovator Berlin, she gained vast experience in strategy consulting and executive search. During her studies, she had the opportunity to pilot her own Impact Tech start-up idea and work hand in hand with founders of early-stage start-ups.

Besides working as a Venture Capitalist, she actively supports female founders and investors through diverse mentoring programs.

Alena holds a MSc in Management from ESCP Europe focusing on Deep Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Katja Nothnagel

Operations Manager

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Katja Nothnagel

Operations Manager

Together with Naoyoshi, Katja established the company in 2019. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning in the fields of administration, accounting, compliance, risk management, and IT. She is the multilingual bridge between the Berlin office and the Japanese parent company SBI Holdings, Inc. and an expert on Japanese business culture.

Katja completed her M.A. in Japanese Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Tokyo, majoring in Literary and Translation Studies.

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Global

Tokyo / Berlin

Established in 1999 in Japan, the SBI Group has formed the world’s first and leading internet-based financial conglomerate providing financial services in a broad range of fields.

The SBI Group’s business fields include securities, banking and insurance (Financial Service Business), investing in and incubating start-ups through various venture capital vehicles (Asset Management Business), and undertaking the R&D and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and health foods (Biotechnology Healthcare & Medical Informatics Business). By placing these business segments as the core of its operations, the SBI Group is taking on the challenge of realizing sustainable growth as a Strategic Business Innovator.
Being one of the largest Japanese private equity firms with more than USD 4.8 billion AUM and more than 9,000 employees worldwide, the SBI Group has invested in more than 1,500 companies globally and is one of the world's largest investors in the FinTech sector. This broad platform is leveraged to further drive the value of SBI’s investments.
In order to support the evolvement "from Japan’s SBI to the World’s SBI," the group established its first Western European representative office in Berlin in March 2019. In recent years, it has increased its investments in European start-ups, especially in start-ups based in Berlin.

Revenue in BN ¥

USD 4.8 BN

Assets under Management

339

Companies under the scope of the SBI Group

(including consolidated subsidiaries, consolidated partnerships and equity method affiliates)

23

Countries and regions with overseas offices in Asia, Europe and the US

All numbers as of Mar. 31, 2021, Source: SBI Holdings, Inc., Graph: Annual Report SBI Holdings, Inc. 2021

Selected portfolio

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SBI Group /Redstone Digital

Shaping future industrial systems.
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FutureIndustry Ventures (FIV) is a venture capital fund jointly launched by Redstoneand SBI Group in 2020.

Thepan-European fund is committed to invest in early stage scaleups shaping futureindustrial systems with solutions based on connectivity, decentralization,sustainability and security.

By leveraging corporate capital and institutional funds FIV aims to unlock thepotential of European assets and excellent innovation hubs that are shaping thefuture of the industry through technological leadership.
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