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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.

Takeshi Kuribayashi

Managing Director

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Takeshi Kuribayashi

Managing Director

Takeshi Kuribayashi, currently serving as the Managing Director at Strategic Business Innovator Berlin GmbH, is a distinguished professional with a comprehensive background in finance, strategic management, and business administration. His extensive tenure at SBI Holdings, Inc. includes pivotal roles such as Financial Director at SBI Bank LLC in Russia, where he efficiently managed operating budgets, financial planning, and played a crucial part in various committees related to asset and risk management.

Before pursuing his career at SBI, Takeshi accumulated a wealth of experience at Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. His corporate journey witnessed a remarkable ascent from an Assistant Manager in the Accounting Department to the esteemed position of Chief of Accounting. His adept handling of financial functions during the earthquake crisis of 2011 and the intricacies of overseeing subsidiary mergers underscores his resilience and strategic competence.

Takeshi Kuribayashi graduated from Keio University with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Andrea Böhmert

Managing Partner-VC Fund

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Andrea Böhmert

Managing Partner-VC Fund

Andrea Böhmert is the Managing Partner of Strategic Business Innovator Berlin. She is a seasoned investor, fund manager, and entrepreneur with a rich background in venture capital. Andrea has successfully raised four funds from a diverse range of investors, including Ultra-high net worth individuals, development finance institutions, and Institutional Investors and invested in over30 early growth stage technology companies throughout her career, witnessing their evolution from local players to international leaders. She provides hands-on involvement, leveraging her knowledge, experience, and extensive network to drive success.

 Before joining Strategic Business Innovator Berlin, Andrea served as a Partner at Knife Capital, a South African-based Venture Capital Fund, where she was actively engaged in the entire investment lifecycle, from deal origination to negotiation, due diligence, post-investment management, and exit positioning.

 Prior to Knife Capital, Andrea founded and co-managed Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa, securing initial funding from Professor Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP. Her diverse background also includes senior management positions at Dimension Data and Siemens Southern Africa.

 Andrea has a master's degree in Commerce from RWTH Aachen, Germany, and an MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

Ken Otsu

CFO

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Ken Otsu

CFO

Ken is the CFO of Strategic Business Innovator Berlin and the Fund Controller of Future Industry Ventures Fund. 

Prior to his career at Strategic Business Innovator Berlin, he has gathered 7+ years of experience in accounting in the various industries as well as 2+ years of experience in project finance management, corporate planning and asset management in the renewable energy industry. In his previous job, He has contributed to developing and managing renewable energy development projects that constructed solar and wind power plants, being involved not only in national projects in Japan, but also in overseas projects in Mongolia and Saudi Arabia at SoftBank Group.

Ken completed his MBA specialising in finance and accounting at the IU International University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Currently, he enhances his financial profession further through the CFA program. 

Moritz Schwarz

Principal

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Moritz Schwarz

Principal

Moritz is responsible for venture capital investments for Future Industry Ventures and business development at SBI Berlin.

He is an expert in the field of sustainability and fintech. After spending 5+ years in several roles in the banking industry, Moritz joined the corporate venturing unit of Commerzbank for 4+ years where he was responsible for a portfolio of 6 companies.

Besides his VC activities, he founded the IMPACT FESTIVAL, Europe's leading event for sustainable B2B technologies. He also has a strong personal interest in regenerative agriculture and co-founded a non-profit Startup called Foodroots.

Moritz holds a Master of Science in Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Miki Sakazaki

Communications Officer & Analyst

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Miki Sakazaki

Communications Officer & Analyst

Miki is the Communications Officer and Analyst of the Strategic Business Innovator Berlin, and in charge of administration, auxiliary tasks of the Investment team. Having Majored in BA of German Studies at the Sophia University in Tokyo, she started her first career as an assistant at the International Patent Law Office in Tokyo, where she could apply her knowledge about German language for translating.

With her research skills and communication skills, she contributed to establishing the new US business in the previous company.

Renxiu Zhao

Investment Associate

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Renxiu Zhao

Investment Associate

Renxiu Zhao is an Investment Associate at Strategic Business Innovator Berlin.

With five years of entrepreneurial experience in China, she co-founded a media tech startup in 2015, contributing to raising a €4 million Series A round in 2017. In 2020, she joined a leading Chinese culture and consumer tech startup as a Growth Manager, playing a pivotal role in the company's impressive growth, resulting in a $3 million Series A+ investment in 2021. Before her entrepreneurial journey, she worked as an Associate Creative Director and Social Media Strategist at a top Chinese advertising agency, serving renowned brands such as Coca-Cola, Lenovo, and Durex.

She possesses a diverse range of interests and expertise in the fields of technology and venture capital investments, with a particular focus on Applied AI, Industrial Tech, and Consumer Tech.

She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Engineering and a Master's degree in Digital Media Technology & Art from Communication University of China. Recently, she successfully completed her MBA at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, specializing in entrepreneurship and decision-making.

Patricia Bardají

Investment & Legal Associate

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Patricia Bardají

Investment & Legal Associate

Patricia is an Investment & Legal Associate at SBI Berlin.

She has a 360° overview of the entrepreneurial and venture capital ecosystem. She actively contributes to the Investment team and offers legal counsel as necessary.

Prior to SBI Berlin, from a business perspective she pursued a professional experience as a Financial Controller at a fintech in Barcelona and from a legal perspective, she was engaged in the Venture Capital team at Osborne Clarke Spain.

Patricia graduated from ESADE Business & Law School holding a Double Degree in Business and Law and a Double Master's Degree in International Business Law and Legal Practice, also at ESADE Business & Law School.

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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

EUrope

SBI Group /Redstone Digital

Shaping future industrial systems.
More about FIV  ●
Future Industry Ventures (FIV) is a venture capital fund jointly launched by Redstone and SBI Group in 2020.

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

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