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Innovation and Creation of New Business

Energy & Environment Investment, Inc. was established in 2006 as the only venture capital firm focusing on the environment and energy sectors in Japan. Since our establishment, we have been actively investing and supporting the business growth of start-ups in the environment and energy-related services and technologies sectors.

The energy industry has witnessed the emergence of various innovations and new business models amidst a rapid industry transformation such as the deregulation of electric power and gas services, the spread of distributed renewable energy resources, the utilization of storage batteries and electric vehicles, digitalization and initiatives for realizing a sustainable society, etc. Such major changes in the energy industry are rapidly expanding business opportunities for innovators and prompting the launch of start-ups that drive continuous innovation.

Under these circumstances, we established EEI Fund 4 Innovation and Impact Investment, our fourth venture fund, in June 2018. We will invest in and support the business growth of excellent start-ups that drive innovations and new business creation in the energy industry as well as actively produce new businesses ourselves in constant pursuit of maximizing our coverage of attractive market opportunities. Leveraging our networks in the energy industry in Japan and abroad as well as our knowledge, expertise and knowhow, we will seek to maximize investment returns by developing unique investment strategies, sourcing attractive projects, enhancing the effective value of and implementing exit strategies for our investments. Furthermore, in the course of fund management, we will nurture start-ups that contribute to sustainability by incorporating Social Development Goals (SDGs) into our investment criteria.

Going forward, we will continue to contribute to innovation and business creation in the environment and energy sectors and promote the success of start-ups in the Japanese market that will have significant global impact toward the realization of a sustainable economy, environment and society.

Shuichiro Kawamura
President
Energy & Environment Investment, Inc.

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Corporate name Energy & Environment Investment, Inc.
Representative President Shuichiro Kawamura
Location 5-11-1 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-0022
Date of foundation March 3, 2006

Funds Managed – Overview

Fund IV – Overview

Name EEI Fund 4 Innovation and Impact Investment
Target fund size JPY 15.20 billion
Fund duration 10 years beginning on June 20, 2018 (the duration may be extended up to two years)
Main Investment Sectors
  • ・Companies with new innovative business models and technologies relating to structural transformation of the energy industry against the backdrop of the deregulation of electric power and gas services, the spread of renewable energy dispersion-type power sources, the utilization of storage batteries and electric vehicles, digitalization and initiatives for realizing a sustainable society, etc.
  • ・Companies engaged in smart home, smart industry, smart mobility, and smart city
  • ・Companies that contribute to the effective utilization of key resources (human resources, natural resources, financial resources, and regional resources, etc.) for realizing a sustainable society
Excerpts of LP investors [operational company]
Kyushu Electric Power Co.
K4 Ventures Godo Kaisha (the Kansai Electric Power Co. group)
Suzuyo Shoji Co., Ltd.
Seibu Holdings Inc.
Iwatani Corporation
JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
PTT
Shell Ventures Investments B.V.
TOSHIBA
[financial institution]
Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
The Shimizu Bank, Ltd.
IBJ Leasing Company, Limited
Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited
SBI
Mitsubishi UFJ
[administrative organization]
SME SUPPORT JAPAN

SDGs/ESG Investment

As in our mission of achieving sustainability through innovation and entrepreneurship, we invest in start-ups that are driving innovation in the environment and energy sectors. In the energy industry, business opportunities are rapidly expanding in such areas as those related to distributed energy resources, storage batteries and electric vehicles. Start-ups can play an active leading role in these areas, through which they will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. We are participating in these and other areas where we believe we can pursue the successful growth of start-ups and maximize investment returns by also contributing to the archivement of SDGs.

In the course of fund management, we will invest in and support the business growth of start-ups that can contribute to a sustainable society by incorporating the SDGs into our investment criteria. We will strive to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through our venture investments.

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