|Mitsubishi Innovation Kitchen|
Mitsubishi Innovation Kitchen is 100% subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. They are an early stage venture firm and accelerator in Tokyo. Together we invest in world changing technologies in both the US and Japan. Companies that we invest in are able to leverage our strong network in both geographies. Details about the Innovation Kitchen management team are below.
Norihito joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1997 where he began by working on a global technology transfer project in Mitsubishi's Metal division. He is responsible for the global proliferation of many new Japanese technologies in the steel industry . After business school, he changed gears by joining Mitsubishi's Internet and emerging business development team and later started Innovation Kitchen. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the College of William and Mary where he majored in Political Science and Economics.
Makoto started his professional career at Mitsubishi, in 1997. He began as a Corporate Risk Manager and developed the an evaluation structure for new business that is still used within Mitsubishi today. Makoto later moved to Mitsubishi International Corporation in New York where he led third party verification service e-commerce team in 2001. In his 12 year career at Mitsubishi, he has worked on many large M&A projects, performing the business evaluation and due diligence functions. Makoto joined Innovation Kitchen after his MBA at Wharton school. He also graduated from Kyoto University with a Bachelors in Law.
Koichiro rejoined Mitsubishi, where he serves on the Board of Innovation Kitchen after completing his MBA from the Universisty of Chicago. At Mitsubishi, Koichiro began work in the telecommunication division and lead multiple startup companies. where he created and exited Japan's first Application Service Provider, Datastations (acquired by ValueCommerce). Prior to Mitsubishi, he was one of the founding members of Yahoo! Japan. He is member of Kauffman Fellows Class 12.