NEC Corporation has completed the final close of the “NEC Orchestrating Future Fund”, an ecosystem-type corporate venture capital (CVC) fund established in December 2021 for US$140 million (approximately 20 billion yen). This CVC fund was made possible through investments from NTT FINANCE CORPORATION, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, , Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan’s ICT and Postal Services and Japan Industrial Partners which share NEC’s vision of the future.
NEC will accelerate the creation of new social value through co-creation with international and domestic startups that pioneer new markets with cutting-edge technologies and innovative business models.
This CVC fund has been scouting startups for co-creation in the global market with the aim of realizing five social visions: “City” as a place for people’s activities, “Communication” to connect people and goods, “Business” to support industry and society and fulfill one’s purpose for being, “Environment” and “Life” as a way of life. As of November 2022, the fund has invested in two startup companies and has launched initiatives to create new social value, including a collaboration with SINAI Technologies Inc. in the decarbonization business.
“NEC aims to create social value under the motto ‘Let’s bring amazing ideas to life, together’, and through this CVC Fund, NEC is seeking to realize “insight into the future”. The Fund bundles investments by various investors and invests in startups with promising growth based on the judgement of the General Partner. Going forward, we will continue to accelerate initiatives in support of the ‘NEC 2030VISION’, our vision for the future of society, through the collaboration among well-established companies, institutions, and startups,” said Masamitsu Kitase, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation.