What Do Venture Capitalists Do? by Paul McInerney of Incubate Fund


Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00


Lab 4 Room F01


What Do Venture Capitalists Do? A virtual fireside chat with Paul McInerney General Partner of Incubate Fund

Thu, 11 November 2021 (3:00pm-4:00pm)

In Person: Lab 4 F01
Online: https://oist.zoom.us/j/98080512810

The OIST Innovators Society is hosting a virtual fireside chat with Paul McInerney, General Partner of Incubate Fund, a venture capital firm based in Tokyo with more than JPY50 billion under management and with a focus on investing in early-stage startup companies.

  • How does venture capital work?
  • What do investors look for when they are pitched by entrepreneurs?
  • How do venture capitalists work with the companies they invest in?

This is an exciting opportunity to ask a venture capitalist anything!

About Paul McInerney

Paul joined Recruit Co., Ltd. in 1997 and co-led digital business building and corporate venture capital investing efforts. While at Recruit Paul was also a founding member of Golfport (an online golf reservation site) – subsequently sold to Rakuten in 2002. He joined McKinsey & Company’s Tokyo Office in 2002, was elected Partner in 2007 and Senior Partner in 2014. After leading McKinsey & Company’s Asia Pacific Marketing & Sales Practice and McKinsey Analytics Asia, until February 2021 Paul was the Leader of McKinsey & Company’s Asia Pacific Consumer & Retail Practice and Managing Partner of QuantumBlack Japan. Paul joined Incubate Fund as a General Partner in March 2021. Paul has authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Nikkei Business, Toyo Keizai and has spoken at multiple industry events. Paul grew up in Australia and has been a resident of Japan for the past 30 years. He is a co-founder and board member of UWC ISAK Japan.

Sponsored by the Technology Development & Innovation Center at OIST. Questions? Email: innovation@oist.jp.


"What Do Venture Capitalists Do?" is an official activity of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international movement to empower entrepreneurs and help make it possible for anyone, anywhere to start and scale.

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