November 16 (Sat) 14:00-
In a world where design thinking and art thinking have become common, is it still possible to make money with design and art? Do they work as a business? The mindsets are being established with words being thrown around, but can design and art really be coupled with business?
In this event, moderator Takao Kunori (Editorial Advisor, Forbes Japan) will speak with Akihiko Nagata (Executive Vice President/COO, Euglena Co., Ltd.; Representative Executive Director, Real Tech Fund), who proactively invests on the creativity of tomorrow from the standpoint of an investor, and Akira Wakita (artist; Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at SFC, Keio University), who continues to explore the theme of “science and art” through his practice, and aims to take the company he established public.
Date and time: November 16 (Sat), 14:00-15:00 (doors open at 13:45)
Venue: kudan house B1 (1-15-9 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0073)
Access: Kudanshita Station on Tokyo Metro (subway), 5-minute walk from exit 1 (about 400 meters)
Capacity: 30 people (first come first served)
Executive Vice President/COO, Euglena Co., Ltd.
Representative Executive Director, Real Tech Fund
Graduated from the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University. Joined an independent private equity fund and worked for the private equity and consulting departments. Joined Euglena Co., Ltd. as board member in 2008. Including the period before the company went public, he has since been supervising Euglena’s business strategy, M&A, financing, capital alliance, PR/IR, and company administration. He is currently in charge of the execution of Euglena’s food, fuel, and R&D businesses as Executive Vice President and COO, while also acting as Representative Executive Director of Real Tech Fund, Japan’s largest technology venture capital fund.
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Born in Tokyo in 1974. As an artist who crosses science and contemporary art, he uses simulations based on advanced numerical calculations to develop images, installations and live activities. His works have been exhibited at Ars Electronica Center, Mutek, WRO Art Center, Kiyoharu Art Colony and Miraikan. In 2016, he started a collaborative project with Tetsuya Komuro and presented his works at Ars Electronica Festival and Red Bull Music Festival.
Editorial Advisor, Forbes Japan
Kunori began his career as an editor after graduating from the Faculty of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University and working for NTT Communications. He has interviewed and covered countless entrepreneurs and creators in and out of Japan while holding senior positions such as deputy editor-in-chief of President and associate managing editor and online editor-in-chief of Forbes Japan. He is currently editorial director of Work Mill with Forbes Japan and mentor for Aoyama Startup Acceleration Center managed by the city of Tokyo.