AsiaBerlin Fireside Chat with SBI Holdings: On Investing in Berlin
On 15th of July, we launched our first AsiaBerlin Fireside Chat – Investor edition!
We broadcasted live from our brand new video studio in Berlin. It was an informative fireside chat between Naoyoshi Yoneyama, Managing Director, SBI Holdings, Berlin GmbH and Chika Yamamoto, Founder & Managing Director, Crossbie, AsiaBerlin Ambassador.
The two discussed investment opportunities for Berlin Startups, the Japan-Berlin startup collaboration dynamics, and the future plans of Future Industry Venture Fund. Naoyoshi is a former diplomat who came to Berlin through an investment of the Japanese Softbank spin-off SBI Holdings in Berlin-based Solarisbank AG where he is still active as a supervisory board member.
After moving to Berlin, he grew to love the vibrant ecosystem and appreciate its unparalleled location and potential. He is now running a VC Fund that is set to invest 200 Million Euros in European startups.
Throughout the chat, Naoyoshi Yoneyama shares his thoughts on why Berlin is the place to be and why the Berlin startup ecosystem is a uniquely attractive environment in Germany and Europe from an Asian investors perspective.
We are proud that Asian companies such as Tencent, Horizons Ventures, PING AN, SoftBank Group, Temasek are already invested in Berlin. We had 50 attendees join us online from Japan, Germany, China, India, United States and United Kingdom – a truly global community!