Global Venture Capital (gvc) is an independent, Tokyo-based venture capital firm.

gvc is passionately committed to maximizing returns for our investors by helping realize the dreams of globally-minded entrepreneurs

Company nameGlobal Venture Capital Inc.
Adress1-1004, 2-24-1 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku Tokyo, Japan 141-0021
Managing partnersMichael J. Korver
Hirokazu Hasegawa


what we do

gvc is an independent, Tokyo-based partnership in the business of managing venture capital funds. The individuals constituting gvc have been active in entrepreneurship, venture capital and private equity globally for over 20 years. Since 1997, gvc has been responsible for managing a series of venture capital funds with total committed capital of 6.3 billion yen, which has been directly invested in over 35 companies both inside and outside of Japan . Direct investments in portfolio companies have resulted in seven IPO’s to date. As a result, gvc has achieved returns exceeding industry benchmarks for its investors.

gvc’s investment strategy is to “source globally and invest locally”. gvc considers investments in early-stage ventures located around the globe that have “meaningful contacts” with Japan and/or other economies of Asia . “Meaningful contacts” include one or more of the following attributes:

1. A large potential market in Japan and/or other Asian countries and a strong commitment on the part of management to consider these markets to be of significant importance.

2. A technology, product or service that is amenable to due diligence by applying technology resources accessible to gvc internally or in Japanese and/or other Asia-based corporations or academic/research institutions.

3. A strong potential interest by Japanese or other Asia-based corporations in partnering with the venture.

4. The potential to undertake an IPO on the Japanese capital markets.

Because gvc is Tokyo-based and composed of highly committed professionals with the requisite knowledge and experience, this investment strategy makes it possible for gvc to produce top-tier returns for its investors. This investment strategy and gvc’s unique composition enhances the performance of all of the tasks required of successful VC’s, including due diligence, structuring, negotiating and making the investment, adding value to the portfolio company and, finally, achieving a timely exit. In addition, gvc’s location and contacts give it access to deal flow information on a global basis.

Although its strategy is to “source globally and invest locally”, in order to effectively manage risk gvc will consider investments only in companies originating in countries where the legal infrastructure is well-established and documentation is typically in either English or Japanese. This effectively limits our investments to companies incorporated in Japan , the United States , the Commonwealth Realms, a limited number of other jurisdictions and certain offshore financial centers such as the Cayman Islands . We expect to invest half of each fund in Japanese companies and the balance in companies established in other countries.

Currently, gvc comprises five partners involved on either a part-time or full-time basis. Four are Japanese and one is a bilingual American. Four partners have graduate degrees (two in tech areas), one has practiced corporate law, one is a CPA, one is a certified adviser to small businesses, one is an entrepreneur who has founded and later successfully exited companies and all have had significant operating experience in both small and large companies.


michael korver

managing partner

managing partner michael is a co-founding partner of gvc and a partner in funds I, II, and III and managing partner of gvc IV and V. michael was born and raised in Tokyo and first developed his insider's perspective on Asian business from his experience as an analyst at the Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo from 1983 until 1986 (where he first met hirokazu, gvc's other managing partner), and as an international transactions lawyer with Richards & O'Neil in New York and Tokyo from 1987 until 1993. Since 1993 michael has worked as an international business consultant, corporate lawyer, venture capitalist and entrepreneur in Tokyo . He has founded or co-founded several companies and has served on the boards of a number of them. From 1999 until 2002 michael was in charge of legal and business affairs at The News Corporation Limited Japan, the Japanese operations of the international media conglomerate. michael currently serves as professor in the MBA program at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of Hitotsubashi University where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship and venture capital. michael serves on the boards of ChipIn Inc. (dba "Sprout Inc."), Pipeline Micro Inc., ReallyEnglish.com Limited and Nanopoint Inc. michael received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1979 and an M.A. in Economics and a professional law degree (Juris Doctor- J.D.) in 1983 all from the University of California at Berkeley . He is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and California.

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hirokazu hasegawa

managing partner

hirokazu is a co-founding partner of gvc and is managing partner of funds I, II, III, IV, and V. For three years prior to founding gvc from 1993 until 1996, hirokazu analyzed investment strategy and providing management consulting services to portfolio companies for JAFCO , Japan 's largest venture capital company. Prior to joining JAFCO during a ten year career as a securities analyst at Nomura Research Institute (where he first met michael, gvc's other managing partner) from 1984 until 1993 , hirokazu received the number one ranking in the annual Japanese analyst rankings. With numerous publications to his credit, hirokazu is frequently engaged to speak on matters related to venture capital investing and venture business management in Japan . hirokazu currently serves as professor in the MBA program at the Graduate School of Management of Waseda University where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship and venture capital. . hirokazu received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Chuo University (1984), a Ph.D. from Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies PhD Program (2006) and is a Japanese certified public accountant (Konin Kaikeishi) and a member of The Security Analysts Association of Japan.

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