– Startup trends in Silicon Valley and Israel and global startups’ pitch –

October 29th, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. JST
October 28th,2020 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. California Time
(Seminar will be held in English with summary translation)

We will organize an online seminar “startup trends in Silicon Valley and Israel”. In this seminar, we will introduce the business description and next technology trends of Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), which has bases in countries such as Silicon Valley and Israel and invests in seed or early-stage startups. We will also talk about the trends of Enterprise 4.0, the next-generation business innovation, and the recent startups in other countries.

This seminar will be very useful for considering investment strategies, corporate digital transformation, and business strategies in a post-COVID-19 world. Please join us!

◆Date:Thursday, October 29, 2020
◆Time:10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
◆Venue:Online (Zoom)
※We will send a confirmation e-mail with a participation link before the day before this seminar.
※Delivery venue:Canopy, Bldg. 9, Kyoto Research Park (Venue relevant personnel only, so general participants can’t enter there.)
◆Number of participants:50
◆Admission fee:Free of charge
◆Supporter:Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV)
◆How to entry:Please register for a ticket by Peatix.
① About the program or presenters of this seminar
SARR (I. Matsuda, M. Watanabe)
TEL:075-925-5722 FAX:075-925-5766
② About application
Innovation Design Department, KYOTO RESEARCH PARK Corp. (R. Inoue)

1. Introduction to BGV
2. Enterprise 4.0 ~What’s happening now and will happen after covid-19~
3. Startup and VC trends in the USA, Israel and the other countries
4. Presentation by portfolio companies of BGV

※About BGV
BGV is an early-stage VC firm based in Silicon Valley, Israel, India and France, Ikkei Matsuda, CEO of SARR, acting as a Japan Advisory partner. They specialize in discovering excellent overseas projects and incorporating them into the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and they also focus on B2B startups. Eric Benhamou, the founder and general partner of BGV, was known as an excellent business person. For example, he served as CEO of 3COM, the Internet igniter, and 3COM was selected to the Global Fortune 500 companies. He was also the CEO of Palm Computing, the creator of the original smartphone. He continues to serve on the boards of Silicon Valley Bank (SVBFG) and Ben Gurion University in Israel, which is renowned for cybersecurity. They place special focus on AI, IoT, mobility, cyber security, smart factories and digital transformation (DX), and promoting Enterprise 4.0.

Speaker of this seminar
Eric Benhamou:General Partner & founder
Eric Buatois:General Partner
Eric Buatois has 15 years of active venture capital experience, first at Sofinnova Ventures as a General Partner from 2001 until 2013 managing several funds of 250M$ and then General Partner at BGV since 2013. He is a lead investor who truly enjoys building global companies and has demonstrated experience in executing spin-offs from large companies.

※Scheduled startup presenters
(1) Scalefast
Scalefast is a US startup that provides multifunctional and scalable e-commerce solutions for D2C companies. You will be possible to launch an EC business that can order 350 pieces per second and use more than 100 types of currencies and more than 150 types of payment methods in 15 days at the earliest by utilizing their system. Industry leaders such as L’OREAL S.A., BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. and Hasbro, Inc. choose their solutions. They have raised US$ 22 million in a series B of funding in June of this year. Currently they are developing D2C support from Japan to Europe and the United States.

(2) Secret Double Octopus
Secret Double Octopus is an Israel startup that offers a simple and secure passwordless multifactor authentication system in order to enhance corporate security and to make employee more productive. The Octopus Authenticator, as they call it, can be integrated into most of the major enterprise applications, including Office 365, AWS, G Suite, and so on. Moreover, it works both online and offline. They have raised US$15 million from investors included Global Brain, Sony Financial Ventures and KDDI in a series B round of funding in April of this year.

(3) Drishti
Drishti is one of US startups from the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). They provide a system that improves productivity and product quality and enhance traceability by capturing video and data from manual activities at every station on line and analyzing using behavior recognition technology and AI. The system is also used to secure social distance in factories as a countermeasure against the spread of covid-19. Denso has already introduced it at their factory in the USA. They have raised US $ 25 million in a Series B round of funding in June of this year.


Section 4 introduces the startups which are active globally in enterprise 4.0 and covid-19 introduced in Section 2. This seminar will be very attractive, especially for companies looking for early stage projects and partners, and for CVC or VC business companies looking for looking for investee companies.

This seminar will be held free of charge as part of the KRP OPEN INNOVATION CLUB’s efforts.

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