TOKYO— MOL PLUS (Representative: Takuya Sakamoto; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) (Note 1) which is a wholly owned Corporate Venture Capital Fund (CVC) firm of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) was established on 26th April, 2021.
As its first investment, MOL PLUS has decided to invest in the “Real Tech Fund (Note 2)”, operated by Real Tech Holding Limited (Representative: Yukihiro Maru, Akihiko Nagata; Headquarters: Sumida-ku, Tokyo).
The Real Tech Fund is a venture capital fund managed and operated by Real Tech Holdings Limited (a JV of euglena Co., Ltd. and Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.) through LLC Real Tech Japan, a JV of Real Tech Holdings Limited and its subsidiary. The fund works to implement innovative R&D technologies (Real Tech) such as robotics, electronics, and AI—helping address global and human issues.
MOL PLUS will enhance collaboration with startup companies that are engaged in R&D of innovative technologies in Japan and Southeast Asia, through investment in the Real Tech Fund providing comprehensive support for implementation of research results in the Real Tech field and generate synergetic effects by combining startup companies’ innovative ideas and technologies with MOL Group resources, with the aim of creating new businesses that will PLUS new values to the ocean shipping industry and society at large.
(Note 1) Please refer to corporate profile and past press release of MOL PLUS as follows
2-1-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
April 26, 2021
Investment in startup companies Promotion of collaboration with MOL Group businesses