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Chiaki Yoshikawa

Startup Liaison

Chiaki Yoshikawa is a Startup Liaison at TDK Ventures. Chiaki is an advocate for our startups inside TDK. She continuously explores new opportunities to bring all our Portfolio Companies and startups with TDK Goodness. She loves to pro-actively promote Portfolio Companies’ solutions to other teams within TDK, encouraging engagement between the two. She also regularly makes presentations within TDK on the progress and achievements of resulting on-going synergy projects between the startups and the TDK Ventures teams.

Prior to her current position with TDK Ventures, she worked for 12 years in sales and marketing in TDK’s Tokyo and United Kingdom offices. While in Tokyo, she led Asian sales for front end module customers.

Chiaki earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Gakushuin University in Japan.

While not working, she enjoys camping and snowboarding with her family.

Portfolio Companies Served

actnano is setting a new standard for electronics protection with its commercialized water and environmental- resistant nanocoating technology, Advanced nanoGuard™ (ANG).
With over 15 years of robot development, Agility Robotics revolutionary Digit model can provide a robot solution to work side by side with humans, for humans.
AMB’s innovative “dry” process to print Li-ion battery electrodes can reduce energy consumption of a battery plant by 50%, save 40% in capital expenditure and enable potentially higher energy, faster charging, and lower cost batteries.
Analog Inference is building the most advanced line of AI inference accelerators ever seen using their novel in-memory compute technology.
Ascend Elements has created a novel closed loop recycling process, recovering high value battery components for reuse without the need to reprocess raw materials.
AutoFlight is pioneering the all-electric, sustainable air transportation of both human and freight.
Divirod’s cost-effective and scalable water network solution brings accessible, hyperlocal, and high-quality data in real-time.
Exo is revolutionizing ultrasound. Their advanced silicon-based chip design works as thousands of tiny nanoscale chips act in symphony together.
Fabric8Labs brings micron level precision to 3D printing of metals, with never before seen quality, and without sacrificing cost, scalability, or throughput.
Faction develops driverless vehicles that have the speed and performance of cars, but at the cost of a motorcycle, to reduce emissions, avoid gridlock, and improve energy use.
GenCell has developed an off-the-grid or back-up power solution that runs completely on hydrogen or ammonia fuel and can operate and tolerate across the gambit of environmental conditions.
Genetesis innovating the diagnostic cardiac space with a new scanning method that is working to save 8 million patients per year that come in for cardiac concerns.
Groq has developed a new and innovative compute technology that separates performance from latency allowing uncompromisingly exceptional results.
Using frontier research in microfluidics and MEMS engineering, they have built a single chip system that can deliver variable size, cell precision, payloads achieving unmatched cell delivery yield and viability.
Metalenz brings state of the art upgrades to optics across the board (agility, versatility, and resolution) with improved performance at lower manufacturing cost.
Mojo Lens’ revolutionary design uses a tiny microLED display the size of a grain of sand that empowers you to be your best self through enhancing tech.
Origin (by Stratasys) works with leading chemical companies to co-develop innovative photopolymers to unlock end-use applications in 3D printing.
SLD Laser is using highly efficient blue lasers embedded onto a chip with high performance phosphorus, they have created a laser light source with 100x greater luminance than LEDs, 10x the contrast, 10x the distance, and 1/10th the beam angle.
Span has overhauled the 100-year-old electrical panel to bring the innovations of tomorrow into the homes of today.
Starship is the world leader in autonomous delivery robots, serving over 10,000 deliveries per day.
Uhnder is a first of its kind radar-on-chip system made to automate system and precision feedback for the next generation of automotive vehicles.
Verdagy is innovating water- electrolysis technology for the large-scale production of green hydrogen.
Wheels is bringing safety, convenience, and sustainability to micromobility at last, with high-tech, all-electric scooters.

Previous Deep Explorations

Category: Next-Gen Materials

Micro LED Landscape

This exploration provides insights into the micro LED landscape as it combines several benefits of OLED displays and could potentially offer better performance in various areas.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Heating Technologies for Building Sector

This exploration provides insights into how the world needs to balance between ensuring access to affordable and sustainable energy for future generations while trying to achieve the carbon neutral decarbonization goal.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Hydrogen Fuel for Backup

This exploration investigates various fuel cell technologies that could help in the industrial backup power market.
Category: Healthtech

Medical Device Commercialization and Investment Strategies

This exploration provides learnings from some of the pitfalls and opportunities in commercialization strategies of medical technologies.