Chiaki Yoshikawa

Startup Liaison

Chiaki Yoshikawa, the Startup Liaison at TDK Ventures, embodies a pivotal link between startups and TDK Corporation. With a rich background spanning 12 years in sales and marketing across TDK’s Tokyo and United Kingdom offices, Chiaki brings a wealth of experience to her role. Her dedication to fostering synergy between startups and TDK is evident through her proactive approach in advocating for these emerging ventures within the corporation.

At the heart of Chiaki’s role lies a commitment to creating an “equal-win” scenario for both startups and TDK Corporation. By continuously exploring new opportunities, Chiaki ensures that startups not only benefit from TDK’s expertise and resources but also contribute to the innovation ecosystem within the corporation. Her efforts extend beyond mere promotion, as she actively engages various teams within TDK, encouraging collaboration and partnership with portfolio companies.

Through regular presentations highlighting the progress and achievements of ongoing synergy projects, Chiaki reinforces the value derived from the collaboration between startups and TDK Ventures teams. This transparent approach not only keeps stakeholders informed but also fosters a culture of innovation and mutual growth.

Chiaki’s background in economics from Gakushuin University equips her with a strategic mindset, enabling her to identify opportunities that maximize the value for both startups and TDK Corporation. Her passion for promoting innovation extends beyond the workplace, as evidenced by her interests in camping and snowboarding with her family, reflecting a balanced approach to life.

Chiaki Yoshikawa serves as the catalyst for fostering collaboration and driving mutual success between startups and TDK Corporation, embodying the spirit of a true advocate for innovation and growth.

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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.
Ascend Elements has created a novel closed loop recycling process, recovering high value battery components for reuse without the need to reprocess raw materials.
Divirod’s cost-effective and scalable water network solution brings accessible, hyperlocal, and high-quality data in real-time.
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.
Metalenz brings state of the art upgrades to optics across the board (agility, versatility, and resolution) with improved performance at lower manufacturing cost.
pH7 Technologies developed a proprietary metal-extraction process utilizing non-toxic organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as electrochemistry to drive extraction of metals and key minerals from ores, concentrates, and end-of-life materials.
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.