Before we were Strategic Business Innovator Berlin GmbH, we started out as the European representative office of the Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings, Inc.
Naoyoshi established the office in March 2019 in Berlin, with me, Katja, joining him in May 2019. During that period, our main business focus was representing SBI Holdings, Inc. as an investor in mainly FinTech, AI, and industry 4.0 technologies in Europe, the Banking-as-a-Service platform Solarisbank or the digital insurance infrastructure provider ELEMENT among the companies and start-ups SBI Group invests in.
In order to play a more active role as advisor and investor in Berlin, Germany, and Europe, we founded our own company Strategic Business Innovator Berlin GmbH half a year later in November 2019 as a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, Inc.
In the meantime, our team has grown and we have had Emiko join us as Chief Financial Officer and Alena as Investment Analyst in 2020.
Our team combines two unique and very powerful cultures. Leveraging the best of both worlds, we also aim at utilizing this blog to introduce you to some cultural influences and how we manage to thrive as a team.
Since April 2020 we have taken on a fund advisory role in the European start-up fund Future Industry Ventures Fund (FIV) S.C.Sp., SICAV-RAIF, initiated by SBI Holdings, Inc. and Redstone Digital GmbH.
This fund is to support start-ups from the "Industry 4.0" sector which change the future of industry through technological edge.
Referring to the latest article about "what we believe in" (check out Alena’s insights to impact investing here) Strategic Business Innovator Berlin has a distinctive mission for the future. We aim to back the most innovative ideas combining impact and ground-breaking technologies.
By leveraging knowledge and ensuring access to a growing network of like-minded people and organizations, we want to provide the best support we can to founders, especially in the early stages of their companies. We are convinced that it is time to become an active member of the European Impact Investing ecosystem.
Stay tuned, there are interesting (and hopefully CO2 neutral) times to come!