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Achieving Growth Together

We are deeply committed to achieving

your international business objectives

AZCA, Inc. is a strategic consulting and investment banking firm that assists companies as they expand and diversify their businesses in Japan and North America.

As a result of the increasingly interdependent global economy, many corporations are reassessing their direction and developing international strategies as key components of their long-term success. This may involve new venture launches, corporate or institutional investment, technology exchanges, corporate partnerships, and other synergistic business relationships.

AZCA serves as a catalyst – advising clients in the development of effective international strategies. More importantly, we play an active role through every step of the business development process to ensure and expedite their successful implementation.

Professional Services

Management Consulting

Based on our more than 35 years of experience, network, and track record, we provide research, strategic planning, and implementation support for new business development, entry into North American and Asian markets, and expansion or restructuring of existing businesses based on business alliances with North American and Asian companies.

Residency program

Going one step beyond consulting support, we provide support for new business development and the hiring of globally-qualified human resources for ambitious companies that aim to develop new businesses by utilizing Silicon Valley's innovation ecosystem. We are doing training.

Venture incubation

We foster in-house ventures and startups originating from Japan in the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem. We either carve out an in-house venture project of a Japanese company and nurture it as a startup in Silicon Valley, or we create a Silicon Valley base for a startup founded in Japan and provide support and development, including financing, as necessary.

Corporate Venture Studio

Going one step further than consulting support and residency programs, AZCA members who are familiar with the Silicon Valley situation and have venture capital experience will support corporate venturing for client companies. In particular, the AZCA Venture Studio Program aims to launch a scalable, profitable new business within two years by taking a bird's-eye view of the big technology trends and confirming the company's medium- to long-term strategic direction, not only by collaborating with startups but also by utilizing investments and M&A.

Strategic Partnering

Based on a bird's-eye view of the major trends in technology and the company's medium- to long-term strategies, we will not only collaborate with startups, but also utilize investments, M&A, etc., to create new businesses that are scalable and generate profits. We aim to launch within two years.

Practices

DX

IIoT

AI

Life Science

Clean Tech

Fintech

New Tech

Team

AZCA’s professional staff possesses extensive international backgrounds and direct experience working in the Asia Pacific countries. We are familiar with local business practices and customs in these countries, and maintain valuable professional relationships within the business infrastructure. Each consultant has a unique blend of corporate and venture business experience, coupled with a strong background in management and technology. This experience added to their advanced degrees from leading universities in both the U.S. and Japan make their knowledge invaluable.

Core Members
Masa ISHII
Masa ISHII

Founder and Managing Partner

Silicon Valley

Serdar UCKUN
Serdar UCKUN

Partner

Boston

Asli SENCER
Asli SENCER

Professional Associate

Istanbul

Sunil MAULIK
Sunil MAULIK

Partner

Silicon Valley

Robert Peter GALE
Robert Peter GALE

Partner

Los Angeles

Teruyo WILSON
Teruyo WILSON

Director of Operations

Silicon Valley

Zak MURASE
Zak MURASE

Partner

Silicon Valley

Harumi KATO
Harumi KATO

Partner

Tokyo

Miyuki MARUYAMA
Miyuki MARUYAMA

Office Manager

Tokyo

Deborah SIEGLE
Deborah SIEGLE

Partner

Silicon Valley

Shota ISHII
Shota ISHII

Partner

Tokyo

Blog

Knowledge

Presentations​

2022年6月20日

JETROサンフランシスコ ウェビナー

2022年4月22日

新社会システム総合研究所 ICT戦略特別セミナー

2022年3月23日

日本産業推進機構グループ 勉強会

Interviews

2021年2月26日

【DX EXPO 2021】 基調インタビュー

2014年8月1日

産学官連携ジャーナル 2014年8月号

2012年10月1日

マールオンライン(M&A情報・データサイト) 2012年10月号

Articles

2022年8月1日

EETimes Japan 連載記事 オープンイノベーションとVC/CVC 2022年3月~8月

2022年7月1日

粉体技術 特集記事 Vol. 14, No. 7, 2022

2022年6月1日

映像新聞 連載記事(奥村文隆執筆) 2022年~

Clients

​Japan
North America and Other