Investing in innovative energy ventures
Our Investment Strategy
We focus our scouting efforts on EEA countries and Israel, though if we find a specific project particularly appealing we are happy to expand our scope.
Our preferred outcome is a Joint Venture to enter the Japanese market, we can consider direct equity co-investments or a combination of these two options. We do not seek to be lead-investor.
We look for commercialised scale-ups, ready for international expansion. Typically, annual revenue will be over £1M and funding will have reached series B (£10M+)
Target Deal Size
Held annually in London, Japan Energy Challenge is an opportunity for innovative companies operating in the energy sector, to meet and connect with large Japanese corporates, our sponsors. The goal is to build relationships that result in collaborations, sales, investment, and other forms of support for helping grow the invited companies in Japan.
This competition is unique in that all invited companies will have at least one sponsor interested in meeting them specifically. The JEC team works with the invited companies in the months leading up to the event to fully understand their business and products.
The event itself will represent the culmination of months of research and back and forth communication, making the actual meetings very meaningful to exploring future relationships.
Find out more about the program and how to apply to Japan Energy Challenge here.
Stage I- Scouting
By looking at current investment trends within the Global energy market we identify the most promising sectors and perform detailed research on the best companies therein.
Stage III- Investment
Of these finalists, only a select few will be considered for the fund, based on product fit with the japanese market and success of JEC participation we throw our weight in behind top-tier projects.
2019 Japan Energy Challenge Sponsors
IDEMITSU KOSAN is the Shell brand licensee and one of the major oil companies in Japan. They also provide energy solutions for businesses with operating power plants and deliver renewable-sourced electricity. Solar Frontier, the world’s largest CIS solar energy solution provider, is their 100% subsidiary company and operates as independent solar power producer in Japan and worldwide.
LOOOP is one of the largest renewable energy EPC/IPP companies in Japan with more than 300MW track record of developing power plants worldwide. It also offers a broad array of energy services in its retail business “Looop Denki” since 2015. It now has gained over 200,000 low-voltage plan customers as of the end of March 2020, and that makes it the largest independent new power retailer in Japan. Looop plays a pivotal role in a smart city project in cooperation with the local government in Saitama, Japan.