JIAM will hold Indian startup and VC ecosystem - opportunities for Japanese investors on 22nd February

2024.01.31 (Wed)

India is the 3rd largest start-up hub globally after the US and China and is home to 111 unicorns with a total valuation of USD350 bn (as of Oct 2023). There are more than 30,000 startups recognized by DPITT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade).
How has India made this dramatic leap as a startup nation and how can Japanese investors navigate the ecosystem to discover and capitalize on the investment opportunities that it offers?Please join us for a discussion with the Founder of a leading Indian VC and Japanese investors.


Venue : FinGATE KABUTO, 6-5 Nihonbashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku

Date : 22nd February 2024, 19:00 ~ 21:00 hrs JST

Admission free – please register via this link

This will be an in-person only event. 

The event will be held in English.



Mr. Sudhir Sethi

Founder & Chairman of Chiratae Ventures India Advisors

Chiratae Ventures is a leading VC firm advising AUM of $ 1.2B, invested in 100 plus companies, exited 39 plus, has taken 3 companies public, funded 9 Unicorns and backed 11 market leaders. The firm is based out of Bangalore with an office in Delhi. Sudhir holds a B.Tech in Engineering and an MBA Degree from FMS, Delhi. His interests include wildlife photography.


Ms. Eiko Nagatsu

Partner & Leader of India Japanese Services Group of Deloitte Tohmatsu Group

Eiko Nagatsu started her career in the audit assurance group at Deloitte in Seattle in 2000. In 2003, she transitioned her career to the M&A services in Tokyo mainly focusing on the cross-border transactions. During her secondment to Deloitte Touche LLP in New York, she provided M&A advisory services mainly to the private equity funds in the US. She is currently India Japanese Services Group Leader supporting Japanese companies’ investments into India, JV formation with local companies, and developing market entry strategy. She also supports India based clients for acquisitions in Japan providing end to end M&A solutions. She is also APAC Financial Advisory Client & Industry Leader.


Mr. Masayuki Inaba

CEO, Azucar Asset Management Inc

Masayuki Inaba started his career at Nomura Securities including a stint at its Swiss banking subsidiary. He then worked for Alliance Ibbotson Research Institute in NY, Nomura Asset Management (global equity management and research in NY and in Tokyo) and then for Lombard Odier Trust as Director, Portfolio Management. Since 2016, he has been CEO of Azucar Asset Management, a Tokyo based independent asset management company with an AUM of JPY80 billion. Azucar has been investing in Indian startups.



Time Agenda Speaker
1900-1905 Welcome note  JIAM
1905-1915 Why India? Policy background in support of

entrepreneurism, economic outlook

Eiko Nagatsu,

Partner, Deloitte Tohmatsu FA,

JSG India Leader, DT Group

1915-1930 Indian Startups and VC ecosystem  Sudhir Sethi, Founder and

Chairman, Chiratae Ventures

1930-2015 Panel discussion: Challenges and

opportunities in investing in Indian startups.

● What do you like about Indian tech startups? Why should Japanese investors care?

● Where do you see Indian startups going in the next 5, 10 years?

● What are the risks and how can they be mitigated?

• Sudhir Sethi, Chiratae


• Masayuki Inaba, CEO, Azucar Asset Management


• Moderator – Eiko Nagatsu,

Partner, Deloitte Tohmatsu FA,

JSG India Leader, DT Group

2015-2020 Closing
2020-2100 Networking over refreshment