Masa Shinomiya is a senior mechanical engineer at Yamaha Motor Ventures, where he is responsible for providing engineering support for portfolio companies.
Previously, he worked as a body design engineer for a scooter in Yamaha Motor.
Prior to that, he worked as a CAE engineer. He supported structural design, such as for commercial motorcycles, race bikes, surface mounter, and various research projects.
Masa graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a master of Mechanical system engineering.
In his leisure time he enjoys riding motorcycles and skiing.
INVESTING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Yamaha Motor's long term vision is to solve major social problems such as...
feeding the world sustainably
enhancing human possibilities
enabling longer, healthier lives
moving people and goods around the world
We make exploratory investments in startups solving these problems.
STARTUPS THAT SHAPE THE FUTURE
Industries will be changed by advances in enabling technologies and unique business models.
AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS
Moving from manual to autonomous & useful intelligent systems.
Decision engines using advanced analytics and self-learning platforms.
UNIQUE BUSINESS MODELS
Wild and lucrative business models to disrupt the status quo.
LAND MOBILITY & MARINE
How do we move people around the world and beyond?
INVESTING IN SEED & BEYOND
Typical investments are in early stage companies that have a product and customer validation.
Great entrepreneurs are everywhere.
Our typical investment size ranges from $500K to $3M.
Startups we typically invest in range from Seed to Series B.
MEET THE TEAM THAT'S ON YOUR TEAM
With our industry expertise, operator experience, and founder compassion, we are an extension of your team.
THE YAMAHA ADVANTAGE
We come from the industries we invest in, as former operators, former customers, and as potential partners. When we join your team, we look to support you from strategy, governance, and go-to-marktet.
With a streamlined process and as a separate entity from Yamaha Motor Co., we are able to execute deals rapidly.
Yamaha Motor's operations span the globe with talent and products in over 32 countries.
From suppliers to distribution channels, or events and marketing, Yamaha's relationships reach around the world.
ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING
Creating world class products since the 1950s, our teams can help with design for manufacturing, or leveraging our technologies to open up new markets.
Beyond motorcycle technology, Yamaha Motor has expanded product expertise in robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and financial solutions.
MEET OUR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES
advanced.farm is building a robotics company for the next frontier of farming, starting with robotic strawberry harvesting.
C. Light is a neurotech company using high resolution retinal eye tracking to better understand brain health.
Ejenta’s mission is to make healthcare patient-centered and data-driven. Our platform allows health providers to remotely care for patients and predict health, using data from a variety of devices and medical records.
Exyn is a world leader in the development of aerial and ground-based robot systems that autonomously navigate and collect data where maps and GPS do not exist.
Treating MSK pain, sleep issues, and digestive health — with physical, nutritional and behavioral solutions.
State-of-the-art camera technology mounted on proprietary robots to inspect any smooth surface while ensuring maximum asset uptime and reducing safety-related risks.
loop+ prevents pressure injuries for wheelchair users by using a smart sensor seating pad to monitor activity and ensure the minimization of pressure injury risk.
Machina Labs’ manufacturing platform combines the latest advances in robotics and AI so great ideas can quickly and affordably turn to reality.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for terrestrial data collection and analysis software tools to deliver better business intelligence to clients across civilian industries.
Robotic exoskeletons to enhance strength, speed and endurance for everyday people as they live, work and play.
Robotic end-of-arm tools for large, meaningful markets and labor starved industries such as food and beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.
Software and algorithms that optimize training, performance and recovery.
Networks of connected vehicles and fully managed services that bring high-definition data from your vehicle to the cloud, collecting terabytes of urban data for smart city applications.