YAMAHA MOTOR VENTURES
AND LABORATORY SILICON VALLEY

 

About YMVSV

“Innovation is a team sport.”

 

Entrepreneurs often need strong partners in order to scale their businesses. This is particularly true for those developing novel hardware systems, exploring new business models, or growing international ventures.

Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV) exists to accelerate the efforts of teams driving disruptive change. We are a Yamaha Motor Group company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Company (Japan).

Promising efforts sometimes raise venture capital. Financing these companies through strategic investment is a portion of our activity. For other ventures, strategic corporate partnerships might mean access to vehicles, technology, teams, hardware, infrastructure, or something else entirely. Whether investment, partnership, or both, we work collaboratively to create the future of industries ranging from personal transportation to industrial automation.

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Our Focus
What We Invest In

Automation & Connectivity

How do smarter vehicles lead to safer, more convenient lives?

Internet of Things (IoT)

As devices & vehicles come online, how do we empower users?

Robotics & Industrial Automation

How do we transition from manual, to autonomous, to useful intelligent systems?

Unmanned Systems

From drones to vehicles, how do we create autonomous systems which are essential to our daily lives?

Precision Agriculture

How do we improve yields to nourish a hungry planet?

Personal Mobility & Electric Vehicles

How do we move a growing urban population towards smarter commuting and exhilarating experiences?

Life Sciences

How do we create happier, healthier lives?

Our Portfolio

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    Precision Hawk

    PrecisionHawk Inc. is a terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company that provides an end-to-end solution using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for data collection and analysis software tools to deliver better business intelligence to clients across civilian industries.

  • Veniam Logo

    Veniam

    Veniam is delivering the Internet of Moving Things, building networks of connected vehicles and offer fully managed services to bring high-definition data from your vehicle to the cloud, and collect terabytes of urban data for smart city applications.

  • Abundant Robotics Logo

    Abundant Robotics

    Using advanced robotics to make orchard agriculture more productive.

  • Shhh...

    Undisclosed

    A Computer Vision Company

  • Robotics Plus

    Robotics and automation for the food and fibre industries.

  • Roam Robotics

    Robotic exoskeletons to enhance strength, speed and endurance for everyday people as they live, work and play.

  • Drivezy

    Next generation vehicle sharing platform.

  • Soft Robotics

    Robotic end-of-arm tools for large, meaningful markets and labor starved industries such as food and beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.


Meet Our Team with Crazy Ideas

Interdisciplinary teams focusing on Innovation, Strategic Investments, Design thinking from day one.

  • George Kellerman

George Kellerman
CEO & Managing Director

Aki Marushima
Treasurer

  • Mikiko Clanton

Mikiko Shimada Clanton
Senior Associate, AgTech

Henry Liu
Director of Engineering

Simon Crowther
Managing Director, Head of International Aero Tech & Sustainability Lead

Craig Boshier
General Manager, Yamaha Motor Ventures ANZ, Partner, MedTech Lead

Nolan Paul
Partner, AgTech Lead

Connie Neuman
Director of Human Resources

Kelly Killen
Operations & Experience Manager

Chandra Mitchell
General Counsel