“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

  • PrecisionHawk Logo

    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 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.

  • Shhh...


    A Computer Vision Company

  • Abundant Robotics

    Using advanced robotics to make orchard agriculture more productive.

  • 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.

  • advanced.farm

    advanced.farm is building a robotics company for the next frontier of farming, starting with robotic strawberry harvesting.

  • Invert Robotics

    Invert Robotics perform visual, ultrasonic and other types  inspections of our customers’ assets, using state-of-the-art camera technology mounted on our patented and proprietary robots. Our approach can inspect any smooth surface while ensuring maximum asset uptime and reducing safety-related risks.

  • Exyn Technologies

    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.

  • Strella Biotechnology

    Strella Biotech brings shelf life visibility to the fresh produce supply chain

  • The Yield

    The Yield is transforming on-farm and supply chain practices for irrigation-intensive crops with scalable digital technology solutions

  • loop +

    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.

  • InOrbit

    InOrbit is a cloud robot management platform that enables robotics companies to develop, deploy & operate smart robots at global scale.

Meet Our Team with Crazy Ideas

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

Hajime "Jim" Aota
CEO and Managing Director

Anish Patel

Nolan Paul
Partner, AgTech Lead

Rebecca Woodcock

  • Mikiko Clanton

Mikiko Shimada Clanton
Senior Associate, AgTech

Timo Kilp
Senior Associate

Chandra Mitchell
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Henry Liu
Director of Engineering

Connie Neuman
Director of Human Resources

Junko Van Norman
Executive Assistant