SHIFT Growth Capital is a new type
of investment vehicle aimed at creating
a smart IT society, centered on the SHIFT Group.
Based on the M&A and PMI models
cultivated by the SHIFT Group,
SHIFT Growth Capital focuses on lifting the potential
value of companies that desire growth and
fostering companies that can contribute to society.
Facing Each Company Sincerely, Building Soil for Them to Bloom into Large Flowers
To dramatically scale a business, it is essential to reform the fundamental foundation, such as improvement of sales and hiring capabilities. However, it is not something that can be achieved overnight.
SHIFT Growth Capital will face each company sincerely and pursue growth forms tailored to each company while further accelerating SHIFT's M&A.
It is our mission to build soil that can produce large flowers for our investment targets, using the know-how we have cultivated at SHIFT.
Through flexible M&A and deeper PMI, we will support the further expansion of the SHIFT Group and the growth of each new partner company.
Taichi HattoriCEO and Representative Director
SHIFT Growth Capital Inc. was established to accelerate M&A in line with the expansion of the SHIFT Group's businesses. With strict governance and investment regulations, we will gather the knowledge of M&A/PMI cultivated by SHIFT and support the growth of each company in accordance with their stage, while closely collaborating with group companies.
The SHIFT Group aims to create a smart society and reach its revenue goal of 100 billion yen, 500 billion yen and 1 trillion yen as quickly and surely as possible, setting clear milestones for each segment. SHIFT will accelerate even more and each segment will steadily progress towards further growth.
The SHIFT Group has successfully applied the PMI model to its M&A efforts since Fiscal 2016, leading to an average revenue growth rate of 30% even during the coronavirus pandemic. By utilizing the success mechanisms of these efforts across the group, we will effectively guide each other towards growth.
To create “sellable services,” the SHIFT Group reaches clients and talent in various industries in Japan. The goal of the SHIFT Group is to create a smart society and improve Japan's labor productivity. By inviting various IT companies to join the SHIFT Group and achieving higher satisfaction with "DX" and "sellable services," the SHIFT Group believes that it will become a valuable partner to clients and society.
Taichi HattoriCEO, Representative Director
After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Kwansei Gakuin University, in 1998, Taichi Hattori joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone or NTT (now NTT Communications) and worked as a system engineer before being involved in the launch of international telephone businesses and overseas alliance strategies. In 2006, he joined Recruit Holdings and was involved in a wide range of activities, including overseas business development, investment strategy, and business management. After leading the M&A project for Indeed at Recruit, he was seconded to Indeed in 2012 and held positions of Vice President, Senior Vice President, and CFO at the headquarters in the U.S. After returning to Recruit, he joined SHIFT in July 2021 as Executive Officer and CFO, and in November 2021, he assumed the role of Director and CFO. With the establishment of SHIFT Growth Capital in March 2022, he became CEO and Representative Director.
Hidetaka KojimaDirector of the Board
Hidetaka Kojima started his career as a financial advisor at Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. and then moved to GCA (Houlihan Lokey). After that, he joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 2011 upon the establishment of the Food Sciences Division and then SHIFT Inc. in 2020. He was also involved in the establishment of SHIFT Growth Capital Inc. and then appointed as a director of this company in March of 2022.
He has been responsible for the planning and execution of M&A/PMI strategy at these companies. Thus, he has over 15+ years’ hands-on M&A/PMI experience both in industry and as an advisor. He is also a regular speaker at M&A conferences/seminars and frequently contribute to M&A journals.
He completed PLD course (PLDA) at Harvard Business School. He also received an MBA from Hitotsubashi University and earned a BA from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He is a US Certified Public Accountant.
Yusuke AraiOutside Director Audit and Supervisory Committee Member
After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce at Meiji University, Yusuke Arai worked on accounting at Tatsumi Shoji and Sunko Techno. He joined Chuo Aoyama Audit Corporation (now Misuzu Audito Corporation) in 2006 and Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC in 2008, auditing clients in a wide range of industries, including IT, manufacturing and construction. His expertise includes supporting IPOs and establishing internal controls. He joined SHIFT as an Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member since November 2021. Certified Public Accountant and Certified Tax Accountant.
Naoko Yanaka (Itoh)Outside Corporate Auditor
Graduated fromThe University of Tokyo , Faculty of Law (LL.B.) and completed LL.M. at Harvard Law School, admitted to Japanese Bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association) in 2001, and joined Anderson, Mori & Tomotsune in 2001 and Tokyo International Law Office in 2021. Naoko Yanaka has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law, including M&A, cross-border transactions, finance and labour law. She was selected as a finalist for Private Practitioner of the Year, North Asia at the ALB Women in Law Awards 2021 and Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2022.
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The SHIFT Group offers comprehensive IT solutions through "ONE-SHIFT" and provides a range of support services aimed at promoting "DX" and creating "sellable services" for its clients who are leading businesses across various industries. As part of the SHIFT Group, each company participates in projects that were previously challenging to undertake and engage in direct dealings with its clients as a prime vendor. By becoming a valuable partner that supports business success, the SHIFT Group helps drive growth for both its clients and its own. In the future, the SHIFT Group aims to strengthen the ties of "ONE-SHIFT," and serve as a solution provider for social issues while contributing to the enhancement of Japanese labor productivity and satisfying the demands of a rapidly evolving business landscape.Click here. ＞
SHIFT is seeking business partners who can grow together. Through business and capital business alliances, SHIFT has solved problems such as difficulty (1) hiking rates due to being a subcontractor, (2) hiring talent, and (3) scaling despite technological capabilities. We would like to share some of our M&A case studies where businesses joined the SHIFT Group, leading to mutually beneficial business growth.
SystemI co., Ltd
By utilizing SHIFT's client base and sales power, the number of end user clients and engineer rates increased within a short period of time.
Succeeded in recruiting engineers through SHIFT’s know-how of recruiting 1,000 engineers per year.
SHIFT Security Inc.
When I thought about a capital and business partnership, I could not think of any partner other than SHIFT that excels in standardization.
“We seek out new value concepts and work sincerely to provide value to the world.”Since its establishment in 2005, SHIFT has been conducting business activities based on this corporate philosophy while expanding the scope of influence in the information technology field. There are many issues related to software products that should make our lives more convenient, such as overwork due to a shortage of IT personnel, chronic structural problems in the software development industry, and security incidents such as personal information leaks. As a team of professionals in the software quality assurance and testing business, which has few competitors in the industry, SHIFT continues to grow based on a diverse range of initiatives aimed at improving not only the IT industry, but also the entire society, with the aim of “realizing a smart society.”ESG Policy ＞
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