Yamaha, the Japanese multinational corporation, has announced a new investment fund in the United States. 

  • Yamaha has established a new investment fund called Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund, L.P. II with $100 million USD available for investment.
  • The fund will be used to explore technologies and opportunities that will expand Yamaha’s new business domains and enhance its competitive advantages.

Yamaha Motor Ventures (YMV) in Silicon Valley will be in charge of identifying companies that will benefit from Yamaha Motor’s new investment fund.

The new fund will be used to explore technologies and opportunities, which will expand the company’s new business domain and enhance its competitive advantages. 

Yamaha’s “Medium Term Management Plan” from 2022 until 2024 aims to develop smaller businesses into “core businesses,” which will help Yamaha achieve its goal of securing a competitive edge.

The second Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund was established in February 2023 and will last for ten years. 

Yamaha’s target businesses for investment are startups with innovative technologies and ample business growth potential in the fields of transportation, robotics, data/AI, fintech/insurtech, and digital health and wellness.

While it is unclear what the new investment fund from Yamaha will lead to, the company’s interest in “data/AI” suggests its focus may be on developing self-driving technology for its motorcycles. 

This new fund shows that Yamaha is committed to long-term investments that will allow it to stay ahead of its competitors.

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