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Shintaro Kaido to be a Kauffman Fellow

Shintaro Kaido, Drexel Ventures’ director of start-up services, was recently selected to be a Kauffman Fellow and to be part of a highly sought-after fellowship program for venture capital professionals.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation selects a handful of professionals each year from a global pool to go through a two-year fellowship dedicated to the world of innovation investing. Shintaro joins a trusted network of 429 fellows who have collectively deployed over $50 billion in capital resulting in 715,000 jobs, launched more than 100 venture funds and founded 160 companies. Shintaro is only the second fellow in the fellowship’s 20-year history to come from an academic institution.

Prior to joining Drexel Ventures in late 2014, Shintaro worked with and invested in early-stage startups for i2E, one of two venture development organizations recognized by name in the 2015 White House report “A Strategy for American Innovation” for its successful investing model. Shintaro works closely with Drexel faculty and alumni startups from ideation to proof-of-concept and market launch by providing venture advisory services to help startups reach the next investment risk inflection point, providing proof, seed and Series A capital funding through Drexel Venture’s Innovation Fund and the new Drexel Ventures Ben Franklin Seed Fund.  Shintaro’s efforts are focused on building a supportive, entrepreneurial campus community in which our academic innovators can thrive.

“I am absolutely thrilled with Shintaro being selected for this very competitive program,” said Keith A. Orris, senior vice president of corporate relations and economic development. “The experience he will gain and the network he will be build will be invaluable to our innovation ecosystem not only here at Drexel but also the entire Philadelphia ecosystem.  Shintaro did a fantastic job in working with Ben Franklin to create our new seed fund and he will be leveraging his Kauffman fellowship 'field project' to advance not only this new fund but also our new innovation community, Schuylkill Yards. I expect the experience he gains and his expanded network will significantly enhance Drexel Ventures’ overall strategic initiatives.

“I am proud of all that Shintaro has been able to achieve in the short time since at Drexel, from our Bootcamp for Academic Innovators, leadership with the Innovation Center @3401 Market Street as well as his startup advising and mentoring responsibilities. I am confident that he will continue to expand Drexel's innovation ecosystem as he expands his skills for advising startups and innovation investing through the Kauffman Fellowship Program.”