Our investment team

Kay Enjoji  President

Kay Enjoji has been President of TEL Venture since 2011, and he has been overseeing its global operations, strategic directions, investment deals, investment decisions and its approval process. Kay is also Vice President of Tokyo Electron for corporate innovation to create the corporate strategy.
He has more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience with career highlights as a senior manager in device and process technology businesses. He has also more than 10 years of advanced display industry experience with strategic developments. In addition, he has knowledge of advanced materials, AI, sensors and bio chip.
Before joining TEL Venture, he held various senior management roles in TEL such as VP/director of corporate development, corporate marketing and product marketing in business unit, where he guided new product development and new business expansion of semiconductor equipment such as CVD and diffusion furnace.
Kay received his B.A. in economics from Keio University.


Ted Hirose  Group Director・US Region

Ted joined TEL in 1997 and has been assigned to TEL Venture since 2007. He brings 20 years of experience in venture investment, strategic alliance, corporate planning, new business planning, and various business analysis. Before joining TEL Venture, he held various initiative roles at both TEL Japan and US headquarters. Currently based in Silicon Valley, Ted leads start-ups scouting, due-diligence, venture investment execution as well as portfolio management in many core focused areas such as semiconductor process technologies, new display technologies, advanced materials, AI, industrial tech, and med tech.  Ted is passionate about supporting ventures, especially when combining the best of both worlds – US entrepreneurship spirit and detailed craftsmanship from TEL Japan.


Jacques Berg  Vice-President・EU region, Venture Partner

Jacques Berg joined TEL Venture in 2015. He has over 30 years of experience working in the semiconductor industry. He has been with Tokyo Electron since the opening of its European Operation in 1994 and has, since then, held numerous management positions mostly in Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Prior joining TEL Venture his last assignment within TEL, Jacques was the Head of the WW Sales, Marketing and Business Team of TEL Solar operating from its HQ in Switzerland. Within his career Jacques has been a member of various SEMI Committees including Semi Europe Strategic Technology Committee and Semi Europe Russia Committee. He is based in Grenoble France and has an Electronic Engineering Background.


Takenao (Takee) Nemoto  Director

Takenao (Takee) Nemoto, Ph.D., joined TEL Venture in 2016 with over 10 years of experience in marketing and business development in CVD. He has an additional 9 years thereafter in management roles in CVD and etching systems related to process and semiconductor equipment development for Tokyo Electron and its subsidiaries. During his career, he was also assigned as an associate professor for semiconductor process integration at Tohoku University, Japan, where he had also received his Ph.D. in engineering. He is chair of Admta Plus 2016 and a session chair of the IEEE NANO 2016 conference. Takee is eager to create innovation by cooperating with venture companies and he hopes to bring value to this industry.


Ken Matsuse  Venture Partner, Marketing Staff

Ken Matsuse has joined TEL Venture in 2013 as senior researcher. He researches venture companies and their market/application from a technology point of view. According to his experience, he is familiar with PV, including energy storage and semiconductors. He was in charge of a director of PV business development at TEL. He has more than 20 years of semiconductor industry experience as sales director, marketing manager and process engineer, especially for CVD. He received the TEL excellent employee award for best sales lead in Korea.. He also received a master’s degree in fluidics simulation at Osaka university.


Neo Harada  Venture Partner, Technical Staff

Neo Harada joined TEL Venture in 2016 as senior researcher. He has more than 20 years semiconductor industry experience. He has worked in TEL since 2003, and was previously in charge of director and project leader of new equipment developments including active thermal test system, dielectric liner film deposition tool and wafer/chip bonders. He has extensive technical experience from R&D to products development including CCD, CMOS and MEMS devices and process, materials and semiconductor equipment for TSV/3D interconnection. As his carrier highlights he was appointed to a member of industry-academic-government investigation committee lead by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan) as MEMS field specialist. Neo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1986.


Todd Mihara  Venture Partner

Todd Mihara has joined TEL Venture in 2012. He is currently based in Silicon Valley and passionate about creating innovation in collaboration with start-ups. He has wide experience of investment in Israel, Canada, Japan and U.S. as venture capitalist and management of the collaboration with start-ups for business development. He has more than ten years of experience in business planning, sales and marketing in semiconductor industry, for the lithography process in TEL. He received the B.A in economics from Sophia University.


Koichiro (Kobe) Araki  Venture Partner

Kobe joined TEL Venture in 2017 and has been working on exploring venture companies with technical synergies with TEL and supporting growth and looking for new business possibilities. Previously he was engaged in Tokyo Electron's IR activities for 4 years and before that he has over 10 years' experience in the Information Systems Division. Master's degree in electronic information engineering was acquired at Yokohama National University.


Marlene Eisenberg  Associate General Counsel

Marlene Eisenberg is an officer of the company. She has over thirty years of experience with international technology related commercial transactions and currently manages the U.S. commercial legal team, the U.S. intellectual property team, and the U.S. international trade compliance team for Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc.

She has extensive experience with public and private companies and was a shareholder in a large law firm. Marlene’s experience also includes M&A, integration, financing, litigation, start-up and corporate governance matters.


Akira Tanihara  Technical Staff, Venture Associate

Akira Tanihara joined TEL Venture in 2019.
He has more than 20 years semiconductor industry experience. Since he joined TEL, he was in charge of development of μ-wave plasma CVD equipment, film treatment equipment etc.
He has extensive technical experience of mainly hardware design including mechanical design, vacuum equipment, μ-wave, gases and materials.
He received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in 1987.


Dr. Tsunetoshi Arikado  Consultant

Dr. Arikado serves as a technology researcher to TEL Venture. He used to be Fellow of TEL corporate R&D, being responsible for technology strategy for TEL. He was also a member of TVC investment committee. His previous carrier was R&D of semiconductor process in device manufacturer. He was responsible for new process technology development as well as for joint development programs with equipment suppliers. His expertise covers FEOL and BEOL widely.


Victoria Shpakovskaya  Regional Adviser

Victoria is a contract advisor for TEL Venture in Russia, she is responsible for sourcing technological projects in Russia, provides guidance for investment routine in Russia and communication with Russian counter-party. She utilizes her extensive network in Russian technology startups and investment community.
Victoria has more than 10 years of experience in venture investments activities. Prior to joining the team in 2017 she was working for a Japanese brokerage company, SBI Holdings – one of the biggest Japanese venture investment institution. She was responsible for the company’s investment activities in Russia.
Victoria got her PhD from Osaka University of Foreign Studies (now Osaka University), holds MBA in Finance from Plekhanov University (Moscow) and MBA in Entrepreneurship from SBI Graduate School (Tokyo), a fluent Japanese/English speaker.


Afarin Bellisario, Regional Advisor, East Coast & Canada

Afarin Bellisario is the Boston/Cambridge based contract advisor to TEL Ventures, responsible for sourcing technology, providing guidance, and establishing contacts in entrepreneurial eco-system in the East Coast of the US and Canada. Her professional experience includes executive positions at Intel, Analog Devices, BBN (Raytheon), Booz-Allan and Hamilton, and MIT where she managed the IP portfolio in electronics, semiconductors, and sensors as an officer in technology licensing. As an expert in commercializing emerging technology, she conducts workshops and mentors startups in the local. She holds a doctoral degree and an MBA from MIT.


Nitin Parekh  Venture Advisor

Nitin serves as a Venture Advisor to TEL Venture. He is a seasoned executive with both Fortune 500 and high growth entrepreneurial companies. His twenty-five years of experience span the cleantech and semiconductor industries. He has created and run business units within large corporations, driven business development at both global corporations and start-up companies, led the acquisition of public and private multi-million-dollar enterprises, along with raising Venture Capital funding and doing due diligence prior to venture investing.