COMPANY

COMPANY

Company NameGITAI Japan, Inc.
FoundedJuly, 2016
RepresentativeSho Nakanose

HISTORY


GITAI was founded with a vision of disrupting the increasing demand for construction and maintenance activities in space by developing more capable and less expensive robotic systems. As we progressed our products in TRL from concept stage to breadboard, to prototypes, and ultimately to deployment on the ISS, we have attracted increasing levels of venture capital investments.

July 2016

GITAI founded

September 2016

First venture capital investment from Skyland Ventures

November 2017

Funds raised from ANRI and 500 startups in Japan

June 2019

Funds raised US$4.1M from Spiral Ventures, DBJ Capital, J-Power, and 500 Startups, Japan

March 2021

Funds raised US$17.1M from SPARX, Daiwa Corporate Investment, The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, and EPSON X Investment / Global Brain

June 2021

GITAI has tied a joint research contract with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) for joint R&D of a robotic arm for the “LUNAR CRUISER”

July 2021

GITAI has won a procurement contract from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

October 2021

GITAI has completed a successful technology demonstration inside the ISS

April 2022

GITAI has conducted a successful demonstration of ISAM Activities in simulated space environment

End of 2022

Call for Round C investment

Management

Sho Nakanose

Founder&CEO


After leaving IBM, started and sold a business in India. One of the first participants from Japan in Singularity University’s flagship program, GSP. In 2016, started development of the first prototypes of the GITAI robot and founded the company.

Yuto Nakanishi (Ph. D)

CRO


Former Founder & CEO of SCHAFT. After retiring as a research associate at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab), he founded the bipedal robot startup, SCHAFT.  He later sold the company to Google in 2013.

Toyotaka Kozuki (Ph. D)

CTO


PhD at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab). Former mechanical engineer of WHILL.

Ryouhei Ueda(Ph. D)

VP of software


PhD at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab). Former robotics software engineer of SCHAFT.