About VEC

What is VEC?

In order to support the development of startup companies in Japan, Venture Enterprise Center (abbreviated as VEC) was established as an organization approved by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (former Minister of International Trade and Industry) in 1975.

Since establishment, VEC had been engaged in debt guarantee operation (this service ended in FY 2001).

The company switched to general incorporated foundation on April 1, 2012. Currently, instead of this, we are conducting various startup business supporting activities such as “Provision of Research Information” in which we investigate the investment trends of venture capital, “Policy Proposal” through research and study on specific issues, and “Development of Entrepreneurial Environment” to promote the communication between the new entrepreneurs and supporters.

VEC History

July 1975


Started R&D type debt operation

July 1988 Started knowledge integration type (new business model) debt operation
June 2006 Changed the name to “Venture Enterprise Center, Japan”
March 2002 Stopped handling new applications for debt guarantee operation
February 2003 Launched Dream Gate business (ongoing entrustment of operation to private operators since
December 2007 Startup support network “NICe” in full-scale operation (ended in March 2010)
February 2010 Moved the office to “Nihonbashi-kakigaracho, Chuo-ku”
March 2011 Closed debt guarantee operation
September 2011 Moved the office to “Kita-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku”
April 2012 Switched toa General Incorporated Foundation
September 2016 Moved the office to “Kudan-Kita, Chiyoda-ku”

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Officer roster

Officer roster