Based in Silicon Valley, Toyota AI Ventures is a new venture capital subsidiary of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). We invest in entrepreneurs from around the world who share TRI’s commitment to improving the quality of human life through artificial intelligence, with a focus on autonomous mobility, robotics, data and cloud.
Meet Our Entrepreneurs
Intuition Robotics develops social companion technologies to positively impact the lives of millions of older adults by connecting them seamlessly with family and friends, making technology accessible and intuitive, and proactively promoting an active lifestyle. Their first product is Elli•Q, the Active Aging Companion.Learn more
SLAMcore develops visual tracking and mapping algorithms, more commonly referred to as Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), for AR/VR systems, mobile robotics and autonomous vehicles. SLAMcore’s solutions help fuse information from multiple sensors into a single version of the truth.Learn more
Nauto combines leading edge vehicle hardware with an artificial intelligence platform to make any car a smart car, alerting professional drivers to potential hazards outside the vehicle or distraction inside and offering fleet managers insight and feedback to help drivers improve.Learn more
Who We Are
Leveraging the technical expertise and resources of TRI and the extended Toyota family, our mission is to help early-stage startups bring disruptive innovations and business models to market quickly by offering funding, validation, mentorship, and incubation facilities. The entrepreneurs who partner with us receive much more than money. We believe their success is our success. It is our mission to support them every step of the journey by providing access to a world-class team and a network with global reach, while giving founders the freedom and flexibility they need to experiment and grow their businesses.
Work With Us
We look for innovators who have the courage and tenacity to tackle important challenges we have yet to solve. It’s the same spirit of innovation that inspired Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda and his team to devote themselves to transforming Toyota from a loom maker to an automotive manufacturer in the 1930’s. And it is this same vision that continues to drive Toyota today.
Osamu NagataBoard Member
Osamu Nagata is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). In June 2017, he was appointed a member of the board of directors for TMC.
Most recently, Mr. Nakata served as a senior managing officer and chief administrative officer of the North American region for TMC. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of Toyota Motor North America, and president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America. He was also a deputy chief officer of the External Affairs Group for TMC, and managing officer and plant manager of the Miyoshi and Tahara Plant.
He joined TMC in 1980 after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Gill PrattBoard Member
Dr. Gill Pratt is the chief executive officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a research and development enterprise designed to bridge the gap between fundamental research and product development. He also serves as the executive technical advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).
Dr. Pratt joined Toyota from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office. Prior to that, he was a professor and the associate dean of faculty affairs and research at Franklin W. Olin College.
He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was an associate professor and director of the Leg Lab.
Jim AdlerManaging Director and Board Member
Jim Adler is managing director and board member of Toyota AI Ventures, and vice president at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
Most recently, Mr. Adler was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, he was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G Capital. Intelius also spun-off Talentwise, which was acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP. Mr. Adler started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin.
He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honors from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Kelly KayBoard Member
Kelly Kay is the chief operations officer at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), responsible for human resources, IT, legal/compliance, facilities and overall operations.
Prior to TRI, Ms. Kay served as the vice president of business operations at Lyft, Inc., where she built and led the teams responsible for regulatory compliance, audit & reporting, payments & fraud, and airport operations. She also served as the chief operating officer and president of YapStone, Inc. Prior to serving as an operational leader, she was an attorney for more than 19 years, working at companies such as MasterCard, eBay, PayPal and J.P. Morgan (previously Banc One).
She attended The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School where she graduated summa cum laude.