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HHP Co-Creation Fund No.1 Investment Limited Partnership invests in key technology startup Bitkey Inc.

HHP Co-Creation Fund No.1 Investment Limited Partnership (the "Fund"), a corporate venture capital fund established by Hankyu Hanshin Real Estate, Inc. in August of this year, has announced that it has made its first investment in key technology start-up Bitkey Inc. Ltd.

株式会社ビットキーは、本人認証と権利移転のためのプラットフォーム「bitkey platform(ビットキープラットフォーム)」を独自に開発したキーテクノロジースタートアップだ。同社は、2019年4月から、同プラットフォームを活用して独自開発した高セキュリティ・低コストのスマートロック「bitlock LITE(ビットロックライト)」の発売を開始している。

「bitlock LITE(ビットロックライト)」の概要

「bitlock LITE」はスマートフォンや専用リモコンで鍵の開け締めができるスマートロックだ。サムターンキーを覆う形でロック機器を外付けすることで利用できる。キーを家族とシェアできるほか、利用時間を特定してゲストにシェアすることも可能だ。初期費用はなし、月額利用料は300円(税別)から、という安価な金額で導入できる。



阪急阪神不動産及び当社のグループ会社では、今後の急激な技術革新や社会的価値観の変化を見据えた既存事業の競争力強化や新規事業開発に向けて、「Open Network Lab Resi-tech」や「Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka」をはじめとしたアクセラレーションプログラムへの参画や本ファンドによる出資検討等を通じて、スタートアップとの共創を推進している。今後も本ファンドからの出資等を通じたスタートアップとの共創を推進し、スタートアップが有する先端技術や革新的な事業手法と、当社が有する経営資源を、協業を通じて融合させることにより、お客さまへの新たな価値の提供に取り組んでいく。

Company NameBitkey Corporation
launchAugust 1, 2018
address (e.g. of house)東京都中央区京橋3-1-1 東京スクエアガーデン14F
representative director (i.e. someone chosen by the board of directors from among the directors to actually represent the company)CEO江尻 祐樹
Company HPhttps://bitkey.co.jp/
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