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Exploring the Future of Innovation with Toyota Ventures
As the mobility landscape continues to evolve, automakers are seeking new technologies to improve their product portfolios and manufacturing processes, as well as achieve carbon neutrality. Corporate venture capital has emerged as a critical tool to find new innovations. Toyota Ventures, Toyota’s first standalone venture capital firm, launched in 2017 to invest in early-stage startups focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, mobility, and autonomy. In 2021, the firm expanded its investment thesis to also include smart cities, digital health, fintech, materials, energy, and carbon neutrality solutions with the launch of two additional $150M funds: the Toyota Ventures Frontier Fund and the Toyota Ventures Climate Fund.

Join CAR and Toyota Ventures on August 29 for an in-depth look at Toyota Ventures with the firm’s founding managing director Jim Adler and Climate Fund partner Lisa Coca. Hear about the firm’s founding, how the Frontier Fund and Climate Fund came to fruition, what technologies have been invested in thus far, and how Toyota Ventures plans to continue to grow its portfolio in the coming years.

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Carla Bailo (Moderator)
President & CEO @Center for Automotive Research
Carla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under her leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased research, analysis, and information regarding the North American automotive industry. In addition to her role at CAR, Ms. Bailo was the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.
Jim Adler
Founding Managing Director and Board Member @Toyota Ventures
Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota Ventures, and an executive advisor at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jim joined Toyota Ventures from TRI, where he served as vice president of data and business development. Prior to that, Jim 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.
Lisa Coca
Climate Fund Partner @Toyota Ventures
Lisa Coca is a partner for Toyota Ventures where she leads the firm’s Climate Fund, which focuses on investing in innovative solutions for carbon neutrality. Prior to Toyota, Lisa served as a managing director and entrepreneur-in-residence with Intel’s emerging growth and incubations division where she led teams creating disruptive new businesses. Lisa was also a founding member of GE Ventures, responsible for launching and leading the enterprise software investment practice, as well as the EDGE program, a platform for portfolio companies to leverage the global scale, expertise, and resources of GE.