Mimir Uzabase is an expert network based in Tokyo, Japan. It is a subsidiary of the research company Uzabase. Mimir focuses on recruiting experts in Japan, for domestic and international clients. One co-founder has a background from Guidepoint.
The focus on Japan is shared with its domestic competitor VisasQ. The Japanese market for expert network services has grown quickly since 2014-15. Consequently, both GLG, AlphaSights, Atheneum and Guidepoint have recently established offices in Tokyo.
In 2020, Mimir's owner Uzabase also invested $2m in Enquire, a US-based expert network focusing on political risk and foreign affairs. Both networks should be integrated into Uzabase's business intelligence platform SPEEDA.
In December 2021, Mimir Uzabase invested $1.6m in Arches, a young Asia-focused expert network.
In December 2022, Uzabase was taken private by Carlyle at an EV of JPY 61.4 Bn (~$460m, which was 3.4x sales and 61x EBITDA). It was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange Feb 7, 2023.
VisasQ, Mimir's main competitor in Japan, announced about a new partnership in 2020, investing an undisclosed amount into DeepBench, another US-based expert network.