JETRO, University of Tokyo and Sumitomo Life to Host Online Symposium: “How to Foster Global-Minded Japanese University Startups”
SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Japanese Foreign Trade Organization (JETRO) is collaborating with the University of Tokyo, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company and US ecosystem players such as Berkeley SkyDeck and ATI (Austin Technology Incubator) to organize an online symposium November 10.e at 4:00 p.m. PST. The discussion will focus on how to create and nurture college startups and how to strengthen this ecosystem in Japan.
Through round tables between startup training institutions launched by universities and Japanese and American startups active around the world, we will discuss the factors necessary for the creation of global startups launched by universities. In addition, there will be pitches from US university startups aiming to enter the Japanese market and Japanese university startups aiming to enter the US market. We look forward to the participation of companies, investors and everyone involved in university startups who want to collaborate and invest. If you wish to participate, please register via this link.
The detailed schedule is as follows, and the latest schedule is also available here.
Opening remarks 4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. (PST)
Nobuhiko Sasaki, President, Japan Foreign Trade Organization (JETRO)
Yukinori Takada, President and CEO, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company
Main speech 4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (PST)
“How the University of Tokyo is strategically nurturing global university startups.”
Teruo Fujii, President, University of Tokyo
Round table: “How to foster an ecosystem of university startups and support global expansion” 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST)
Caroline Winnett, Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck
Richard Amato, Director, Strategic and Global Initiatives, Austin Technology Incubator
Tomotaka Goji, President, UTEC – University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners Co., Ltd.
Takaaki Umada, Director, FoundX, University of Tokyo
Start panel discussion
Part 1: Think globally from day one 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (PST)
Christian John, President, Tier IV North America Inc.
Sukemasa Kabayama, Co-Founder and CEO, Uplift Labs
Tomohiro Takano, Co-Founder and CEO, Genomelink
Part 2: How Can Entrepreneurs Leverage University Resources? 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (PST)
Tania A. Coke, Co-Founder and CEO, Tellus You Care Inc.
Waichiro Katsuda, Co-Founder and CEO, ThinkCyte, Inc.
Yumi Kawahara, President, Space Bio-Laboratories Co., Ltd.
US-Japan startup pitch session 6:05 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. (PST)
Michael Soule, Vice President, Business Development, Embr Labs
Sungwon Lim, CEO, ImpriMed
Adam Saltman, Chief Medical Officer, Eko Health
Taihei Ishii, CEO, Startbahn, Inc.
Koshin Sekimizu, Founder / CEO, Provigate, Inc.
Xiaojun Sun, CEO, BionicM Corporation
Mariko Tosu, Founder and President, Braizon Therapeutics
Closing remarks 6:55 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PST)
Toshiya Watanabe, Vice Director, Professor, Executive Director / Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives
For more information on the speakers and participating companies, please see: here.
This symposium is part of an ongoing research project comparing startups in Japan and the United States, which began with the comprehensive cooperative agreement between the University of Tokyo and JETRO announced in June this year. It is also backed by Sumitomo Life Insurance Company.
For up-to-date event information, please visit the event page.
About JETRO: Japan’s history of innovation has set industry standards. JETRO is the Japanese government agency responsible for promoting trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. JETRO provides support and assistance to US companies entering the Japanese market and Japanese companies expanding overseas. JETRO has more than 70 offices around the world, including six in the United States. JETRO offers a wide range of services, including market information, business development support and business seminars, all designed to encourage business partnerships between US companies and Japan. For more information, visit: jetro.org.
About the University of Tokyo: The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, UTokyo offers courses in virtually all academic disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the spectrum of academic activities. The University aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills. For more information, visit https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/
About Sumitomo Life: Sumitomo Life Insurance Company is a mutual life insurance company in Japan, founded in 1907 and based in Osaka. Since its founding, Sumitomo Life has played its role in supporting many clients and their families through its life insurance business. Sumitomo Life’s vision is to offer advanced products to empower customers to live vigorously. Sumitomo Life considers many issues related to the super-aging society as sources of innovation and supports the improvement of environments for the international development of the startup ecosystem in the field of “well-being”. For more information visit https://www.sumitomolife.co.jp/english/