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Connecting Japan and the US Through Innovation: Why do startups target global markets?

April 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

This program is part of the ACCJ Alternative Investment Committee (AIC) Quarterly Venture Capital Series and the Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) Innovation Program.

For the past eight years, the JSNC, in cooperation with Stanford University’s US–Asia Technology Management Center, has hosted the Japan–US Innovation Awards Symposium (http://www.usjinnovate.org).

The purpose of the symposium is to nurture close ties between Japan and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Each year, the symposium recognizes one Japanese and one US company with the Emerging Leaders Award and five Japanese startups as Innovation Showcase Companies.

On April 9, the AIC will host this special program featuring three exciting speakers who have direct experience taking startups global. Drawing on their experience working at the nexus of collaboration between Japan and Silicon Valley, they will talk about what drives founders to look at global markets at such an early stage, the challenges they have faced when going global as a small startup, and some of the ways in which they address those challenges.

Please join us for this exciting and educational program.

ACCJ Member Fee: ¥4,500
Guest Fee: ¥7,900

To register, email Shotaro Imazu (simazu@accj.or.jp).
**Payment details to follow registration request**


**If you are driving to Tokyo American Club, please inform the ACCJ in advance and a ¥2,200 parking fee will apply**



Chris Hill (left)

CEO of WeWork Japan, the collaborative workspace provider that received the 2018 Emerging Leader Award.

Naomi Kurahara (center)
Co-founder and CEO of Infostellar Inc., a Tokyo-based space communications company that was named an Innovation Showcase Company in 2018.

Host – Tim Romero (right)
Host of the podcast Disrupting Japan, Romero is an entrepreneur, investor, and keen observer of Japanese startups. He is also a member of the JSNC Innovation Advisory Council.


In cooperation with The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan


April 9, 2019
7:30 am - 9:00 am


Tokyo American Club
2-1-2 Azubudai, Minato-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo 106-8649 Japan
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