Innovation Awards Symposium July 26, 2019
Stanford University Arrillaga Alumni Center
Innovations Awards Symposium July 26, 2019
Stanford University Arrillaga Alumni Center

Combining the best of Japanese creativity and American entrepreneurial skill to create unimagined opportunities

We are accepting nominations for companies to recognize at 2019’s Innovation Awards. Please click here for more information.

Emerging Leader Awards

Awards are presented to a Japanese and a U.S. company demonstrating very rapid growth and a unique, disruptive innovation and/or business model.


Innovation Showcase

We recognize up to five exciting Japanese start-up companies. A workshop will be curated for these companies connecting them with Silicon Valley resources.


Outstanding Innovation

The Outstanding Innovation Awards are a new award in the Japan – U.S. Innovation Program, which has been active continuously since its beginning in 2011


Moments from the 2018 Innovation Awards


“Best in Class” Japan–U.S. Innovation


The Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) believes strongly that innovation and entrepreneurship are critical to the long term viability of both Japan and the U.S. The Society also believes the San Francisco/Silicon Valley ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship affords innumerable opportunities for constructive interaction with Japan.

The Society’s vision is to energize the creativity, imagination and actions of individuals, businesses and academics – in both the U.S. and Japan – through creating distinctive dialogues and programs that broadly publicize and encourage “best in class” Japan – U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

The Innovation Initiative, begun in 2011, highlights an increasingly important area of cooperation between Japan and the U.S. – in particular with Northern California. Through this effort JSNC seeks to encourage productive Japan – U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship, to provide role models for future innovators and to spotlight Japanese creativity and vitality often overlooked by U.S. media. This Initiative complements U.S. – Japan government–to–government dialogue and other efforts that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.

In cooperation with the Stanford University US–Asia Technology Management Center, JSNC organizes timely and interesting programs that focus on Japan – U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship. The signature activity is an intensive year–long process to identify companies with a Japan – U.S. connection that have achieved highly noteworthy innovations in business or technology. The Awards are presented each year at the public “Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium” held at Stanford University and publicized widely through the media.

Further, the Innovation Initiative offers interim programs that focus on Japan – U.S innovation and entrepreneurship. These programs, named “Innovation Salons”, are held both in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley.

2018 Japan – US Innovation Awards

Our Sponsors

Series B Investor

Official Airline Sponsor

Series A Investor

Seed Investor – Tokyo Innovation Program Sponsor

Seed Investors

Individual Sponsors

Jon Metzler, President of Blue Field Strategies and Board Chair of the Japan Society of Northern California

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