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Japan’s Startup Ecosystem & Business Opportunities

Seminar & Networking – Sydney

As part of the 4th Industrial revolution, Japan is seeking to attract innovative foreign companies and VC firms to its shores, to strengthen and lead Japan’s international competiveness. There are many multinational organisations working across Australia and Japan, and many have started to realise that innovation and entrepreneurship is an important activity for growth. This has opened new opportunities for Australian startups to do business and engage in innovation in Japan, and enhance linkages between the two countries.

Since June 2018, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) has expanded its range of support to include startup companies, in addition to traditional Japanese foreign investment. At this seminar, we aim to encourage Australian tech/services startups to consider the attractiveness of the Japanese startup ecosystem and investment environment, and promote their entry into Japan, with the support of JETRO & Austrade.

Organisers: JETRO Sydney, Austrade
Supporters: Consulate General of Japan in Sydney, Innovation Dojo, NSW Government

Event outline

16:00 Reception
16:30 Seminar start
16:30-16:35 Welcome remarks (Mr Hiroyuki Nakazato, Managing Director JETRO Sydney)
16:35-16:40 Opening remarks (Consul-General Mr Keizo Takewaka)
16:40-17:10 Presentation – Japan’s startup ecosystem and business environment by JETRO (Ms Misaki Shinozaki, Mr Adam Sims)
17:10-17:25 Success story of Japanese investment ① Hivery Mr Jason Hosking, Founding Director & CEO
17:25-17:40 Success story of Japanese investment ② (TBD)
17:40-17:55 Japanese industry accelerators and incubators Orange Japan, Mr Hiroshi Nishikawa, Partnership Manager
17:55-18:10 Introduction to Austrade’s support for startups
18:10-18:25 Q&A Session
18:25-18:30 Closing remarks (Austrade)
18:30-19:30 Networking



Sydney Startup Hub, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Monday 4 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm


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