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J-Startups On Display at South by Southwest (SXSW)

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A snapshot of SXSW 2017

Ten Japanese startups are traveling to South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019 in Austin, Texas in March to show off their cutting-edge products and services to creatives and thought leaders from around the world.

SXSW brings new topics and people together

SXSW began in 1987 as a music festival, but is now better known as an annual convergence of the best and brightest in the interactive, film, and music industries. As many startups attend SXSW as do the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the U.S.’s largest home appliance exhibition, which attracts over 150,000 visitors every January. SXSW promotes the unexpected discoveries that happen when diverse topics and people come together, and has helped people around the world create and cultivate trends across many different industries.

A chance for Japanese startups to shine

Japan is showcasing the J-Startup Pavilion in the Trade Show area, the main venue of SXSW 2019, for 10 Japanese startups to display their cutting-edge products and services. On March 12, each startup will host demonstrations and unveil new innovations, from products made with state-of-the-art materials to programming education services.

METI’s J-Startup program brings Japanese innovation to the world

The J-Startup program is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in June 2018 to promote exemplary Japanese startups with the potential to become global leaders. This public-private joint program provides startups with intensive support, including a showcase at METI’s Japan Startup Pavilion at international events such as CES and Web Summit, Europe’s largest startups exhibition. METI also connects Japanese startups with business partners and industry press in local areas to further enhance business networks.

If you’re in the Austin, Texas area, try visiting in person, and continue following METI channels for more J-Startup news.

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Photo of the J-Startup Pavilion at CES

Related Information

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Last updated:2019-03-13