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"Japan Startup Selection" to be delegated to the world's leading innovation ecosystem under "HIYAKU Next Enterprise" program

As part of the Project for a Bridge of Innovation between Silicon Valley and Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will send leaders from 52 promising Japanese medium enterprises, SMEs and venture businesses that are outstanding companies for quality technologies and excellent business ideas to global innovation bases, including those in Silicon Valley.

1. Outline of the Project for a Bridge of Innovation between Silicon Valley and Japan

On April 30, 2015, Prime Minister Abe announced the inauguration of the project during his visit to Silicon Valley, the United States. In response, METI has been conducting programs to take advantage of human resources, enterprises and opportunities in Silicon Valley. Through these programs, which connect entrepreneurs and leaders from enterprises in Japan to those in Silicon Valley, METI aims to establish a framework for the sustainable creation of world-class innovation in Japan.

2. Details of the overseas programs

Group 1

  • Silicon Valley Course:From February 12 (Mon.) to February 16 (Fri.), 2018
  • Singapore Course:From February 5 (Mon.) to February 9 (Fri.), 2018

Group 1 will visit innovation bases and/or hold social exchange with people from local enterprises and local entrepreneurs.

Group 2

  • Europe (Helsinki and Berlin) Course:From November 29 (Wed.) to December 5 (Tue.), 2018
  • Austin Course:From March 10 (Sat.) to March 14 (Wed.), 2018

Group 2 will participate in the world’s largest event featuring innovative technologies and services.

Group 3

  • Israel Course:From January 13 (Sat.) to 20 (Sat.), 2018

Group 3 will experience ecosystems in Israel, etc.

3. Process for determining the applicants

In response to its call for applicants for the Program for Supporting Mid-ranking Companies and SMEs in Creating Innovation, METI received a large number of applications across Japan. An examination committee of external experts, representatives of the secretariat of the program, and METI officials strictly examined the applicants under the criteria concerning quality technologies, advantages in products and services, affinity with the purposes of respective courses, and other factors, and METI hereby announces that it finally determined the 52 successful enterprises as participants in the program.

4. List of the enterprises to be dispatched

Release date

October 20, 2017

Division in Charge

New Business Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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