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Announcement of the Winners of the Fourth Nippon Venture Awards

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards and other awards for the Nippon Venture Awards were selected. These awards are to honor venture businesses that have a positive social impact. On February 22, 2018, a commendation ceremony was held to recognize the winners of the awards.

1. Outline of the program

This program aims to honor outstanding entrepreneurs and venture businesses for their creation of new businesses with positive impacts on society, as role models for young people and entrepreneurs who will play key roles in the next generation. This awards program aims to raise both public awareness of the importance of embarking on challenging business and public recognition of entrepreneurs, thereby encouraging people throughout the country to take on new challenges.

The committee of experts examined a number of promising venture businesses and selected the winners of the Prime Minister’s Award, the METI Minister’s Awards, the MAFF Minister’s Award, and Special Jury Awards.

2. Winners

Prime Minister’s Award
(Nippon Venture Award)

Mercari, Inc.

METI Minister’s Awards
(Partnership of Venture Businesses and Large Enterprises)

SORACOM, Inc.
KDDI Corporation

METI Minister’s Awards
(Female Entrepreneur)

visasQ Inc.

MAFF Minister’s Award
(Agriculture Venture Business Award)

Routrek Networks, Inc.

Special Jury Award

Money Forward, Inc.

Special Jury Award

PKSHA Technology Inc.

Release date

February 22, 2018

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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