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Global Startup Connection: J-Startups for NET ZERO Will Be Held, An Event to Promote the Attractiveness of Japanese Startups

Final program of the NET ZERO Leaders Summit (Japan Business Conference 2021)

August 26, 2021

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are holding an online event called "NET ZERO Leaders Summit (Japan Business Conference 2021)" starting on July 28 (Wed.), to promote Japan's efforts toward achieving net zero and the attractiveness of its investment environment.
As the final program of the event, Global Startup Connection: J-Startups for NET ZERO will be held on September 9 (Thu.) and 10 (Fri.). This is an event to spread the word overseas about the attractiveness of Japanese startups.

1. Background and outline

The Green Growth Strategy (which METI led the formulation of) will direct all available policies, including international cooperation, in order to attract environmental investment from all around the world. In June 2021, the Japanese government set a new goal of "achieving an 80 trillion-yen balance of direct investment in Japan," and efforts toward this goal have become important. Against this background, METI and JETRO are holding an online event titled "NET ZERO Leaders Summit (Japan Business Conference 2021)" starting on July 28 in order to gather the world's wisdom toward achieving net zero, and promote Japan's attractive investment environment.

On September 9 (Thu.) and 10 (Fri.), as the final program of the event, Global Startup Connection: J-Startups for NET ZERO will be held, which is an event to spread the word overseas about the attractiveness of Japanese startups. Business executives will talk about the efforts of Japanese tech startups that contribute to achieving carbon neutrality and SDGs, corporate giants that are working toward collaborations with startups, and the potential of a startup ecosystem through lectures, panel discussions, and pitches.

2. Outline of Global Startup Connection: J-Startups for NET ZERO

Date:

September 9 (Thu.) and 10 (Fri.), 2021
Released at 00:00 JST on both days

Format:

Online

How to participate:

Registration in advance is required. (Participation is free)
Please apply from the official web page.

Program:

Day 1: To be released at midnight, September 9 (Thu.)

  1. Opening
 
  1. Opening message
Mr. Munekiyo Koichi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  1. Keynote Speech
Theme: NET ZERO and Startup: A Sustainable World as Euglena Envisions
Ms. Kawasaki Rena, Chief Future Officer, Euglena
Mr. Izumo Mitsuru, CEO, Euglena
  1. Panel discussion
Theme: Can Japan's Startup Ecosystem Contribute to the World?
[Moderator]
  • Mr. Tim Romero, Head of Google for Startups Japan
[Panelists]
  • Mr. Justin Waldron, Co-founder of Zynga and Playco
  • Mr. Jonathan Siegel, CEO, Xenon Partners
  1. VC session
Theme: The Potential of Japan's Startup Ecosystem Discussed by VC executives
[Panelists]
  • Mr. Honma Masahiko, Incubate Fund
  • Ms. Kathy Matsui, General Partner, MPower Partners L.P.

Day 2: To be released at midnight, September 10 (Fri.)

  1. J-Startups for NET ZERO: Pitch session
[Presenters] (10 companies from J-Startup and J-Startup Local)
Spiber Inc.; JEPLAN, INC.; Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd.; TELEXISTENCE Inc.; Challenergy Inc.; ALE Co., Ltd.; Farmship, Inc.; SyncMOF Inc.; mui Lab Inc.; HERALBONY Co., Ltd.
  1. Calls for collaboration from corporate giants: Reverse pitch
[Presenters]
  • Mr. Matsutani Takuya, Innovation Leaders Summit
  • Ms. Kyoko Uchida, Group Leader, Incubation Promotion Group 2, Business Incubation Promotion Department, Business Creation Headquarters, KDDI Corporation
  • Mr. Saijo Hiroshi, Vice President, Toyota Motor Corporation / Woven Planet Holdings, Inc.
  • Mr. Shibata Yutaka, President and CEO, JR East Start UP Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Odashima Shinji, General Manager, Startup Acceleration Division, Sony Corporation
  • Mr. Yuko Sasahara, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO Ventures
  1. Closing message
Theme: Invitation to Japan's Startup Ecosystem
[Speaker]
  • Mr. Yamakawa Yasuhiro, Associate Professor, Babson College

3. Outline of the NET ZERO Leaders Summit (Japan Business Conference 2021)

Organizers:

METI, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Date:

Being held online starting on July 28, 2021 (Wed.)
How to participate: Registration in advance is required. (Participation is free)
Note: For details, please see the official website.

<Information on ongoing events>

  1. Main program by global leaders (available on the official website until September 10 [Fri.])
    Panel discussions and other events where 15 world-leading figures discuss the trends regarding net zero

  2. Companies' and local governments' exhibition booths "Japan Technology Showcase" (July 28 [Wed.] to September 10 [Fri.])
    Fifty-four Japanese companies and local governments will exhibit their outstanding technologies and services in PR booths at a virtual venue to promote Japan's attractive investment environment

  3. Communication through avatars (July 28 [Wed.] to September 10 [Fri.])
    At the virtual venue, participants will be able to use avatars to communicate with each other and exhibitors in real time

  4. Events organized by JETRO overseas offices (Being held starting on August 11 [Wed.])

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