Japan-Washington State AI Innovation Meetup

April 18-20, 2018

The Washington State Department of Commerce, Innovation Finders Capital, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe invite you to attend the Japan-Washington State AI Innovation Meetup.

The Japan-Washington State AI Innovation Meetup is a unique business development meetup in which Washington State ICT Startups are able to meet with major Japanese multinational companies that are interested in acquiring innovative technologies. Many of the participating Japanese companies coming have revenue of more than $10 Billion and are brand name Global companies such as Softbank, Sony, NEC, Mitsui, Epson and more!

At the last meetup, a delegation of 15 Japanese multinational companies met with representatives from 80+ local technology startups, resulting in nearly 200 1-1 meetings during the course of the event!

The representatives attending for these companies are key decision makers for new business/product development and their engineering lead, CEOs, CTOs, or from Business Planning Divisions.

From large platform providers such as Microsoft and Amazon to startups, companies of all sizes participate in this event. Although the theme is AI, the Japanese business delegation are looking for services and utilities from all fields including development services and utilities, tools, chemical, machinery, finance and many other fields.

Meetup Agenda:

April 18 – 4 pm: Innovators Pitch Session at Private Reception

There is an invitation-only Innovators Pitch Session. To be invited, please indicate on the meetup registration form. Selected participants will be informed after reviewing requirements and qualifications. Please contact the organizer for more details.

During the session, the innovator participants will pitch their technologies in front of the entire Japanese delegation. Each company will have 5–7 min. to give a pitch plus networking opportunity at the end of the event with food at a very exclusive venue. There is a cost to participate in this pitch event. Contact the event organizers for more details.

April 19 – 10:30 am: Pre-event Tutorial by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Location: Columbia Center 40th Floor Meeting Room, 701 5th Avenue, Seattle

This tutorial is designed to help Founders and Innovators to create a successful startup and work with Japanese companies.

April 19 – 1 pm: Japanese Business Delegation Reverse Pitch & Networking Session
Location: Columbia Center 40th Floor Meeting Room, 701 5th Avenue, Seattle

This is the main event where the Japanese delegation will reverse pitch to the local startup audience on the technologies and innovations they are looking for, as well as how they want to work with startups. Following the reverse pitches, there will be an opportunity to meet with each of the Japanese representatives and confirm an appointment for the One-on-One Meeting on the following day.

To participate in this pitch session, please register at the Eventbrite webpage. To be considered for the one-to-one meeting on April 20th, you must attend pitch session. When you register, please make sure to fill in what kind of technology/product/service your company offer and your URL

April 20 – 10 am-5 pm: One-on-One Sessions with Japanese companies
Location: Columbia Center 40th Floor Meeting Room, 701 5th Avenue, Seattle

Participants for the Meetup will have a chance to meet with individual Japanese delegation members for business discussions.

Each one-on-one session is 30 min.

If you would like to be considered for the one-on-one session on 26th, you must register for the Japanese Delegation Reverse Pitch on 25th and indicate your give brief description of your company and technology and your website URL under the Other Information section of the registration form. The information will be forwarded to the Japanese delegations in advance for their consideration.

 

Why should I attend this event?
This event is a unique opportunity to meet senior representatives from Japanese multinational companies.  The Japanese companies in attendance have billions in annual revenue and are eager to work with local startups in the ICT sector.
Which Japanese companies are attending?
The Japanese delegation will include approximately 15 companies.  The list below includes companies that have participated in past meetups. The final list will be posted here and emailed to participants prior to the event.

  • AOI TYO Holdings Inc.
  • Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
  • Denso Corporation
  • ISI-Dentsu of America
  • Epson Research and Development, Inc.
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • GA Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Hikari Tsushin, Inc.
  • Intage Inc.
  • JBS USA Inc.
  • KANEKA Corporation
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • KDDI Corporation
  • LINE Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
  • NEC Corporation
  • Nikkei
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Nippon RAD
  • NTT Data
  • OK WAVE Inc.
  • PwC Consulting LLC
  • Renesas Electronics Corporation
  • SMK Electronics Corporation U.S.A.
  • Sony Corporation
  • Sojitz Corporation of America
  • Softbank Corporation
  • Presidio Ventures
  • Takenaka Corporation
  • TOTO Ltd.
  • Toray Composite Materials Amrerica, Inc.
  • Ubicom Holdings, Inc.
  • Yahoo Japan Corporation
Who should attend this event?
From large platform providers such as Microsoft and Amazon to startups, companies of all sizes participate in this event. Although the theme is AI, the Japanese business delegation are looking for services and utilities from all fields including development services and utilities, tools, chemical, machinery, finance and many other fields.

This event focuses on AI in broadest sense:

  • AI Education & Training
  • Automotive and Public Transportation
  • Manufacturing (Industry 4.0 and Intelligent factories)
  • Fintech
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Intelligent Marketing
  • IoT and New Sensors
  • Retail + Retail logistics
  • Use of AI+ML in medical & wellness
  • Natural languages processing Chat Bot for B2B
  • Robotics for all areas
  • Real estate and construction
  • Telecom
  • Call Centers and Customer Support
  • Cyber Security & Public Safety

By Technology:

  • Natural Language Processing, Chat Bot, Voice Recognition, Machine Translation
  • Big Data for Marketing, Predictive Analysis, Failure Prediction, Business Intelligence, Predictive analytics for healthcare
  • IoT for Manufacturing and Auto
  • AI & ML Development Service, AI & ML Data sourcing, AI Algorithm
  • Robot Machine Vision, Robot Operating System, Robots, AI Robot operation for manufacturing

 

How do I participate in the 1 to 1 meetings?
1 to 1 meetings will be arranged at the request of the Japanese business delegation. The Japanese companies will be basing their requests on the information that startups supply in the registration process as well as after meeting them at the “reverse pitch” session. It is crucial that you include as much company information as possible in your registration to ensure that the Japanese companies are aware of what you do and how they can partner with you.
When will I be notified that 1 to 1 meetings have been set up?
Many of the 1 to 1 meetings will be arranged in advance of the meetup based on the company information supplied during the registration process.  A final 1 to 1 schedule will be sent to startups the day prior to the 1 to 1 sessions.
How do I participate in the Wednesday invitation-only reception?
If you want to participate in the reception, you can indicate so during registration.
What is a "reverse pitch" development meeting?
What sets this event apart from other business development events is the focus on “reverse pitches.”  Key decision makers at top Japanese companies will “reverse pitch” to local ICT startups, explaining precisely what kind of innovation they are seeking, how they would like to do business and the distribution channels they can offer to help early-stage companies accelerate on the road to revenue. Japanese delegations are looking for technologies for them to use as customers, licensing, or distribution and re-selling through their global sales channels.
Do I have to participate in the “reverse pitch” session to attend a 1 to 1 meeting?
It is important that you attend the “reverse pitch” session if you are selected for a 1 to 1 meeting. In the “reverse pitch” session, the Japanese companies will explain precisely what kind of innovation they are seeking, how they would like to do business and the distribution channels they can offer to help early-stage companies accelerate on the road to revenue. This information will guide discussions for the 1 to 1 meeting and ensure that you do not waste time discussing topics that aren’t of interest. Companies will only have 30 minutes for each 1 to 1, and time is of the essence.
Do I have to participate in the pre-event tutorial by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe?
Local startups do not have to attend the pre-event tutorial, but it will provide valuable information for those companies seriously looking at the Japanese market.

Register

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More Information

Julie Monahan
ICT Business Development Manager
Washington State Department of Commerce
Phone: (206) 256-6147
Email: julie.monahan@commerce.wa.gov

Testimonials

“The Washington State AI – IOT mission to Japan was very successful. I met with a lot of enterprise companies who are interested in our enterprise IOT platform called IIRP(tm) and we are already following up with about 10 customers. I think Japan would be a great partner to the US in creating, driving and delivering AI, IOT, Blockchain solutions. We feel good to be at the front and center of this action and I am looking forward to making Seattle the AI capital of the world!”

  • Jaideep Sen, CEO, IoT World Labs
“Matchbox enjoyed a fascinating and illuminating trip to Japan on many fronts with the Washington State Tech Mission team. The mission provided the opportunity for the participating companies to pitch to and meet with many Japanese companies. For the Japanese companies, the Washington State Cohort presented an opportunity for peer-driven industry insight, great networking and contacts, collaboration and potential partnership. For most of the companies we met this is the initial contact, some leads will have legs and many will not. Where there has been previous contact in Seattle, we are already making good progress with genuine opportunities. We are excited about our potential to be working in Japan, without the support of Washington State, the IFC and the mission none of this would have been possible.”

  • Andrew Farrell, CEO, Matchbox Mobile
“With Sony as an investor and a few local clients under our belt, DefinedCrowd was familiar with the Japanese business culture and how to navigate the landscape. Due to this experience, to be honest, we weren’t entirely sure how much ROI was to be expected from the weeklong mission. Boy, we’re we proven wrong! Washington State Department of Commerce and IFC truly outdid themselves by not only creating exclusive opportunities to get in front of some of the biggest names in tech, manufacturing and advertising in the world, but the depth of their knowledge, expert guidance and level of commitment to see us succeed at any cost in what’s known as one of the most challenging (yet rewarding) business environments in the world were unmatched. As a result, we have half a dozen follow up conversations happening, an invitation to speak at Japan’s top AI event in the fall, and perhaps most importantly, a level of instant trust imparted on us through the painstaking relationships cultivated by Washington State with the Japanese business community over the years. For any company seriously considering investing in Japan, we can’t speak highly enough of the experience.”

  • Daniella Braga, CEO DefinedCrowd

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