Thursday, October 7
10:00am – 12:00am CEST | 17:00 to 19:00 in Japan
Would you like to internationalize your business? Meet ambitious and innovative companies in this webinar on internationalization in Japan.
During the month of October 2021, we’re hosting a series of events focused on the different aspects of internationalization like the do’s and don’ts when entering a new market, legislation, business culture, work, and living conditions. These events are specifically designed for the needs of creative and innovative startups. We will go into depth on specific topics through active interaction between the participants and the experts.
By attending this webinar you will:
– get inspiration about what you can achieve by going abroad;
– connect with new markets and new stakeholders;
– participate in the discussion and raise interest in your project;
– find new opportunities for networking and cooperation.
Patricia Bader-Johnston – Silverbirch Associates Ltd
After a career in Public and Private sector leadership roles, Patricia moved into the entrepreneurial space founding a number of companies focused on various aspects of achieving the UN SDGs ranging from health science innovation to renewable energy development to the future of food and agriculture.
Masaaki Hasegawa – CX Lab
Masaaki is an artist, consultant, author, and speaker. He has been included in the Thinking Heads “Top 100 Speakers in Spain” and IE Business School “IE Knowledge.” Masaaki is a business advisor at Erretres Strategic Design Company, a researcher at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design, and a global committee member of the Asian Art Association.
Lisa Mallner – Asia Innovation Lab
Lisa is an AI and Startup Investment Manager at Copenhagen Capacity and focuses on supporting business development for high-tech companies. She has 10 years of experience in business development and commercial advisory helping companies scale globally across Europe, the US, and Asia. As part of Innovation Lab Asia and the Nordic Asia Venture Alliance, she helps facilitate investments and collaboration between Japan and Denmark.
Hiro Nishiguchi – Japan Innovation Network
Before co-founding Japan Innovation Network, Mr. Nishiguchi was an Executive Managing Director of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), Japan’s largest public-private investment fund with a $20 billion investment capacity. He worked as professional staff at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. Mr. Nishiguchi is concurrently serving as Independent Director of PERSOL HOLDINGS, President of Japan Bosai Platform, Executive Senior Innovation Advisor of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and as a Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo.
Taisuke Alex Odajima – EDGEof INNOVATION
As a business incubation expert, Alex Odajima has engaged in the creation of numerous start-ups and business divisions of large companies. Through his company EDGEof INNOVATION, he is actively working on building bridges between Japanese and other countries’ innovation ecosystems. Currently working with embassies and other government entities of over 20 countries to support various initiatives on innovation. Providing mentorship for many global startup programs such as Canadian Technology Accelerator or German Startup Accelerator to help foreign startups to enter the Japanese market. He is also a selection committee member of the Japanese Ministry of Economy (METI) ‘s J-Startup program, the Global Ambassador of Shibuya city’s startup support program, a board member of La French Tech Tokyo.
Nousha Saint-Martin – F&JP BridgewithJapan
Nousha Saint-Martin is a strategic consultant with over 20 years of experience in Strategic & Operational Marketing, Brand Management, and Business Development both as a corporate and as an entrepreneur. Multicultural, highly adaptable, she has 20 years plus track record working with Japan, in diverse industries (Beauty& wellbeing, Luxury goods, Medical devices, Pharma logistics…). As founder and managing director of F&JP BridgewithJapan, Nousha Saint-Martin keeps a proactive strategic watch on new technologies & the changing environments of her clients to formulate bespoke strategies helping them to navigate market shifts & digital disruptions and to adapt with agility and creativity.
Yoshi Takahashi – Global Startup Centre – Fukuoka
Yoshi Takahashi is looking forward to helping Fukuoka become more international while simultaneously keeping traditional Japanese culture alive for future generations to learn from and appreciate. He has been already working in Global Startup Centre for more than 3 years and consulted with most of the startup visa applicants after the startup visa started in Fukuoka city. He knows the startup visa scheme well. He is willing to support the entrepreneurs who have a passion to penetrate the Japanese market with the new idea. Previously, he built a business from scratch while living abroad, so he knows what founders, visiting the Global Startup Centre, are going through. He can call on this experience to give startups practical advice that will allow them to see steady growth while always focusing on the bigger picture. This expertise also makes him the perfect person to help foreign startup founders find places to live and work in Fukuoka.
Trond Varlid – Japan Market Expansion Competition
Trond is a business executive with extensive international marketing and business development experience from Europe, the U.S., and Asia, including 18 years in Japan. MBA from Babson College, Boston. As Program Director of the JMEC Business Training Programme he is in charge of all aspects of managing and executing the programme, which is supported by 17 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.