Over 20 sessions will be held featuring key figures from startups, municipal governments, and other organizations who will present the forefront of their work on the session topics.

Simultaneous Japanese-English
interpretation services available.

*Seating is limited.




Opening Session



Open Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Change Management for Business Reinvention

Large, established companies must respond to the increasing global uncertainties while maintaining business stability. To remain competitive, they need to adjust and grow existing businesses, while also proactively creating new ones. These innovations may be incremental or disruptive, and one main challenge is to maintain the right balance between time-proven practices and new management approaches. Professor Ulrike Schaede, an expert in business theory, strategy and entrepreneurship with a focus on Japanese business, will discuss concepts of business reinvention and corporate transformation, how to implement these, and why it is critical for large firms to involve startup companies into their innovation streams.



What are the key elements required in a city to make it attractive for high-tech startups.

How does a startup ecosystem form? Mr. Andrew Kimball, who drives economic development of the New York city that is a home to a strong tech and startup ecosystem and Mr. Ken Shigematsu, a master planner and designer of urban architects who is active on the world stage, will speak about the above topic.

These community and urban development experts will discuss how to create innovation from their respective perspectives.



Developing Smart City Ecosystems for High Impact Transformation

Partnerships between cities, regions, national levels of government and other public and private sector organizations are key to creating smart and resilient cities. The issues facing communities today extend beyond the boundaries of cities and towns and creating a smarter city alone can be a daunting task. Using the expertise across municipal departments, and with business, academic and community leaders, enables cities to learn from others, share successes and lessons learned, and mitigate the risk of implementing tech innovation in urban areas. Join us as four practitioners from the United States discuss their real-world experiences in structuring multi-city and multi-sector relationships and ecosystems.



Japan’s Startup Policy – Specific Measures for Ecosystem Building

The government of Japan has positioned 2022 as the first year of startup creation, and has formulated a “Startup Development Five-year Plan”. Japan lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to startup development, but is going to promote the formation of an ecosystem by taking specific measures from the perspectives of human resources, funding and open innovation. Minister in charge of Startups Mr. Goto, who leads the “new form of capitalism, ” a core concept of the Kishida Cabinet, and Vice Chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Ms. Namba will talk about issues and policies for developing startups in Japan.



How to improve people’s well-being in digital governments and smart cities?

Smart city concepts are evolving around the world. In Japan too, in Digital Garden City National Concept, well-being or people’s happiness is set as the ultimate goal of community development.

Mr. Nagumo from Smart City Institute, advocating policy on on human centric smart cities; Mr. Aeby from RepRisk, an ESG data science company specializing in risk research and quantitative solutions for business and financial markets; and Ms. Collier from Digi.City, a forum for supporting the co-creation of smart cities and more connected communities will discuss how to improve people’s well-being in future digitalized smart cites.



Japanese Entrepreneurs that Pioneer the Future: Challenges to make insightful connections possible all around the globe

With the mission of “” We make insightful connections possible”” , Ms. Eiko Hashiba, CEO of VisasQ, a company that connects the insights of individuals in all industries with companies that challenge innovation through new business creation and DX promotion, will be speaking.

In March 2020, VisasQ was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers “Market of the high-growth and emerging stocks” (currently Tokyo Stock Exchange Growth), and in November 2021, VisasQ acquired U.S. competitor Coleman Research Group, Inc., rapidly expanding its global knowledge database to more than
520,000 people in 190 countries.

She talks about her goal of “”a future to make insightful connections possible all around the globe”.



Japanese Entrepreneurs Pioneer the Future: The Challenge of a Bio-Business Venture to Develop Jet Fuel

Mr. Izumo of Euglena Co., Ltd. who has developed health foods and cosmetics using the microalgae “”Euglena”” as an ingredient, took the stage. The company’s vision of making not only people but also the earth healthier is being realized through the development of bio-jet diesel fuel.

He will talk about the company’s challenge of flying an airplane with “”euglena”” and the thoughts behind the challenge.



Creating Fertile Grounds for Startup Growth: Stories from the Singapore Innovation Ecosystem

Innovation is a vital stepping stone towards achieving technological breakthroughs and finding practical solutions to real-world challenges. In this regard, Startups play a crucial role by thinking out of the box and experimenting with new ideas, bringing them from lab to market.

Given their position as key drivers of the innovation ecosystem, what do Startups think is important in creating a conducive environment to grow and flourish in? How do some of their innovation journeys look like, and what can we all glean from their experiences? Join this panel discussion to hear more about it!



Food tech revolutions that shake up the world of food

California is home to more than 100 cutting-edge food tech tartups, including cultured meat and alternative dairy products. Professor San Martin, a prominent figure that supports young entrepreneurs in food tech fields, and Dr. Bubner, the co-founder of Orbillion Bio, a company committed to becoming one of the biggest meat producers in the world – starting with premium cell-cultured wagyu beef.



The New State of “Flying Cars”

“”Flying cars”” are becoming more and more practical.

Expectations are high for new forms of mobility, such as solutions to traffic congestion in urban centers and means of transportation to underpopulated areas.

The speakers included SkyDrive, the first Japanese company to successfully conduct a public manned flight of a flying car; and Ehang, a Chinese company developing an advanced AAV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle).



Corporate management and innovation required in the decarbonization era

Mr. Mizuno, former Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General, Tesla Director, former CIO of GPIF and Ms. Kurosaki, former Representative of the Japan Office of BloombergNEF will speak.These two globally active professionals will talk about the current state of ESG investment and sustainable finance in the world, how corporate management should be, and the role of Japan in that from an international perspective.



The Impact of Government Transformation: Why does it matter to you?

‘Inefficient,’ and ‘out of touch.’ These are the preconceptions often held regarding governments. Perhaps this is what makes government an undesirable business partner?

‘Disruptors’ and ‘innovators.’ The Tokyo Metropolitan Government positions startups as challengers, driving growth and altering even the small details of our daily lives.

Although unlikely partners, governments, at various levels, are working to change to support the startup challenge to take us into a new era. But why now? What should this change look like? How will it benefit the startup community in Japan? And what kind of socio-economic impact can we expect?

In this session, we have invited policy makers to present the case for government transformation. Join in the discussion and share your opinion alongside international startups and venture capitalists based in Tokyo.



City Tech Around the World

City leaders talk about startup policies and ecosystem formation in their cities. This session is special collaboration with G-NETS Leaders Summit.


Lobby Gallery

Tokyo Bay eSG Project: Efforts towards social implementation of cutting-edge technologies

The Tokyo Bay eSG Project aims to realize a sustainable city that fuses “nature” and “convenience” in the Tokyo bay area, looking ahead 50 to 100 years into the future. In this fiscal year, a total of nine projects have been launched under three themes of renewable energy, next-generation mobility, and environmental improvement and resource recycling, as part of the “advanced projects,” which aim to implement cutting-edge technologies in society through public-private collaboration. In this session, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will present the contents and future prospects of a “preceding project”, and a panel discussion will be held by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and two selected companies on the status of efforts in the “preceding project” and the sustainable society that they want to achieve through this initiative.


Lobby Gallery

TOKYO Resilience Project to prepare for increasing disasters

Tokyo is a large city with a high concentration of housing and urban functions, with steadily developed infrastructure to ensure its safety and has evolved into a disaster-resistant city.

Amidst the need to strengthen measures against the expected intensification of disasters caused by climate change, we aim to create a resilient and sustainable city, aiming for a Tokyo that can be safe from natural disasters for 100 years from now. We have formulated the “”TOKYO Resilience Project”” and are carrying out many pioneering and distinctive initiatives such as infrastructure development and the use of digital technology in the midst of advanced land use.

In this session, we will introduce the “”TOKYO Resilience Project””, focusing on countermeasures against wind and flood damage in view of the global prolem of climate change.


Lobby Gallery

Tokyo’s Water and Sewerage Technologies and Issues

The Bureau of Waterworks and Bureau of Sewerage operates the water supply and sewerage business, which is an essential urban infrastructure for the lives and activities of Tokyo residents in Tokyo, a megacity with a population of over 14 million people.

The basic roles of the water supply business are to provide a stable supply of safe and delicious water, and the sewerage business is to treat sewage, remove rainwater, and protect the water quality of public water areas. We are also working on technology development, and now we have high technology that we can boast to the world.

In addition to introducing technical capabilities such as water purification treatment technology, leakage prevention technology, sewage technology, and disaster countermeasures for water supply and sewerage projects, we will also introduce the issues that the water and sewerage businesses are facing towards domestic and foreign start-up companies, etc., with aim of realizing a safe, secure, and a sustainable city.


Glass Building G Room 404

The Essence of Innovation in Large Corporations

Workshop by Anis, the founder and CEO of Pegasus Tech Ventures, who has long supported the innovation of large Japanese corporations and global startups. In the first half of the session, Anis will introduce examples of how large corporations can efficiently foster innovation, which he knows from being a Silicon Valley VC. In the second half, an open discussion with Q&A will be held.

Please come directly to the venue.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

*Day 2 will also be held.


Glass Building G Room 404

Key Success Factor for Collaboration between SUs and Large Corporations

We will discuss the problems and solutions that arise when large Japanese enterprises collaborate with overseas startups and CVCs. 

Through the discussion, we will deepen our understanding of why such problems occur and why the proposed solutions are effective, thus approaching the secret to successful collaboration. 

We welcome all large Japanese enterprises struggling with collaboration with overseas startups to participate.

Please come directly to the venue.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.