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A new generation of enterprises is on the rise in Japan and Germany: innovative startup companies with high growth potential make up an emerging sector in our highly industrialized, knowledge-based economies.
Japan and Germany have large economies and great economic potential, but it seems to be relatively difficult to foster innovation and to finance startups. Thus, there is need for effective measures in order to access each market via partners as well as exchange ideas for innovation and connect each startups network.
The “Germany-Japan Startups Platform” aims to establish a basic framework for an effective cooperation among startup companies in Japan and Germany. This platform also welcomes participants of SME & large enterprises as well as any professionals with an interest in creating innovation together with startups.
It is intended for the 1st General Conference to be followed by Segmental Conferences focusing on the following specific areas:
(1) FinTech,
(2) Media & Contents,
(3) BioTech / Life Science, Medical & Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Food & Beverages, and,
(4) IoT, Manufacturing.

Welcome
Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador of Japan to the Federal Republic of Germany Professor Jörg Rocholl, Ph.D., President, ESMT Berlin

Introduction
Kosei Okubo, Founder, Founders Guide; CEO, Bizceed.inc
Pitch Session (3 min pitch, 3 min Q&A with audience in both cities)
10 startup pitches; 5 from Berlin and 5 from Tokyo. Each of the four themes mentioned above will be covered by two or more pitches. (Detailed information on the 10 startups will be available on the DJW Facebook page)

Moderator
Goya Kobayashi, Financial Attaché, Embassy of Japan in Germany

Master of Ceremony
Julia Münch, Director, Japanese-German Business Association (DJW)

Networking, Reception (end: 1.30 p.m. / 9.30 p.m.)