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Event Report] Global Sustainability Accelerator2023powered by Creww | Google for Startups Kick-off Event & Program Information Session

Google for Startups and Creww, which entered into a partnership in November 2022 to support startups in Japan and abroad, held the "Global Sutainability Accelerator (GSA)" as one of their startup support initiatives The kick-off was held!
This article reprints the event day, which took place on February 9, 2023, in Shibuya, Tokyo.

About the Global Sustainability Accelerator

Japanese Startups Drive Sustainability Around the World

Creww Corporation CEO Ten Ijichi will give an overview of the program.

Global Sustainability Accelerator" is a program that aims to solve social issues around the world by Japanese startups that promote sustainability.It is.

Japanese startups have excellent technologies, ideas, and services, and they are not limited to use only in Japan.

The purpose of this program is to,To create innovation by deploying solutions from Japanese startups to countries and regions around the world facing challenges, and to work toward the realization of a sustainable and prosperous society.It is.

Creww and Google for Startups are committed to helping startups grow their businesses through the program. The true purpose and goal is for startups to acquire a track record and prove that they have growth potential.

Four Calling Themes Leading to a Sustainable World

The Global Sustainability Accelerator is divided into four categories.

Theme 1 [Electricity
The first theme is "electric power.
Improving access to affordable and clean electricity, low-carbonization, and restructuring the electricity distribution system with new solutions is a challenge that is expected to be solved, especially in developing countries where electricity is not available to everyone.

Theme 2 [Water resources and water supply
Challenges surrounding water resources, exacerbated by urban population growth and the effects of climate change, require urgent environmental improvements to ensure a safe water supply and to improve water scarcity.
Therefore, the second theme is "Water Resources and Water Supply," and we are looking for technologies, ideas, and mechanisms to assist communities facing water challenges.

Theme 3 [Food Preservation (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries)
The third theme is "food preservation.
The challenge of food loss exists in the world while the number of hungry people is increasing. In addition to poverty issues in rural areas, solutions to increase productivity in agriculture, livestock, and fisheries are needed in light of the current situation in developed countries, where approximately one-third of food production is wasted. We will examine mechanisms for predicting demand, improving livelihoods through production management, etc.

Theme 4 [Others Health and medical care / Environmental management / Urban and regional development / Transportation
For sustainable themes other than the aforementioned areas, applications will be accepted under the fourth theme.
For example, the themes include "health care," which addresses health issues such as infectious disease testing, contact tracing, border waterfront measures, and the provision of quality health services to pregnant women and children; "environmental management," which aims to solve environmental pollution and the resulting health problems; and "transportation," which aims to achieve low-carbon, decarbonized, safe, and free movement of goods and services. Themes include

The Global Sustainability Accelerator offers a wealth of support

The Program provides a variety of support to the selected startups. The support is categorized into six content areas, which are described below.

1) English-based pitch training and workshops supported by Google
(2) 1-on-1 mentoring sessions with experts rooted in the region where you are expanding
(iii) Funding opportunities through the Google for Startups network of more than 70 companies worldwide
(4) Full support from facilitating meetings to introducing the product to overseas markets
(5) Matching with domestic corporate partners participating in this program for collaboration
(6) Networking for all involved in this program

Timeline and Entries

Entries from startups will be accepted until 2/28. Startups selected through the selection process will be announced at the "Selected Startups Announcement Event" on 3/22. Thereafter, pitch training in English and an online roadshow to Google for Startups' overseas partners and overseas collaborating institutions will be held to develop and support domestic and overseas introductions. We will share the results of this program with you at the Demo Day on August 30.

Entry to the program from startups must be made in English. Creww will provide as much support as possible, and we look forward to receiving your entry.

Scale backs up support for growth!
What is a Corporate Partner?

Tomoyuki Mizuno, Coo. Director of Creww, Inc. will explain about the program structure and corporate partners.The following is a list of the most common problems with the

This program is planned and operated by Google for Startups and Creww, with the participation of three other corporate partners: Kyushu Electric Group, Shimizu Corporation, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

Corporate partners are partner companies that endorse this program as companies interested in sustainability and ESG, and back up their support for growth on a large scale, such as overseas expansion of startups.
Together, we will seek opportunities for collaboration both domestically and internationally to solve social issues that exist around the world. In addition, the number of corporate partners may increase in the future.

In this program, of course, the startups selected for the program,Possibility of collaboration for all startups entered as well.There are If opportunities for collaboration with corporate partners are considered, we will provide firm accompaniment and support.

Raising the level of adopted startups! Supported by JICA

JICA's Roots in the World

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an independent administrative agency that plays a central role in Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA). As one of the world's leading comprehensive development assistance organizations, JICA has overseas offices in approximately 100 countries and provides cooperation to developing countries in various regions.

When the selected start-up companies promote their business in developing countries, the knowledge and human network of international cooperation that JICA has built up so far will be a powerful logistical support.

Keynote Session 1:
Local production and local consumption of energy!
Realizing an Energy-Free Society [Looop Co.

Mr. Soichiro Nakamura, CEO of Looop Corporation, will give a keynote speech.

The most important thing I want startups to do is to "Profitability." It is. If you are not aware of earning well, you will not be able to sustain it. Only by generating revenue can we realize what we want to do. For this reason, it is important for us to have a meaning to our existence.
So how was Looop's per-pass decided?

Looop is an electric power company specializing in renewable energy. We are in the business of building power plants, controlling the electricity generated, and delivering it to customers. As an independent new electric power company, Looop is number one in Japan in both sales and number of customers.

The impetus for founding the company came from volunteering in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We installed solar power generation systems at evacuation centers free of charge, which was greatly appreciated.

Furthermore, we are greatly inspired by Typhoon Miranda that hit the Philippines.
I thought electricity could be produced for free."
That was our biggest realization from our experience there.
Renewable energy can be found anywhere in the world. In addition, once built, power plants do not require raw materials because they run solely on natural energy. Electricity can be produced and consumed locally by building power plants that fit the size of the land, rather than relying on the power grid.

After deciding on a "Purpose" of "Realization of an Energy-Free Society," the business expanded. We expanded globally, teaming up with NITTETSU Bussan to enter Thailand, and with Sojitz and Osaka Gas to enter Vietnam.

Some things cannot be achieved on our own scale alone,This can be achieved through collaboration with major companies that share the same path.Remember, too, that it is

Keynote Session 2:
Ahead of the world!
A top player in the sustainability field [TBM Corporation].

Assistant to General Manager, LIMEX Business Division, COO, TBM Corporation Mr. Koji Sakamoto will give a keynote speechThe following is a list of the most common problems with the

We are a startup that aims to be a top player in the sustainability space.
It is also a company that has been aggressively expanding overseas. This is because the company's development of environmentally friendly materials and the manufacture and sale of products, as well as its business of promoting resource recycling, have been recognized as facilitating global expansion.

In Silicon Valley in 2016, we won an award in the materials category of an accelerator program run by Plug and Play. At the same time, we were also stimulated by an invitation from NASDAQ to go public.
By expanding into foreign markets, more financing can be implemented.Having a business that can expand globally is an advantage for startupsI feel that it is a good response.

LIMEX, a new limestone-based material developed using proprietary technology, has been introduced in more than 1,000 companies and municipalities in Japan (including registered offices).

By using limestone as a raw material, the use of petroleum-derived resins can be reduced, resulting in a reduction in the production of greenhouse gases, including CO2. Limestone is also a mineral resource that is abundant throughout the world and can contribute to climate change. It enables 100% self-sufficiency even in Japan, which is said to be resource-poor.

According to one study, the market for resource recycling business is expected to reach about 600 trillion yen by 2030.

TBM has also launched a resource recycling business to build a recyclable platform by collecting and recycling materials after use, in addition to the development and manufacturing business of "LIMEX".
Facing Environmental ChallengesCommitted to new business pillars with potential for global expansion in anticipation of global trendsWe continue to work on the

Envisioning a Sustainable Future
There are perpasses that are required only for startups.

Please tell us about your thoughts on how you can contribute to sustainability because you are a startup.The following is a list of the most common problems with the

Nakamura:Questioning Common SenseI would like you to start with And,Firmly imagine the future you want to createDo. Either backcasting or forecasting is fine. I believe that there are ideas and business models that we can propose because we are a startup, not a large corporation, so please believe in the future we envision and move forward.

Sakamoto.: Startups have an overwhelming sense of speed compared to large companies. When you come up with an idea or want to team up with someone,Speed is the highest priorityI think we should work with

Sustainability innovations for the whole world

From Tim Romero, President, Google for Startups Japan

What is the mission of Google for Startups Japan?Supporting the growth of startups that are pioneering the future for a better worldThe first thing to do is to

Sustainability is an issue that should be shared by the entire world. And innovation in sustainability is crucial.

Startups innovate and solve problems with new methods and technologies, and Google wants to be a supporter.

Founders participating in the Global Sustainability Accelerator will join a global startup community with support from Google and Creww. Founders will build a community by helping each other.
We expect the startups participating in the program to learn and grow together.

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