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Saturday, December 9, 2023

FUSE" Growth Industry Conference Vol. 3, Information on the splendid speakers including Mr. Hidetaka Suzuki, Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, is released!

FUSE" Vol. 3, a growth industry conference, of which Creww, the operator of PORT, is a community partner, will be held on December 14, 2022. This event will bring together investors, business companies, CVC, government, and academia from Japan and abroad, with a focus on startups, to create a "fusion" for the next generation of innovation and "ignition" to take a new step forward.

Announcement of Mr. Hidetaka Suzuki, Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, Member of the House of Representatives, as well as Mr. Sekinada and Mr. Umezawa of A.T. Kearney as speakers.

FUSE" aims to create new opportunities for "fusion" and "ignition" by inviting various domestic and international players to expand the startup ecosystem in Japan.

With the announcement of the government's 5-year startup plan, we have invited Mr. Hidetaka Suzuki, Mr. Isayama from WiL, Mr. Fujino from Leos Capital Works, and Mr. Sekinada from A.T. Kearney to discuss how to increase the number of entrepreneurs at this conference, using case studies from Japan and abroad.

In addition to the above, sessions on startup x major company collaboration and measures to support startups in rural areas were also released in this release.

Official site:https://fuse.forstartups.com

Information on the luxurious speakers is released *Honorific titles omitted.

Initiatives to produce entrepreneurs for ‍10X10X

Shigeru Sekinada, Senior Partner, Managing Director, Japan (Japan Representative), A.T. Kearney K.K.
Hideto Fujino, Chairman, President and Chief Investment Officer Leos Capital Works, Inc.
Hidetaka Suzuki, Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Member of the House of Representatives
Hajime Isayama, Co-Founder and CEO, WiL

Challenges and Solutions in Startup x Large Company Collaboration

Chairman, CIC Japan / Takaaki Umezawa, Chairman, A.T. Kearney Japan Inc.
Kazuhiko Chuma, Deputy General Manager, Business Creation Division, KDDI Corporation
Hidetoshi Uchiyama, President and CEO, unerry, Inc.
Jeff Volinski, Partner, A.T. Kearney K.K. / Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Shizenkan Graduate University

Success in the digital market through the convergence of cloud technologies and ecosystems

Talent/Software Engineer Ayaka Ikezawa
Shigetoshi Kasuga, Executive Officer, CTO and General Manager, Product Division, Chatwork, Inc.
Ken Inoue, General Manager, Social Design Promotion Division, Oracle Corporation Japan; President/Co-founder, George and Sean K.K.; Social Entrepreneur
Yuhi Nishii, General Manager, Oracle Digital Digital Native Strategy Office, Oracle Corporation Japan

Starting in the Tokai Region Japan is Back

Go Fujita, Representative Director, MTG Ventures, Inc.
Takuya Ishizawa, Deputy Senior Manager, Growth Business Development Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Tomoji Izumi, Manager, Public Affairs Strategy Office, Acceleration Division, Four Startups, Inc.

Pitch Contest "DIVERS" opens to the public for a total of 24 companies! Ten new judges have been added for a total of 51 judges!

DIVERS, a pitch contest created to support the global expansion of domestic startups. The unprecedented pitch contest features unicorn companies, startups with thousands of global participants, and Unifa, a company that has won the world's top prize at the Startup World Cup. With this additional announcement, information about a total of 24 companies on the stage is now available. Ten new judges have also been added, bringing the total number of judges to 51.

List of startups on stage (in no particular order, titles omitted)

Junpei Itami, President and Representative Director Fez Inc.
Takahiro Inagawa, President and Representative Director, Interstellar Technologies, Inc.
President and Representative Director, Yuimedi Corporation Grimes, Emiri
Yasuyuki Toki, Representative Director and CEO, Unifa Corporation
Takashi Nakagawa, Representative Director and CEO, Kakehashi Corporation
Eiji Oishi‍, Representative Director, UPDATER Inc.

10 additional judges! Total of 51 people on the superb stage

Names of judges (in no particular order, titles omitted)

Minoru Imano, Managing Partner, Globis Capital Partners K.K.
Shinzo Nakano, President, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Inc.
Keisuke Tachioka, General Partner, Global Brain
STRIVE Representative Partner Tatsuo Tsutsumi
Hiroshi Nakamura, General Manager, IPO Division, AGS Consulting Inc.
Katsutoshi Matsushita, General Manager, Investment Sales Department I and Investment Sales Department II, SMBC Venture Capital
Yosuke Nishitani, Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney K.K.
Shinji Asada, CEO, One Capital VC
Hiroaki Okahashi, Partner, Representative Director, Miyako Capital
MCP Asset Management Co.
Yuka Amano‍, Senior Consultant, Corporate Research & Relations Department

We continue to accept applications for startups that are already working on global expansion. The judges will include both domestic and foreign investors, as well as business corporations that are also looking at the global market, and will include advice on how to help startups expand their business globally.

Click here for the official website of the "DIVERS" pitch contest


Free registration is now open for the first 5,000 attendees.

The first 5,000 participants are limited to the first 5,000 people in order to create a denser exchange opportunity.


Outline of the event

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 9:30 to 20:00
period of exchange (e.g. cultural, educational, etc.): December 12, 2022 - December 28, 2022
form (something takes)Online
entrance feeFree of charge
How to participateOnline *We will send you the URL for viewing later after receiving your registration.
Number of participants (tentative)5,000 people
Event official website URL:https://fuse.forstartups.com

Sponsored by:Four Startups Corporation, CIC Tokyo
supportTokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Venture Capital Association, Nippon Keidanren, Japan External Trade Organization, Federation of New Economies, Japan Startup Ecosystem Association, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.
Event Partners: Crunchbase, 36Kr Japan, EventHub, Forbes JAPAN
Community Partners: Hello Tomorrow Japan, Plug and Play Japan, agorize, 01Booster, JSIP, Nordic Innovation House Japan, Advantage Austria, Creww

▼FUSE Vol.3 & DIVERS Sponsor List

About CIC Tokyo

CIC Tokyo opened on October 1, 2020 on the 15th and 16th floors of the Toranomon Hills Business Tower (total floor space of approximately 6,000 square meters), and is one of the largest innovation centers in Japan, with space for over 250 companies and organizations, mainly start-ups (companies just starting out and aiming for rapid growth). It offers expansive workspace and a community and services to accelerate business growth and global expansion.

Startups moving into CIC Tokyo will have access to office space and a variety of common areas in a free atmosphere. In addition, they can participate in the innovation community in various ways and build new relationships with key players in the ecosystem.

CIC Tokyo will also provide easy access to global locations, using CIC Tokyo as a gateway.CIC Tokyo has hosted over 280 various events related to startups and innovation since its opening in October 2020 through the end of July 2021, making it a place where many CIC Tokyo has become a gathering place for many people.

About Four Startups, Inc.

With the mission "to be at the center of (together) evolution" and the vision "for Startups", Four Startups promotes a growth industry support business centered on startup support and job search support, including the Internet/IoT sector and other real business domains such as deep tech.

We also provide strategic financial support for startups and venture companies in collaboration with Japan's leading venture capital firms, operate the "STARTUPDB (Startup Database)," an information platform specializing in growth industries, and strengthen the industrial ecosystem through co-creation models with large companies and government agencies. We are also working to strengthen the industrial ecosystem through co-creation models with large companies and government agencies.

Together with our mission and vision, we will continue to contribute to the growth and development of Japan.

name of companyFour Start Ups, Inc.
EstablishmentSeptember 1, 2016
LocationIzumi Garden Tower 36F, 1-6-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
representativeYuichiro Shimizu, President and Representative Director
Business OverviewGrowth Industry Support Business
uniform resouce locatorhttps://forstartups.com/
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