Current Events

Generating Innovation with Japan Series

Major Japanese firms, from manufacturing to finance to services in a whole variety of sectors, are increasingly looking to identify new innovation from Canadian start-ups in order to improve their business practices and to introduce new ideas and technology into the Japanese market and to their network of global clients.

For Canadian start-ups, the Japanese market (GDP: US$4.9 trillion; Pop.: 120 million) can be daunting but potentially hugely rewarding. One of the best ways to enter that market is through partnering with Japanese firms.

This series of events will provide unique opportunities for Canadian start-ups and major Japanese firms to connect and share information. Through reverse-pitch presentations, Japanese firms will explain about their technology needs and, during the networking session and follow-up meetings, Canadian start-ups can explain about their technology solutions.

Through this series of partnering sessions across Canada, JETRO aims to generate new innovation through partnerships between leading Japanese firms and innovative Canadian start-ups.

Toronto 2020

Date/Time: February 20th, 2020 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)  Closed
Venue:         ONRamp at University of Toronto Entrepreneurship, Banting Institute

Ottawa 2019

Date/Time: November 6th, 2019 (10:30 am - 1:15 pm) Closed
Venue:         Bayview Yard

Edmonton 2019

Date/Time: March 6th, 2019 (11:00 am - 1:30 pm)         Closed
Venue:         Startup Edmonton

Vancouver 2019

Date/Time: March 5th, 2019 (11:00 am - 1:30 pm)          Closed
Venue:        SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Toronto 2018

Date/Time: December 11th, 2018 (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)    Closed
Venue:         OneEleven

Kitchener / Waterloo 2018

Date/Time: December 10th, 2018 (2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)    Closed
Venue:         Communitech

Montreal 2018

Date/Time:  September 27, 2018 (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)     Closed

Venue:         CEIM (Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal)

[Regular Webinars]

Please note that our JETRO offices in North America have started to host a series of sector-specific seminars on topics such as Renewable Energy (hosted by JETRO Toronto), Medical Devices, Healthcare IT, Internet of Things (IoT), Agri-Tech and the Power Market in Japan. If you would like to access a particular past webinar, please let us know ( as some might be made available on request. Up-coming topics can be found here at JETRO Canada's Current Events page or JETRO USA's Events Calendar.

- A Look into Japan's Renewable Energy Market (February 16, 2017) WEBINAR PAGE

- The Regenerative Medicine Market in Japan (April 27, 2017) WEBINAR PAGE

- Life Sciences Opportunities in Japan (October 25, 2017) WEBINAR PAGE

- To Be Announced

(Note: to view videos of these past webinars you will need to register)