Generating Innovation with Japan Series in Montreal


Generating Innovation with Japan: Montreal 2018

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Unique Opportunity for Quebec Start-ups to Meet Potential Japanese Partners

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 event will provide a unique opportunity for Quebec 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, Quebec start-ups can explain about their technology solutions.

Through this event, JETRO aims to generate new innovation through partnerships between leading Japanese firms and innovative Quebec start-ups.


Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
CEIM (Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal) 

Supporting Organizations:

Trade Commissioner Service
Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation
Invest Québec
Montréal International
Québec-Japan Business Forum
White Star Capital
Luge Capital
Real Ventures


September 27th, 2018

(3:30 pm: Registration)
4:00 pm: Event
5:00 pm: Cocktail Networking Reception


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

Please enter via the 20 Queen Street entrance.

(not the main entrance at 33, rue Prince, Montreal, Quebec, H3C 2M7)

Tel: 514-866-0575



3:30 pm:             Registration

4:00 – 5:00 pm:  Reverse-Pitch Event

Opening / Welcome Remarks:
Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM)
JETRO Toronto

Japanese Company Reverse-Pitch Presentations:

SMBC (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) 

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is one of the largest commercial banks in Japan with over 500 branches and offices globally. The Corporate Advisory Division (CAD) at SMBC works with large Japanese corporations to address their strategic needs through offering investment opportunities, including M&A origination, JVs, and other business partnerships. The New York team is responsible for gathering value-add information on North American startups and private equity-backed companies and works as a counterpart to the 200+ advisory staff members in Tokyo and Osaka. CAD works with SMBC’s banking clients across all industries and assists North American companies in finding partners and investors in Japan as well as providing banking support for Japanese market entry.

JR-East (East Japan Railway Company) & JR-West (West Japan Railway Company)
East Japan Railway Company, known as JR-East, and West Japan Railway Company, known as JR-West, are major passenger railway companies in Japan and 2 of the 7 Japan Railways Group companies. JR-East and JR-West are highly interested in meeting innovative Canadian start-ups in the following IT-related fields:
- training or supplementary work utilizing IT such as AR/VR
- understanding customer and worker behavior
- admin work productivity
- analytical case studies combining diverse data
- interactive human interface
- digital marketing in the North America region
- activate communications in the workplace

JR-East and JR-West aim to enhance efficiencies internally as well as improve marketing and services to their customers.


Canadian Company Case-Study:
Founded in 2012 – Mnubo is an Internet of Things company, providing data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions to connected product manufacturers and service providers. Mnubo delivers business outcomes from IoT data through its SaaS solution with out-of-the-box IoT insights and advanced IoT data science. In early June 2018, Mnubo opened its first office in Japan, located at Minato-ku, Tokyo. This case study demonstrates how Mnubo has successfully managed to enter the Japan market and become a trusted technology provider bringing IoT and AI innovation to the Japanese manufacturers - accelerating their evolution to the new digital industry.


JETRO Services and Support:
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a Japanese Government trade and investment promotion agency under Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) which provides free support for foreign companies to establish their presence in the Japanese market.


Closing Remarks:

5:00 pm:           Cocktail Networking Reception
Hosted by CEIM and its corporate sponsors

This event is free of charge but pre-registration is mandatory.


Registration Deadline:
September 21st, 2018 (Closed)

Any questions or concerns: