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First Co-hosted Event by JETRO and Nordic Innovation House Tokyo, a Nordic Startup Support Organization

(Nordic region: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark)
December 8, 2020

On November 26, JETRO and Nordic Innovation House Tokyo(NIH Tokyo)External site: a new window will open co-hosted an online seminar, “Nordic Digital Transformation (DX) and the New Japan,” to introduce the Nordic startups that are contributing to DX. It was the first online project co-hosted by JETRO and NIH Tokyo, and 60 people participated.

NIH is a startup community supported by the governments of the five Nordic countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark. The community opened its fifth location in Tokyo in May 2020, following Silicon Valley, New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

In the World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2020External site: a new window will open released by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development, which measures the level of digitization in countries, three Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) ranked in the top 10. The Nordics also rank high in the World Intellectual Property Organization's Global Innovation IndexExternal site: a new window will open , and the Nordic region leads the way in digitalization and the creation of innovation.

This time, seven Nordic startups that facilitate DX presented their pitches (in order of appearance):

  • ZOANExternal site: a new window will open (Finland): ZOAN provides a full-stack virtual reality (VR) studio that offers high-quality VR and real-time 3D models.
  • FLEXOUNDExternal site: a new window will open (Finland): Flexound develops sound systems utilizing augmented sound technology.
  • LogmoreExternal site: a new window will open (Finland): Logmore provides solutions for monitoring the condition and quality of goods in a supply chain.
  • ContractbookExternal site: a new window will open (Denmark): Contractbook offers an electronic contracting platform for the creation, signing, and storage of legal documents.
  • ScanReachExternal site: a new window will open (Norway): ScanReach develops a wireless Internet of Things platform for ships and maritime facilities.
  • Top Data ScienceExternal site: a new window will open (Finland): Top Data Science researches and develops artificial intelligence, computer vision, and data analytics.
  • 2N HealthExternal site: a new window will open  (Finland): 2N Health provides a telehealth platform.

JETRO has partnered with NIH Tokyo and is collaborating with them to promote open innovation between Japanese and Nordic companies, which is expected to become more active in the future.

Mr. Niklas Karvonen, Community Director of NIH Tokyo (photo by JETRO)

Pitches by Nordic startups (photo by JETRO)

Reported by
DANNO Koki, Innovation Promotion Division of Innovation and Intellectual Department, JETRO

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