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ASEAN Japan Fast Track Pitch Event 2024 “Singapore-Japan Fast Track Pitch Event 2024" to be held in Singapore

Apr 18, 2024

Continued from last year, ASEAN-Japan Fast Track Pitch 2024 will be held in four countries to accelerate open innovation and co-creation between Japanese companies and startups and global companies in ASEAN.
As the first country, Japan-Singapore Fast Track Pitch 2024 will be co-hosted by the Japanese and Singaporean government agencies.
The 2nd Singapore-Japan Fast Track Pitch Event will be co-organized by Japan and Singapore government agencies with the aim to encourage collaboration among wide range of companies from both countries to accelerate open innovations and co-creations.
Challenge statements of 6 challenge owner companies for the Pitch Event were announced and the application is opened for proposals from startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and large corporations.
A launch event will be held in Singapore on 26th of April.
Collaborating with The Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (SME Support Japan), a wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will also be invited to submit proposals.

Promoting collaboration among companies from both Japan and ASEAN countries for open innovation.

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), with ASEAN’s government agencies, launched “ASEAN-JAPAN Co-Creation Fast Track Initiative” last year in commemoration of 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The aim of the Initiative was to promote collaboration between Japan and ASEAN for open innovations and co-creations.

As part of the Initiative, the Fast-Track Pitch event, in which leading companies from Japan and ASEAN sought for solutions for their challenges from all over the world, was launched last year. The inaugural Fast-Track Pitch events took place in four cities, in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Hanoi, gathering more than 1,400 participants from a wide range of organizations including startups, large corporations, investors, and supporting organizations. The events led to various collaborative works.

ASEAN-Japan Co-Creation Fast Track Initiative Co-Organiser/Supporter: Government organizations of ASEAN countries, ASEAN Secretariat, Ministry, Trade and Industry of Japan, Japan External Trade Organization, Embassy of Japan, and Japanese Chamber of Commerce Challenge owner: ASEAN companies, Japanese companies Companies & Startup: ASEAN Companies, Startups, and Japanese Companies, Startups ASEAN and Japanese startups propose solutions to the challenges

The outcome of the last year’s events was highly evaluated as a tangible collaboration of between two countries at the Japan-Singapore Economic Dialogue held yesterday, and both sides reaffirmed to strengthen the collaboration efforts to generate innovation.

ASEAN-Japan Fast Track Pitch 2024 to be Held in Four Countries

Continued from last year, the ASEAN-Japan Fast Track Pitch will be held in four countries: Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand. In each country, we plan to present challenges by Japanese companies and leading local companies, invite proposals from ASEAN and Japanese startups, and hold pitch events.

“Singapore-Japan Fast Track Pitch 2024"

Following the conclusion of the Dialogue, JETRO is pleased to announce that "Japan-Singapore Fast Track Pitch" will be held to kick off series of Fast Track events this year. Details of the challenge have been announced on JETRO's special website below. Collaborating with the SME Support Japan, SMEs are also invited to submit proposals this year.

The deadline for proposals is the Sunday, June 16 (23:59 Singapore time).

Co-organized by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Embassy of Japan in Singapore, Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore Enterprises Board, Singapore Economic Development Board
Cooperation: ASEAN Secretariat, etc.

A launch event will be held in Singapore on April 26 for each Challenge Owner to describe the challenges more in detail. There will also be a networking session with Challenge Owners, startups, investors, and Singapore government officials participating.

A final pitch event where finalists will pitch, will take place in Singapore on July 19. The details will be announced on the JETRO special website above as soon as finalized.

Launch event
Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
Time: 18:30-20:30
Venue: One & Co, 20 Anson Road, #11-01 Twenty Anson, Singapore 079912
Format: In Person only
Language: English
RegistrationExternal site: a new window will open.
Final Pitch Event
Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Time: Afternoon
Venue: in Singapore (to be confirmed)
Format: In-person and online
Language: English
Registration: To be announced on JETRO special website.

Challenges of 6 companies working on open innovation in Singapore

In this round of Japan-Singapore Fast Track Pitch, 6 companies that are enthusiastically engaged in open innovation in Singapore, have set challenges they wish to solve through collaboration with other companies. Proposals for these challenges from companies in Japan, ASEAN, and around the world are welcome.

Challenge Owners & Challenge Titles AGC: Explore for innovative technologies and solutions for sustainable development and manufacturing: (1) glass recycling, (2) water electrolysis membrane technology and (3) high-throughput methods for biotechnology development. BIOTRONIK: BIOTRONIK’s Challenge will be added soon. ARKEMA: Innovative materials for a more sustainable future Mitsui Chemicals Group: Social contribution by “only-one” materials ASL: ASL’s Challenge will be added soon. NTT DOCOMO ASIA Pte. Ltd.: Driving Global Web3 Adoption: Partnering for Mainstream Accessibility

For details of each company's challenge, please refer to the documents below and the JETRO Special website.

Singapore Japan Fast Track Pich Event2024PDFfile(14MB)

(For reference: last year's Fast Track Pitch Event)

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Innovation Department, JETRO Investment and Alliance Division, Innovation Department
Hirota (Mr.), Yamada (Ms.), Ishizuna (Ms.)

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Singapore Office Ishikawa, Yokoi, Tanakai
Tel: 65-6221-8174