Symposium: How to nurture global-minded university startups

Oct 26, 2021

November 10, 2021
4:00 - 7:00 PM PST

November 11, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM JST)

Online (Zoom)

English & Japanese (simutaneous interpretation)



JETRO is partnering with the University of Tokyo, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company and other world-top university related institutions including Berkeley Skydeck to hold an online startup symposium. The discussion focuses on how to nurture university spin-out startups, global expansion, and a university startup ecosystem in the U.S. and Japan.



4:00PM-4:10PM | Opening Remarks

Nobuhiko Sasaki - Chairman & CEO - JETRO

Yukinori Takada - President & CEO - Sumitomo Life Insurance Company


4:10PM-4:30PM | Keynote

Topic: “How the University of Tokyo strategically nurtures global university startups”

Teruo Fujii - President - The University of Tokyo


4:30PM-5:10PM | Ecosystem Panel Discussion

Topic: “How to foster a university startup ecosystem and support global expansion”

Caroline Winnett - Executive Director - Berkeley SkyDeck
Joseph Huang - CEO - StartX

Tomotaka Goji - Managing Partner and President - UTEC/The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners Co., Ltd.

Takaaki Umada - Director - Found X, The University of Tokyo
Richard Amato - Director, Strategic & Global Initiatives - ATI (Austin Technology Incubator)

5:10PM-6:10PM | Startup Panel Discussions


6:10-6:55PM | US and Japan Startups Pitch Sessions

Embr Labs - Michael Soule - VP Business Development

Provigate, Inc. - Koshin Sekimizu - CEO

ImpriMed - Sungwon Lim - CEO

Braizon Therapeutics - Mariko Tosu - Founder and Chairperson

BionicM - Xiaojun Sun - CEO

Eko - Adam Saltman - Chief Medical Officer

Startbahn, Inc. - Taihei Shii - CEO


6:55-7:00PM PST | Closing Remarks

Toshiya Watanabe - Vice Director, Professor, Executive Director / Executive Vice President - The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives



The University of Tokyo, SUMITOMO LIFE, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


For any inquiries or more information, please contact:

Kanon Miyahara