[Event] Seeking Startups for Partnership Opportunities in Japan - San Francisco, CA

Sep 07, 2017

Seeking Startups for Partnership Opportunities in Japan

Hear what new technologies Japanese companies are seeking in Silicon Valley.

This reverse pitch event connects Japanese companies with U.S. startups

for networking and partnership opportunities. 


October 5, 2017
5:00-8:00 PM PDT

Plug and Play Tech Center
440 North Wolfe Road
2F Event Center
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Free to attend.

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This event will feature a number of established Japanese companies pitching partnership opportunities to U.S. startups. These companies are seeking to find and  introduce new technology to the Japanese market. Startups with an interest in expanding their product or service to the Japanese market can use this event to network and discover new international business opportunities.



Networking & Reception


Welcome Remarks: Plug and Play & JETRO Introductions


Pitch (6-8 Japanese companies x 6 minutes for each) + Q&A


Networking & Closing


Maya Hoshino Masahiro Morizumi Hiroaki Izuma Macninca Networks
   Yoshiaki Tanaka       Maya Hoshino  Masahiro Morizumi      Hiroaki Izuma   Daisuke Nishimura

Paramount Bed

Asahi Kasei Osaka Gas Macnica Networks

Takeshi Masuda Tomoyuki Kimura
    Takeshi Masuda    Tomoyuki Kimura

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group




SEEKING: IoT, Smart Cities, Home Office, Mobility, Lifestyle

The SoftBank Group is a global technology player that aspires to drive the Information Revolution by supporting disruptive entrepreneurs. The SoftBank Group is comprised of the holding company SoftBank Group Corp. and its global portfolio of companies, which includes advanced telecommunications, media and Internet services, robotics and clean energy technology providers. www.softbank.jp/en/

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

SEEKING: Fintech

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. is a holding company headquartered in Tokyo for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (the Bank) and its subsidiaries. The Company operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Leasing, Securities and Consumer Finance to a range of customers including corporations, mid-sized companies, small-sized companies, individuals, governments and governmental entities. 

Asahi Kasei Corporation

Asahi Kasei

SEEKING: Smart Cars (Automotive), IoT

Founded in 1920s, Asahi Kasei is a diversified business based in Tokyo focused on three primary sectors: Materials, Homes and Healthcare. The Asahi Kasei Group's products and technologies, ranging from Hebel HausTM unit homes and Saran WrapTM cling film, and electronic parts used in computers and smartphone, to performance resins for automotive applications, and pharmaceuticals and AEDs that support people's lives, are used in various ways all around us.

Asahi Kasei Corporate Venture Capital was established in 2008 and is focused on investing in innovative global companies in areas of strategic importance to Asahi Kasei. Our team, based in Menlo Park and the Boston area, consists of senior professionals with backgrounds in R&D, startup operations and venture capital. www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/

Macnica Networks

Macnica Networks

SEEKING: Security, Cloud, Big Data

Macnica Networks Corp. is one of Japan's leading value added distributors for a wide range of advanced network products and information technology. The company has over 20 years of experience in product localization, sales and substantial technical support of computer network equipment. Macnica Networks supplies a full line of leading-edge network appliances, software, telecom and storage solutions to its customers, and consistently brings innovative new products to their portfolio. www.macnica.net/english/

Paramount Bed

Paramount Bed


Paramount Bed Holdings Co., Ltd. is the holding company of a comprehensive medical group comprised of the core entity Paramount Bed Co. Ltd., which engages in the manufacture and sale of beds, mattresses, and equipment for medical and nursing care environments, and subsidiaries engaged in services such as the inspection and maintenance of Paramount Bed products and the leasing and wholesaling of welfare care products. www.paramount.co.jp/english


Smart Cars (Automotive), Industrial IoT

Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd a parent company of North American Lighting, Inc. has been marking a history of leadership in automotive lighting. Today the lighting equipment and components are widely used in a variety of industries including transportation such as automobiles, aviation, railways, shipping and traffic systems. The Koito Group, with our corporate message “Lighting for Your Safety”, conducts R&D activities to develop multi-functional products in order to contribute to society. www.koito.co.jp/english/

Osaka Gas

Osaka Gas

Osaka Gas is a second largest gas company in Japan and has 7M gas and electric customers. Osaka Gas also has lots of international energy business including 20 power plants in North America. Osaka Gas owns more than one hundred non-energy subsidiaries, such as home security, elderly care, fitness club, cooking school, housing, real estate, material, system integrator and 200 retail shops. Our silicon valley office was established in 1991 and more than 30 partnerships with US IT startups ware developed in Japanese market. As a corporate partner of PnP energy program in 2017 and only one energy company who has a booth in PnP, Osaka Gas is ready to corroborate with cleantech, IoT, material startups. www.osakagas.co.jp/en/index.html


The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is working with Plug and Play to host this reverse pitch event featuring Japanese companies in Silicon Valley.