Japan is number two in start-up formation worldwide, behind only the US. Yet there is much less venture capital and angel investing in Japan than in America. So where does the capital for these Japanese start-ups come from? What does this mean for US companies that want to partner with Japanese start-ups and US investors that want to invest in them? How does Japan’s system for funding start-ups affect their expansion plans, and what can Japanese start-ups do from the outset to position themselves for global expansion? Join us to explore these topics with a panel of experts.
Michael Alfant – CEO, Fusion Systems and President, ACCJ
Scott Ellman – CEO, USAsia Venture Partners
William F. Miller – Prof. Emeritus and Co-Director, SPRIE, Stanford University
Allen Miner – CEO, SunBridge Corp.
Robert Eberhart (Moderator) – Researcher, SPRIE, Stanford University
Friday, May 4th, 2012
Registration/Networking: 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Program: 6:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.
Networking: 8:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1050
Food, including sushi and beverages, will be served.
Business casual attire
More information: http://www.keizai.org
When & Where
Keizai Society (http://keizai.org) is a Silicon Valley based business and professional networking organization. One of its primary purposes is to provide a venue of programs that showcase specialists with expertise on issues critical to the success of entrepreneurs and companies doing business with Japan and the U.S. Founded in 1990 in San Francisco, Keizai Society¹s audience includes people from the worlds of business, academia and politics in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Keizai Society enables broad yet intimate networking among its audience members. In addition to establishing a sense of collegiality, networking provides opportunities to exchange information, share advice, offer inspiration, and expand business possibilities. Among other benefits, Keizai Society participants report that they often receive business referrals and ideas how to expand and enrich their businesses.