EMERGE : JAPAN "HYOGO-Kobe Edition" Info Session

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EMERGE : JAPAN "HYOGO-Kobe Edition" Info Session

EMERGE : JAPAN - Information Session - “its time to expand your business in Japan”

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Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation 5號 Science Park East Avenue Inno2 Multi-function room 2-3, 2/F., 17W Pak Shek Kok, NT Hong Kong

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  • 2 hours
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This seminar will share the expanding opportunities in the Kansai region as well as the investment environment of HYOGO-Kobe. This seminar is a great chance for you to explore the business opportunities in Kansai and the opportunity for you to join our EMERGE program to Japan.

What is EMERGE? EMERGE programmes connect founders and local accelerators with leading public and private accelerators and funds around the world to find partners, investment and expand their business globally.

EMERGE programmes from Global Digital MOJO run around the world from Mexico, to Barcelona, to Japan.

Our programmes are designed from the ground up to help founders prepare for entering new markets. We provide business seminars, a Market Readiness Assessment ""health check"" from our market experts and finally a chance to pitch to our overseas acceleration partners.

Our team has over 50 years experience in overseas market development.

Advantages of the EMERGE: Japan HYOGO-Kobe Programme

1. Join a global cohort in Japan

2. Join a trusted programme active for 3 years with over 70 companies graduated

3. Be supported by a local mentor

4. Get meetings with investors and partners accompanied by a mentor

5. Pitch at local and global events

6. Join the Kansai ecosystem

7. Get a working space in Japanese top Science Park

8. Develop PoCs with real Japanese people

9. Get local/national press coverage in japan

10. Get support on setting up in Japan

11. Get support on finding investors

It's time to expand your business in Japan.

  • 13:30-14:00 Registration
  • 14:00-14:05 Opening Remarks - Yamatani Kimio (Director of Hyogo Business & Tourism Centre HK)
  • 14:05-14:10 Introduction and message from Hyogo (Video) - SAITO Motohiko (Governor of Hyogo)
  • 14:10-14:25 Overview of business and life in and via HYOGO-KOBE and support service provided by the HKTDC Osaka office (Tentative) - Ricky Fong, Director of HKTDC Osaka Office
  • 14:25-14:45 Investing Journey in Japan: Co-Founder of Hong Kong Startup shares his successful stories working with Japanese companies - Ocean Ng, Co-Founder & COO of Mapxus
  • 14:45-15:05 Innovation to Be Fulfilled as a Railway Company Supporting Japan - OKUNO Makoto, CEO of JR West Innovations
  • 15:05-15:20 Talk to JETRO first – Support for Foreign and Foreign Affiliates in Japan - WAKABAYASHI Toshiaki, Deputy Director General of JETRO Hong Kong
  • 15:20-15:30 The “6 Bests” of doing business in Japan in and via HYOGO-Kobe - FUKUOKA Atsuhito, Deputy Director-General of HYOGO-Kobe Investment Support Center
  • 15:30-15:45 MOJO’s services support Hong Kong start-ups doing business in Kansai, Japan - YAMAUCHI Takao, VP Business Consulting, Global Digital MOJO KK (Osaka)
  • 15:45-16:00 Q&A and on-site registration
  • 16:00 Closing (followed by Socializing in the Networking Area)

Mr. Ricky Fong, Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Osaka

Mr. Ricky Fong came to Japan in 1996, entered the Kobe University of Commerce (now University of Hyogo) in 1997, completed the Master’s course at the university in 2003, and joined the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in 2003. He had been in charge of various industries such as jewelry (pearls), construction & building materials, design and medical & environmental protection, and has been in his current position since April 2021.

https://www.hktdc.com/ (English)


Mr. Ocean Ng, Co-Founder & COO of Mapxus

Mr. Ocean Ng is the Co-founder and COO of Mapxus, a leading indoor map technology company. He is an experienced IoT Solution Consultant and Entrepreneur, especially in the field of indoor GIS, Positioning Technology, RFID Technology and Application, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mobile Commerce, Automation Control, etc.


Mr. OKUNO Makoto, CEO of JR West Innovations

Mr. OKUNO Makoto joined JR West in 1994. He worked in the transport and human resources departments, etc. After establishing and operating new subsidiaries, overseeing the management of group companies, planning capital strategies, and promoting M&A, he planned the establishment of a CVC and established JR West Innovations Ltd in December 2016, where he became a director. In June 2021, he was appointed CEO.

http://www.jrw-inv.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Mr. WAKABAYASHI Toshiaki, Deputy Director General of JETRO Hong Kong

Mr. WAKABAYASHI Toshiaki joined JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) in 2000. He worked in the Cairo office, Overseas Research Department and Invest Japan Department etc. He has been serving as the Deputy Director General of the JETRO Hong Kong since May 2022.


Mr. FUKUOKA Atsuhito, Deputy Director-General of HYOGO-Kobe Investment Support Center

HYOGO-Kobe Investment Support Center provides various support services for companies planning to set up, develop and expand their businesses in HYOGO-Kobe. Mr. FUKUOKA Atsuhito directed its support services in Tokyo office and in Kobe head office consecutively. He also has many experiences in international programmes at Hyogo Prefectural Government, Foreign Ministry, University of Hyogo, Carnegie Mellon CyLab Japan and APN (an inter-governmental climate change research organization).


Mr. YAMAUCHI Takao, VP Business Consulting, Global Digital MOJO KK (Osaka)

Mr. YAMAUCHI Takao was born and grew up in Hyogo pref. He majored in Economics at Hyogo University, Japan. After he joined OMRON Corporation, he worked overseas for more than 15 years in the UK, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Especially, He started a new business and established a new regional headquarters in Hong Kong and South Korea. He managed several subsidiary companies in Japan and overseas as a managing director. He has a lot of networks in Japan and overseas. And when he became the managing director of OMRON Hong Kong ltd., he researched the startups in Hong Kong and Shenzhen and introduced them to Cooperate venture capital in Japan. Since 2022 AUG, he has been in charge of business consulting and new business development at Global Digital MOJO KK in Osaka and has been supporting Hong Kong and Taiwan startups to expand their business to Japan.


Mr. YAMATANI Kimio, Director of Hyogo Business & Tourism Centre (HK)

Mr. YAMATANI Kimio has been serving as the Director of the Hyogo Business & Tourism Centre (HK) since April 2022, a role assigned by the Hyogo Prefectural Government. He was the group leader of the economic exchange group at the international economic development division of the Hyogo Prefectural Government and was formerly the senior deputy director of the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore representative office.

Organised by Hyogo Prefectural Government, Hyogo Economic Development Centre

Co-organised by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Strategic Partner Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Osaka, The Norinchukin Bank Hong Kong Representative Office

Partnered with Global Digital MOJO

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