Japan Seattle AI Innovation meetup 10.0 + AI Innovation Investor Track : No...

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Columbia Center 40th Floor Conference Room

711 5th Ave

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Innovation Finders Capital (IFC), the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe invite you to attend the Japan-Seattle AI Innovation Meetup 10.0 and AI Innovation Investors Track.

This is a double feature event that should result in your meeting with delegations, one-on-one on the following day.

AI Innovation Investors Track 9:00AM Nov 1st

Some of the largest VC funds and corporate CVCs from Europe and Japan will come to Seattle to pitch to the innovators community on what kind of technology they are looking for and how they would like to invest in your startups. Then during the networking session, you will get to meet them and if they are interested, they may request for one-on-one meeting on the following day. The pitch session will be preceded by Orrick’s seminar on financing by legal experts on raising money form VCs.

Japan Seattle AI Innovation Meetup 10.0 13:00PM Nov 1st

Many of the largest Japanese companies will be pitching to the Seattle innoavtors, what kind of innovation they are looking for and how they would like to do business with you. So if you are looking for serious revenue opportunity, just come to downtown Seattle to hear them out and meet them for the networking session. If they like to meet you, we will make sure that you get to sit down with them for one-on-one on the following day.

Also, Japanese delegation are looking for development service providers as well as tools and development utilities companies as well. And we do have companies from ICT, Chemical, Manufacturing, Trading & Finance and many others coming, even if you are doing innovative composite materials to bit coin startups, do give it a go.

Step by Step Guide
1. Signup early and request one-on-one meetings. Please give brief description of your company and URL
2. We will give the advance list of participants to all delegation members. They will look at your web site and request one-on-one. (These meeting requests goes out 10 days before the event)
3. Come to the Meetup event. The Japanese companies will pitch to you, what kind of Innovations they are looking for and how they would like to do business with you.
4. Meet them during the networking session after the Meetup and ask if they would like to meet you on the following day.
5. One-on-one meeting confirmations will be emailed to you the night before
6. Come prepared for the one-on-one meeting on Nov 2nd. If you can give a demo, that will be great.
This Eventbrite registration is for Pitch + Networking session on Nov 1st and the one on one on the following day. Both are FREE but I recommend you prepare well in advance.

Again, I cannot stress enough that this is investment and revenue opportunity. When you register, please make sure to fill in what kind of technology/product/service you offer and your URL.

Expected number of participants: 120-150

Event program

AI Innovation Investor Track
9:00 – 12:00
Venture Capitalists from Europe and Japan will reverse pitch to the Seattle Startup community.

9:00 Door opens
9:30 Opening Remarks by Tom Sato (IFC)
9:35 “Welcome to Seattle” by Blake Ilstrup, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Seattle
9:45 VC Pitch Sessions 4 to 8 sessions
Format : 10-15 min Presentation by VC
1. Overview of their VC firm
2. Investment strategy
3. Technology area they are looking to invest
11:15 Networking Session
12:00 End

1:00 PM: Japan Seattle AI Innovation Meetup 10.0
Major corporations from Japan will pitch to Seattle Startup community for business development and distribution deals.
1:00 Open
1:30 Opening Remarks by Tom Sato (IFC)
1:35 WA Department of Commerce
Announcement “AI Tech Mission to Japan”
1:40 Orrick Announcement
Blake Ilstrup, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Seattle
1:50 IFC Presentation “Innovation Road to Revenue”
Tom Sato, Managing Partner, Innovation Finders Capital
14:00 Introduction of Japanese Delegation
By Tetsuro Eto, Innovation Finders Capital
14:05 PM Japanese Delegation Pitch Sessions 10-15 Sessions
Format : 10-15 min Presentation by Corporations
1. Overview of their company
2. What kind of innovation they are looking for
3. How they would like to do business with Startups
4. What are the market opportunities?

5:00 PM Japanese Style Networking Session
6:00 PM Close

One-on-One Session by invitation

Nov 2nd (Fri) 10:00-17:00 One-on-one sessions with VCs and Top Japanese companies
Participants for the Meetup will have a chance to meet them at the networking session or the pitch session and ask for one-on-one. We also pre-arrange one-on-one so please register your interest to participate, and we will send your names and URL to the delegations. We will inform you of the early one-on-one selection a week before and final schedule after the networking session. One-on-one session is 30 min sessions. In the previous event, we organized 198 sessions.

Innovators Pitch session at Private Reception Oct 31st

There is an Innovators Pitch Session on Oct 31st. This is for entrepreneurs to pitch their technology in front of entire delegation. To be considered for this pitch session, please indicate in when registering. Pitch Session is 5-7 min plus reception at the end with food at a very exclusive venue. There is a cost to participate in this pitch event. We will let you know if you are qualified for this Innovators Pitch session. (Please contact organizer)

The list of delegations

Hitachi Zosen Corporation
Manufacturing and Construction
OGIS-RI Co.,Ltd.
SI and IT Consulting (Osaka Gas Group)
Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
Gas, LPG, LNG, Overseas energies
Global Trading( textile, machinery, metals & minerals, energy & chemicals, food, general products & realty, and ICT & financial business.)
JATO Co., Ltd.
Audio, Visual, Information & Security
Maruho Hatsujo Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Spring, Packaging & New Technology(Medical)
Kawai Corporation
Development, design, manufacture, and sales of electric heaters
Nissin Denki Kohsaku Co.,Ltd
Electric control, and Engineering for Plants
Assistup Co, Ltd
Web application, E-commerce
Fujitsu Limited
Systems Ingegrator
Mitsubishi Corporation
Global Trading Firm
Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
News and Data
Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd.
Retail Supermarket
Nissho Electronics USA Corporation
Systems Integrator
Webrain Lab
Think Tank
Econonic Organization(Non-profit)
VC delegation

NTT DoCoMo Ventures, Inc.

CVC of Telecom

Alexa Fund
Amazon's CVC fund

Please contact organizer using this web site for more information.
Organized by: Innovation Finders Capital (IFC)
Co-Organizer and Sponsored by: Washington State Dept. of Commerce and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff LLP (Orrick),

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