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Japanese Investor Pitch Event

US MAC (US Market Access Center), JETRO (The Japan External Trade Organization), Sukyaki

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Japanese Investor Pitch Event

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US MAC, in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is pleased to welcome 5 incredible companies from Japan!

JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.

Please join us for an exciting evening where you will have an opportunity to see and hear a group of Japanese companies pitch to a distinguished panel of Silicon Valley investors.

Join the networking with dinner hors d' ouevres and beverages before and after the event, starting at 6:00 PM.


6 PM - 6:30 PM       Food, drink and networking

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Pitches with Q&A and feedback from panel

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM  Awards given and more mingling

The 5 featured companies set to pitch to a panel of VCs and Angels are:


X-ability provides  molecular modeling software that enhances chemistry and pharmaceutical low-cost simulation.

Neuronet Visual Concierge is a unique Video CRM system. Unlike WebRTC technologies which provide very limited Video access, Video Concierge works across all mobile devices and PC’s. It provides full contact management functionality in the cloud  to quickly and cheaply optimize video contact with your prospects and customers.
CytoPathfinder offers effective transfection and analytical tools, providing unique genetic insights into disease and drug response.
Atonarp Atonarp provides next generation OLP-FAIMS solution for ppt or ppb level real time chemical detection. It works as high sensitive gas phase detector and it covers solid or liquid target chemicals with attached special sampling units even in qualitative analysis and quantitative assay.
Welcon WELCON offers precision diffusion bonding technology which can be applied to micro heat exchangers, micro reactors and other applications.

Many thanks to Wilmer Hale for hosting this event!


Our esteemed panelists are:

 Jay Onda Jay Onda, Docomo Capital | JAY ONDA specializes on being in the innovation forefront in product development and new technologies focusing on areas such as the Internet of Things including wearable devices, consumer focused M2M and O2O platforms, and consumer focused services. He also works closely with early stage startups as a mentor and advisor. Jay has worked with various divisions of NTT DOCOMO HQ in Japan and within DOCOMO Innovations (previously DOCOMO Research Labs).
Tom Cervantez Tom Cervantez, Harvard Angels | TOM CERVANTEZ is the Founder and President of the Harvard Angels (Harvard Business School Alumni Angels), Managing Director with the Golden Gate Angels Group in San Francisco and Managing Partner with Business Counsel Law Group LLP, a San Francisco based corporate and securities law firm. Tom has over 20 years experience investing in Silicon Valley as an angel and advising investors and CEOs as a venture capital attorney.
Allan Young Allan Young, Serial entrepreneur, founder of Runway Incubator in SF | ALLAN YOUNG is currently the founder of Runway, one of the largest incubators in San Francisco. He is also a founder of CallSocket, a next generation call center. He was most recently a founder at a Y Combinator company called LaunchHear. He used to run a venture fund which achieved three large IPOs.

David Emerson  David Emerson, Harvard Angels | DAVID EMERSON is an active angel investor and a member of the Harvard Angels Selection Committee.   David has been an active investor in technology companies at an angel level for a number of years.   David is also a corporate and technology lawyer, often working with early stage growth ventures on various legal matters facing fast growth ventures.   David has his BA from Harvard University and a JD from University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.

Thank you to our key partners:

Bank of the West SVB
Reed Smith Rocketspace
DLA Piper


When & Where

Wilmer Hale LLP
950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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US MAC (US Market Access Center), JETRO (The Japan External Trade Organization), Sukyaki

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get tailored market studies; and more.  

Sukiyaki- By the cooperation between “Japanese enterprises” and “Startups”, we expand business tie-ups. We are a mutual support group for the new-business developers, with the goal “Energize Japan by the cooperation between ‘Japanese enterprises’ and ‘Startups’ ! ”

USMAC is a tech accelerator located in Silicon Valley (from San Francisco to Menlo Park). We give International tech companies fast and successful access to the US Market. 

For decades, the road ahead for any technology company anywhere in the world, has led to Silicon Valley in Northern California, US. It is home to many global technology giants like HP, CISCO, Facebook, Google and Apple – just to name a few. It is the center for billions of dollars in tech funding, partnerships and client deals and the home of the legendary entrepreneurial culture that powers the world’s most important technologies.

Since 1995, USMAC has helped over 1,400 companies from over 50 countries get started, grow and succeed in Silicon Valley. Our only focus is to help emerging technology companies from other countries seeking to do business in the United States. We do this through our custom made market entry programs without taking any equity in your company.

With over 100 mentors “that’s been there done that” and with two different office locations, USMAC offers everything from a three-step program called Go Global Silicon Valley to virtual and physical office space in the most relevant location for your tech company. 

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