Osaka | Opportunities for International Scaleups ahead of World Expo 2025

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Learn About Corporate Collaboration Opportunities for Scaleups ahead of the World Expo 2025 in Osaka Japan, the World's 3rd Largest Economy!

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Japan remains the world's 3rd largest economy, & is rapidly embracing open innovation, which is creating huge opportunities for international companies in specific niches (eg. HealthTech, FinTech, Smart Cities, Advanced Manufacturing...).

But due to a lack of awareness & support, many international scaleups still do not recognize the huge potential, or are unable to effectively engage with the market.

Our goal is to help scaleups understand the market, access opportunities, facilitate successful partnerships with Japanese corporations, & provide them with access to critical services to support their subsequent market entry.

This event is for Scaleups, SMEs, & Startup supporters from anywhere in the world, to:

- Learn about market entry & corporate collaboration opportunities for Scaleups in Osaka, Japan, its plans for the World Expo 2025, & its efforts to become a leading smart city & international financial hub

- Hear about how the current World Expo facility in Dubai, UAE will transform into District 2020, a human-centric future city & innovation ecosystem

- Hear pitches from leading MENA FinTech, Smart Cities, & HealthTech Scaleups, looking to scale into the Japanese market

All attendee Scaleups will also receive:

- Free Japan market entry consultation

- Business matching with Osaka corporations (for eligible sectors only: FinTech, Smart Cities, Digital Health/Life Sciences, CleanTech, Advanced Manufacturing)

Organizers: Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC; composed of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Cooperation: Osaka Startup Ecosystem Consortium, The Foundation for International Trade & Industrial Co-operation (ITIC), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Osaka, Xport, Global DX, Inc.

Date: Monday, December 13, 2021, 10:00-12:00 (Dubai time)

Format: Hybrid (Real + Zoom)

Physical Location: Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), A5 Building, Dubai Digital Park, Dubai Silicon Oasis - United Arab Emirates (MAP).

Note: Underground car parking is available. Please follow signs to A5 building/ Gate 2.

Online Location: Zoom webinar (link will be sent post-registration)

Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation available)



MC: Adam Claydon-Platt, Director & COO, Global DX

Mr. Negoro, Executive Director, O-BIC

Guest of Honor Address: Consulate-General of Japan in Dubai

Dtec: The largest technology innovation hub in the MENA region: Hans Henrik Christensen, Vice President, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)

Session 1:

District 2020 Present & Future: Tala Al Ansari: Director, Innovation Ecosystem & Scale2Dubai, District 2020

Session 2:

The Japan Market Opportunity

Adam Claydon-Platt, Director & COO, Global DX

Osaka Investment Environment

Yu Liang, Deputy Director, O-BIC

Osaka's Startup Ecosystem

Natsuki Takano, Urban Management Division, Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.

Opportunities & Support for Scaleups in Osaka | Why we chose Osaka

Adam Claydon-Platt, Director & COO, Global DX


Session 3:

Pitches by MENA Scaleups interested in the Japanese market (3 companies)

Q&A / Feedback by Japan experts


Session 4:

Physical Networking Event among participants at the venue

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Organizer Osaka Business & Investment Center (O-BIC)

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Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC) is a joint initiative by the Osaka Prefectural Government, the Osaka City Government, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, providing prospective foreign investors with essential information and advice for entering the Osaka market.

The Osaka Startup Ecosystem Consortium is a strong collaboration among Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City, economic organizations and Osaka Business Development Agency, aiming to develop one of the world’s most innovative startup ecosystems in the center of Osaka and Kansai region, leveraging the accumulated industrial clusters and academic excellence of the area.

Global DX is an innovation consultancy based in Osaka Japan, bridging Japanese cities and companies with the world's most cutting-edge startups, facilitating their new business development from PoC design through to contract negotiation, & supporting startups' subsequent market entry.

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