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Euraxess, in collaboration with the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and French Tech Tokyo, is organizing a pitch contest for start-ups and young innovators.
The event is coupled with a seminar entitled 'Turn ideas into innovation with Europe', where participants can discover the European innovation landscape, get pro investor tips and learn about IP from legal experts.
Application to the pitch contest and attendance to the event is free of charge.
Date and time: 10 March 2017
Venue: Accenture Digital Hub, Tokyo
Further information, terms & conditions, application form:
EUROPEAN INNOVATION DAY 2017
The government plans to establish a new investment scheme by the end of fiscal 2016 to make it easier for large companies to provide financial support to venture businesses.
Under the scheme, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, a national research organization known as NEDO, will invest in ventures when major companies financially support these start-ups or conduct joint development projects.
The government hopes the plan will help venture businesses achieve stable growth by taking advantage of large companies’ human resources, capital and management skills, and that NEDO’s joint capital investments will inspire big businesses to invest in start-ups.
Creating new markets is a key element of the government’s growth strategy. It aims to promote the creation of more and more businesses in specialized fields, such as health care, medical services and developing new materials, as success in these areas is expected to bring high growth and boost the nation’s economy.
Large companies’ investment in new businesses is seen as crucial because research and development requires a huge amount of capital. It also takes a long time to commercialize products.
Of the total investment in venture businesses in fiscal 2015, IT-related companies received 51.9 percent, according to Venture Enterprise Center, a general incorporated foundation. This was followed by 18.7 percent to companies related to biotechnology, medical services and health care, and 13.7 percent to businesses related to products and services.
Investors tend to shy away from ventures in highly specialized fields such as medical services, as it is difficult to assess the risks involved in these areas. The government hopes its envisioned scheme will encourage more investment in a wider range of fields.
In recent years, investment in venture businesses has once again been boosted by rapid growth in IT-related companies, but it has failed to regain its past momentum.
The nation’s venture capital totaled ¥130.2 billion in fiscal 2015, up 11.2 percent year-on-year, according to the center. However, the latest figure was less than half the amounts for fiscal 2000 and fiscal 2006, when total investment stood at around ¥280 billion each year.
Momentum is even weaker in companies’ investment in start-ups, because they have to seek short-term earnings amid growing pressure to return their profits to shareholders.
Call for Applications
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and PNICube, the Italian Association of University Incubators and Local Business Plan Competition, have established the "Innovation that speaks Italian” award to recognize the highly innovative value of Technology Startups, founded by Italian citizens, operating abroad.
The award, which consists of a medal and a diploma from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will be presented to the winning startup during the Conference of Scientific Attachés in Rome, Italy, in January 10, 2017 in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, and the Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini.
Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Call and Application Form >>
To submit your application and for any question please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the framework of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement between Japan and Italy, signed in Tokyo, on October 7th, 1988, the Directorate General for Country Promotion (Economy, Culture and Science) – Unit for Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiate herewith the procedures for the drafting of the XI Executive Programme of Scientific and Technological Cooperation for the years 2017-2019.
Projects shall be submitted in one of the following priority research areas:
- Agriculture and Food Sciences
- Basic Sciences (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry)
- Biotechnologies and Health
- Energy and Environment
- Information and Communication Technologies, including Robotics and Automotive
- Nanosciences and Advanced Materials
- Space Sciences
- Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage.
The call is avable at the following link.
Proposals shall be submitted by July 21, 2016, 17:00 c.e.s.t.
Embassy of Italy Tokyo Science
NTT DATA is going to hold a business contest for sturtups on August 30th, 2016.
Further information is available at the following URL:
International startups that will be selected and win the contest can get the chance to scale up or beef up their business.
Application deadline: 4 July 2016
Italian startups interested in the contest can also contact us through the contact form available in this blog.
What is Italian Innovation Day
Italian Innovation Day is an initiative of the Italian Embassy in Tokyo, aimed at linking Japanese and Italian startup ecosystem and generating new investment and collaboration opportunities.