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The Japan Society of Northern California’s Innovation Initiative, guided by an expert Japan – U.S. panel of VCs, academic experts and business persons, honors truly significant Japan – U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship.

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Innovation Awards Symposium will be held July 10, 2015 at the Stanford University Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.  The Symposium is offered in cooperation with the Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center.

Companies honored in prior years include Twitter, DeNA, Tesla Motors, euglena co. Ltd., Square, Cellular Dynamics, Mitsubishi Aircraft, Bloom Energy, Stratasys, Ltd. and LINE Corporation.

Emerging Leader Awards

In 2015 the Salesforce.com Emerging Leader Award will be presented to both a U.S. and a Japanese company, each having a credible Japan – U.S. connection.  Winners will be recognized for a specific innovation that is beginning to show a major impact.  Winning companies are unique, young, dynamic, growing rapidly, entrepreneurial and hold great future promise.

Innovation Showcase Recognition

In addition, up to 5 highly interesting Japanese start-up companies will be recognized in a newly conceived Innovation Showcase. These companies will be incubating innovations with the potential to be disruptive or transformational.

Innovation Showcase companies will have the opportunity to interact with the audience at special demonstration tables, and also will be invited to display their poster and other publicity materials at the Symposium. These companies may also participate in the program, and will receive special mentoring by Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists.

Additional Program Elements

As in prior years, a thoughtful, interesting Keynote speaker will kick-off the Symposium.

It also is anticipated also that there will be a very interesting panel discussion offering important “hands-on” lessons from specific case studies in U.S. – Japan innovation and entrepreneurship.

Information about Award winners, the Innovation Showcase and program elements will be made available beginning in the spring of 2015.

Registration will be opened approximately two months before the event.

View photos from our 2014 event here!

2014 Award Winners

    • Japan Awardee
    • Line

    • U.S. Awardee
    • stratasys



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