When the best of Japanese creativity and American entrepreneurial skill join forces, unimagined opportunities occur




Emphasizing the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship, this event – now in its sixth year – takes on even greater prominence.  Since inception, the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Initiative has fostered constructive interaction between Japan and the San Francisco/Silicon Valley innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The 2016 Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Stanford University Arrillaga Alumni Center from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.  The Symposium is offered by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the Stanford University US–Asia Technology Management Center.

John V. Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and General Partner, Geodesic Capital, will provide welcoming remarks.  Ari Horie, Founder & CEO, Women’s Startup Lab, will give the keynote address on “Breathing New Life into Innovation.”

In addition, the Japan- U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium will include presentation of the Emerging Leader Award to Mercari, Inc. (Japan) and Dropbox (U.S.).

Five exciting Japanese start-up companies will be recognized in the Innovation Showcase portion of the Innovation Awards Symposium. These companies include: Axelspace, Floadia Corporation, Preferred Networks, Inc, Spiber, Inc., and Xenoma Inc.

Symposium attendees also will have the opportunity to see first-hand the products offered by the 7 companies being honored, plus an unmatched opportunity to network with leaders who are active at the intersection of Japanese creativity and San Francisco/Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and innovation.



 Friday, July 22, 2016
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
 Arillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

1:30pm Opening Remarks  Moderator, Richard Dasher, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center

1:35pm Welcoming Remarks
  John V. Roos, Founder and General Partner, Geodesic Capital & former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

John V. Roos (website)

1:40pm Keynote Remarks
  Ari Horie, Founder & CEO, Women’s Startup Lab, “Breathing New Life into Innovation.”
Read Forbes Japan article on Ari Horie here (Japanese).

Arie - crop (website)

2:25pm Emerging Leader Awards Presentation & Panel

Thomas Hansen, Global Vice President
Simplifies the way millions of people work together by enabling secure sharing and collaboration anytime and from anywhere.
                                                                                            Mercari                                                                                                                          Ryo Ishizuka, US CEO
Japan’s largest C2C marketplace app to buy and sell anything, from anywhere, in seconds from your phone. Read about Mercari & Ryo Ishizuka’s entry into Silicon Valley here.

Presented by Allen Miner, Founder and Chairman, SunBridge Corporation
Panel moderated by Robert Eberhart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Management, Santa Clara University

3:10pm Networking Break

3:35pm Prior Emerging Leader Award Winner Report: “A New Model For Japan – U.S. Innovation Collaboration” – 
Moderator, Hiroshi Menjo, Net Service Ventures Group

 Cellular Dynamics International
Chris Parker, Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer

4:10pm Innovation Showcase Recognition & Panel Discussion 
–  Moderator, Ken Yasunaga, Managing Director, INCJ

Axelspace Corporation
Yuya Nakamura, Ph.D., President & CEO
Low cost, micro-satellites for private sector satellite imaging and data service markets.
Floadia Corporation
Kosuke Okuyama, President & CEO
Embedded nonvolatile memory (eNVM) chip technology with potentially disruptive low manufacturing cost and low-power-consumption.
Preferred Networks, Inc
Toru Nishikawa, Founder
Deep learning (artificial intelligence) technology for industrial IoT applications such as manufacturing, automotive & healthcare.
Read WSJ article about Preferred Networks, Inc here.

Spiber, Inc.
Kazuhide Sekiyama, CEO
Mass-production of spider silk using genetic engineering technology. Read more about Spiber & Kazuhide Sekiyama here.
Xenoma Inc

Ichiro Amimori, Co-Founder & CEO
“E-skin,” a platform-based solution for fully customized wearable electronic apparel.

5:10pm Wrap Up – John Thomas, Vice Chair, Martingale Asset Management 

5:15pm Closing Remarks –  
Larry Greenwood, President, Japan Society of Northern California

5:20pm – 6:30pm Networking Reception –
Light snacks and beverages



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