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




With the third arrow of Abenomics 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.

Now in its sixth year, the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Stanford University Arrillaga Alumni Center from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.  The Symposium is offered by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the Stanford University US–Asia Technology Management Center.

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

Emerging Leader Awards

 In 2016 Emerging Leader Awards will be presented to both a U.S. and a Japanese company, each having demonstrated very high growth and a unique, disruptive innovation and/or business model.  Companies selected will be judged primarily on the overall impact of this innovative product and/or business model, Japan – U.S. (or global) relevance and the promise of future growth and impact.

Additional information about the Emerging Leader Awards, including selection criteria, can be found at Description/Selection.  Call for nominations is now closed.

Innovation Showcase

Up to 5 exciting Japanese start-up companies will be recognized in the Innovation Showcase, now in its second year. (Showcase companies recognized in 2015 were Cloudian, Inc., PI R&D Co., Ltd., Quantum Biosystems, SleepWell Co., Ltd. and WHILL, Inc.) These companies are incubating innovations with the potential to be disruptive and transformational. Showcase companies will participate in a highly interesting panel discussion featuring the best of Japanese innovation and entrepreneurship.

Additional information about the Innovation Showcase, including selection criteria, can be found by clicking on Description.  Call for nominations is now closed.

Nominations for both the Emerging Leader Awards and the Innovation Showcase have passed.

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