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Friday, July 25, 2014

1:30 PM – 6:00 PM

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


The Japan Society of Northern California’s Innovation Initiative, guided by an expert Japan – U.S. network of Venture Capitalists, academics and business persons, honors truly significant Japan – U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship.

Awards will be presented at the fourth annual Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium to be held at Stanford University on Friday, July 25, 2014.  The Symposium is offered in cooperation with the Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center.

In addition to the annual Innovation Awards Symposium, interim programs such as the recent “Growing Biotech Ties Between the Bay Area and Japan” Salon (orchestrated in cooperation with QB 3 at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus) will be held.

Innovation Symposium Awards Information:

Emerging Leader:

  • Presented to a U.S. and to a Japanese company, each having a credible Japan – U.S. connection, that is unique, young, dynamic, growing rapidly, and entrepreneurial.
  • Winners will stand out as particularly noteworthy for some specific innovation that is beginning to show a major impact, typically through demonstrated growth and also for holding great future promise.
  • Additional information about the Emerging Leader Award, selection criteria and process can be found by clicking on the “Emerging Leader” tab at the top of this home page.




2013 Innovation Symposium Highlights

2013 Award Winners

  • Bloom Energy
  • Cellular Dynamics International
  • euglena
  • Honda Jet
  • Mori Seiki


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