The Innovation Initiative is governed by an Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) and its Steering Committee.  Summary information about the IAC and its Steering Committee follows.

  • The Steering Committee has overall responsibility for the Innovation Initiative, i.e., the Awards selection process, the Japan – U.S. Innovation Symposium and interim programming. It manages the Innovation Initiative, subject to the overall authority of the Japan Society of Northern California in collaboration with the Stanford University US–Asia Technology Management Center.
  • The Steering Committee is responsible for determining the Awards to be presented, for assuring there is a robust process to select Award winners and, ultimately, for the credibility of Award recipients. The Steering Committee is comprised of a Chair plus up to seven additional members, all members of the IAC.
  • The Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) has overall responsibility for nominating and selecting truly deserving Award recipients and for delivering significant and interesting Japan – U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Members have extensive Japan – U.S. experience and are actively involved as practitioners or in other expert roles in venture capital, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship that touches both countries. Members reside both in the U.S. (primarily the San Francisco Bay Area) and Japan and have experience living and working in both regions.
  • Participation in this broad initiative provides IAC members with an opportunity to directly encourage and advance Japan –U.S. innovation.   Credibility of the Awards reflects the quality and commitment of the IAC.
  • Innovation Advisory Council Member Responsibilities:
    • Participate actively in the Award nomination and selection process.
    • Serve as a speaker and/or moderator of the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium panels and interim events as requested.
    • Attend Innovation Advisory Council meetings in person or by teleconference and contribute to the award selection efforts, including the on-line forums. There are approximately four IAC meetings per year as well as an on-line forum to narrow the selection of viable Award finalists.
    • Attend the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium and Innovation Salons.
    • Contribute to interim programming to the extent possible.
  • Additional Committees and/or Task Forces may be established by the Steering Committee to achieve the overall vision and mission of the Innovation Initiative.

Innovation Advisory Council Membership:

Please see the 2016 Innovation Advisory Council Members that identifies members the Innovation Advisory Council for 2016.