Combining the best of Japanese creativity and American entrepreneurial skill to create unimagined opportunities
Part A: Thursday, July 8 (U.S.) / Friday, July 9 (Japan)
Part B: Thursday, July 15 (U.S.) / Friday, July 16 (Japan)
4:30 – 7:30 pm PDT / 8:30 – 11:30 am JST
The Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium is the signature event of the Innovation Awards Program, organized by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the US – Asia Technology Management Center of Stanford University.
Each year, two companies (one each from Japan and the U.S.) receive the SunBridge Emerging Leader award for technological innovations deemed to be disrupting their markets.
Tomoko Namba founded DeNA Co. Ltd. in Tokyo in 1999 and, as CEO, built the firm into one of Japan’s most prominent technology conglomerates. She stepped down from the position in 2011 while remaining an active board member and a key executive leader at the company. Namba became DeNA’s Chair in June 2015. She also recently co-founded Delight Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, and serves as one of the Managing Partners.
Namba has been part of the Growth Strategy Conference, an advisory body to the Japanese Cabinet, and promotes entrepreneurship in the country. This year, Namba again made history when she became the first-ever woman named to be a Vice-Chair of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) in the 75-year history of the nation’s most influential business association.