Agenda

2020 Schedule

Day 1: SunBridge Emerging Leader Awards & Panel Discussion

July 14, 2020 (Pacific Time) & July 15, 2020 (Japan Time)

4:30-4:35 PM (PST)
8:30-8:35 AM (Japan)

Welcome

Richard Dasher, PhD; Director of Stanford University’s US-Asia Technology Management Center and Moderator of the Symposium

4:35-4:40 PM (PST)
8:35-8:40 AM (Japan)

Opening Remarks

Consul General Toru Maeda, Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco

4:40-5:10 PM (PST)
8:40-9:10 AM (Japan)

Prior Winner Report + Q&A (2011 Emerging Leader Awardee | Tesla)

Kurt Kelty Photo

Kurt Kelty is the VP of Automotive at Sila Nano where he leads Business Development, Sales, and Marketing for the Automotive market. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the battery industry, including 11 years at Tesla, where he most recently served as Senior Director of Battery Technology. There he was responsible for leading numerous key initiatives, including setting the company’s battery cell usage strategy, delivering the batteries implemented in the Roadster, Model S/X and Model 3, and leading partnerships and material sourcing efforts at the Gigafactory, among many others. Prior to Tesla, Kelty was Director of Business Development at Panasonic, where he founded the U.S. battery R&D lab.

Kelty holds a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science from Stanford. He is the author of 16 patents.

 

Moderated by: Richard Dasher

5:10-5:20 PM (PST)
9:10-9:20 AM (Japan)

Sponsor Presentations

Series A Investor | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP |  Nancy Yamaguchi, Partner

Seed Investor | NTT Group (NTT Research)

  • Kazuhiro Gomi, President and CEO

5:20-5:30 PM (PST)
9:20-9:30 AM (Japan)

 

Break | Exhibitor Sponsor

  • Digital Garage
  • Fabbit
  • JETRO

5:30-6:00 PM (PST)
9:30-10:00 AM (Japan)

SunBridge Emerging Leader Awards Presentation

Introduction by:

Allen Miner Photo

Allen is the Founder and Chairman of SunBridge Corporation. Allen is one of Japan’s leading venture capitalists and angel investors with significant experience in internet, enterprise software, entrepreneurship and international business development. He and his firm were early backers of many innovative Japanese startups including Macromil, ITMedia and G-Mode and have been instrumental in the Japan market success of Salesforce.com, Concur, Marketo and others.

Through the Miner Foundation, he provides funding, guidance, and support to a variety of organizations furthering social innovation and entrepreneurship in Japan. Upon his graduation from Brigham Young University, Allen joined Oracle Corporation in 1986, where he subsequently founded and helped lead Oracle Japan. He has been recognized by Forbes and Always On as one of the world’s 100 top technology investors.

Ethan Brown Photo

Ethan Brown is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Meat, a company dedicated to building meat directly from plants. Ethan gained an appreciation for agriculture and the natural world from his father, a professor, conservationist, and hobby farmer. After working in the clean-energy sector, Ethan returned often to the role of livestock in our economy and became convinced that a change in the origin of the protein—from animals to plants—we place on our plates could simultaneously address human health, climate, natural resource, and animal welfare challenges in a unique and powerful way. In 2009, Ethan founded Beyond Meat. As of March 28, 2020, the Company sold products at approximately 94,000 retail and foodservice outlets in more than 75 countries worldwide. Ethan holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MPP from the University of Maryland

Spiber Inc. (Japan)

Kazuhide Sekiyama Photo

Kazuhide Sekiyama, born in Tokyo in 1983, serves as Director and Representative Executive Officer of Spiber Inc. He co-founded the company in 2007 while studying Bioinformatics at Keio University. As part of its mission to help build a sustainable society, Spiber is engaged in the development and industrialisation of Brewed Protein™, structural protein materials produced from plant-derived feedstocks through a microbial fermentation process.

6:00-6:30 PM (PST)
10:00-10:30 AM (Japan)

SunBridge Emerging Leader Awards Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Richard Dasher

Panelists:

Daniel Meyer Photo

Daniel Meyer is originally from the West Coast, USA, but has spent the last ten years doing business in Japan. Daniel has a passion for helping synthetic biology startups unlock their potential on a global stage. He is currently the Head of Global Corporate Planning at Spiber, a company revolutionizing fashion apparel and industrial materials by brewing proteins, as well as a Director at Synplogen, a DNA synthesis startup spun out of Kobe University.

Dariush Ajami Photo

Dariush Ajami, Ph.D., is Chief Innovation Officer at Beyond Meat, a company that aims to perfectly build meat from plants. Dariush leads creative research, development and process teams from ideation to scale up processes in the creation of new plant-based meat. Prior to joining Beyond Meat, Dariush was Assistant Professor of Molecular Assembly at the Scripps Research Institute and the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, where he worked on fundamentals of molecular assembly, natural products and their applications in drug discovery. He has published over 150 scientific publications, several book chapters and has given lectures at universities and research institutes in the United States and internationally. Dariush is a strong advocate that scientific and technical innovations can effect major changes in food and society that can be accomplished using all natural, plant-based foods.

Allen Miner Photo

Allen is the Founder and Chairman of SunBridge Corporation. Allen is one of Japan’s leading venture capitalists and angel investors with significant experience in internet, enterprise software, entrepreneurship and international business development. He and his firm were early backers of many innovative Japanese startups including Macromil, ITMedia and G-Mode and have been instrumental in the Japan market success of Salesforce.com, Concur, Marketo and others.

Through the Miner Foundation, he provides funding, guidance, and support to a variety of organizations furthering social innovation and entrepreneurship in Japan. Upon his graduation from Brigham Young University, Allen joined Oracle Corporation in 1986, where he subsequently founded and helped lead Oracle Japan. He has been recognized by Forbes and Always On as one of the world’s 100 top technology investors.

6:30-6:35 PM (PST)
10:30-10:35 AM (Japan)

Closing Remarks

Takahide Akiyama, President of Japan Society of Northern California

Richard Dasher

Day 2: Innovation Showcase Awards & Keynote Speech

July 21, 2020 (Pacific Time) & July 22, 2020 (Japan Time)

4:30-4:35 PM (PST)
8:30-8:35 AM (Japan)

Opening Remarks

Richard Dasher, PhD; Director of Stanford University’s US-Asia Technology Management Center and Moderator of the Symposium

4:35-4:55 PM (PST)
8:35-8:55 AM (Japan)

Keynote Speaker Fireside Chat

Amb. Roos Photo

John V. Roos is the Founding Partner at Geodesic Capital. He is a Senior Advisor at Centerview Partners, a preeminent mergers & acquisitions advisory firm and a member of the Board of Directors at Salesforce.com and the Sony Corporation. In addition to the Global Advisory Board of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Ambassador Roos chairs the Toyota Research Institute Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

From 2009-2013 Ambassador Roos served as the United States Ambassador to Japan. On August 6, 2010 he became the first sitting U.S. Ambassador ever to attend the commemoration ceremony of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. Ambassador Roos’ service in Tokyo coincided with the devastating 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis on March 11, 2011. Following this tragedy, Ambassador Roos led the American effort on the ground in support of Japan’s response to the multi-dimensional and unprecedented disaster.

Ambassador Roos received his A.B. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  John’s interest in politics and his lifetime love of SF Bay Area sports are two of the constants in John’s life.  Just ask him about Orlando Cepeda.

4:55-5:05 PM (PST)
8:55-9:05 AM (Japan)

Seed Sponsors Presentation

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

  • Tsunehiko Yanagihara, Executive Vice President

Pegasus Tech Ventures

  • Carter Boisfontaine, Investor

5:05-5:15 PM (PST)
9:05-9:15 AM (Japan)

Break | Exhibitor Sponsor

  • Digital Garage
  • Fabbit
  • JETRO

5:15-6:20 PM (PST)
9:15-10:20 AM (Japan)

Innovation Showcase Awards Presentation

Introduction by:

Ken Yasunaga, CFO, Floadia Corporation

Satoru Watanabe, President + CEO, Maximize, Inc.

Tadashi Kubo Photo

12-year work experience at Sojitz Corp on business development and project finance about battery, machinery, infrastructure, renewable energy, mainly in Africa and Latin America. Having worked in Asia, Angola, and Brazil, Tadashi holds an MBA from Judge Business School, the University of Cambridge. A former Bronze Medalist at the Feather Weight Class of Japan’s National Boxing.

Sun Xiaojun Photo

Sun had his right leg amputated at the age of 9, then spent 15 years on crutches until when he came to Japan as an exchange student and put on a prosthetic leg for the first time. Sun joined Sony as an engineer after graduating from the University of Tokyo. In his daily life, Sun realized the inconvenience caused by the lack of function of existing prosthetic legs. Aiming to improve the prosthetic leg, he retired from Sony, entered a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo, and engaged in research on robotic prostheses. In 2018, founded BionicM Inc.

Hazumu Yamazaki Photo

Hazumu is Co-founder and CSO of Empath, a Tokyo-based startup developing an emotion AI, which can identify emotion from the voice in real-time regardless of the language. He won multiple international pitch competitions such as IFA Next 2019 (Berlin) and Pitch Your Startup at ICT Spring 2018 (Luxembourg), which led him to be a pitch coach for J-Startup program supported by Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and Slush Tokyo.

Masa Ando Photo

Masa brings extensive experience to MUSCA from a distinguished career at Mitsui & Co., Ltd. His leadership and management drove commercial, business and financial development, contributing to successful investment decisions in the energy sector. Following his appointment as Managing Director of Mozambique Finance at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Masa served as Head of PMO, Fundraising and Planning for a public-private joint venture led by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Masa holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a BSocSc from Hitotsubashi University.

6:30-6:35 PM (PST)
10:30-10:35 AM (Japan)

Commentary by Morgan Lewis

  • Christina A. MacDougall, J.D., Ph.D.
    Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

6:35-6:40 PM (PST)
10:35-10:40 AM (Japan)

Seed Sponsor Presentation

Pasona N A, Inc. | Ed Hayward, Director Of Staffing, Pasona N A, Inc

6:40-6:43 PM (PST)
10:40-10:43 AM (Japan)

Closing Remarks

Takahide Akiyama, President of Japan Society of Northern California

6:43-6:45 PM (PST)
10:43-10:45 AM (Japan)

Zoom Breakout Room Explanation

6:45-7:30 PM (PST)
10:45-11:30 AM (Japan)

Networking Reception

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Prior Events Agenda