SunBridge Emerging Leaders

2021 SunBridge Emerging Leaders

About Astroscale

Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.   

Founded in 2013, Astroscale is developing innovative and scalable solutions across the spectrum of on-orbit servicing missions to create sustainable space systems and mitigate the growing and hazardous buildup of debris in space. Astroscale is also defining business cases and working with government and commercial stakeholders to develop norms, regulations, and incentives for the responsible use of space.  

次世代へ安全で持続可能な宇宙環境の継承を目指すアストロスケールは、低軌道から静止軌道までの全軌道を対象に、軌道上サービスを行う世界初の民間企業です。 2013年の創業以来、当社は増加し続けるデブリの低減・除去策として、軌道上サービスの実現を目指し技術開発を進めてきました。また、技術開発に加え、ビジネスモデルの確立や、複数の民間企業や団体・行政機関と協働し、責任ある宇宙利用の為に宇宙政策に係る規範・規制の醸成、啓蒙に努めています。

About Color

Color is a leader in distributed healthcare and clinical testing. Color partners with schools, employers, and governments to make population-scale healthcare programs accessible, convenient, and cost-effective for everyone. Programs include proactive COVID-19 testing with Harvard and the Morehouse School of Medicine, distributed workforce testing with the Teamsters Union, Takeda, and Salesforce, national K-12 COVID-19 testing with Thermo Fisher Scientific, vaccination software with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the million-person All of Us Research Program with the National Institutes of Health. For more information about Color and its response to COVID 19, visit  

ヘルス・遺伝子テクノロジーのスタートアップカラーは、分散型ヘルスケアと臨床検査のリーダーとして、学校、雇用主、政府と提携し、誰もが簡単にアクセスでき、便利で費用対効果の高い人口規模のヘルスケアプログラムを実現しています。ハーバード大学およびモアハウス医科大学とのCOVID-19検査プロジェクト、チームスターズユニオン、武田薬品、セールスフォースなどの従業員検査、サーモフィッシャーサイエンティフィック社との幼稚園児から高校生を対象としたCOVID-19検査プロジェクト、マサチューセッツ州との予防接種ソフトウェア、国立衛生研究所との100万人規模のAll of Us研究プログラムなどを手がけています。カラー及びCOVID-19への取り組みについては、www.color.comをご覧ください。 


Photo of Eric and Satoshi on stage

The Emerging Leader Award will be presented to a company having a credible Japan – U.S. link that is young, dynamic, growing, and entrepreneurial.  We expect to give one U.S. award to an American company and one Japan award to a Japanese company.   Each winning company will stand out as particularly noteworthy for some specific innovation that is beginning to show a major impact, typically through demonstrated growth so far and also great future promise.

General Characteristics Sought

Candidate companies are likely to have originated as private startups that have been in existence 5-10 years. Annual sales should have already entered onto a track of rapid growth, with most recent annual sales probably in the tens of million dollars. Japan Emerging Leaders should exhibit a similar size and growth pattern to that of U.S. Emerging Leaders, although they may have been in existence for a longer period of time in order to achieve a similar scale of demonstrated impact and future potential.

Selection Process

The Steering Committee of the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards has the overall responsibility for the Awards, including selection process and, ultimately, the credibility of Award recipients. The Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) plays a critical role in nominating and evaluating credible companies and in ranking finalists as meritorious and truly deserving Innovation Award recipients.

1. Nomination 2. Discussion 3. Voting

Selection Criteria

The following five criteria will be used in identifying candidates and selecting the winners of the Emerging Leader U.S. Award and Emerging Leader Japan Award. We invite all interested parties to nominate an exciting company that fulfills most of these criteria, even if it does not match all of them.

  1. Impact of the company’s innovation. Is the company’s innovation causing a significant disruption or change in the demographics of a market or value chain? Evidence may include displacement of some earlier product or service, etc.
  2. Uniqueness. How unique is the company’s innovation for which it is being considered (i.e. a new product or service, business model, business strategy, or organizational structure)?
  3. Market validation. Objective measures of volume and growth in sales or profits, cash flows, market capitalization, and other demonstrable impacts will be considered in selecting each winner. For business model innovations, has the new business model been validated by the market?
  4. Future promise. What is the likelihood that the company will continue to grow rapidly in the future, achieve significant, sustainable long-term success, and be a leader in its industry?
  5. US – Japan business relevance. For U.S. companies, Japan should play a role in their business development strategy. For Japanese companies, the company should have a global strategy that includes the U.S. Evidence of prior U.S.-Japan interest is a plus.

Additional Awards

Recognizing that innovation is not predictable, and most certainly there will be exciting Japan – U.S. innovation successes in categories that cannot be predicted in advance, the Steering Committee, with the consensus of the IAC and the JSNC Board, can also decide to present awards to worthy innovators in special categories from time to time.

For example, the Steering Committee may identify a non-profit organization worthy of recognition as the recipient of an “Outstanding Social Innovator Award” for the “game changing” nature of its contribution to Society. Although the selection of such an extraordinary award may not involve a regular competition, the award may be granted with the consensus of the IAC.

In previous years, the Steering Committee and IAC honored Xerox Corporation for its 50-year partnership with Fuji – Xerox and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos for Distinguished Accomplishment.