Germany-Japan Startups Platform - 2nd General Conference Connecting Berlin - Duesseldorf - Tokyo

"Bees and Trees: Innovation Drivers in Japan and Germany"

Simultaneous Digital Connection of Players in Berlin, Duesseldorf and Tokyo

Zur Veranstaltung anmelden Sa 15.09.2018,
10:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Berlin (10 to 2 p.m.):
European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Duesseldorf (10 to 2 p.m.):
Canon Deutschland GmbH
Europark Fichtenhain A A10
47807 Krefeld

Tokyo (5 to 9 p.m.):
WingArc1st Inc.
Roppongi Grand Tower
3-2-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo, 106-6235

Japan and Germany - both knowledge-based economies and among the largest industrial nations - face similar social and economic developments, such as a need for globalization, digitization and an ageing society. Both countries are characterized by cutting-edge technologies and an active startup scene. Their businesses have a great potential for collaboration to drive innovations and foster economic growth.

The “Germany-Japan Startups Platform (GJSP)” aims to establish a basic framework for an effective exchange between the startups of both countries. The General Conference (GC) connects startups, SME & large enterprises, business angels and investors, banks and officials, as well as any professionals with an interest in creating innovation simultaneously via video conference, deepens the information about the different startup ecosystems and creates chances for cooperation.

During the 2nd GC, we want to focus on cooperation possibilities between new economy (“bees”) and old economy (“trees”) from Germany and Japan.

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We strive for a well-balanced mixture of different players of both startup ecosystems in Germany and Japan (startups, traditional companies, banks, investors, business angels, academia, and institutions).
Registration is possible via DJW website, no participation fee will be charged. Registration deadline is September 10, 2018.


German Embassy in Tokyo (tbc)
Japanese Embassy in Germany (tbc)

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To realize the project, we thank you for a contribution of EUR 1,000 / JPY 130,000 (VAT included).

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The idea for the “Germany-Japan Startups Platform” was born in 2016 when DJW made startups and their ecosystems in Germany and Japan topic of its anniversary symposiums in Berlin and Tokyo. On February 28th 2017, the 1st General Conference took place with almost 200 participants connecting two big cities and their startups simultaneously via video conference. 

The Platform aims to establish a basic framework for an effective cooperation among startup companies in Germany and Japan; it is a unique platform offering startups in Germany and Japan a direct connection to each other. After the kick-off General Conference between Berlin and Tokyo, we sought to hold similar events connecting German cities with Japanese ones.

We know of the importance of face-to-face meetings. Therefore, the ultimate goal of this platform is to establish at first a startup ecosystem based on digitization, which would then lead to face-to-face meetings of our participants either in Germany, Japan, or somewhere else.


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Ms. Anne Pomsel, DJW, / +49 211 99459191