That Rocket Pitch Night is back!

Rocket Pitch Night was held in September 2019 with 50 entrepreneurs and 400 audiences. Participants took advantage of the pitch, leading to various encounters, such as adoption of a global acceleration program and joint development of products, and to HAPPEN (* 1). The Rocket Pitch Night is back on April 16, 2020! This opportunity of 3 minutes 3 slides. We are waiting for the challenger (* 2)!
* 1) For details, Make Things Happen BLOG Please check more.
* 2) Details of the application are at the bottom of this page

About Rocket Pitch Night

Whether you are just starting your journey as an entrepreneur (entrepreneur, new business entrepreneur, NPO etc…) or have already started running, to make your journey better, You need to involve a lot of future investors, co-founders, employees and more. (Or maybe that is the heart of entrepreneurial activity.)

With that in mind, at Rocket Pitch Night on April 16, 2020:

  • For the speaker, we will offer the opportunity to ask your business ideas based on the pitch format of 3 minutes & 3 slides, get involved, or simply take the first step towards starting a business.
  • On the day of the event, we will provide an opportunity to receive feedback and comments from experienced commentators and audiences. There is no doubt that you will support your activities.
  • At the same time, the audience will be given the opportunity to meet new ideas and talents that can change the world.

Changing the world is difficult alone. Find your world-changing friends here at Venture Café Tokyo.

■ Rocket Pitch example

Rocket Pitch is a signature event of Babson College, which has been ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship education for 26 consecutive years, with nearly 200 entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs participating each year. The following is a reference example of what kind of pitch is being performed.

(reference) Rocket Pitch | Babson College

■ Event summary

  • Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 16:00-21:00
  • Location: Online (3) (4)
  • Future schedule:
    – Rocket Pitch briefing on February 27, March 12, and March 19 at Thursday Gathering at 4:30 pm-5:00pm
    – March 23 (Mon) Pitch entry deadline
    (Apply from the application form at the bottom of this page)
    – Week of March 23 Finalists confirmed and announced

* 3) Depending on the situation of the coronavirus problem, there is a possibility to conduct or postpone online. We will check the situation from time to time and will notify you immediately if there is any change.

* 4) After taking maximum precautionary measures, it is assumed that speakers and commentators will come to the site (TBD). However, if you wish, you will be able to participate online from a remote location.

■ Commentator (alphabetical order)

Takaaki Umezawa Chairman of CIC Japan

Graduated from the Faculty of Law, The University of Tokyo, and has an MIT Master of Business Administration. He has been a consultant for AT Kearney for over 20 years in the United States and Japan, assisting companies in strategic, innovation, marketing, and organization-related topics. He has been a representative of Japan, a director of the head office, and a global leader in consumer goods and retail practices. Currently the chairman of the Japanese corporation. As chairman of CIC Japan, he is preparing to establish CIC Tokyo, Japan's largest centralized startup base. CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) is the world's largest operator of innovation campuses, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., USA. He is a member of the government committee on topics such as inbound tourism, cool Japan, intellectual property, design, and innovation. Outside director of Cool Japan Organization. He presides over the NEXTOKYO Project, proposes Tokyo's future vision and special zone concept to the industry and government, and supports multiple redevelopment projects in Tokyo. Authored "NEXTOKYO" (co-author, Nikkei BP), "Strongest Scenario Planning" (Toyo Keizai Shimpo), etc.
Commentator of TV Tokyo "World Business Satellite".

Dr. Tomy Kamada Tomy K Representative & Co., Ltd. ACCESS Co., Ltd.
Graduated from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science Information Science Doctoral Program. Doctor of Science.
Established a software venture company ACCESS Co., Ltd. with Toru Arakawa in 1984 while studying at the University of Tokyo. Development of embedded TCP / IP communication software and the world's first web browser for mobile phones. It has led the technological innovation of mobile Internet, such as proposing compact HTML specification "Compact HTML" for mobile phones to W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). Listed on the TSE Mothers in 2001 and developed its business globally. Resigned in 2011. After that, he established TomyK to support startups, and supported entrepreneurs of Robot Venture SCHAFT (acquired by Google), and launched a number of technology startups such as robots, AI, IoT, human expansion, space, genome, medical, etc. During. In his book, "Technology Startups Create the Future-Aiming for Tech Entrepreneurs" (The University of Tokyo Press), he explains entrepreneurship.

Ryota Kamiya IncubateFund Associate

Joined the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2016. Engaged in trade management policy work.
Joined the Incubate Fund in 2018. As an associate, he is in charge of value-up business for investee companies.
Graduated from Hokkaido University Faculty of Engineering.

Takeshi Kawashima Director of Zero One Booster Co., Ltd.

Graduated from Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics. Joined a business creation accelerator 01Booster in 2017 after engaging in new market development in the EMEA region at a Japanese medical device manufacturer and product marketing at a foreign medical device manufacturer. He promotes management of multiple accelerator programs, venture investment, and collaboration with overseas accelerators. Across Asia Alliance, a community of VC accelerators in Asia, established in 2018 to promote cross-border investment and expansion

Taruho Kuroda LEO SCIENCE & TECH HUB Director

2004 From year Ten Year, After engaging in life science research at academia ( At Harvard Medical School 7 Year)), 2014 Major foreign capital in the year To a new pharmaceutical company to promote open innovation in drug discovery. 2019 Moved to his current position in the year, Start an organization aiming to create innovative solutions for dermatological diseases Was

Toscani, PhD.Professor and Academic Director of AI for Business in ESADE, Barcelona
An expert on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Strategic Leadership, Giulio is full professor at Pacifico Business School, Lima, Perú and part-time professor at ESADE, Barcelona, Spain.He also works for companies, academic and not-for-profit institutions , like CCL (Belgium), SDA Bocconi (Italy), Telefonica (Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala), GE (General Electric) Europe, Navozyme (Singapore), Nike and Megafon (Russia), BIC (France), Parexcelence ( India) and Globis (Japan) .Giulio started his career as a patent attorney for chemical plants in Lugano, Switzerland, deepening his interest in Innovation, now consolidated with years of teaching Design Thinking program for AI / Big data He also has an MBA, and a PhD in Management from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and is involved in research projects on Machine Learning and CEO mindset with IESE Business School.He has also published in leading publications like Marketing Intelligence and Planning. , Journal of Non-Profit and Public Sector Marketing etc.In addition to holding the extensive management and teaching experience, Dr. Toscani also presided over the Global Management Program at Universitas Telefonica, co-managed and taught with IESE Business School.He is currently the Academic Director and professor for the Program in Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy in ESADE Business School, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.His vast experience on Big Data / AI springs from his work on location-system behavioral analysis and time perception project at Telefonica. He has also participated in the program on AI for business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently setting a start-up delivering Artificial Intelligence services.He plays the side flute in a classical music orchestra, is a yoga teacher, a vipassana meditator and an ultra-trail runner with personal record of 120 km.Based out of Barcelona, he has worked, visited or lived in over 100 countries, most recently having cycled solo halfway across the Black Sea and Caucasus, published in his youtube channel.

Kazuhiro Shinmura Representative Director, Start-up Leadership Program Japan / Chief Research Member, Japan CFO Association / Senior Member, SFC Research Institute, Keio University
Graduated from Kyoto University's Faculty of Economics, Graduated from Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA)
Became Japan representative of the Startup Leadership Program from Boston. He has been involved in the management of various industry venture companies so far. (Online English conversation, Adtech, Edtech, Internet Marketing etc.). In 2013, he became Chief Financial Officer of Socket Co., Ltd. In September 2015, the company was integrated into KDDI Group's Syn. Holdings through M & A.
In 2014, he joined the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Public-Private Collaborative Overseas Study Abroad Creation Project Team, and was in charge of designing a training program for students studying abroad. Formulate management strategies, establish business models, and finance-related operations at the founding venture. We also make venture investments as individual investors.

Yu Nagai Co-Founder and Representative Director of Tactopia Co., Ltd. Co-Founder of Habatak Co., Ltd.
Grew up in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. Completed master's course at the University of Tokyo, majoring in arts (sociology of music). After working as a strategic consultant at IBM, he founded Habatak Corporation in 2010. In 2015, he spun out Glocal Leadership Education Business, which was a division of the Company, as Tactopia Co., Ltd., and assumed the role of Representative. Taktopia will supervise all businesses, build relationships with educational institutions and companies, and develop possibilities for collaboration. He is also collaborating with high schools and universities nationwide as a lecturer in entrepreneurship education using the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) method.

Fumitaka Mori Partner of Taiho Innovations LLC
He joined Taiho Pharmaceutical in 2003 and engaged in drug discovery research. After that, in the drug discovery planning department, he led the promotion of joint research with universities and venture companies to search for seeds, the introduction evaluation of early stage assets, and the formulation of portfolio strategies. In 2015, he was seconded to Remiges Ventures (independent VC) and was in charge of drug discovery venture investment based in Boston, USA. He serves on the board of a US venture company he invests in. In July 2019, Taiho Pharmaceutical's CVC: Taiho Innovations (established in May 2019) started incubation, entrepreneurship and investment activities in the Japanese healthcare field.

More to come!

■ Supporter (in order of the Japanese syllabary)