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－In the era of New Normal,
how can Osaka's/Kansai's strengths contribute to the world?－
”Hack Osaka”- the annual global innovation conference. In this year’s iteration themed “In the era of New Normal, how can Osaka's/Kansai's strengths contribute to the world?” Entrepreneurs, investors, large corporations, and students alike will participate as the main players to the ecosystem and discuss the importance of innovation creation and the potential generated through interregional collaboration under the scope of the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, the genuine connections formed at the event will also help spread the “Hack Osaka Movement,” the unique engine to a continuous stream of innovation, to the world.
Moreover, we will invite entrepreneurs originating from Osaka/Kansai and the university initiatives in the Kansai region to inspire entrepreneurship amongst future generations. These programs are intended to expand our innovation network worldwide.
※Kansai, a metropolitan area of around 33,000 km² centered around Osaka and the surrounding cities and regions such as Kyoto and Kobe, is home to a population of around 23 million, and amasses countless major corporations, SMEs in manufacturing, prestigious academic and research institutions.
The attractions of Osaka/Kansai as an Innovation City
The Osaka/Kansai area is home to many of Japan's leading companies and has an active open innovation program. For more information on specific companies and the investment environment, please refer to the following external links.
February 18, 2021 (Thu.) 13:00 – 18:00
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Osaka Startup Ecosystem Consortium
Kyoto Startup Ecosystem Promotion Council（Kyoto Wisdom Industry Creation Center）
Hyogo Kobe Startup Ecosystem Consortium
Kinki Bureau of Telecommunications
Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Japan Association of New Economy
U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Israel Economic & Trade Mission in Japan
Embassy of the United Mexican States in Japan
Supported by the British Consulate-General Osaka
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Osaka
*This is the time table on February 18th, 2021 (Thu.)
|Time||Program||Title / Theme||Speakers|
|13:00||Welcome & Opening Remarks||Welcome & Opening Remarks||Mayor of Osaka Mr. Ichiro Matsui|
|13:20||Keynote Speech||Hub for Ventures and Research Institutes "Osaka Area"||Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine /Professor, Department of Clinical Gene Therapy
Dr. Ryuichi Morishita
|14:00||Panel Discussion||How to unlock Kansai, one of the largest markets in Japan||（Panelists）
Plug and Play Japan /Managing Partner & CEO
Mr. Phillip Vincent
Rainmaking Innovation Japan LLC /CEO
Mr. Joshua Flannery
500 Startups /Japan Country Lead, Innovation & Partnerships
Ms. Ayumi Ode
taliki Inc. /CEO
Ms. Taka Nakamura
|15:00||International Pitch Contest,
Hack Award 2021
～Smart City, Healthcare and FoodTech～
|10 domestic and international startups *Click here）for details|
|16:35||Local update||What's New in Osaka’s/Kansai’s Innovation Scene|
|17:05||Hack Award 2021 Ceremony|
The “Hack Award” is a global business plan contest that matches entrepreneurs’ ideas and business models against one another. This year, up-and-coming startups that have gathered domestic and international interest in the “Smart City,” “Healthcare,” and “FoodTech” fields will be competing under the theme of Future Society.
Professor Morishita, founder of AnGes, a biopharmaceutical company that develops genetic medicine, and a member of the Advisory Committee on the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, will talk about Osaka's potential for innovation creation.
Dr. Ryuichi Morishita
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine /Professor, Department of Clinical Gene Therapy
Last year, Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe was selected as a global startup city in the strategies for creation of startup ecosystem to compete with the world top ecosystems. Here is the latest information on what's happening in the innovation scene there.
Three global accelerators that promote open innovation between companies in Kansai and domestic and international startups will discuss on the appeal of Osaka’s/Kansai’s startup ecosystem.
Mr. Phillip Vincent (Plug and Play Japan /Managing Partner & CEO)
Mr. Joshua Flannery (Rainmaking Innovation Japan LLC /CEO)
Ms. Ayumi Ode (500 Startups /Japan Country Lead, Innovation & Partnerships)
Moderator: Ms. Taka Nakamura (taliki Inc. /CEO)
This is a program that aims to match the research seeds of universities in the Kansai region with companies that are considering joint research or use of patents based on the seeds by publishing seeds on the website.(Participation is limited to domestic companies.)
On February 24th (Wed.) and 25th (Thu.), online meetup event will be held mainly for up-and-coming startups who will participate on Hack Award 2021 and major corporations in Osaka/Kansai.(Participation is limited to domestic companies.)
ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD.
Senshu Ikeda Capital Co., Ltd.
MBS MEDIA HOLDINGS, INC.
Kintetsu Venture Partners,Inc.
Keihan Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Keihan Holdings Co.,Ltd.
SAKURA internet Inc.
JR WEST INNOVATIONS CO.,LTD.
Toppan Printing CO., LTD.
Nankai Electric Railway Co.,Ltd.
Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.
Business Plaza Osaka
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
・Please be advised that photos and videos will be taken for publication purposes, and media interviews/coverage may be undertaken. We humbly request that entries to the event be made only upon confirmation and consent to your possible appearance on any of the aforementioned content.
・Personal information provided to the event is solely used within the scope of the purposes stipulated in advance, and is not provided to third parties. Please note that the Hack Osaka Executive Committee (Osaka City & Urban Innovation Institute & Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Osaka), which plans and implements this project; and the Osaka Business Development Agency, which manages publications for this project, will have access to personal information processed for this event.