Kansai’s Mega Innovation Festival
Hack Osaka 2023
2023.2.21 TUE.


Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 11:00AM~06:30PM(JST)


Knowledge Capital Congrès Convention Center
(Second Basement, North Building, Grand Front Osaka)

*Hybrid event (online and on-site)

In addition to providing opportunities for various ecosystem players such as entrepreneurs, investors, large companies, students, and local governments to organically connect with each other, we aim to create an ecosystem that creates new value by gathering expertise and best practices from Osaka, Kansai, Japan, and the world; by increasing the attraction of globally active startups through disseminating Osaka and Kansai's "resources" to realize innovation both domestically and internationally.

The Kansai region has an approximate area of 33,000km² and an estimated population of 23 million people. Osaka is the metropolis of the Kansai region. The Kansai region also has big cities including Kyoto and Kobe along with other surrounding areas, and it is a home to a number of large companies, small and medium-sized manufacturing companies, leading Universities and research institutions.

Osaka/Kansai, The City of Innovation

In Osaka and Kansai, many of Japan's leading companies are gathering to promote open innovation.
Please refer to the following external links for specific corporate and investment environments.


The timetables are subject to change.

*Simultaneous Japanese/
English interpretation available

Time Program Speakers
11:00 Opening Act
11:05 Key Note Session ・Yusuke Shono(Warrantee Inc.)
11:25 Theme Session 1
【Update on Osaka・Kansai Ecosystem】
The Osaka-Kansai Japan Expo Would Help Start-ups Solve Big the Business Disease
・Harutoshi Imamura(Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.)
・Hanaoka(Ningen Inc.)
・Hiro Morishita(Panasonic Holdings Corporation)
12:25 Current and Future of the Kansai Startup Ecosystem
〜How to be Greater Kansai〜
・Tomonori Izumi(for Startups,inc.)
・Takashi Kawaguchi(Kyoto Wisdom Industry Creation Center)
・Yuichi Saito(KOBE CITY)
・Daichi Hiroya(Kansai Innovation Initiative)
・Tomoya Wakamatsu(DENSE Ltd.)
・Hideki Sakai(Osaka Metropolitan University)
13:25 How can Osaka/Kansai become a Global Innovation Hub? ・Adam Claydon-Platt(Global DX Inc.)
・Dr. Felix Moesner(Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka)
・Fabian Tan(Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Tokyo)
・Hiroshi Oshima(Optibus Ltd.)
14:15 Theme Session 2
【Building a startup in Japan and fundraising market during downturns】
・Marwan Elfitesse(STATION F)
・Sam Ghiotti(Habitto)
・Tina Cheng(Cherubic Ventures)
・Russell Cummer(Paidy Inc.)
15:15 Theme Session 3
【 Expectations for the creation of innovations will change the world from Osaka・Kansai 】
・Kenichi Saito(Sozo Ventures)
・Noriaki Sakamoto(The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners Co., Ltd.)
・Chika Minami(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI))
・Maki Takada(Deloitte Japan)
16:15 Hack Award 2023(First Half)
9 International startups focusing on the fields of "CleanTech", "FinTech" and "SportsTech“ will present their business plans.
Here are the startups that will be taking to the stage
16:55 Theme Session 4
【Collaboration between Japanese companies and overseas startups】
・Akinori Ito(Docquity Holdings Pte. Ltd.)
・Indranil Roychowdhury(Docquity Holdings Pte. Ltd.)
・Tsuneaki Sakata(BiocK/NPO Kinki Bio-industry Development Organization)
17:25 Hack Award 2023(Second Half)
9 International startups focusing on the fields of "CleanTech", "FinTech" and "SportsTech“ will present their business plans.
Here are the startups that will be taking to the stage
18:15 Hack Award 2022 Ceremony ~Closing


International Business Promotion Center Osaka

Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC)


NPO Kinki Bio-industry Development Organization

NewsPicks, Inc.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Osaka Startup Ecosystem

Kyoto Startup Ecosystem Promotion Council

Hyogo Kobe Startup Ecosystem Consortium

Peatix Japan K.K.

Supported by

Biocommunity Kansai

Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE)

Nordic Innovation House Tokyo

British Consulate-General Osaka,Consulate-General of France in Kyoto,
Consulate-General of Germany in Osaka-Kobe,
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Osaka Japan,Consulate General of the Republic of Korea,
Embassy of Israel in Japan Economic & Trade Mission,Embassy of the Republic of Singapore,
Embassy of Switzerland in Japan,U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe





Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.


SAKURA internet Inc.


Nankai Electric Railway Co.,Ltd.

Mizuho Bank,Ltd.

MUFG Bank,Ltd

Special Support

Congrès Inc.


Knowledge Capital Congrès Convention Center
(Second Basement, North Building, Grand Front Osaka)

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Implementation of Measures to prevent COVID-19

In accordance with the guidelines of the national government and Osaka Prefecture, the safety of participants and related parties will be given the highest priority, and the event will be held after sufficient measures are taken to prevent infection caused by COVID-19. Additional measures will be taken based on latest information released by government agencies or local authorities. Any additional measures or changes will be announced on this website.

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