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AEA 2017 draw to a successful close.
AEA and TEP will be following up all the entrants with the Global Partner Program and create an Eco-System for Asian Tech Startups to accelerate their business.


About AEA

Forming an ecosystem of innovation in Asia

▼The entrepreneurial power that is currently needed
Entrepreneurs who boldly pursue solutions to the world’s problems are central to global innovation.
They give rise to new economic activities, build new industries and are the source of new job creation.

▼Global perspective
The chance to learn and to exchange inspiration within a gathering of peers from around the world builds
confidence for youngentrepreneurs to overcome challenges to forge ahead with their businesses.
It also provides the valuable opportunity to learn the global perspectives needed to develop their businesses
beyond the boundaries of their own countries.

▼Bringing Asian-born innovation to the world
AEA works to attract young entrepreneurs who use ingenuity and technology to take on challenges from the
high-growthAsia region.
From large private companies to business incubators, AEA aims to form an ecosystem that brings industry,
government and academia together as one to generate innovation in Asia.

>>AEA official web site

AEA 2017 Outline

Date:Wednesday, October 25th to Friday, October 27th, 2017
Venue:Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab [KOIL]  and  Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center [KCC] (Kashiwa-no-ha, Chiba)
Host:Asian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.,
Division of University Corporate Relations – The University of Tokyo,
TX Entrepreneur Partners General Incorporated Association (TEP),
The Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs (JASVE)
Official language:English

Platinum Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors:
DENTSU INC/The University of Tokyo Edge Capital
Silver Sponsors:
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd./ICMG CO.,Ltd./Nippon Venture Capital Co.,Ltd./Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited
/UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd./Japan New Business Conferences
Media Partners:
Coming soon
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)/CHIBA Prefecture/Kashiwa city
/Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center/Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
/Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)/Japan Venture Capital Association/Venture Enterprise Center
/Japan Institute of Design Promotion/University of Sydney/Student Career Center, Peking University/Innospace
/Tsinghua University/PSG College of Technology, Science & Technology Entrepreneurial Park/Kyungpook National University
/Putra Business School/Skolkovo Foundation/NUS Enterprise
/Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, National Chengchi University
/MetaMo / Change Maker Co., Ltd./Foreign Trade University
Award Procedures:
(1) The entrant companies present their business plans in the semi-final (October 27th) and final sessions.
(2) In the semi-finals, each of the entrants delivers a 10-minute presentation on their businesses. The top six goes to the final.
(3) At the final session, finalists make a 10-minute presentation. After a fair judgement, prize winners of each prize will be elected.

Judging criteria:
(1) Innovativeness, commercial viability and social impact of the business, with consideration given to the
potential of the business to expand and bring about changes in the global economy and society.
(2) Business performance, which includes the nominee’s competitive advantages, management team, strategic vision,and communication capabilities, including presentation skills.

First Prize: 1 million JPY
Second Prize: 500,000 JPY
Third Prize : 300,000 JPY
First, Second and Third Prize winners will also receive “31 VENTURES Award”.
31 VENTURES Award:2 years free use of co-working space at 31 VENTURES Office operated by Mitsui Fudosan
(3 persons per company).

Qualification for Entry:
Startup companies must meet all of the following requirements.
(1)Must be a technology startup.
(2)Must be an early stage startup which has completed POC (Proof of Concept),
and is able to communicate with a specific customer by using prototypes, samples or mockups.
– There are no conditions on the number of years of establishment or the amount of capital.
– A venture-backed company or a company with VCs involved is acceptable.
– Public companies or affiliates of large corporations are not accepted.
(3)Must have specific interest in developing business in Japan, e.g. tie-ups with Japanese large corporations or VCs.
(4)Must be nominated by a person responsible for startup incubation/acceleration at a university,
research institute, incubator or accelerator.
(5)Startup company and the nominating person must be able to participate in all the programs held between
October 25-27, 2017.

Program Schedule

■Program Day1(tentative)
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Venue:Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab [KOIL](Kashiwa-no-ha, Chiba)
Evening Welcome Party

■Program Day2(tentative)
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Venue:Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab [KOIL](Kashiwa-no-ha, Chiba)
Talk Session
Kashiwa-no-ha smart city tour
Mentoring Session
Special Program
Networking Dinner

■Program Day3(tentative)
Friday, October 27th, 2017
Venue1:Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab [KOIL](Kashiwa-no-ha, Chiba)
Venue2:Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center [KCC](Kashiwa-no-ha, Chiba)
Semi-final Session

10-minute presentation will be followed by 10-minute Q&A session in 6 groups of companies.
Judgement for Semi-final Session
Announcement of the teams for Final session
Final Session (6 teams)
Special speech
Farewell party


Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2017 Open Program(Day3)

Friday, October 27th, 2017
①KOIL(Shop and Office Tower 5-6F, District 148-2, Kashiwa-no-ha Campus 178-4 Wakashiba, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba)Map
②KCC(Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center, Hotel & Residences Building 2F,
Kashiwa-no-ha Campus 178-4 Wakashiba, Kashiwa-city, Chiba)Map

English(Some programs will be in Japanese or with simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation)
■Admission Fee:
5,000 Japanese YEN / person
2,500 Japanese YEN / students
■Program Details:
Please see Day 3 program.
* Participation is not allowed at the evening Farewell Reception, as it is a private event.
■How to Register:
Register at the ticket sales site Peatix(
*Japanese Language Only

Features of AEA 2017

■Point 1 :
All participating startups are interested in developing business in Japan
AEA 2017 requires that all startups must have specific interest in developing business in Japan, such as tie-ups with Japanese large corporations or VCs. AEA will be supporting the startups by networking to the local eco-system.
■Point 2 :
113  AEA Alumni have chance to join the event
For AEA 2017, we are asking all the 113 AEA Alumni to come join the event. You may have a chance to witness how much they have developed after AEA.
■Point 3 :
Participating startups are invited to INNOVATION LEADERS SUMMIT (ILS) for matching with major Japanese corporations.
AEA 2017 is officially cooperating with ILS, a collaboration matching event for participating startups and over 100 Japanese major corporations. Startups participating in AEA 2017 can join the 5th POWER MATCHING, an invitation-based matching program by ILS to be held in Tokyo on October 23rd – 25th.

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