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Program 2019


Program 2019


9 OCTOBER 2019

Understand the Italian startup ecosystem and find new opportunities for investment and cooperation


An exciting occasion to know about the Italian startup ecosystem and the investment and business opportunities it offers.
Italian startups pitching their ideas, business experts introducing the Italian startup ecosystem and VC industry, guest speakers giving precious insights.
On top of that, Italian style aperitif with good Italian food and drinks for networking in a relaxed mood and space.
In the heart of Tokyo, JETRO Exhibition Hall, Ark Mori Building 5th Floor, Roppongi Itchome.

English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available (日英同時通訳付).



Doors open at 13:30

Opening Session
14:00 - 14:45
Welcome remarks from Ambassador of Italy Giorgio Starace
Welcome remarks from Mio Kawada, Director-General of Invest Japan Department at JETRO
Keynote Speech “Innovative Entrepreneurship, the European Opportunity and Italy’s Strategic Advantages on World Markets”, Emil Abirascid
Panel Discussion on Italian Startup Ecosystem

Pitching Session
14:45 - 15:20
Startup Pitches and Q&A

15:20 - 15:35
Coffee break

15:35 - 17:00
Startup Pitches and Q&A
Final remarks

Networking Session
17:00 - 19:30
Networking (aperitif style buffet)

B2B Meetings starting from 17:30

* This program is still subject to change.


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MC and Keynote Speaker MC and Moderator

Keynote speakers

The Bridge

Emil Abirascid is a journalist and founder of Startupbusiness, the social network where startups, investors, enterprises, universities, incubators and scientific parks can exchange experiences, resources, projects and do business together.
He writes about innovation and innovative startups on Il Sole 24 Ore, the main Italian financial newspaper. He is also curator of StartupDigest Italy and advisor of International Accelerator.

For more information, visit his website.


Masaru Ikeda currently acts as co-founder of The Bridge, one of Japan’s leading media outlets covering the startup scene in Japan and the rest of the world.
He started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia exploring the IT industry and prominent startups.

For more information, visit his website.


Guest Panelists


Senior Business Analyst

Co-CEO / Co-founder

As Senior Business Analyst in the Market and Services Development Unit at Invitalia (National Agency for inward investment and economic development)’s Incentives and Innovation Department, Bruno is currently in charge of the development, implementation and management of the tutoring services for startups financed within the “Smart & Start Italia” incentive scheme. Previously, he worked for the European Commission in the field of ICT policies, and for the Diplomatic Advisor of the Economic Development Minister.

As an expert in setting up new businesses, Alex is actively working on building bridges between Japanese innovation ecosystems and innovation ecosystems of other countries. EDGEof Inc. is the official supporter of the J-Startup Program, an initiative started by METI, and the accelerator partner of Global Startup Program, a 3-month acceleration program for 8 Italian startups in Tokyo, realized in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.


The Startups

From green economy to industry 4.0, fintech, insurtech and computer vision solutions.
From healthcare, biotech and medtech to tourism tech, agritech and designtech.
Keep an eye on Italian startups and the ways they can contribute to solve some of the main challenges faced by both Italy and Japan:

  • Improving quality of life in ageing societies
  • Moving towards a resource-efficient economy: clean growth and workflow innovation
  • Preparing for and managing impact of global events


Check them out


One-on-One Meetings

Want to get in touch with the startups and collect more information for potential deals or collaborations?
Contact us for arranging a meeting.


Send a meeting request