Okinawa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit 2018

 

Friday, 2 March 2018 | 9:00am-5:00pm JST
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
| Room B250 | Okinawa, Japan
Free and Open to the Public
REGISTER FOR THE EVENT
Contact: innovation-event@oist.jp

SPONSORS

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan
Council for the Promotion of OIST
Okinawa Prefectural Government


THEME

Japan needs more entrepreneurs and innovative startups. One way we can encourage this is by putting the right tools and resources into the hands of tomorrow’s innovators.

The “Okinawa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit 2018” is a public symposium that focuses on how innovation and entrepreneurship can meet today’s global needs, while helping to invent the future for Japan.

Part motivational event, part “how-to” guide, the Summit will bring together global innovators, investors, and policymakers for vibrant discussions about bringing scientific breakthroughs and emerging technologies to market.

  • Experienced entrepreneurs will talk about how they got started and what happened as their companies grew
  • Investors will discuss technology needs and the market pull
  • Policymakers and promoters will discuss the tactics they are using to recruit the world’s best innovators to start up in their region

The Summit aims to inspire, cultivate, and accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation among students, researchers, engineers, inventors, policymakers, and business people.

AGENDA

8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION
9:00-9:15 Robert Baughman, Ph.D.
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Welcome and introduction
SESSION I: PERSPECTIVES ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE UK, CHILE, AND JAPAN
Session Facilitator: Robert Baughman, Ph.D., Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
9:15-9:45 Tony Raven, Ph.D.
Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, UK
The Cambridge Phenomenon: science and technology R&D centered around the University of Cambridge
9:45-10:15 Horacio Melo
Solarity, Chile
Startup Chile: an innovative program to strengthen entrepreneurship in Chile
10:15-10:45 Daisuke Yamanaka
Yamagata Design
Seeding an innovation ecosystem in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
10:45-11:00 BREAK  
SESSION II: PANEL DISCUSSION ON PROMOTING REGIONAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS
11:00-11:10 Moderator: Tim Romero
Disrupting Japan
Background and introduction to session
11:10-11:25 Steve Sakanashi
Sekai Creator
Entrepreneurship curriculum for the young and innovative in Japan
11:25-11:40 Lu-Sheng Hong
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, Taiwan
Driving research and innovation through science and technology policy
11:40-11:50 Akikazu Shimoji
Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation
Supporting entrepreneurship in Okinawa
11:50-12:30

Tony Raven, Ph.D., Cambridge Enterprise
Horacio Melo, Solarity​
Daisuke Yamanaka, Yamagata Design
Steve Sakanashi, Sekai Creator
Lu-Sheng Hong, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan
Akikazu Shimoji, Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corp

Panel Discussion
12:30-1:30 LUNCH  
SESSION III:  FROM CURIOSITY-DRIVEN RESEARCH TO COMMERCIALIZATION
Session Facilitator: Cecilia Lu, Ph.D., Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
1:30-1:45 Megumi Takata, RTTP
Kyushu University Business School
Bridging the gap between early-stage research and commercialization
1:45-2:00 Margaret Dah-Tsyr Chang, Ph.D.
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Academia-Industry-Gov collaborative mechanisms: spotlight on biotech
2:00-2:15 Amy Shen, Ph.D.
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
A proof-of-concept project in bio-sensor and microfluidics research
2:15-2:30 Chao-Chang Arthur Chen, Ph.D.
Taiwan Tech
Solid-state technology interface between academia and industry
2:30-2:45 Ta-Jen Yen, Ph.D.
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Accelerating research to commercialization
2:45-3:00 Q&A and discussion  
3:00-3:15 BREAK  
SESSION IV: SPOTLIGHT ON ENTREPRENEURS AND STARTUPS
Session Facilitator: Anna Nagamine, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
3:15-3:30 Shawn Guan
Umbo Computer Vision, Taiwan
Highs and lows of being a tech start-up founder
3:30-3:45 Motoshi Sobue
nanolux co, ltd., Japan
Building a technology company in Japan
3:45-4:00 Akiko Naka
Wantedly, Japan
Building Zero to One
The Art of Startup
4:00-4:15 Holly Harrington
Taiwan Startup Stadium
Startup Ecosystem Building: What Entrepreneurs Need (and Don’t Need!)
4:15-4:30 James Riney
500 Startups Japan
Japan: The Land of The Rising Founders?
4:30-4:45 Masayuki Tani
Bio-Sight Capital, Inc., Japan
Supporting biotech startups from universities in Okinawa
4:45-5:00 Omar Sultan
Sultan Ventures, Inc., USA
Catalyzing innovation in Hawaii and beyond
5:00-5:15 Robert Baughman, Ph.D.
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Wrap-up and closing
5:15-6:00 GUIDED TOUR OF OIST (optional)
6:00-8:00

NETWORKING DINNER (optional)
Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan