October 5th, 201315 Japanese startups selected from our open application call will compete to demo in the U.S.
San Francisco Finals
November 7th, 20136 remaining startups will demo to a live audience with one winner picked by our All-Star judges
Dr. Amar Jensson, Founder
Cooori is an online resource for Japanese learners of all levels. The system employs artificial intelligence engines to build a model of how each person studies, offering a guided build-up of knowledge that is unique to the Cooori system.
Takuro Yoshida, CEO
Ring creators envision a world where you can communicate with others and control objects by using a sleek and simple device that fits on your index finger. Expected launch date is in 2014.
CODEPREP Givery, Inc.
Junpei Yamane, CEO
FUKUSHIMA Wheel Eyes, JAPAN Co, Ltd.
Jun Yamadera, CEO
The "FUKUSHIMA Wheel" project was developed as a response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima. This "smartbike" features environmental sensors to measure radiation levels, temperature, humidity, and carbon emissions in real time. The device also acts as an activity tracker, calculating the average speed, distance, and number of calories burned - all via a smartphone app.
FOURBEAT Pigmal, LLC
Yuan Ito, Founder
FOURBEAT is a multifunctional device that can be used for a variety of games. Play with friends for trivia night and speed racing, or switch to single-mode to practice your percussion skills. More apps are currently in development.
Shuta Shibuya, CEO
Made for anyone who is frustrated with the short battery life of Android phones, Ojisan is a mobile game that actually increases your battery life. The game helps manage your apps by providing an overall score based on functionality and usage, and removing inactive or unnecessary applications.
Silicon Valley doesn't have a monopoly on innovation. Japan Night gives Japan's emerging entrepreneurs direct access to the Bay Area's powerful startup environment to succeed on a larger stage.
1. A Global Pitch EventJapan Night has become the premiere startup competition among Japanese innovators looking to scale globally
2. From Idea to MarketOur competition's exposure has enabled over half of our finalists to successfully launch outside Japan and get funded
3. Word of MouthPast events have been covered by top tech and mainstream media with sold out audiences at high-profile venues
Date: October 5th, 2013
18F North Tower Ground Tokyo 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6718, Japan
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San Francisco Finals
Date: November 7th, 2013
875 Howard Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Selecting StartupsJapan Night opens up our competition to any stage startup representing the best in software and hardware innovation throughout Japan.
Cross-Border CompetitionOut of 15 startup teams only one winner will make it through the two competition events to claim the startup prize package.
Two Events, Two CountriesA diverse audience of 600 will participate in the events ranging across fellow startups, tech professionals, designers, investors and more.
Japan Night I: A Sell-out LaunchOver 300 people gather to see our first demo event debut with SFnewtech at Mighty.
Japan Night III: Big in JapanPrevious winners featured in a panel discussion with PiTAPAT emerging as the winner.
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Japan Night III Winner | PiTAPAT
PiTAPAT CEO, Takehiro Goda
Japan Night IV Winner | piaScore
Japan Night I Winner | Gengo
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