US West Coast
US West Coast Expansion Support Course
Period:Approx. 3 months (Late June – Mid-September 2018)
No. of Selected Companies:5 (approx.)
Focus Areas:Cutting-edge Technologies (Healthcare, Medicine, AI etc.) * The above list isn’t exclusive and is not intended to preclude applications from Tokyo venture businesses that are involved in other fields/areas.
Venue:Listed in Program Overview. * Location may vary depending on specific program.
Application Deadline:May 20, 2018 (Sun.)
Course is held in Tokyo, and is not an overseas employment program.
This course is intended for entrepreneurs who are in the preparatory stages of overseas expansion, and offers support for establishing a business presence on the US West Coast, which is at the forefront of technological development.
Due to the high concentration of global technology companies in its Silicon Valley, the US West Coast is often called the Promised Land of global innovation. Additionally, the area has constructed its ecosystem with a focus on private enterprise, and boasts many support institutions like VC firms and accelerators. But even in that environment, the San Francisco area stands out thanks to its high concentration of companies making use of cutting-edge AI technology, and its accelerators/incubators specializing in the fields of healthcare and medicine.
In light of the above, we have invited accelerators and venture capitalists from the US West Coast (the San Francisco area) so that the program participants can receive overseas expansion feedback tailored to their business fields and growth stages. At the same time, we will actively help the participants kickstart their expansion by providing business matching services which will connect them with local enterprises. (Matching Program)
In addition, at the beginning of the program, participants will receive support from experts, including legal advice necessary for overseas expansion, as well as a refresher course in English communication. (Preliminary Support Program)
■Preliminary Support Program (See Note 1 below)
|Title||Number of Sessions
|Global Legal Session||1||A seminar-style presentation by visiting legal experts (attorneys etc.) who will provide an overview of local legal systems and discuss things to keep in mind during business expansion.||TBA||TBA||Global Business Hub Tokyo (Ōtemachi)|
|Power Pitch Training Session
|1||A seminar-style presentation by experts who will discuss the fundamentals of English communication and pitch-making that will be essential in pursuing overseas expansion.||NYU SPS Tokyo||June 26||NYU SPS Tokyo|
|Power Pitch Training Sessions
|See Note 2 below||Individual training in English communication and pitch-making, provided by experts.||NYU SPS Tokyo||See Note 2 below||See Note 2 below|
1.The Preliminary Support Program will also include an introductory brush-up session conducted by matching coordinators from the Administration Office prior to the Matching Program.
2.Number, time, date, and location of sessions can be arranged through individual consultation with instructors (some limitations will apply).
|Title||Number of Sessions||Content||Partner||Date(s)||Location|
(See Note 3 below)
|A presentation by visiting overseas accelerators on the state of local ecosystems and program utilization methods. Its goal is to help the participants better understand how to utilize local accelerator programs, and to encourage the global expansion of Tokyo-based venture businesses. In addition, participants will engage in one-on-one discussions with accelerators, receiving feedback on establishing a business presence overseas.||See Note 5 below||Late July – Early August||Global Business Hub Tokyo(Ōtemachi)|
|VC Speed Dating||1
(See Note 3 below)
|Speed Dating (short/elevator pitch practice) with visiting overseas venture capitalists. By receiving feedback from a venture capitalist perspective, participating companies will have the opportunity to tailor their strategies and fundraising approaches to local business models.||See Note 5 below||Late July – Early August||Global Business Hub Tokyo(Ōtemachi)|
|Online Business Matching||See Note 4 below||Online business matching using teleconferencing systems etc. for networking with local companies that are compatible with participating companies from a business standpoint, followed by discussions to help establish business partnerships. In addition, participants will receive feedback to help foster partnerships with local companies.||See Note 5 below||Mid-August – Late August||See Note 6 below|
3.Following matching sessions in Tokyo, participants may request follow-up sessions via teleconference etc. with Partner companies.
4. We expect to match each company admitted to the program with about 3 to 5 local businesses.
5.Local companies, venture capitalists, and accelerators that will serve as Partners will be determined by Tokyo Metropolis and administrative trustees based on the business fields and growth stages of companies admitted to the program.
6. We plan to work individually with each participating company to ensure that everyone can make use of teleconferencing systems.
7. Program content is subject to change.