JETRO Global Connection, an event organised for business matching between international startups and Japanese companies, has invited eight Indian startups along with a total of 37 companies selected from 15 countries.
The event is organised by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) as part of the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) 2019. JETRO selected about 180 promising startups from around the world for the programme and later selected 37 of them from 15 countries. The startups selected are mainly in the fields of mobility, health tech and smart homes.
Commenting on the development, a Nasscom official said there is a growing bonhomie between India and Japan in the startup sphere. “We can see Japanese companies are realising the need for aligning with Indian startup for their global ambition and expanding their technological skill sets. Also, the Human Resources behind Indian startups are really helping Japan to scale up their expansion plans,” said the official.
CEATEC is Japan’s largest CPS/IoT-related trade fair and this year it is taking place from 15-18 October, 2019 at Makuhari Messe. The event which started its journey since 2000 is currently running its 20th edition.
KiteMaps AMS Co-Founder and Co-CEO Anshul Shaema said the company is excited to be part of this group and looking at exploring more opportunities in Japan. “We are looking at strategic partners, business opportunities and investors as part of the event. We are confident that the product maturity and scope of the company would have prompted us to get selected from India. We want to bring a paradigm shift in healthcare delivery using our robotic and logistics technologies,” he said.
Other than India, the startups selected are from Israel, the UK, Estonia, Canada, Colombia, Singapore, Switzerland, China, Finland, France, the US, Portugal, Luxembourg and Taiwan. By field, 16 companies are involved in mobility, 13 in health tech and eight companies in smart homes. In addition to high-tech companies such as the ride-sharing solutions provider Via (US), powered exoskeleton developers FREE Bionics (Taiwan) and ExoAtlet (Luxembourg) and smart-home device provider Swidget (Canada), there will be a concentration of unique startups from Portugal, Colombia and other countries known for producing distinctive enterprises.
Talking to NFAPost Jetro official from Bengaluru said the event also provides an opportunity for Japanese companies to use the marketing service EventHub to apply for meet-ups directly to the overseas startups they are interested in. “JETRO established an Innovation Promotion Division in April this year with the aim of strengthening business matching between Japanese companies working on open innovation and overseas companies such as startups. We will continue to actively develop these projects in the future,” he said.
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