Our program provided 25 startups with the tools and network needed for global expansion from both a business development and fundraising perspective. Understanding the different nuances of the Japanese and Western markets, we focused heavily on ensuring that each team was culturally proficient in the basics of marketing, brand, and growth.The program, which lasted about four months in a virtual setting, included panel discussions with Japanese and American founders and investors, practitioner-led workshops applying principles from different design, strategy, and product.
As all participants are keen to expand their businesses into the global market, we put value on three points in this course. Firstly, we provide practical lectures and mentoring sessions given by entrepreneurs and investors who have extensive experiences in each field overseas including Silicon Valley in order for participants to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for going global. Secondly, we provide opportunities for external pitch events and speaking engagements outside of the program so that new business opportunities and networking opportunities can be created. Lastly, we connect participants with leading enterprises and investors to lead future investment and collaborations by utilizing our domestic and international networks.
World Innovation Lab (WiL) is a US & Japan-based VC with capital from governments and leading global corporations in Japan. WiL helps US startups expand to Japan and Asia, and Japanese startups expand worldwide. The firm also works with its corporate investors on evolving their own innovation capabilities through new business creation, partnerships with leading startups, and organizational culture change.For more information, visit https://wilab.com/
Plug and Play Japan was established in 2017 as a subsidiary of Plug and Play which is a global innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley. Our major strength is to provide "Consortium-type Programs with our extensive global network" and support startups through “Venture Capital Investment”. By working closely with 45+ official corporate partners, Plug and Play Japan supports Japanese and international startups to scale their businesses and to enhance collaboration with industry-leading corporations.