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Last year NASSCOM partnered with the Embassy of India, Tokyo for a Global Capital Access initiative to support Indian Startups looking to raise growth capital. The initiative connects the Indian tech startup ecosystem with the venture capital community in Japan. This program was conceived to implement the idea (Making Startup Hub between Japan and India) signed by both the Prime Minister’s during last Summit meet in Oct 2018.

Japan VC Connect – 1, 2019

The first pitching event was held in September 2019 hosted at Embassy of India (EOI) in Tokyo. It was attended by 26 startups and 130+ entities including venture capital firms, corporate venture arms of Japanese corporations, angels, business enterprises etc. 5 startups were able to raise funds and establish strategic partnerships with Japanese enterprises within 6 months of the program. Another 4-6 are in concluding stage of discussions with Japanese entities.

Japan VC Connect – 2, 2020

The 2nd edition of the program was scheduled between 16 -19th March, 2020 covering the biggest cities in Japan, Tokyo and Osaka. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions the program was reinvented to a virtual pitching format. It is exciting to see over 70+ investors with their 100+ executives sign up for this version. The program will now address startups through a sectoral approach where every week NASSCOM will organize pitches of 5-7 curated startups and VCs from specific sectors. Mobility / Supply Chain, Healthtech / Personnel Hygiene, Agritech / Food, Fintech, Media/Entertainment & Robotics in the Retail and Telecom sectors have a high interest from Japanese VCs. The objective of these pitches is to generate preliminary interest for the presenting startups and they can take forward the discussions on a one-on-one basis.

Virtual Pitch Session 1

The first pitching session was held on 28th May 2020 in which 6 startups from Healthtech / Agritech / Consumer Tech / Robotics pitched to more than 80+ Japanese VCs/CVCs/Angels/Corporations. We are delighted that 31 qualified leads have been generated for startups from the Japanese VC community.

Would you like to participate in any of the upcoming virtual pitch sessions?

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In case your application is selected by our jury, you will be informed in 30 days from date of application.

Please note: If you are selected, you will be required to pay nominal program fee.