The Italian Innovation Day in Tokyo is back for the third year in a row.

The new edition, organized by the Embassy of Italy in Tokyo, the Japan External Trade Organization JETRO (TBC) and one of the biggest ICT companies in Japan, NTT Data, will be held at Ark Mori Building, in the heart of Tokyo, on May 30th, 2018.

The event is supported by innovation business journalists Emil Abirascid from Italy and Masaru Ikeda from Japan.

The aim is to match Italian innovative companies and scale-ups with Japanese industrial and financial organizations in order to create opportunities for business partnerships and collaborations, as in the previous editions, when for example an Italian startup specialized in fashion products signed a partnership agreement with a local R&D company.

VC and CVC capital market is growing fast in Japan, providing a fertile ground for companies aiming at international expansion and dimensional growth.

Ten scale-ups will have the chance to pitch in Tokyo in front of a wide public of large corporations and investors.

Main sectors of interest are:

  • Fintech, Insurtech
  • AI, robotics, wearable
  • IoT, big data
  • Smart factories, smart communities and smart home
  • Cyber-security
  • AR/VR
  • Mobility, Connected car
  • E-commerce
  • Marketing services
  • Agritech
  • Materials and Nanotechnologies
  • Social innovation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Energy, environment, green economy
  • Healthcare tech
  • Creativity and design

Special requirements are:

  • Being on the market and ready for international expansion
  • Not having already any formal technology transfer agreement with a Japanese company

To have the opportunity to pitch at the event, all interested Italian based companies are invited to fill in the application form (please use one of the following options):

The Ambassador of Italy to Japan will appoint an Evaluating Committee in order to select the Italian companies based on their innovative potential confronted with available products, services and technologies in Japan and on their capability to match Japanese corporations’ and investors’ demand.

The names of the members of the Evaluating Committee will be published here after the deadline of the call.

Deadline for application is February 28th, 2018.

For more information about the Italian Innovation Day in Tokyo, please visit the website at, where you can find videos, interviews, scale-ups and startups invited for the previous editions and special guests that brought their own experiences on stage.

For further information, please send an email to

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