Tuesday night saw the second cohort of Innovation Dojo pitch to a packed house within the stunning level 17 space of PwC Australia at Barangaroo this week. It was a much different night from that of one year ago, with volume of community members, program style, partnerships and new elements of the program all ramping up this time around.
PwC Partner and lead on the Asia business for PwC, Jason Hayes, opened the night with a reminder to some and a revelation to others on just how well placed Japan is as an innovation partner to Australia, outlining some of the lesser known facts including that Japan is Australia’s 2nd largest source of foreign direct investment, only behind the US as of 2017.
Thank you to everyone that expressed interest and applied for the position we advertised a month or so ago to join our Innovation Dojo team.
We had some very high standard applicants and I’m happy to announce that Tomoyuki Hachigo has joined Kaoru, Ayumi and I as the 4th Innovation Dojo team member as of today!
Tomo is a completely bilingual lawyer and entrepreneur, with over 7 years experience as a lawyer and in the legal tech space with Clayton Utz where he worked closely with Japanese and Australian clients and colleagues. More recently, he co-founded sprintlaw, a startup providing cloud based legal services for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Tomo brings a new level of depth to the skills and capability of our core team and we look forward to bringing you bigger, better and more from Innovation Dojo from this day forward – welcome Tomo!!
PS. you can get to know Tomo a little more via his most recent article posted here on Medium: “By viewing law as a commodity, I learnt about the “value” of lawyers“
Great talking cross-border innovation with Prof Mariko Mori, Mr. Takeshi Uemura and Dr. Taro Sonobe from the prestigious Kyoto University yesterday.
Innovation Dojo is the bridge between Japan and Australia’s innovation and startup ecosystems and the way big problems shared between these countries will be solved.
Launched in 2016, the program trained 24 young innovators on how to start a startup that could be launched in both countries and we’re proud to say three excellent young companies were born.
You may have heard of the VR for language learning startup V-KAIWA, the Artificial Intelligence driven menu translation app ChewmonGo or Anywhere Technology, a startup combining Outdoor Media, Big Data and IoT.
Our clients so far include top ranked Japanese universities and the Australian government.
We are a special team of startup specialists, corporate innovation leaders and cross-cultural tech wizards, all with a passion of raising opportunities, awareness and collaboration between Australia, Japan and across APAC in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.
We are now looking to expand and there is an opportunity to work as part of the Innovation Dojo team
This is a startup type role including a combination of marketing, sales and program coordination. You will receive guidance and mentorship from our founders who are considered young leaders in the Japan-Australia innovation space. The role is based in Sydney.
This is a paid trial contract for 3 months ($2,500 base plus commission), with a view of extending to 6 months. If you prove successful after this, for the right person we would like to bring you onto our team as a co-founder with equity options.
If this sounds like you, please email email@example.com with your CV and a 1-3 minute video introduction (please link to a Youtube video you create).
Innovation Dojo Pty Ltd is a privately owned company.
A new program coined “Innovation Dojo” has just launched that looks to pair language students studying Japanese with Australia based entrepreneurs to work toward localising presentations, pitching styles, market research and the products being developed for the Japanese market and vice versa. The program will take its first batch of participants through in September and is part of a new organisation, the Japan Australia Entrepreneur Initiative (JAIE), founded by current UNSW AGSM MBA student Kaoru Nishinakagawa together with Joshua Flannery from UNSW Innovations and seasoned web and app developer, Ayumi Mizoshiri.