I participated in Innovation Dojo 1st program in December 2016 and it was one of the greatest choice that I have made. Thanks for this amazing opportunity, I have learnt so much valuable skills. This program, has not only given us endless support, but also, taught us different sets of knowledge along the journey. The mentors have given out so much great advice and insights. They are always being very patient about helping teams out. I'm so honoured to have these amazing mentors and I would highly recommend their work!
Every group of us learnt a lot and did excellent in the final pitch within 9 days. This program arouses my interest towards start ups and now I am still working on it with passion.
Throughout the Innovation Dojo program, Josh was an amazing mentor, a source of wisdom and was always extremely welcoming. His supportive personality helped me grow immensely over the 9 days as I learnt a plethora of new skills that will stay with me for a long time. The program was eye-opening and Josh’s positive and passionate attitude towards his work has been inspiring.
Born out of UNSW Innovations, Innovation Dojo is a program, a platform and a community connecting students and entrepreneurs with world class mentors and opportunities across JAPAC
Events, Seminars and Training camps
for Innovation and Startups in Japan and Australia
Learn, socialise and collaborate online and face-to-face
Improve Proficiency in English & Japanese via cross-cultural collaboration
Design thinking & Lean startup methodology
Stimulate innovative thinking and startup knowledge whilst incubating real projects
Incubating startups that solve real problems
Introduce global minded entrepreneurs to problems in agriculture, fintech, ICT and other areas strategically important to Japan and Australia
Global Talent Hub
Connect human resources with international firms and local exporters
'Innovation Dojo' is a unique cross-cultural Startup program that enables young talented language professionals to collaborate with budding entrepreneurs
We have a network of Japan-Australia startup experts to guide your journey
Experienced professional team to help you
Startups formed and supported during the Innovation Dojo Program
Our team maintains an effective mix of development experience and seasoned leadership.
Working with Japanese colleagues in Sydney and Japan since 1997 in Sydneys first Sushi Train restaurant, Joshua has experience as a teacher, marketing executive and entrepreneur in Japan including as co-founder for StudyLink K.K. and Product Manager for the Japan-Australia StudyLink Cup. He is employed at UNSW Innovations to manage the startup programs for the university and is an advisory board member for Asia-focused co-working space Haymarket HQ and Singapore based startup QLC.io . He is also an advisor for female led startups in the Springboard Enterprises Australia accelerator program.
Kaoru is an entrepreneurial Corporate Relationship Manager with 12 years of global experience in developing and executing customized account plans and marketing strategy to increase sales volume, market share and relevance in the marketplace.
With in-depth knowledge of multinational business together with an innovative approach she provides significant strategic value to stakeholders and holds the ability to leverage industry trends to shape the best new product solutions and approaches.
Kaoru is a proven magician when it comes to listening, speaking, visualising and execution.
Ayumi is a Web/Mobile Apps developer with a wealth of experience developing for startups and other innovative projects across Japan and Australia.
He founded IT consulting company - sazae.com.au for small & middle size of businesses. He also founded the Japan Australia IT Group (JAIT) which has grown to over 260 members since humble beginnings in 2009. Ayumi is the technical powerhouse behind our team with strong experience as an engineer for the likes of Pygg and Pollenizer.
Tomoyuki leads our business development efforts at Innovation Dojo. He is a startup entrepreneur and a lawyer with experience working in the legal industry since 2009. Passionate about changing the business of law, in 2016 he co-founded sprintlaw - a new kind of law firm providing easy and affordable legal services to startups and small businesses. Previously, he was an M&A lawyer and a legal technology specialist at Clayton Utz, advising both Australian and Japanese corporate clients. Having grown up in Sydney and born to Japanese parents, Tomoyuki has a personal connection to both Australia and Japan and is fluent in English and Japanese.