Pitch Competition in Sydney 2018 Orange Fab Asia w InnovationDojo

What would your startup be capable of if it partnered with a company with a global customer base of 273 million?

How much revenues could your startup do if you were operating in a country that buys $45 Billion worth of Australian products and services each year?

We are very proud to announce “Pitch for Tokyo!” a competition for for startups with a desire to explore global markets, starting with Japan.

This is a partnership between Innovation Dojo and Orange Fab Asia, part of the Orange group.

Orange group are a global leader in corporate telecommunication services with 273 million customers worldwide and Japan is Australias’ second largest 2-way trade partner – the Japanese paid for $45 Billion worth of Australian products and services last year.

Winning applicants in Australia will receive financial support ($2,000) to travel to Tokyo to attend our Demo Day and ultimately have the opportunity to win an invitation to Viva Technology 2019 held in Paris.

See details and submit application

 

Japans medical researchers join Aussie innovators to hack Ageing Population

These days the term ‘hackathon’ can mean many things. More recently the term has been used to describe a style of program which can be best described as a “mini-accelerator program”, with the same lean and business model canvas tool playing a central role in essentially creating a number of potential new startup teams that pitch at a demo day style event at the end of the program. Somewhat similar to the Startup Weekend style of programs.

The original hackathons were very different, and instead of focusing on building a potential startup and acquiring entrepreneurial soft skills, they were typically focused on “building something usable”, be it a software or another technology and rather than teams with mixed backgrounds and skill sets pitching a potential business concept, primarily computer science students and software developers would participate with a view of creating something that works within the few days and presenting the prototype instead of a polished pitch. Our latest program at Innovation Dojo has developed yet another take on the hackathon format — enter the Dojo Health Hackathon.

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Return of the Dojo – Innovation Dojo 2.0

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.

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Welcome Tomoyuki Hachigo to InnovationDojo team!

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

The meeting with Kyoto University – Mr. Takeshi Uemura and Dr. Taro Sonobe

Great talking cross-border innovation with Prof Mariko Mori, Mr. Takeshi Uemura and Dr. Taro Sonobe from the prestigious Kyoto University yesterday.
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Join the team that connects Japan & Aus with innovation!

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

  • Strong and confident presentation skills (preferably in English and Japanese)
  • Bilingual English/Japanese
  • Sales experience
  • Proven interest and experience with Lean Startup and Design Thinking methodologies
  • Genuine connection with Australia and Japan

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 joshua@innovationdojo.com.au 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.

What’s it like working with innovation for 23 years in Japan?! Our 1st Innovation Dojo Mentor interview!

Mark Foley is an Innovation Dojo mentor working with NanoGlobe as a Senior Consultant in their Tokyo offices.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Mark and ask him what it is REALLY like and get some special insights from his wealth of experience. Check out what he had to say below.

Mark Foley
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Innovation Dojo has just launched

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.

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