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.
This is first time for InnovationDojo start Innovation Dojo night, our first speaker will be VR startup – V-Kaiwa. They will talk about their product and VR technology/coding & latest VR industry status.
V-KAIWA is a virtual reality language learning startup. They contextualise lesson plans through an immersive virtual reality environment. The teacher and students are placed in different scenarios to facilitate learning – for example, in a restaurant or on a safari. To break it down – V-KAIWA is a combination of Virtual Reality and the Japanese word for communication which is “KAIWA”. So they connect you to a different language and help you learn how to converse in a totally new way.
We will be holding the official Info Night for the next Innovation Dojo Program, which will run from December 11th – 19th this year.
This program is for you if you are interested in:
• Solving big problems common to Australia and Japan like ageing population, technology for agriculture efficiency, cybersecurity and translation and localisation of services before the Tokyo Olympics!
• Working in cross-cultural teams incubating new startup ideas
• Working with a unique set of world-class mentors
• Winning a prize that takes you to Japan to meet potential partners, investors and customers
• Be part of a new startup with built-in international scaling capability!
Over 9 full days from December 11th – 19th you will work with hipsters, hackers and hustlers from both Japan and Australia will create new startups with a view of launching in both Australia and Japan.
What is this event?
This is your last chance to meet with the Innovation Dojo team to hear details about the goals, people and program that is Innovation Dojo!
Hear from program mentors, network with fellow innovators interested in where innovation across Japan and the Asia Pacific and how you can be a part of a new startup project that solves the big problems shared by Australia and Japan.
Already know you want to be a part of the program?
Interested in attending the info night?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Josh and David Lawson visited Kyoto University last month.
Kyoto University wrote our visit in their site.
Here is the article.
We will have an event with AJS 25th of May at PwC office.
Here is detail.
Speakers will include Jason Hayes,Partner and leader of the PwC Japan Practice in Asia Pacific, who will give an update on the startup ecosystem in Japan, and Joshua Flannery of UNSW Innovations who will describe Innovation Dojo’s recent activities.
The ‘star’ teams from the Innovation Dojo program, V-KAIWA and ChewmonGo, will present on their trip and insights gained.
There will be opportunity for questions and discussion, followed by networking with refreshments.
This is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone interested in the future of Australia-Japan business.
The evening is sponsored by AJS-NSW corporate member PwC who will host us at their new offices in Barangaroo.
Come and hear from two Innovation Dojo teams V-KAIWA & ChewmonGo about their recent Japan business trip and journey so far PLUS network with the growing Japan-Australia Innovation community at pwc in
Booking and more detail is here