About us

Innovation Dojo Japan is where ordinary people make extraordinary impacts. Founded in 2016, we have developed experience and know-how across three key areas: entrepreneurial talent development, startup incubation and services supporting innovation-related business development and capital raising. Our team maintains an effective mix of business development experience and seasoned leadership.

Meet our team

Joshua Flannery

Joshua is a recognised innovation ecosystem leader in both Japan and Australia, as the co-founder and CEO of Innovation Dojo Japan. His experience includes Country Manager for European open innovation firm Rainmaking, lead Director for the largest startup hub in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney Startup Hub, and he was the first hire and leader of the University of New South Wales startup programs, which grew to become the leading university for entrepreneurs in Australia. He also has direct experience bringing a tech startup into Japan.

Ayumi Mizoshiri

Ayumi is the founder of Innovation Dojo, and also a founder of Sazae. In 2015, he saw an opportunity in the IT market for an agency that specialises in serving Japanese businesses based in Australia. His background is in Web/Mobile Apps development and has accumulated a wealth of consultation experiences through corporates and other innovative projects across Japan and Australia.

An entrepreneur at heart, he is passionate about evaluating different business models, understanding the company’s IT infrastructure and designing the best technology solution to help them reach their business goals. He founded JAIT (now in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tokyo) a networking event for Japanese & Australian professionals to exchange ideas and learn from each other’s cultures. Under Ayumi’s leadership, the community had grown to over 800 members since its humble beginning in 2009.

Naoya yoshizumi

Naoya is focused on developing new business initiatives with corporate, government, and university partners in the areas on global innovation and entrepreneurship. With a strong background working within local Japanese governments, he has a deep understanding of both the public and private sectors, and most recently was employed in a tech startup focused on operations at management level.

Naoya spent over 3 years working for JETRO (Japan's External Trade Organisation) with a particular focus on global startups and innovation, which gives him top-class Japan market entry and regulatory know-how and networks.

He spent these three years working with top UK and Nordic startup accelerators and incubators, supporting startups and promoting open innovation on behalf of Japanese corporations from both the Tokyo HQ and London office.

Before joining Innovation Dojo Japan, Naoya also worked as a manager for a Japan-based AI-based tech startup in the travel industry.

Moe Gotoda

Moe is a talented Kobe native, bilingual having grown up in the US and has a strong background as an office and community manager.She spent several years with a major Japanese airline learning Japanese service level expectations and management best-practices and also has experience as a teacher and mentor for foreigners learning Japanese language. 

Moe has been working full-time with Innovation Dojo Japan as the Startup Coordinator since August 2021, helping over 200 startups from Kobe, Japan and around the world connect with mentors, programs, events and organisations with a focus on growing and visualizing the startup ecosystem powered by Kobe City.

Marcel Izumi Rasinger

Multilingual, with roots in Japan and Austria,  fluent in Japanese, German and English. He spent his childhood in Japan and graduated in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna. After working in import/export  of Japanese products, he came to Japan in 2011 as Head of Technology Affairs at Advantage Austria Tokyo (Austrian Embassy - Commercial Section in Japan). After working for 8  years in strategic planning and support for Austrian companies entering the Japanese market, as well as consultancy related to sustainability and innovation, he founded genten LLC in 2019.

In 2021, joined Rainmaking Innovation Japan as Senior Innovation Manager and succeeded in leading  Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka acceleration program.He is passionate about promoting  innovation and bridging the  start-up ecosystems utilising his strong network between Austria, EU (European Chambers in Japan)  and Japan. 

Kaoru nishinakagawa

Kaoru Nishinakagawa, one of the co-founders of Innovation Dojo, has played a significant role in driving cross-cultural incubation programs and designing and facilitating hackathons and startup pitch contests. With vast experience as an innovation consultant at Fusion Labs and Deloitte, she has led the development and implementation of corporate innovation programs, venture building, and employee training. Currently, she serves as an Internal Innovation Lead at News Corp, the largest media company in Australia, where they focus on building innovation capabilities and creating a conducive environment for testing newconcepts.

Additionally, Kaoru also serves as a startup adviser for JETRO, helping Japanese startups navigate the Australian market to grow their businesses and connect with the local startup scene.

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