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.


InnovationDojo Night – Speaker from VR Startup: V-KAIWA

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.

About V-Kaiwa.
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.

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Report – Innovation Dojo Info Night @Atlassian – 2017

Thank you for coming Innovation Dojo Info Night @Atlassian – 2017!

We hope you enjoyed our Information Night at Atlassian yesterday! Here are some photos from the night:
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If you want to find out more about the Innovation Dojo program in December 2017, please visit the information page on this page.

We’ll be announcing more details and meetups in the lead up to the program so watch this space! Please join our meetup group (or facebook?) and we’ll keep you updated.

Thanks for attending and we hope to see you again!

Innovation Dojo Info Night @Atlassian – 2017

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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?
Register below!

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Innovation – Solving Big Problems for Australia-Japan with AJS

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