Aussie “smart checkouts” startup Tiliter wins access to Japan market

This Tuesday night at PwC’s offices in Barangaroo, Sydney, 11 Aussie startups pitched in the Orange Fab Asia X Innovation Dojo “Pitch for Tokyo” challenge.

The spotlight isn’t often on Japan as a destination for Aussie startups to scale into despite recent successes of Australian energy tech startup Power Ledger that in April this year signed a multi-million dollar deal to trial their peer-to-peer energy trading platform with Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) in Osaka and the ongoing success of Tokyo based Australian Paul Chapman, who co-founded MoneyTree and attracted partnerships and investments from Japans largest financial institutions.

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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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