AEA2023 Application

Meet the “tech-startups” from all over Asia!

Startup application

We are looking forward to receiving applications from all over Asia who wants to go global!
The Asian Entrepreneurship Award is an international innovation award that brings together cutting-edge startups from Asian countries and regions to compete for business and build a transnational entrepreneurial network.
If you wish to apply as a startup, please read the details below and submit your application by Sunday, August 20th, 2023.



Application Guidelines

To apply, please prepare all application materials in English and send them to the address below.

■Applications must be received : between Monday, July 31, 2023 and Sunday, August 20, 2023.

 *Applications will be accepted as long as the date of the e-mail is within the above period.

■Application deadline: Sunday, August 20, 2023

■Please send applications to: (AEA Steering Committee)

 *If you have difficulty sending your application by e-mail due to capacity or other reasons, please use cloud services and send it to the e-mail address above. If you do not have a service that can be used, please contact us in advance.


■List of Application Documents:

1) Application Form

Please download the form below and fill in all fields.
Please note that any blank fields may result in disqualification.



2) Presentation data(20 pages or less / PowerPoint or PDF data)
Must include details related to business development in Japan (business model, technology, team, vision).

3) Pitch movie(within 1 minute / mp4 data)
Must include details related to business development in Japan (business model, technology, team, vision).

4) Photograph of the startup company representative(high resolution JPG or PNG data)

5) Logo of the startup company(High resolution JPG or PNG data)

6) Photograph of the nominator(High resolution JPG or PNG data)

7) Brief biography of the nominator

*All these data can be shared by judges, mentors and sponsors.
*Startup company name and URL, business executive summary, Name and photo of Representative, Name and photo of Nominator, Reason of Nomination and Pitch Movie will be shown at website of AEA2023.
*Application of AEA2023 is available only for board members of startup companies in Asian region, Australia and New Zeeland.

8) <Only for companies entering the Kashiwanoha Award>

Proposals at Kashiwanoha (maximum of 2 pages/PowerPoint or PDF data)


*All submissions must be submitted in English. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
*This data may be shared among the judges, mentors, sponsors, and other relevant parties.
*Company name and URL, business profile, representative name and photo, nominator name and photo, reasons for nomination, and pitch movie will be posted on the AEA2023 website.
*Applicants to AEA2023 must be board members of startup companies in the Asia region, Australia, or New Zealand.



Judging Criteria

(1) Potential for collaboration with large Japanese companies
(2) Innovativeness of the business / economic and social impact (potential to bring about change in the global economy and society, scalability of the business)
(3) Ability to execute the business (competitive advantage, management team, overall consistency of strategy, communication skills including presentation skills)



Details of each prize

-First Prize:3 million JPY
-Second Prize:1 million JPY
-Third Prize:500,000 JPY

【Kashiwa-no-ha Prize】:Award money (TBD) + Support towards a demonstration in Kashiwa-no-ha smart city



Requirements for participating startups

All of the following requirements must be met.

(1) The company must be a technology start-up with solutions related to one or more of the following: Life Science & Healthcare/Mobility/Environment & Energy/Sustainability (individuals, laboratories, etc. are not acceptable).

   Definition of technology startup: A startup with a business model that has its own technology at its core.

(2) The startup must have completed a Proof of Concept (PoC) and be in the early stage of development, which allows the startup to communicate with specific customers about collaboration or product sales using prototypes, product samples, mockups, etc.

 - The number of years of establishment and number of employees are not required.
 - The company may be considering or have already raised capital through VC, but as a general rule, the amount of capital must be less than 3M USD.
 - Listed companies and subsidiaries of major companies are not acceptable.

(3) The applicant must be recommended by the head of a public, private, or academic incubator, accelerator, or other startup support organization or department.

(4) Startups must be able to participate in all programs on October 26, 2023 for the entire day.
 *If a startup is found to have failed to participate in some of the programs, it may be disqualified.
 *The nominator must be able to assist the startup in preparing for its participation in the program.

(5)Japanese companies must have the intention of expanding their business overseas. Non-Japanese companies must have a specific interest in the Japanese market or a strong desire to work with Japanese companies and develop business in Japan.
In addition, they must be prepared to facilitate discussions with Japanese companies in order to enter the Japanese market and collaborate with Japanese companies.


<For only Kashiwanoha Award entrants>

(6) The company must intend to conduct a Proof of Business (PoB) in Kashiwanoha.




Asian Entrepreneurship Awards Steering Committee: