Award Outline 2024

DateWed. November 20th, 2024   10am-8pm (Japan Standard time)   *Closed to public
Thu. November 21st, 2024   1pm-7.30pm (Japan Standard time)   *Open to public
VenueKashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab (KOIL) and  Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center (KCC) (Kashiwa city, Chiba)
HostAsian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee
Co-hostsDivision of University Corporate Relations – The University of Tokyo
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
TX Entrepreneur Partners General Incorporated Association (TEP)
The Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs General Incorporated Association (JASVE)
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Kashiwa city
Official LanguageEnglish (Simultaneous interpretation available)

Award Procedures

(1) Startup entrants will make presentations at Semi-final session or Final session after selected by screening of documents.

(2) 15 selected semi-finalists will make 15-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A session at the semi-final session, and 6 startups will be selected for the final session.

(3) 6 selected finalists will make 15-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A session at the final session, and prize winners will be elected.

Judging Criteria

(1) Innovativeness, commercial viability and social impact of the business, with consideration given to the potential of the business to expand and bring about changes in the global economy and society.

(2) Business performance, which includes the nominee’s competitive advantages, management team, strategic vision, and communication capabilities, including presentation skills.

(3) Possibility of collaboration with Japanese large corporations or expansion of business in Japan backed by it’s business model and roadmap.

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(4)Utilization of “Kashiwanoha Innovation Field”

(How you would evolve your products or services as a result of the demonstration at Kashiwa-no-ha.)


【Asian Entrepreneurship Award】

・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

【Special Award】


Qualification for Entry

Startup companies must meet all of the following requirements.

(1)Must be a technology based startup company which has solution related to either Life Science & Healthcare / Mobility / Energy & EnvironmentSmart City to C / Space.
— Must be a company. Individuals or research labs are not accepted.
— ”Technology based startup company” is a startup which has it’s own technology as the core of it’s business model.

(2) Must be an early stage startup which has completed PoC (Proof of Concept), and is able to communicate with a specific customer by using prototypes, samples or mockups.
— No conditions are required for number of years from establishment nor number of employees.
— Startups invested by VCs or planned to be invested are acceptable, but the capital amount must be basically 0.5M to 10M USD.
— Public companies or affiliates of large corporations are not accepted.

(3) Must be nominated by a person responsible for startup supports at a university, research institute, or private incubator, accelerator or any other startup supporting organizations.

(4) Startup entrants must be able to participate in all the programs held on November 20th and 21st, 2024 at the venue.
— Your absence to some programs can be reasons for disqualification.
— Nominators are expected to support their startup nominee’s preparation towards the participation in the AEA 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.

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(6)Must be willing to do PoB (Proof of business) in Kashiwa-no-ha.


Asian Entrepreneurship Award have nominators in each countries and regions for non-Japanese startups.
Non-Japanese startups must apply by nominations from these nominators.

If you have any inquiries about applications from outside Japan, please contact;
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