Category Archives: Startups

Japanese Diet regulates the exchange of virtual currencies

Two years after the Mt. Gox scandal (the Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange, handling up to 70% of all bitcoin transactions, filed for bankruptcy after a large share of their bitcoin disappeared), the Japanese Diet has enacted a bill to regulate the … Continue reading

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500 Startups Japan added to NEDO’s technology-based Startup Support Program

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has added seven more companies to their technology-based Startup Support Program. One of the companies to receive the “Certification of Venture Capital Firms to Partner in NEDO technology-based Startup Support Program” … Continue reading

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A unique workshop for Swiss medtech start-ups in Tokyo

A unique workshop for participants of the Swiss Medtech Pavilion and other Swiss start-ups in Tokyo was held on Monday, April 25 following MEDTEC Japan 2016. The one-day workshop included a visit to Tokyo-university based start-up LPìxel Inc. and Canon … Continue reading

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Pioneers Asia: Swiss startup “” wins pitching contest

Veni, vidi, vici: Lausanne based startup company SWIE.IO‘s CEO, Ben Zhai, came to Japan upon invitation by, took part in the 90-sec pitching contest and impressed the jury with his clear vision on creating the next-generation platform for agile electronics … Continue reading

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Three Swiss Startups at Pioneers Asia!

We are very proud to announce that not only the Swiss startup Versantis (presented earlier in this blog), but also two other Swiss startups have been selected as finalists for this year’s Pioneers Asia! Versantis as well as BestMile (see … Continue reading

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Swiss Venture Capital Report 2016: Investment up!

According to the latest Swiss Venture Capital Report, the invested venture capital has increased in 2015 for the fourth consecutive time. Investors, both Swiss and foreign, disbursed around CHF 676 million in venture capital, which means an increase of 48% … Continue reading

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Swiss Start-up Versantis listed as a finalist of Pioneers Asia Challenge

As one out of twenty-four, the Swiss startup Versantis (ETH Zurich spin-off) located the ieLab has made it to the final round of the Pioneers Asia Challenge, which is a leading competition for advanced-stage startups. A startup event hosted by … Continue reading

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Swiss spin-off Faceshift in upcoming Star Wars movie

Things are going incredibly well for the Swiss startup Faceshift, a spin-off from both EPFL and ETH Zürich. Not only did Apple confirm last week that it acquired the Zürich-based company, but it also turns out that Faceshift’s technology was … Continue reading

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University Spin-Off Spiber Collaborates with The North Face

Ever marveled at the intricacies of a spider web? Ever been amazed by the wonderful properties of spider silk? This Japanese startup was so fascinated by it that they decided to produce it themselves. Spiber, established in 2007 as a … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi UFJ to provide CEO training with employment to young entrepreneurs

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., Japan’s biggest financial service provider, launched a project that will provide young talents with opportunities to acquire management-related experience and skills while being employed with full compensation for two years. The M-EIR (MUFG Entrepreneurship in … Continue reading

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