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Asia Innovation Series: Opportunities for NZ startups in Japan

Next up in the Asia Innovation Series, we’re talking about the Japan market and opportunities for Kiwi startups in this exotic country. As one of Asia’s wealthiest countries and with a population of 126 million people, Japan is one of the largest and most attractive markets for foreign startup companies.

We’re excited to host our guest speaker Alex Odajima, CEO of EDGEof INNOVATION, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience operating in both the startup and corporate world. Having been involved in the creation and scaling of numerous entities in Japan, Alex will talk to you about why Japan is an attractive market, and share practical advice on how to enter this market successfully.

This virtual event is a wonderful opportunity to expand your network overseas and learn what Japan has to offer so make sure you register now.

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About Ministry of Awesome’s Asia Innovation Series

The Ministry of Awesome Asia Innovation Series is designed to give Kiwi startups the information they need to successfully enter the Asian market. You’ll get market insights, make some important connections, and get on-the ground experience from Kiwi startups who have gone before you and successfully entered the world’s largest market.

Meet your speakers

Alex Odajima, CEO of EDGEof INNOVATION

As a business incubation expert, Alex Odajima has engaged in the creation of numerous start-ups and business divisions of large companies. Through his company EDGEof Innovation, he is actively working on building bridges between Japanese and other countries’ innovation ecosystems. Currently working with embassies and other government entities of over 20 countries to support various government initiatives on innovation. Providing mentorship for many global startup programs such as Canadian Technology Accelerator or German Startup Accelerator to help foreign startups to enter the Japanese market. As a selecting committee member of the Japanese Ministry of Economy (METI) ‘s J-Startup program or startup strategy advisor of the Shibuya city, Alex is also involved in many innovation initiatives of the Japanese government.


Jeffrey Ling, Head of Startups at Ministry of Awesome, who worked for 2 South Korean startups (one of them being the number one Korean workplace messaging and collaboration tool, JANDI) before returning to Christchurch.