Slush Tokyo is finally underway. 5,000 attendees, 500 startups, 200 investors and 250 journalists arrived from all over the world to Japan to celebrate entrepreneurship. For the third time running, Slush is turning heads towards Tokyo, further cementing its place as Japan’s most international startup event.
For the next two days, the tech and startup world in Japan will buzz, when Slush Tokyo has its doors open for the third time. As the entrepreneurial movement blooms in Japan, Slush Tokyo has grown to attract over 5,000 visitors. “Japan has it all: a large market, great talent, and technological advancement. Silicon Valley and investors should be looking towards Japan in excitement. It’s only a matter of time before something great happens,” stated angel investor and serial entrepreneur, Steve Jang.
Slush Tokyo CEO, Antti Sonninen, officially opened the event by recognizing and highlighting the great work all the 500 Slush volunteers deliver: “I’m proud to present the product of our hard work and dedication. This wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful 500 volunteers!”
After that, the event kicked off with a Fireside Chat between Steve Jang (Angel Investor and Advisor to Uber & Expa), and Garrett Camp (Chairman and Co-founder of Uber, Founder of Expa) at the Main Stage. The two actively discussed how to start and sustain a world-conquering business, much to the pleasure of our audience. As Camp puts it, “it’s important to keep in mind that simple things could have huge effects – one word can be enough to affect your product.” He further highlights the current challenges facing growing startups: “The main issue isn’t garnering capital anymore. It’s getting the right advice from the right people.”
Meanwhile, the Slush Tokyo Pitch contest commenced with its first track, the Enterprise Software – Analytics & Data. Held on the Pitching Stage, the contest will showcase the AI & Next Generation Entertainment track next. The brand new concept Dialogue Stage had the young football artist James J taking the stage with an extensive dance performance, featuring music from Kujira Entertainment. Meanwhile, Slush Cafe opened as well, paving the way for audience members to participate in a Q&A session with our speakers.
There’s more to come. Look forward to hearing from the likes of Funderbeam Founder & CEO, Kaidi Ruusalepp, and Appier Co-Founder & COO Winnie Lee. If you’re not in Tokyo, you can follow the event live online.
Photos: Petri Anttila