Feb 22 Victoria Daet
Slush Tokyo 2019 has officially opened its doors and has welcomed its first speaker, Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo. The session shone the spotlight on the city’s initiatives towards raising entrepreneurship, women initiatives and supporting the startup ecosystem as a whole.
Supporting a thousand startups.
Since taking office as governor in 2016, Yuriko has put in place multiple projects focused on creating a city that plays a global role in a range of industries. This year, major efforts are set towards emphasizing startups and its potential of creating a ripple effect that would enhance Tokyo’s industry potential as a whole.
With the announcement of the city’s goal of supporting a thousand companies a year, excitement from the audience could be felt at the Main Stage. Through different approaches, from helping in the early stages of starting a business to improving a team’s motivation, Tokyo is ready to provide support. Regardless whether you’re a startup currently on your journey or in your ideation page, there will be support for both startups on fundraising and crowdfunding.
A focus on women.
Apart from providing different opportunities to help startups through their journey, Yuriko Koike highlights another focus that she is advocating for within this project. “We are working to fully develop an untapped energy source: the power of women”, a resounding statement filled with passion that garnered applause from the audience. Not only will the governor’s initiatives bring together startups, major companies and venture capitalists, it will also focus on an aspect that has been a challenge in the world over: raising and supporting women entrepreneurs.
Tokyo as a startup gateway to the world.
The main goal for the whole initiative of creating a new image for the city in a global scale as a gateway (and not just a destination) is Japan’s new focus to help the growing ecosystem’s young entrepreneurs. The city will thrive towards supporting upcoming entrepreneurs and play an active role in the startup scene. Her presence in Slush Tokyo 2019 is part of this initiative as she speaks of the project which she hopes would reach and inspire attendees from the Japan and the world over. The governor also expressed confidence that this project will expand nationally and act as a continuous support for entrepreneurs in Japan.
Yuriko Koike closes off the session with inspiring words that placed everyone in the best mindset, “Never forget the passion and determination you have today. I wish you all continued prosperity.”
Thank you Yuriko Koike for coming to #slushtokyo19! Follow our event updates @SlushTokyo.
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