The Africa launch event of J-BR!DGE: The future of Innovation in Africa

August 1, 2022
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THE Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are inviting African startups, accelerators, and incubators to the Japan Innovation Bridge (J-Bridge) Launch event with the theme: “The Future of Innovation in Africa -Seizing Business Opportunities Through Collaboration with Japanese companies”.

The event will hold via Zoom on Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:00~8:45am (WET) / 8:00~9:45am (WAT) / 9:00~10:45am (CAT) / 10:00~11:45am (EAT).

Japan Innovation Bridge (J-Bridge) is a business platform for the creation of international open innovation, to support collaboration and alliance between Japanese and overseas companies in both the digital and green fields.

In 2021, METI and JETRO launched the Japan Innovation Bridge (J-Bridge).

To further promote this initiative, METI and JETRO seized the opportunity of the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) and expanded the J-Bridge service deployment area to Africa from April 2022.

And now, to commemorate this, METI and JETRO have decided to hold a J-Bridge Africa Launch Event for startups, accelerators, and incubators prior to TICAD8.

In Africa, the presence of startups, accelerators, and incubators has increased dramatically in recent years as a driving force for economic growth. Investment in startups has also increased significantly, and many collaborations with companies outside the African region have also emerged.

This launch event, the organizers said, will focus on the budding innovations in Africa and the local startup scene that is giving birth to them and will introduce examples of pioneering collaborations between Japanese and African companies, as well as promising local startups that are motivated to collaborate.

The organizers look forward to participation of leading and interested African startups, accelerators, and incubators at the launch.

The event date and time: Thursday, August 4, 2022: 4:00~5:45pm (JST) / 7:00~8:45am (WET) / 8:00~9:45am (WAT) / 9:00~10:45am (CAT) / 10:00~11:45am (EAT)

Organizers: METI and JETRO Event Format: Online (Zoom) Fee: It is free of charge.

Register at:

Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 3 at noon (JST) / 3:00am (WET) / 4:00am (WAT) / 5:00am (CAT) / 6:00am (EAT).

Language: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation)

Webinar Program: Please check Webinar Flyer. There would be dialogue and panelists'discussion where

CCHub and other participants would feature.

Panel discussion is titled: "Creating Synergies through Collaboration" - Japanese companies talk about examples of partnerships with African companies.

Top executives of Co-creation Hub, Kepple Africa Ventures, Mobility54 Investment SAS, UNITED, MITSUI&CO EUROPE PLC and Musashi Seimitsu Industry will be part of the panelists.

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Mr. Takahiro Higuchi is President, KIRAMEX/Executive Director,United. 

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