Tech In Asia Tokyo 2017: A Retrospective

Tech in Asia (TIA) Tokyo ran its fourth edition from 27 to 28 September, power-packed with various invaluable talks, workshops and opportunities to network! Hosting a whopping total of 1,548 founders, corporates, investors, developers, industry experts, and other members of the tech community for two days, the conference proved to be a great success and if you missed it, here are the highlights of the event.

Firstly, Raksul and Freee, 2 of Japan’s top 10 funded companies, took this chance to share how business traditions in Japan are starting to create a multitude of opportunities for startups. On the other hand, other industry experts discussed how blockchain technology is impacting the local financial services industry, as well as Japan’s future plan of becoming the world’s blockchain capital during the series of talks on the stages.

This edition also debuted the brand new Startup Strategy workshop series, that intends on helping startups hone various skills that can scale their businesses, ranging from lean economics, to branding and UX.

As the highlight event, the Arena live pitching was definitely an exciting one, seeing two ultimate winners! Umitron, a data company for aquaculture, emerged champion, clinching 500,000 yen in cash, a trip to Izu catering to 5 people and a 1 year free subscription. The other champion, MyDearest, a virtual reality service, won a 1 year free subscription as their prize. Finalists for the arena included both Japanese startups like Authlete, cinnamon, Gruff and a South Korean startup, Cloudike.

Similarly, highly-sought after favourites like Bootstrap Alley and Speed Dating garnered much participation during the event as well.

Bootstrap Alley, the startup exhibition, featured a total of 138 unique startups from all over Asia, the USA, United Kingdom and Russia. The startups ranged from categories such as Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Education, Software As A Service (SAAS) and Enterprise Solutions.

Besides that, Speed Dating, the portion of the conference where startups get to pitch their business ideas directly to participating investors in 7 minute slots, saw 49 investors and 376 live pitches. If you are interested in seeing more statistics from the event like the aforementioned, you can view the TIA Tokyo 2017 infographic here.

All in all, TIA Tokyo 2017 managed to be an awesome success for all its attendees and there will certainly be more events to come, so don’t worry if you missed this edition! Speaking of upcoming events, tech junkies are in for a treat because TIA Jakarta 2017 will be happening on 1 and 2 November! This means you have another opportunity to be part of the amazing activities, similar to those see in TIA Tokyo 2017.

So if you want to find out more, read our TIA Jakarta 2017 article to find out what you can expect at the upcoming conference and to find out how you can get a ticket discount as a Geeks In Cambodia subscriber! Alternatively, you can visit the TIA Jakarta 2017 website here too to learn more.