With 1362 participants and almost half of it being start-ups, the 2-day tech conference that was held in Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo, Japan from the 8th to the 9th of September this year was a success!
Arranged for entrepreneurs, investors, the media, and the technology and startup community in the Asia Pacific Region, attendees were spoilt for choice with the different content stages at Tech in Asia Tokyo (TIA Tokyo). The ever-popular bootstrap alley was a crowd favourite. With a record 194 exhibiting startups on both days of the conference, the alley featured 107 Japanese startups and even those that travelled a long way, from Belgium and U.S.A.
A total of 162 unique startups presented their ideas and innovative solutions to investors, mostly centering on the enterprise, hardware, lifestyle and education verticals. Some lessons that our friends at Tech in Asia Tokyo have for start-ups that are planning to exhibit their products/services can be found here. Some of these tips include making sure you don’t look like a zombie, and to actually appear interested in what you are selling to potential investors!
As with all Tech in Asia events, there is the nightly ‘Night Crawl’, where tech geeks prove to everyone that they do know how to party.
Nine promising start-ups battled it out in the Arena Pitch in TIA Tokyo for the grand prize of US$10,000 and for their names to be engraved on Tech in Asia’s Arena Champion Trophy, and Mana.bo, a Tokyo-based edtech startup was announced the grand-prize winner.
Mana.bo is one of the many startups in Japan that are planning on overturning one of the country’s most profitable industries, juku, as known as cram schools or tuition centres to the rest of the world, by bringing classes online. However, what impressed a renowned panel of judges at the competition was the fact that Mana.bo. is prioritizing the root subject of such juku(s), the students.
Instead of being a victim of a fixed timetable for classes, students are now able to embrace the convenience of technology by sending their questions to any of the available tutors on the platform whenever they want to; and they will receive their answers in real-time. Some of the available amenities include a messenger service, video chatting and even a virtual whiteboard. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?
If you did not have the chance to visit TIA Tokyo, the conference will be moving to Jakarta in November this year. It will feature an all-new agenda that we can’t wait to tell you about. Stick around to find out more!
In the meantime, get your passes here at 25% off using the code tiajkt25!