Place-Based Ecosystems: Making Connections between Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 24 June 2019, GRIPS, Tokyo 

Tentative structure

10.00 – 10.15: Welcome; why ecosystem and objectives of the UK-Japan project

10.15 – 10.30: Opening remarks – Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan and  the UK

- Griff Jones, British Embassy, Tokyo

10.30 – 12.30 Start-up policy, practices and open innovation - UK & Japan perspectives

Moderator – Nobuhiko Hibara

     - Science, Innovation and Start-up policy perspectives - Yoshiaki Ishii, Cabinet Office

     - VC perspectives - Kotaro Yamagishi, Keio Innovation Initiative Inc.;

     - International business perspectives, Noel Pritchard, Intralink;

     - Start-up and open innovation - Ayuko Nakamura, eiicon company;

     - Edinburgh Entrepreneurial Ecosystems–Craig Skeldon, Jo Young, University of Edinburgh

     - Commentaries and discussions – Kanetaka Maki, Tim Vorley, Ben Spigel

12.30 – 13.40 Lunch

13.40-15.30 Place-based eco-systems – cases of metropolises – Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka

Moderator – Hiro Izushi

     - A case of Fukuoka City: Building start-up ecosystem with international linkages - Koichi Matono, Fukuoka Municipal Government

      - A case of Tokyo Metropolitan Area: Connecting Tokyo with Foreign Inward Investment - Rieko Tagawa, Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

      - A case of Osaka Prefecture: Connecting businesses in Osaka - Katsuaki Shimizu, Osaka Prefectural Government Office

      - A case of Tokyo Metropolitan Area: Promoting SME Innovation in Tokyo - Moriharu Okano, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

      - Commentaries and discussions – Michi Fukushima, Andrew Stevens, Michaela Hruskova

15.45 – 17.15: Building Ecosystems - evaluating policies and data construction

Moderator – Koichi Sumikura

      - Building ecosystems for startups - Rie Suetomi, SME Agency/METI

      - Constructing firm level data for innovation and entrepreneurship – Takeo Goto, Teikoku  Data Bank

      - Policy evaluation of SME innovation support– Hiroyuki Okamuro, Hitotsubashi University

      - Commentaries and discussions – Fumi Kitagawa, Dan Prokop, Cris Gherhes,

17.15 –17.30: Take-aways and ways forward