The Japan - U.S. Innovation Awards Program, produced by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the US-Asia Technology Management Center, has announced that Ms. Ari Horie, Founder & CEO of Women's Startup Lab, an acclaimed accelerator that promotes innovation through start-up company success and "intrapreneur" development, will deliver the keynote speech for the Innovation Awards Symposium at Stanford on July 22.
Ms. Horie was named one of CNN's Top 10 visionary women of 2014 and was included in the 2015 Forty Over 40 list of women making an impact. A frequent speaker on gender diversity, including recent appearances at SXSW (2014, 2015), the New Economy Summit in Japan (2015), and Slush Asia (2016), Ms. Horie will talk on the topic of "Breathing New Life into Innovation" by including more diverse voices, skills, and collaboration in the innovation systems of Japan and Silicon Valley. Her vision will focus on the role of people and problem solving in the future of U.S. – Japan ties in innovation.
The Symposium will also include the following program highlights:
- Welcoming remarks by former US Ambassador to Japan and Founder and General Partner of Geodesic Capital John V. Roos.
- Presentation of the Emerging Leader Awards to one U.S. and one Japanese company that are alreadybeginning to have a transformative effect on some market or industry.
- A panel discussion with the CEOs of five exciting Japanese start-up companies in the Innovation Showcase: Axelspace Corporation (low cost micro-satellites), Floadia Corporation (embedded nonvolatile memory), Preferred Networks, Inc. (deep learning-based data analysis for IOT systems), Spiber, Inc. (mass production of spider silk using genetic engineering technology) and Xenoma, Inc. (fully customized wearable electronic apparel).
Symposium attendees will have an invaluable opportunity to experience first-hand the exciting products offered by each Innovation Showcase company, as well as unmatched opportunities to network with thought-leaders who are active at the intersection of Japanese creativity and Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and innovation.
More details to be announced shortly including our 2016 Emerging Leader winners!