An opportunity to seek partnerships with Japanese blue chips
The pandemic has not only revealed Japan’s digital vulnerability but also lead to acceleration of plans for digital transformation. (eg. cashless transaction, remote working) over the past two years. Japan’s national vision ‘Society 5.0’ aims to realise data-driven, human-centric society underpinned by emerging technologies including AI, IoT and Fintech. Tokyo and Osaka are looking to position themselves as regional financial hubs, with a strong focus on fintech. Also, there is a growing need for digital technologies to transform the current, retail banking-dominant financial market, as well as legacy IT infrastructure within Japanese financial institutions. This presents significant opportunity for the UK fintech companies.
In light of these policies and business trends, the Department for International Trade (DIT) Japan will host, in partnership with JFSA (Japanese Financial Services Agency), our first online Fintech meetup (a pitch session, followed by breakout room discussions) for selected UK fintech companies. This event will provide UK fintech companies with an opportunity to pitch their technologies & solutions and seek for opportunities to collaborate with Japanese blue chips such as megabanks, regional banks, insurance companies, IT companies, trading houses or any other companies who are keen to adopt fintech. We aim at attracting 50-60 Japanese companies to attend. This will also help us raise the profile of UK fintech among Japanese businesses.
Date: 30 June 2022
Time: 09:00-10:15 UK Time
Participation Fee: Free
Number of UK fintech companies: 6
From this opportunity, you can expect:
- Your company information translated into Japanese and shared widely among Japanese businesses
- 5 minutes pitch at the event
- 30 minutes breakout room session at the event where you can engage directly with Japanese audiences
- Post event introduction (DIT Japan will ask Japanese participants about the UK companies they are interested to have subsequent 1-2-1 meetings with. DIT Japan will facilitate introductions.)
[Please note that DIT are not able to guarantee the number of the participants in your breakout room and the number of subsequent 1-2-1 meetings.]
To eligible to apply, you must:
- Be a registered UK company
- Have been trading in the Fintech sectors (including cybersecurity) for a minimum of two years
- Have compelling products/services which are ready to trade and commercially viable.
If you are interested in attending this event as one of the six companies, please submit your application via the link below by 23:59 GMT, Sunday 29th May 2022. There is a selection process and applicants will be informed about their participation status by 3rd June.
Timetable of the event
|09:00 (17:00 in Japan)||Opening remarks by British Embassy Tokyo (tbc)|
|09:05 (17:05)||UK Fintech updates by UK Fintech Specialist (tbc)|
|09:15 (17:15)||Pitch by 6 UK companies (5 minutes each)|
|09:45 (17:45)||Breakout rooms (6 rooms run by each UK company to discuss details of your technology. Japanese audience will pop in and out the company’s rooms that they are interested in)|
Listen to our podcast episode on Fintech in Japan here.