UK FinTech Mission to Japan 2024

Date:

5th March, 2024 - 8th March, 2024

Location:

Tokyo

Deadline:

Registration must be completed by 28th January, 2024

Price:

£495 (+VAT) for participation fee

The UK is a global FinTech front-runner with extensive financial services expertise, world-class tech talent, and a progressive regulatory environment. There are various innovative FinTech startups/scaleups already successful in the UK and globally. Japan, too, has emerged as a country committed to digital transformation and in recent years, the digitalisation of financial services in Japan has accelerated.

The Japanese financial services sector is seeking to work with innovative FinTech startups including ones from overseas and to keep shaping FinTech ecosystem to realise sustainable economic growth. For UK FinTech, there are particular opportunities around B2B products and services, including areas such as payments.

To capitalise on this opportunity, the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) Japan team based at the British Embassy Tokyo will host a UK FinTech Mission to Japan in March 2024, as part of the very first “Japan FinTech Week” organised by Japan Financial Services Agency (JFSA).  The mission will enable 10 UK firms to:

The mission will include a briefing from key FinTech individuals including JFSA, participation in a tailor-made UK FinTech meetup event at the British Embassy Tokyo, and an exclusive networking lunch with Japanese government, business, VCs and multiplier associations who are keen to engage with UK FinTech companies.

This is an exciting opportunity and will be the best time to visit Japan if you are seeking success in FinTech business in Japan, as there are many events/networking opportunities during the week (including Nikkei FinSUM, the Japan’s largest FinTech conference and Japan FinTech Festival organised by Elevandi Japan), the information of which DBT also curate and provide for the delegation.

If you are interested in attending this mission, please submit your application via the link below by 11.59pm on Sunday 28th January 2024 (UK Time).  Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January. 

Mission dates: 

Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 March 2024 (Optional to arrive early or stay longer at own cost and arrangement)

Location: 

Tokyo (Optional trip to Fukuoka at own cost and arrangement in the following week to attend Fukuoka Financial Hub visit arranged by Elevandi Japan)

Participation Fee:  

£ 495 (+VAT) 

(Flight and Accommodation are not included and need to be arranged by participants. We can advise on where to stay in Tokyo if helpful)

Registration:  

https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/OGBT7Z

Application Deadline:  

End of Sunday 28 January 2024

Eligibility and selection criteria: 
  • UK-headquartered FinTech Firms 
  • No legal entity in Japan
  • Strong interest in and potential fit with the Japanese market 
  • Companies utilising cutting edge technologies such as AI or quantum (or other critical technologies identified in the UK Science and Technology Framework) will be prioritised
  • We are looking at participants of 10 UK firms, with a maximum of x2 representatives per company
Programmes and offers include: 
  • Market and Opportunity Briefing Session by JFSA, the Japanese financial regulator, and industry leaders (organised for the delegation by DBT Japan)
  • “UK FinTech Future event” at British Embassy Tokyo (Organised specifically for the delegation by DBT Japan in collaboration with JFSA (Japan Financial Services Agency), Elevandi Japan and FinTech Association of Japan; Pitch opportunities for participating UK FinTech companies in front of Japanese business audience followed by Networking with 80 plus guests of key individuals).
  • UK FinTech Lunch at Finolab (Organised specifically for the delegation by the British Embassy Tokyo in collaboration with Finolab), opportunities to meet with Japanese FinTech network.
  • Special Free Tickets to Nikkei FinSUM  (NB. Regular 4-days ticket cost 50,000 JPN including tax – around £250) including meetups, networking, conferences, roundtable etc.
  • 50% Discounted Ticket to Japan FinTech Festival including meetups and conferences (NB. Regular 5-days ticket cost $250)
  • Group company visits to Japanese Financial services institutes (tbc)

AMPMEvening
Tuesday 5 MarchMarket & Opportunity Briefing
 
Fin/SUM
or
Japan Fintech Festival (optional)
Finolab – Tokyo Rooftop Night (optional)
Wednesday 6 MarchFin/SUM
or
Japan Fintech Festival (optional)
UK Fintech LunchFree evening (may be networking events organised by Japan Fintech Festival)
Thursday 7 MarchFin/SUM Impact Pitch (if selected as finalists)Finopitch (if selected as finalists)Free evening (may be networking events organised by Japan Fintech Festival)
Friday 8 MarchGroup company visitsUK FinTech Meetup event at British Embassy TokyoFin/SUM after party (optional)
 
Finolab late night party (optional)
Table1: Tentative schedule
Enquiries:

Please contact Naomi Machii (naomi.machii@fcdo.gov.uk) or Anju Tarumi (anju.tarumi@fcdo.gov.uk) at the British Embassy Tokyo if you have any questions as regards to UK FinTech Mission.


Other useful information

Related to Japan Fintech Week, we would like to introduce two great pitching opportunities. Note: separate application directly to the organisers of each pitch is required. Please apply using the links below.

Finopitch (Organised by Finolab)

launched in 2012 and made the history of financial innovation in Japan. More than 200 startups from Japan and overseas, including companies such as AI inside, ConsenSys, Finatext holdings, FOLIO, freee, Hottlink, Kyash, Loadstar Capital, Money Forward, Moneytree, Paidy, Revolut and Zuu, have participated the contest so far.

Application deadline: Sunday 31 December 2023
Finalist Announcement: Friday 26 January 2024
FINOPITCH / Award Ceremony: Thursday 7 Mar 2024

FinSUM Impact Pitch (Organised by Nikkei FinSUM)

Will serve as a gateway to success for startups that are using their FinTech services and products to address social issues. Selected startups will have the opportunity to make their final pitches at the event venue, with a focus on solving global social problems and expanding into the global marketplace. These pitches will be presented to a worldwide audience.

Application deadline: Sunday 28 January 2024
Finalist Announcement: tbc
Impact pitch / Award Ceremony: Thursday 7 March 2024