Innovation Weekend New York 2016


What is Innovation Weekend New York?

Innovation Weekend New York is a pitch contest for early stage New York based startups looking to expand internationally. It is the first stop on Innovation Weekend's 2016 world tour which will visit Berlin, London, Osaka, Tokyo and possibly a few other cities before returning to Tokyo at years end for 2016's Grand Finale event.

During each stop on this year's world tour, two start ups will be invited to Tokyo to participate in the Innovation Weekend Grand Finale for 2016. During the Grand Finale event they will learn about the startup ecosystem in Japan and meet Japanese investors and companies that can assist them with global expansion.

Why should I attend the event?

Innovation Weekend New York is an night of inspiration and celebration for New York's leading entrepreneurs. New York currently has one of the world's most exciting startup communities and through Innovation Weekend New York attendees will get the chance to hear first hand how some of the leading startups in the area plan to globally scale their businesses.

Innovation Weekend New York will also touch upon its Japanese roots through a keynote address by its founder, Ikuo Hiraishi, who will provide an overview on the current startup ecosystem in Japan.

Additionally, Innovation Weekend New York will be a great networking opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to learn more about the Japanese market. Ikuo and other members of SunBridge Global Ventures will be in attendance to meet members of New York's startup community.

Innovation Weekend New York will be hosted by WeWork Chelsea, and this will provide a chance for attendees view the WeWork space and learn more about the great work they do to support entrepreneurs and startups who use their workspaces everyday.

Why should I pitch? ( Apply to pitch here - http://innovation-weekend.jp/iwny#iwnyapply)

The winner and runner-up of Innovation Weekend New York will be invited and flown to Tokyo to attend the Grand Finale at the end of 2016. The startups at the 2015 Grand Finale received great international exposure and some were able to secure funding as a direct result of being part of Innovation Weekend. Others were able to establish strong business relationships during the trip and received sponsored trips back to Japan to speak about entrepreneurship and further build their business relationships in Japan.


Date: April 21st(Thur), 2016

Venue: WeWork Chelsea, 115 W 18th street, New York, NY 10011

Charge: Free!



18:00 Doors open

18:30 Opening remarks by Ikuo Hiraishi, co-founder of SunBridge Global Ventures

19:00 Guest speakers - TBD

19:30 Break

19:45 Innovation Weekend Live (Startup Pitches!)

21:00 - 22:00 Reception party and announcement of the winners


Please make sure to fill in your first name and last name, otherwise you may not enter the building!

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Thu Apr 21, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT
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