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Past Events


Cybersecurity Capy: Network, Accelerators, and Financing in SV & NYC

SOSA, December 8, 2021

Featuring:  Mitsuo Okada, Founder & CEO 

This was our last event of 2021! We had a great time getting to know a lot of new members over drinks and snacks and discussing Capy, a cybersecurity company from Japan. 


HENNGE: Secure your Cloud Environment

Online Webinar, May 18-19, 2021

Featuring: Yuta Onari, Manager, Global Research  and Hinky Jiang, Customer Marketing Division, Global Research Section, Global Sales Rep 

This seminar was designed for enterprise IT professionals, software engineers, and technology entrepreneurs with a desire, interest, and passion to learn cloud security further and willing to provide constructive feedback to new US products.

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How Instagram and Youtube Influencers Build and Market Brands

Online Webinar, December 14, 2020 

Featuring: Suzumi Abe, Instagrammer and Loretta 'Kemushi Chan' Scott, Youtuber

This was our fourth online webinar and last event of 2020! We featured two amazing women social media influencers, and we had a great turnout with the audience asking engaging questions. Watch it here.

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How Responding to the Fukushima Disaster Taught Us What to Expect With COVID-19

Online Webinar, May 27, 2020

Featuring: Azby Brown, Lead Researcher at Safecast

This was our first online webinar ever! We featured Safecast. Safecast is an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment. We also spoke about the cultural and governmental differences in how the US and Japan are combating COVID 19.  Watch it here


ThinkEco: Keys to Building an IoT HW Startup

Galvanize, August 4, 2019

Featuring: Jun Shimada, Founder and CEO of ThinkEco

Jun Shimada, Founder of ThinkEco shared his IoT company that he has been running for many years. This was an exciting share of thought-provoking discussion as Jun covers the challenges and rewards of running an IoT startup.


Vocal Presence: Connecting your Voice to your Story

Wework, April 3, 2019

Featuring: Lisa Patti

So often we have great content but our voice and speaking styles do not match so we miss the chance to really engage. Elements such as cultural or personal speaking styles, clarity of the words, accent, and tone will often affect the way you are perceived by the audience or listener. This workshop is....


IF Conference 2018: Japan x AI & Blockchain

Japan Society, October 11, 2018

Featuring: AI and Blockchain companies

IF Conference brought together notable speakers and innovators who have been strongly influenced by Japan and as rebels with a cause are operating in the unknown or fringe territories of AI and Blockchain community.


Cuculi: The New Way to Meet People and Dine at Restaurants

Grotta Azzurra, September 13, 2021

Featuring:  Yuka Kiso, Co-founder & CEO, and Aleks Tisinovic, Co-founder & CFO

This was our second offline event since 2020 and we capped the audience to 20 and all 20 people came! It was a highly engaging session with lots of food and drinks flowing throughout the dinner, which were all done via the app, Cuculi.

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AMA: Ask Me Anything!

Online Webinar, April 26, 2021

Featuring: Mio Asatani, CEO & Founder of Curina, and Alissa Miky, Founder of Misaky.Tokyo.

This was our 40th event of Japan NYC Startups and we did an Ask Me Anything with two amazing female founders (Mio and Alissa) who have raised from Japanese investors and partnered with celebrities respectively. Watch it here to see what questions were asked!


ZeBrand: Brand your Way, Grow your Way

Online Webinar, October 5, 2020 

Featuring: Ryo Kikuchi CEO & CIO and John Corleto, Brand and Design Strategist

This was our third online webinar. We featured ZeBrand, a brand-building platform built to help emerging businesses brand their way to growth by generating solid brand identity and voice at a fraction of the cost. Watch it here.



Japan Society, January 22, 2020

Featuring: Eiko Nazakawa, Founder & CEO of Dearest and 10 Women Entrepreneurs from Tokyo

We were so fortunate to be hosting another APT Women event here in NYC! Our keynote speaker was Eiko Nazakwa, Founder & CEO of Dearest and she shared some engaging stories and lessons learned. Most importantly, we featured 10 amazing women entrepreneurs from Tokyo!


Japan NYC Startups 2019 Annual Picnic @Central Park

Central Park, July 14, 2019

Featuring: Japan NYC Startup Members

This was our 5th annual picnic and a great opportunity to chat casually with other members!


Reverse Pitch and Open Innovation Night

Galvanize, February 4, 2019

Featuring: MUFG & SMBC

At our first event of 2019 and our overall 31st event, we were thrilled to invite MUFG and SMBC to do a reverse pitch! 


SUN NOODLE: Entering the New York Market

eBay NYC, August 14, 2018

Featuring: Kenshiro Uki from Sun Noodle

Who loves ramen? We do! We were so excited to host Kenshiro, CEO of Sun Noodle. Kenshiro shared his story of how he started Sun Noodle here in NY/NJ area, his journey along the way, and the company's overall strategy.


Japan NYC Startups 2021 Annual Picnic @ Bryant Park

Bryant Park, August 14, 2021

Featuring: Japan NYC Startups Members

This was our 6th annual picnic and our first offline event since 2020! It was a great opportunity to chat casually with other old and new members alike. 

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Apt Women Tokyo Entrepreneur Showcase 2021

Online Webinar, January 21, 2021

Featuring: Women Entrepreneurs from Tokyo

This was our third APT Women event overall. We have been featuring women entrepreneurs since 2018 and we are so excited that the APT Women initiative and the program has continued despite the pandemic! Companies can be found here


The Birth & Growth of Zehitomo

Online Webinar, July 15, 2020

Featuring: Jordan Fisher, Co-founder & CEO

This was our second online webinar. We featured Zehitomo, Japan's premier marketplace for local services. From photographers, to plumbers, to personal trainers, Zehitomo empowers small businesses and freelancers that conduct their business online. Watch it here.

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Technologists turned Chefs! 

Shuraku, December 9, 2019

Featuring: Joe Conti, Chef & Owner of Shuraku Restaurant and Stephen Yen, Executive Chef at SURGARCANE RAW Bar Grill 

This was a first for our group! We had our first event ever held at a restaurant in NYC. This event featured two chefs who shared their amazing journeys, and cooked and prepared delicious appetizers for our members. 

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Show me the Product! (Hardware Startups Pitch & Demo Night)

Galvanize, May 14, 2019

Featuring: FutuRocket, stak, and mui 

Our event in May was a very special one. We featured three winning Hardware Startups from Japan! They were all part of the Monozukuri Hardware Cup, an annual pitching contest for Japan-based hardware startups that aims to foster local innovation by bringing together the most promising local startups developing IoT solutions that include hardware products. 

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Brooklyn Kura: Getting to Know Craft Sake

Galvanize, December 4, 2018 

Featuring: Brian Polen from Brooklyn Kura

As New York’s first sake brewery, Brooklyn Kura is dedicated to crafting high-quality sake and building a community of sake lovers in New York City.

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Japan NYC Startups 2018 Annual Picnic @ Central Park

Central Park, July 29, 2018 

Featuring:  Japan NYC Startups members

This was our 4th annual picnic and a great opportunity to chat casually with other members!


Melting Pot For International Startups

Galvanize, June 11, 2018

Featuring: International Accelerators & Founders

We held insightful discussions to learn about their business, stories and unique opportunities and challenges as international startup players in NYC. 


Towards New Typology with Masa Sono 

eBay NYC, April 3, 2018

Featuring: Masa Sono from Clouds AO

Masa Sono shared us his built and research-based projects focusing on the conceptual thought process. 


APT Women presents Tokyo Entrepreneur Showcase

Microsoft Technology Center,

January 30, 2018 

Featuring:  Sarah M. LaFleur, Founder & CEO of MM.LaFleur and 10 Women Entrepreneurs from Tokyo! 

A special pitch & networking event featuring international entrepreneurs. Our keynote speaker was the ever so humble, Sarah M. LaFleur, Founder and CEO of MM. LaFleur! We met amazing and exciting female entrepreneurs from Tokyo! 


The Joys and Challenges of a Mission Driven Startup

eBay NYC, December 4, 2017

Featuring: Eiko Nakazawa, Founder & CEO of Dearest

Eiko shared us her journey of creating Dearest, an online platform that connects families with educational childcare providers.


NewsPicks: Expansion to US and Joint Venture with Dow Jones

Galvanize, October 23, 2017

Featuring: Shinsuke Oyama from NewsPicks

NewsPicks App launched in the United States as a joint venture (NewsPicks USA) between Uzabase and Dow Jones and Co in Fall 2017.

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