European Innovation Day 10 March 2017


10 March 10:00 - 18:00

Accenture Digital Hub Tokyo, ATT Shinkan Akasaka (access)





This event is jointly organised by EURAXESS Japan, the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk (a service of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation), and French Tech Tokyo in collaboration with Hello Tomorrow Challenge.


It aims to bring together the community of innovation oriented researchers, students, engineers or startuppers of Japan and allow them to network and learn about the European innovation landscape and how to find European investors to launch their activities, or to perform technology transfer operations.

It is a dual event, with a pitch contest in the morning -- in collaboration with the Hello Tomorrow Challenge-- and a seminar with talks from experts and advice from experienced investors in the afternoon.





French Tech Tokyo (in collaboration with the Hello Tomorrow Challenge)

EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk

European Innovation Day 2017 organisers




Accenture Japan Ltd.






Pitch contest in collaboration with the Hello Tomorrow Challenge

The Hello Tomorrow Challenge (HTC) is a global competition for the most promising science-technology projects and startups that aim to solve the world’s pressing issues.

This pitch contest gives the opportunity to young projects to present in front of a panel of experts and get valuable advice! In addition to that:

1. All participants in the Tokyo event will be considered as early-bird applicants to the Hello Tomorrow Challenge and benefit from early tips and feedbacks from the Hello Tomorrow global team to improve their application and increase their chances in the main channel selection process.

2. The winner at the Tokyo event gets a free pass and travel to the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit that will be held on 26 and 27 October in Paris.


Here are the projects we selected:

What is the problem you address?

Investors lack the expertise to asses the validity of quantum technologies startups. Unlike for other industries, the private sector ignores the fundamentals of its core technology – it is quantum science after all. This is a major problem both for the fortune of quantum technologies and for the success rate of investments. Poor judgment in the validation of the technology, with the focus on the startup team is unsuitable for deep-tech companies. At the same time, the quantum science academic community does not hold strong connections with corporate partners, clients, and investors. This is a very specific proposition, not found generally in other disruptive technologies as gene editing in biotech or machine learning and AI in IT.

What is your solution?

We will be the gateway between two currently uncommunicating worlds, deep-tech investors and IT corporations wishing to enter this market on one side and quantum technology researchers developing proprietary technologies seeking funding or clients, on the other side. As quantum technology consultants, we will provide aid to investors at various stages, from critical market analysis to the company-focused due-diligence vetting one. We aim at providing services also to the flourishing quantum technologies startup community, complementing the existing ‘vertical’ technology transfer schemes provided by universities and research councils with a rich palette of ‘horizontal’ services focused on the specificity of this field.




The selected projects will present live and in English and in 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with our Jury:



Eligibility rules, terms & conditions


call for applications closed!



Turn ideas into innovation with Europe


This seminar will provide attendees with all the crucial points to succeed in their innovation-related endeavours by looking at Europe's potential. Here's what you will gain by attending:

 - Discover the European innovation landscapes and policies!

 - Get pro investor insights on ideas' valorisation and ways to effectively present your projects!

 - Learn from legal experts about Intellectual Property rules concerning employees inventions in Japan and in Europe!

 - Attend a simulated academia-industry licensing deal negotiation!


9:30: Registration desk opens (please bring at least 2 business cards)

  Morning Session: Pitch Contest in Collaboration with the Hello Tomorrow Challenge



Welcome Address;

About the Organisers

Daigo Sakaida, Accenture Open Innovation

Jean-Dominique Francois, French Tech Tokyo

Luca Escoffier, EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk

Matthieu Py, EURAXESS Japan


About the Hello Tomorrow Challenge

Jean-Dominique Francois, Hello Tomorrow Japan Curator


Pitch session: 10' per project + 5' of Q&A with the Jury

Taisei Igarashi, Soramitsu (website)

Mayumi Emoto, Builo (website)

Kosuke Shimizu, Arblet (website)

Mari Utano, Temari (website)

Adrien Caron, RemindHeir (website)

Nathan Shammah, Quantika


Free Q&A + Jury Delibration



Winner announcement


  Lunch Break & Networking


  Afternoon Session: Seminar 'Turn Ideas Into Innovation, with Europe'


Welcome Address



Innovation policies and landscapes in Europe

Lee Woolgar, Delegation of the EU to Japan, Science and Techology Division

Ingo Hollein, S&T Counsellor, German Embassy Tokyo

Jean-Dominique Francois, International Technical Expert on Technological Innovation, French Embassy / Japan Science and Technology Agency


Useful services by the EU-Japan Centre for innovators

Luca Escoffier, Technology Transfer Helpdesk, Eu-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Stijn Lambrecht, National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 in Japan


Useful services by EURAXESS for innovators

Matthieu Py, EURAXESS Japan


IP management for inventions in Japan and in Europe

Luca Escoffier, Technology Transfer Helpdesk, Eu-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Ron Harris, Patent Attorney & Owner, The Harris Firm

Wim Helwegen, Intellectual Asset & Legal Consulting

Iván Rodríguez Roselló, Universidad De Alicante


The value of ideas/inventions: Insights from Silicon valley

Efrat Kasznik, Foresight Valuation Group, Palo Alto (video conference)


Short Break



How to approach an investor with your project?

Emanuele Levi, 360 Capital Partners, Paris (video conference)


Success case in a licensing negotiation from Europe

Paolo Colombo, Group Leader, National Research Council, Italy (video conference)


Final discussion & wrap-up



  Light evening reception & Networking