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Gumi Inc.


Startup Weekend Tokyo International is coming back!

No Talk, All Action: Once again in Tokyo! And all in English!
Startup Weekend Tokyo International will be like a usual Startup Weekend in Tokyo. Just one difference: we’ll do it all in English

Living diversity

With this event we are aiming to bring together people from various countries and cultures, to work on their ideas in diverse, multi-cultural teams during the event.

Our coaches and judges will also be from various countries.

Requirements for the participants

Nothing special, with basic English communication skills and you are good to go.

For the Friday night pitches, if you’d like to pitch your idea, you will have to prepare your pitch in English.

What is Startup Weekend?

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Register now for the best weekend of your life!



Mar 6
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 7
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 8
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap-up
  • Go home!

TSUNODA Yoshihiko

TSUNODA Yoshihiko (or Yoshi) first attended Startup Weekend Tokyo (SWTokyo) in May 2012.

loved the community, had stayed in touch with some of the core members in the community, but it was after 2 years in early 2014 that he started to get involved in organizing teams.

Mainly involved in SWTokyo International and one in a local area in West Kanagawa - along with his interests in this community.

His main interest has been on human learning process (and how to assist it).

He worked for T-shiba as a computer systems engineer a bit over a decade.

Then on a University project.
( Keio Univ. )

Currently, challenging on his entrepreneurial path - business related to enrich people's learning and creative processes.

One aim is actually to shine a light on an idea derived in the Apr 2014 session held at gumi inc.


TAKASE Shota is passionately involved in Startup Weekend, and has a large interest in fostering entrepreneurship in Japan by connecting different communities and nationalities.
He is currently working as an IT consultant as well as advising venture companies and NPO's. Shota is always looking for something new and interesting.

His current challenges are Venture Loft Japan (
and BBT probono network (

Good Sponsor
Service Sponsor

Nicolas Loeillot

CEO at LM3LABS   |   LinkedIn

Nicolas Loeillot, founder and CEO of LM3LABS brings 20 years of expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship in Japan. Nicolas has spent the last decade inventing interactive technologies for Fortune 100 companies. He is used to worldwide “firsts”. He recently launched the first TV program recognition technology for smartphone. In 2010, he founded the Tokyo Interaction Center, a private incubator, in central Tokyo, focused on early stage technologies. Nicolas Loeillot received an engineering and business education (MBA). In his earliest career years, he pioneered in R&D departments of companies like Accenture or Nortel Networks preparing the digital world we do enjoy today.

Mike Buttrick

Director of Sales Broadcom   |   LinkedIn

With more than 25 years of business management experience in Japan & Asia, Mike has enjoyed success in a broad range of industries including construction, digital media software, video codec licensing, and communications semiconductors. He has extensive experience leading advanced technology sales and support teams in the telecommunications, network infrastructure and digital media markets, achieving annual revenues in excess of $100 million. Most recently, Mike has been active as an early round investor in a cloud-based software platform for collaborative decision-making, and as a founding investor in a Southeast Asia property development and management venture.

Tim Cant

Head of Transformation, Nokia Japan

Tim started his career as an R&D software engineer, worked several years in London on telecom marketing & product management roles, before arriving in Tokyo as GM of Vodafone’s Business Innovation Dept. He was part of a small team which successfully readied the sale of Vodafone Japan’s mobile business to SoftBank, before joining a small US startup as Head of Asia Pacific sales specializing in secure mobile solutions for enterprise customers. Tim then moved to Nokia Networks to lead the rollout & optimization of 3G & LTE networks for the major Japanese & Korean operators, and is currently “transforming” Nokia Japan into a leaner & smarter organization to meet the challenges of telco cloud and 5G… ready for the Olympics in 2020.


Tim Romero

President, Representative Director at Engine Yard

Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based innovator, author, and entrepreneur who has started several companies since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago.
He is deeply involved in Japan's startup community as an investor, founder and mentor, and believes that entrepreneurship is already beginning to fundamentally change Japan for the better. Tim is currently Representative Director of Engine Yard, K.K., writes a bilingual blog and hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast.

Paul McMahon

Doorkeeper Representative Director   |   LinkedIn

Paul is originally from Vancouver, Canada. He's been living in Tokyo since 2006.
His background is in software development and he has wide experience working with web technologies and SaaS type businesses. To follow a more entrepreneurial path, he started his own company in 2008.  In July 2013 he co-founded Doorkeeper Inc to focus on the Doorkeeper service.
He's also writing about being a foreign developer in Japan on his blog Tokyo Dev.

Sylvain PIERRE

Officience co-founder   |   LinkedIn

Sylvain is co-founder of Officience, a French BPO company established in Vietnam. He left France for Vietnam 8 years ago to found the company with two other associates. Since 2014, he also contributes to Vietnam's startup ecosystem through coaching and developing the French Tech community.
Sylvain is a business books and TED enthusiast, fan of Seth Godin, Clay Shirky and Chris Anderson's ideas. Curious about the latest business and social trends, he regularly shares his opinions on BPO, management, and innovation on his Medium, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Bitten by the Asia bug, he also travels all across the region to satisfy his passion for food, asian culture and photography.

Keigo Fukugaki

Founder & Architect

As an Architect, Keigo helped design Convention Centers, private homes, and bridges before moving to Japan to work in interior and furniture design. Since moving to Tokyo, he noticed countless opportunities within the Japanese Startup Landscape visible only to fresh set of eyes coming from San Francisco. He is now running his own startup and organising events to help boost the Japanese Startup scene.

Mitchell Murata

Representative Director, ShowMe Sports

Mitchell Murata is a Managing Partner at BlackPearl Partners, an advisory firm, where he has worked since April 2005. Mr. Murata serves as an advisor to Crossover Healthcare Fund and was previously an advisor to Westmont Hospitality Group, Grove Investors and Sega Corporation. Earlier, he was a Special Advisor to the Chief Executive and Chairman of Kanebo Cosmetics. Kanebo Cosmetics was acquired and spun-out as a private firm by the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ), where he successfully headed restructuring for the US and later the UK and Ireland. Prior, Mr. Murata has served in similar roles as advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers Asia, Jarett F Wait , and others firms in the software, banking, and private equity sectors. He has over 15 years of experience working in Japan in a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, semiconductors, software, financial services including real estate, healthcare and private equity.

Arnab Gupta

In 2014, he was involved in launching a Singaporean startup called YOYO Holdings (, which was based out of Manila, Philippines.
The startup, YOYO Holdings, is trying to build the emerging market's largest reward platform, in which mobile phone airtime is used as currency. This has relevance in many developing economies because more than 90% of all phones are used on a prepaid basis. The idea was to get users to perform various actions -- like downloading apps or content -- by incentivizing them with free airtime, which can be used to call, browse, etc. One year into it, YOYO has over 500,000 users in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. In June he and his team raised a Series A round of $1.3M from a few Japanese venture capital firms, including GREE.

Bart Riepe
Jiye Kim
Gilles Daquin
Kim Lam
Emmanuel Ah-Kouen
Ritsuko Nagata
TSUNODA Yoshihiko

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