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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.

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Register now for the best weekend of your life!



Sep 11
  • 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


Sep 12
  • 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


Sep 13
  • 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!
Venue Sponsor

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

Baskaran Ramasamy

Managing Director of Smart Talentworks

Prior to starting his own talent search company Smart Talentworks in 2014, Baskaran was the GM, heading the sales organisation for Fiber to the home (FTTH) and Wireless Broadband (WBB) business over 200 million (USD) in annual turnover in Maxis Communication, the leading Telecommunication company in Malaysia.

Baskaran brings with him close to 20 years of telecommunication experience. He was part of the pioneer technology team that was extensively involved in Maxis network operation start up in 1995.

His technology experience in Maxis covers starting up and heading large network organizations such as network operations, NOC operations and network optimization of 2G, 3G, LTE radio access, transmission and core networks.

Baskaran was involved in a number of large cross border regional telecom assignments in setting up NOC for PT Axis in Indonesia in 2005, 3G network quality framework for Aircel in India and Network due diligence for Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel in Sri Lanka in 2006. He has vast experience in implementing mobile network benchmark and quality improvement programs for improving customer experience. He has also hosted Telco Network Quality Forums for Maxis group of companies including Saudi Telecom Company.

Baskaran received his engineering and business education and holds an MBA from University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is very passionate about coaching and guiding project teams.

Kazumichi Mario Sakata

UX Designer of Recruit Technologies

User Experience Designer / Product Owner at Recruit Technologies Co., Ltd.

Born in Brazil, raised in USA with +8 years of extensive experience for developing innovative products or services from strategic planning to product and user experience design. Currently Mario is engaged and leading Service Design strategy for Human Resource Solutions at Recruit. Mario also wears many hats, including Founder of UX Tokyo and Lean UX Circle, Brand Ambassador of Medium Japan, and translator of the award winning book "Lean UX" from Oreily Japan. Mario is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to understand the right questions in order to solve or clarify UX issues from earlier stage.

< Book "Lean UX" >

  • ( Japanese translated version )

  • ( Original version )

  • Loren Fykes

    Director at Yushan Ventures

    Loren Fykes is an entrepreneur, consultant and researcher based in Tokyo. Currently a director at Yushan Ventures, he is the founder and CEO of Endymion, which launched the friends' recommendation service Quchy, in November 2013 to help friends track and organize their favorite restaurants into “collections” for sharing. As the first American to be funded by Samurai Incubate, one of Japan’s top seed accelerators, he has deep knowledge and strong connections with Japan’s entrepreneurial community. He has also collaborated with many local founders and consulted on many projects—Samurai Venture Summit Silicon Valley, Youth Venture Summit Korea, Yushan Ventures, Baustein—that bring regional entrepreneurs together to discuss international strategy, market entry, pitching and strategic partnerships. Before Quchy, he amassed fifteen years of experience as an investment and corporate development professional for banking and television media companies such as Jardine Fleming (now JP Morgan Chase), MTV Networks, and Turner International, a division of Time Warner.


    Mike Prasad

    Founding Partner, ventureLab Growth Partners   |  

    Mike leads the thesis and programs at ventureLab, a cross-market hands-on VC focused on investing and building early-stage startups. Prior to ventureLab, he has played key roles in various startup ecosystems around the world as both an entrepreneur and investor. Mike has worked with startups from Y Combinator, Idealab, 500 Startups, Yetizen, Raptor Group, HAXLR8R, SOSventures and more. In 2008, as the digital strategist on the founding team at Kogi BBQ, he started the worldwide twittering food truck trend that is now a billion dollar industry. In 2003, he was one of the youngest CTO's of a publicly traded company which paved the way for wireless and digital technologies in Las Vegas. With his diverse background, Mike has spoken around the world on digital strategy, startups, and investing in emerging global ecosystems and his work has been covered by most major news outlets. For more information on Mike, visit or

    Kerry Champion

    Kerry is a software engineer, entrepreneur and investor. He held leadership roles at multiple Silicon Valley software and internet startups. Three of those companies had successful IPOs, four were acquired by larger technology companies and one is continuing as a rapidly growing private company. Kerry has been an advisor to early stage startups and and a consultant to venture capital funds.

    Team SynchroLife

    Tomochika Kamiya founded AI Pacific, Inc. after graduating university and has been providing customer relationship management (CRM) services for thousands of local restaurants and beauty salons for almost 10 years.

    AI Pacific, Inc. has been involved in online-to-offline marketing since the
    feature phone era and Tomochika has been watching Japan’s mobile marketing industry evolve and grow from the very beginning.

    AI Pacific, Inc. is now involved in the world of mobile apps as well, having released both SynchroLife (, the smart food app, and Festar
    (, a ten minute live chat app, for the Japanese market.
    You can learn more about the upcoming worldwide release of SynchroLife

    KAKUNO Kenichi

    ITO EN Ltd. Marketing Dept. Chackathon(茶Cha [Tea] +hackathon) lead

    Now most of tech companies in Silicon Valley carry "Oi Ocha(Non-sugar green tea beverage)". He is the one made the new beverage movement there in these five years.

    He started working for ITO EN, LTD. in 2001. had some experiences of sales in Tokyo, NY and SF, USA. Now he belongs to the marketing department and trying new ways to appeal "Japanese green tea culture". One of them is "Chackathon(茶Cha [Tea] +hackathon)"

    He believes that "the best marketing=Creating culture". He strives to make a new culture by collaborating with many other companies and people. His goal is extending the average life span of people all over the world and supporting to make their life happier.

    Tim Romero

    Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based entrepreneur, podcaster, and author who has started several companies since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago. Tim hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast and is deeply involved in Japan's startup community as an investor, founder and mentor.

    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.

    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.

    Chiew Farn Chung

    Co-Founder - ClassDo   |  

    Chiew's math teacher showed him how to write a simple program in GW Basic when he was 13. Since then computers have been a very large part of his life.

    Chiew represented Singapore for the International Computer Programming competition at 15, spent almost a decade building very large computer systems for multinational manufacturers and banks. He is a co-founder of ClassDo ( ) , a platform that allows students to discover teachers from 90+ countries for one-to-one online lessons. ClassDo has been featured on global mainstream newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and the Straits Times.

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