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Japan-US Innovation Day Registration Opens

June 8, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Registration is now open for the first annual Japan-US Innovation Awards and Japan-US Innovation Day conference, a new initiative by the Japan Society of Northern California to highlight the dynamic synergy in US-Japan innovation.

Steve Jurvetson, managing director of Silicon Valley VC Draper Fisher Jurvetson, will be keynote speaker at the July 15 event at the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center on the campus of Stanford University, launching what will be an annual event recognizing highly innovative companies on both sides of the Pacific. Honored as "The Valley's Sharpest VC" by Business 2.0, Jurvetson has been featured on the covers of Worth, Red Herring, and Fortune magazines.

Senior executives of Japanese and US award recipients will join in panel discussions and presentations on innovation during the half-day conference.

At a time when international attention is focused on the lingering aftereffects of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the Japan-US Innovation Awards showcase the remarkable creativity and dynamism of Japanese and US companies creating new technologies and business models that build off US-Japan synergies. The Awards will be presented to one Japanese and US company each in three categories:

  • World Changers -- companies whose ground-breaking technologies are changing the world
  • Intrapreneurs -- companies that demonstrate that entrepreneurism can come from within an established organization
  • Emerging Leaders -- the World Changer companies of the future

A 30-member Innovation Advisory Committee of business, academic and nonprofit leaders from Northern California and Japan will select the awardees. Allen Miner, founder and CEO of SunBridge Corporation, chairs the Innovation Steering Committee overseeing the award process.

"Innovation is now at the heart of business between the US and Japan," says Dr. Richard Dasher, Director of Stanford's US-Asia Technology Management Center and a Steering Committee member. "The Awards recognize outstanding companies that are bringing to market exciting new ideas that will have an impact for years to come."

Conference sponsors include: Bingham McCutchen, BNY Mellon Wealth Management/Mellon Capital Management, Presidio Ventures, Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Union Bank.

Founded in 1905, the Japan Society of Northern California is the second oldest Japan-America society in the country, and the West Coast's leading public forum on US-Japan ties. Its mission is to promote all aspects of US-Japan relations in a changing world through events, programs and classes.

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