2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Weird Startups from Japanese Universities

Sunday, March 13
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
500 E 4th St

Startups from Japan make SXSW tradeshow more exciting every year. OpenPool (projection-mapping billiard), Skeletonics (ridable-robot), AgIC (electric circuit on photo papers), and other startups were successfully launched at SXSW and got attentions from attendees.

But did you know almost all of these startups come from one university -- the University of Tokyo?

The University of Tokyo has unique programs for supporting research-based startups and developed deep knowledge of how to start a startup. In this session, panelists share the best practices for acceleration of university startups and discuss the possibilities of the research-based startup rising.

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Masaaki Sugimoto at SXSW

Masaaki Sugimoto


AgIC Inc

Masaaki Sugimoto is a Co-founder of AgIC Inc., founder of OpenPool, commissioner of Lab Production, and director of TEDxTodai project. He is well known entrepreneur who made sensation at SXSW, with...

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Riki Kitagawa


Hotaru Co

Taketo Sugawara at SXSW

Taketo Sugawara

Asst Professor

University of Tokyo

Taketo Sugawara is a Head Organizer of "Todai To Texas" Project. In this project, 24 startup teams have exhibited to the SXSW Trade Show from 2014 to 2016.
An assistant professor (Incubation Manag...

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Yoshihiro Kawahara at SXSW

Yoshihiro Kawahara

Assoc Professor

The University of Tokyo


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