PROGRAMME


June 8, 2017

Venue: Mynavi Corporation, 9F, Palace Side Building, 1-1-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0003

             東京都千代田区一ツ橋一丁目1番1号 パレスサイドビル9F マイナビルーム 

Kick-off

10.00 - 10.10


Trilogy of Entrepreneurs, Part 1: From Engineer to President

We put the spotlight on three entrepreneurs at this year's Bootcamp and we go one-on-one with each to get their story, how they started, what they've had to overcome, the lessons they learnt, the mistakes they made, and what lies ahead for each of them.

First up, one of the co-founders of a Chinese unicorn in vacation rentals – we catch up with Hai Zhuang to find out his story as well as his observations on the startup landscape in China. Formerly a software development engineer with Microsoft, he left to join the Tujia.com founding team as engineering director. Today he's president of Tujia Holdings,  which is taking strategic investments in other businesses.

Hai Zhuang, President, Tujia Holdings & Founding Team Member, Tujia
Interviewer: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder, WIT

10.10 - 10.30


The Golden Age of Branding & Marketing

Find out how veteran advertising executive who’s moved over to the airline world is reimagining branding and marketing at PEACH as it tries to build a brand within as well as outside Japan.

Yoshihiro Morii, Chief Operating Officer, PEACH

10.30 – 10.45


The Global State of Startups

A global look at the startup landscape. What’s hot? What’s not? Where are the hot spots of activity?

Maggie Rauch, Director - Research, Phocuswright

10.45 – 10.55


Trilogy of Entrepreneurs, Part 2: From Peatix to Mistletoe

Spotlight on our second founder ... one of Japan's most interesting and successful entrepreneurs, she founded one of Asia's earliest events platforms, Peatix, and is now a fellow with Mistletoe, a "collective impact studio" which helps turn entrepreneurs' challenges to meaningful, social impact. She's also a big believer in education, being Director of Future Citizens and co-founder of FutureEdu Tokyo.

Emi Takemura, Advisor, Peatix & Fellow, Mistletoe
Interviewer: Aya Aso, Founder & Ex-CEO, Agora Hospitalities

10.55 – 11.15


Intermission

11.15 – 11.40


The State of Startups in South Korea

It's one of the most mobile and tech-savvy customer market, yet traditional channels still rule. But things are changing as new players appear to challenge the status quo. A snapshot look at the startup eco-system in South Korea.

Ryan Kangjoon Lee, Head of Travel, Leisure and Culture Business Group, Ticket Monster Inc (aka TMON)

11.40 – 11.50


The State of Startups in Japan

Bringing it home to Tokyo, a quick look at the startup ecosystem in Japan.

Kenichi Shibata, COO, Venture Republic/Travel.jp

11.50 – 12.00


12.00 – 12.10

Riding On the Japanese inbound boom

Japan's inbound tourism is on a roll, with the government targeting 40m tourists by 2020. How can startups ride on this boom? Where are the opportunities?

Yasuto Kawarabayashi, Vice Commissioner, Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)


WIT Japan & North Asia 2017 Startup Pitch, Part 1, (powered by Amadeus NEXT)

Our shortlisted semi-finalists pitch for the final three slots at the Grand Finals at the WIT Conference tomorrow.

Panel of Judges:

Aya Yamato, Manager, Travel Investment, Recruit
Greg Schulze, Senior Vice President, Expedia

Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic/Travel.jp
Zhou Shiwei, Vice President, Investments and Investor Relations, Ctrip
Emi Takemura, Advisor, Peatix & Fellow, Mistletoe
Terry Hayashiguchi, Managing Director, DG Incubation Inc

Simon Akeroyd, Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Amadeus Asia Pacific
Ted Cho, Principal Entrepreneur, Skelter Labs
Phil Wickham, Founder and General Partner, Sozo Ventures
Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Business Development, Agoda

12.10 – 13.00


Meet Your Deep Dive Coaches

13.00 – 13.10


Lunch

13.10 – 14.10


Deep Dives: Choose Your Own Coach/Topic

Your chance to join individual coaching circles so you can dive deep into the topics of your choice. There will be up to 8 Deep Dive tables on offer, and you will have 45 minutes at each table, before moving to the next. Think Coach Dating.

14.10 – 15.40


Intermission

15.40 – 16.00


Trilogy of Entrepreneurs, Part 3: From Digital Marketer to Co-Founder

After a career as a digital marketer in Wego, Blanca stepped out to be the co-founder of BeMyGuest. The early years were hard but today it's grown to be one of the fastest growing travel startups in Asia. It is already the largest aggregator of Asian activities and tours globally. In this one-on-one chat, hear how Blanca and her team has been negotiating the highly competitive space to become an established B2B brand in tours & activities.

Blanca Menchaca, Co-founder & COO, BeMyGuest
Interviewer: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder, WIT

16.00 – 16.20   


WIT Japan & North Asia 2017 Startup Pitch, Part 2, (powered by Amadeus NEXT)

Our shortlisted semi-finalists pitch for the final three slots at the Grand Finals at the WIT Conference tomorrow.

Panel of Judges:

Aya Yamato, Manager, Travel Investment, Recruit
Greg Schulze, Senior Vice President, Expedia

Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic/Travel.jp
Zhou Shiwei, Vice President, Investments and Investor Relations, Ctrip
Emi Takemura, Advisor, Peatix & Fellow, Mistletoe
Terry Hayashiguchi, Managing Director, DG Incubation Inc

Simon Akeroyd, Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Amadeus Asia Pacific
Ted Cho, Principal Entrepreneur, Skelter Labs
Phil Wickham, Founder and General Partner, Sozo Ventures

Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Business Development, Agoda

16.20 – 17.00


North Asian Startup Stars: The Graduates

Meet the startups that came through WIT and have survived the first part of their journey, and is now well on their growth trajectory. What challenges lie ahead in the game of scaling and sustainability in the tours & activities space?

Eric Gnock Fah, Co-founder, Klook
Masashi Takahashi, Co-founder, Voyagin
Donggun Lee, Founder & CEO, MyRealTrip
Moderator: Stephen Joyce, CEO, Rezgo

17.00 – 17.30


The WIT Alumni Startup Showcase

Meet the startups who took part in last year’s competition and let’s get an update on where they are today

Hyunsoo, Co-founder, Allstay, South Korea
Isa Saito, General Manager, Spacemarket, Japan
Daiki Mochizuki, 
Co-Founder/Lead Developer, MEBUKU Inc.

17.30 – 17.50


Investors' Talk

Time to hear from the investors to learn what's hot and what's not, and where they are putting their bets.

Aya Yamato, Manager, Travel Investment, Recruit
Zhou Shiwei, Vice President, Investments and Investor Relations
, Ctrip

Ted Cho, Principal Entrepreneur, Skelter Labs
Simon Akeroyd, VP Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Amadeus Asia

Phil Wickham, Co-founder, Sozo Ventures

Moderator: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder, WIT

17.50 – 18.20 


Closing & Announcement of Finalists for WIT Japan & North Asia 2017 Startup Pitch

Find out who will pitch at the Grand Finals tomorrow.

18.20 – 18.30


Cocktails

Venue: Gakushi-Kaikan: 3-28 Kandanishiki-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8459

18.30 – 20.00


* Programme is subject to change.