Post its launch in 2019, the successive edition of the program was scheduled between 16 -19 March 2020 covering the biggest cities in Japan, Tokyo and Osaka. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions the program was reinvented to a virtual pitching format. The program is addressing startups through a sectoral approach where in every pitch session NASSCOM organizes pitches of 5-7 curated startups and VCs from specific sectors such as Mobility / Supply Chain, Healthtech / Personnel Hygiene, Agritech / Food, Fintech, Media/Entertainment & Robotics in the Retail and Telecom sectors. The objective of these pitches is to generate preliminary interest for the presenting startups, and they can take forward the discussions on a one-on-one basis.
So far, the second edition has had three impressive rounds of Virtual Pitching Sessions, resulting in:
- 20 startups pitched to 110 Japanese VCs, CVCs, Angels and Corporations
- 81 one-on-one meetings secured among startups and VCs. Discussions in progress