Kauffman Fellows
Asia VC Summit
April 14-17, 2019
Tokyo, Japan
Join VCs and peers at the annual gathering of the
Kauffman Fellows worldwide network.
The annual Kauffman Fellows Summit brings together venture capitalists from around the world to learn from peers, build and share ideas, and leverage the experiences and connections of the Kauffman Fellows network. In 2019, the Summit will be April 14-17 gathering 300 innovation leaders from leading global firms together in Tokyo, Japan.

Building a global network of top venture investors starts with getting together to discuss ideas, gain inspiration, and meet new global fellows. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with your class and peers and to forge new and meaningful relationships with Kauffman Fellows from around the world. We hope that you will join us in Tokyo for an unforgettable experience!
I've attended Kauffman Fellows Global Summits all over the world – from Singapore to Brazil – and it is the amazing people that keep me coming back! The caliber and quality of the folks you meet at these events are unmatched!"
Allen Taylor (Class 16)
Download the App!
Download the Kauffman Fellows Asia VC Summit app, you're all access pass to planning a great experience and accessing our private social network for this year's event. In additional to the general schedule, the app contains detailed information like directions, events for +1s, bus schedules and more. We'll also use the app to make real time updates and send important notifications. In the app you'll find:

Private Social Network for the Summit

Detailed Session Guide
  • Access all event information (schedule, documents, maps, speaker bios)
  • Bookmark sessions, speakers, sponsors, and attendees, create your own personalized schedule
  • Rate speakers and sessions, provide feedback & comment
The Kauffman Fellows Asia VC Summit kicks off Sunday, April 14th, 2019 and wraps up on Wednesday, April 17th 2019. Below is an outline of what you can expect. Please download the app for full details including transportation schedules, directions, detailed schedules, and to learn more about our speakers.
Sunday, April 14th
Welcome! Join us for debriefs with your class (22 & 23) at Hotel Chinzanso to kick off the afternoon in Tokyo followed by our welcome reception and dinner at Hatoyama Hall.
12:00 - 2:30 pm
Lunch and Class Debriefs
Hotel Chinzanso, 2 Chome-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-8680, Japan (map)
Class 22 - Meet in Haruhi Room located on the 7th floor of the Tower Banquet Building
Class 23 - Meet in Maple Room located on the 1st floor of the Hotel Building
3:00 - 7:00 pm
Opening Night Reception and Dinner at Hatoyama Hall (+1s welcome)
Hatoyama Hall, 1 Chome-7-1 Otowa, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-0013, Japan (access map*)
*Transportation options in the app, do not follow Google maps -- use the instructions linked.
No pointed heels allowed on the lawn
Monday, April 15th
Monday will feature globally renowned speakers and multiple breakout tracks. All of Monday's sessions will take place at Marunouchi Hall & Conference Square (access map) located on the 7th and 8th floor of the Marunouchi Building with the exception of our special evening event. We'll kick the day off in the Marunouchi Hall located on the 7th floor and move to the 8th floor for our afternoon breakout sessions.
8:30 - 9:00am
Summit Registration
Marunouchi Hall, 2 Chome-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-6390, Japan (access map)
Meet on the 7th Floor
9:00 - 9:45am
Summit Welcome, Kauffman Fellows Vision and Annual Update
Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows
9:45 - 10:15am
Opportunity: Asia (Fireside Chat)
Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows
Katsunori Sago, Director, Executive Vice President CSO SoftBank Group Corp.
10:15 - 10:45am
Hospitality & Travel Tech: Looking Towards the Future (in Tokyo & Beyond!)
Takaaki Umezawa, Chairman, ATKearney Japan
Kei Shibata,
Co-founder & CEO, Venture Republic Group
Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner Sozo Ventures

10:45 - 11:00am
Future of Insurance-Digital Disruption
Koichi Narasaki, Executive Officer and Group Chief Digital Officer, Sompo Japan
11:00 - 11:30am
Cross-border Opportunities in Healthcare
Phil Wickham, Managing Director, Sozo Ventures
Hideo Teramoto, Representative Director, Vice Chairman, Daiichi-Life
Elli Kaplan, CEO, Neurotrack

11:00 - 11:30am
Perspectives on Japanese VC and Startups
Shin Takamiya, General Partner and CSO Globis
Kei Nagasawa, CFO Mercari
Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner Sozo Ventures
12:00 - 12:15pm
Honoring Goro Takeda
12:15 - 2:00pm
Bento Box Lunch in Marunouchi Hall
Note: After lunch, we'll move to the 8th floor for our Summit breakout sessions.
2:00 - 2:30pm
Breakout Sessions

Zach Barasz, Director, G2VP
Hiroshi Nakajima, Managing Executive Officer, DeNA Co., Ltd.
Nick Sugimoto, CEO of Honda R&D Innovations, Honda
Ryoichi Togashi, General Manager, Program Director,

Takato Utsunomiya, Representative Director, Chief Operating Officer(COO), The Pokémon Company, Inc.
Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner, Sozo Ventures

Kenichi Saito, Head of US. Mitsubishi UFJ Bank
Nao Kitazawa, Head of Japan, Coinbase
Koichiro Nakamura, Sozo Ventures

2:45 - 3:15pm
Breakout Sessions

Andrew Farquharson, Managing Director and Co-Founder, InCube Ventures

Shin Hasegawa, Managing Director, Facebook Japan
Andrew Vranjes, Amazon Japan
Shin Muroyama, Head of Business Strategy Department, LINE Corporation Executive Officer

Eiji Araki, Senior Vice President, GREE, Inc.
Tomoya Ogawa, Director CFO, Akatsuki Inc.
Kazuhiro Mizuno, Founder and CEO, Quan Inc.
Takeshi Osaka, CEO & Founder, Activ8 Inc.
Jacob Mullins, Shasta Ventures

3:30 - 4:00pm
Breakout Sessions

Kentaro Matsui, Managing Partner, Softbank Vision Fund
Moderator - Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows

James Riney, Founding Partner & CEO, Coral Capital
Tavis Sartin, Global Marketing Manager, Drone Fund
Vishal Harnal, Partner, 500 Startups

Kevin Kawasaki, Head of Global Operation, Palantir Technologies

4:00 - 5:30pm
Reception (+1s welcome)
Please join us back in Marunouchi Hall for a reception.
8:00pm - 1:00am
Tokyo Venture Night Out Party (+1s welcome)
PLUSTOKYO, 104-0061, GINZA CHUO-KU 1-8-19 TOKYO 12F/RF (map)
Tuesday, April 16th
Explore Tokyo! Join us to mix and mingle with startups as AWS Loft, check out the latest from Sony, and create a new world with Fellows at TeamLab. We will cap off the day with a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.

We'll be providing shuttle service throughout the day, starting and ending at Imperial Hotel. Hop on in the morning or join though out the day. Shuttles will be departing at 9:00am and will pick up at each location throughout the day.
7:30am - 9:00am
Kauffman Fellows Women's Breakfast
Imperial Hotel, 1 Chome-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8558, Japan (map)
Banquet Room Mai, located in the Main Building, 3rd Floor

Unicorns, Rising Suns, and Lunch at AWS Loft
AWS Loft, 〒140-0000 Tokyo, Shinagawa City, Kamiosaki, 3 Chome−1−1 Meguro Central Square (map)

We'll be arriving by bus between 9:30 - 9:45am. If you are arranging your own transportation, please arrive by 9:45 for coffee and networking before we kick things off!

Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows
Mr. Tadao Nagasaki, Managing Director & President, AWS Japan

10:20-10:50am - JAPAN STARTUPS PANEL #1
Junichi Akagawa, Producer and CEO, Mirrativ
Atsushi Nakanishi, CEO, TripleW
Miku Hirano, CEO, cinnamon
Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner, Sozo Ventures

Yousuke Okada, Founder & Representative Director at ABEJA, Inc
Toshihiko Yasuda, Senior Business Development Manager, AWS Japan


1:30 - 3:00pm
Sony Tours
3:30 - 6:00pm
TeamLab Borderless (+1s welcome)
teamLab Borderless is a world of art without boundaries, a museum without a map. Immerse your body in borderless art in this vast, complex, three-dimensional 10,000 square meter world.

We've pre-purchased tickets for the first 200 Fellows and their +1s. If you are arriving on your own, please look for the Kauffman Fellows team group sign to grab your ticket. .

6:30 - 9:30pm
Sail Away With Us! Dinner Cruise - Tokyo Bay (+1s welcome)
Hinode Futo Pier (Symphony Cruise), 2-7-104 Kaigan, Minatoku, Tokyo (map)

We'll take buses from TeamLab directly to the Symphony Cruise terminal. If you are arriving on your own, please arrive no later than 6:45 pm to board as we'll be leaving promptly at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, April 17th
Don't miss the LP / GP Day at the Summit! The morning sessions will be applicable for both LPs and GPs while the afternoon will be geared towards LP education. All of Monday's sessions will take place on in the Marunouchi Hall (access map) located on the 7th floor of the Marunouchi Building.
8:00 - 9:00am
LP/GP Day Registration (for local LPs)
Marunouchi Hall, 2 Chome-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-6390, Japan (access map)
Meet on the 7th Floor

9:00 - 9:30am
LP/GP Day Welcome
Marunouchi Hall, 2 Chome-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-6390, Japan (access map)
Meet on the 7th Floor

9:30 - 10:00am
VC as an Asset Class
Phil Wickham, Managing Director, Sozo Ventures
Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group
Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director, Shasta Ventures
Bedy Yang, Managing Partner, 500 Startups

10:00 - 10:30am
VC Trends: Asia
Grace Yun Xia, Principal, Jungle Ventures
Vinnie Lauria, Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Beau Seil, Managing Partner, Patamar Capital
Ashish Agarwal, Principal, Sequoia Capital

10:30 - 11:00am
VC Trends: North America
Mar Perez, Principal, InCube Ventures
Marlon Nichols, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Cross Culture Ventures
Christine Kenna, Partner, IGNIA
Chris Lyons, Cultural Leadership Fund Lead Andreesen Horowitz

11:00 - 11:30am
VC Trends: Europe & Israel
Helen McBreen, Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge
Will Prendergast, Partner, Frontline VC
Dilek Dayinlarli, Founder & Managing Partner, Scale X Ventures
Jonathan Pulitzer, Managing Director, GE Ventures
11:30am - 12:00pm
VC Trends: MENA & Africa
Nnena Nkongho, Principal, DiGAME Investment Co
Lexi Novitske, Partner, Verod Future Fund
Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, CEO, STV
Yousef Hammad, Managing Partner, BECO Capital
12:00 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 2:00pm
Key to Running the Best Corporate Venture Capital
Biplab Adhya, Managing Partner, Wipro
Daniel Kirchleitner, Director, Next47/Siemens
Laura Tadvalkar, Senior Associate, MPH
Elana Lian, Investment Director, Intel
Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner, Sozo Ventures

2:00 - 2:15pm
Kauffman Fellows VC Research Center
Collin West, Co-Founding Partner, Kauffman Fellows Fund
2:15 - 2:30pm
How to Run the Best Accelerators: Techstars
David Cohen, Founder and Co-CEO, Techstars
2:30 - 2:45pm
How to Run the Best Ecosystem Builder: Endeavor
Allen Taylor, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst
2:45 - 3:15pm
How to Evaluate and Work with Venture Capital
Muhammad Mian, Managing Director, Blackrock

Melissa Richlen, Manager, Private Equity, Macarther Foundation
Koichiro Nakamura, Managing Director, Sozo Ventures
3:15 - 3:45pm
New Opportunity and Model in Venture Capital
Jessie Jia Guo, Principal, Legacy Venture
Ela Borenstein, Program Director, BDC Capital
Orly Glick, VP Value Added Services, Vintage Investment Partner
Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows

3:45 - 4:00pm
Closing Remarks
Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows
"KFP Summits offer an incredible and unique networking platform to develop and strengthen relationships with global Fellows, entrepreneurs and the local ecosystem."
Pradeep Tagare (Class 10)
Hotel Recommendations
Imperial Hotel
The Summit will be held primarily in the Maranouchi area of Tokyo. We've arranged a room block via JTB at the prestigious Imperial Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of many of our Summit venues. Additionally, we'll be providing transportation service to and from this hotel to some of our special events.


We encourage you to make your hotel arrangements early, as April is a very high-occupancy time in Tokyo!
Optional Tours
Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto and More!
We've partnered with JTB Travel Agency to offer exclusive group tours for Kauffman Fellows before and after the Summit. Explore Japan and connect with your class and peers through one day and multi-day tours through Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Naoshima, and Hakone.


Note: Tours include sight entrance fees, english guides, transportation (chartered bus or bullet train), hotels (multi-day). Check out specific tours for more details!

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Thank you to our gold sponsors!
Thank you to our government sponsors!
Thank you to our bronze sponsors!
Thank you to our in kind sponsors!
We hope that you will join us in Tokyo, Japan
for an unforgettable experience!
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