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!
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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)
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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:
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
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 LOGISTICS 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, Komatsu
CONSUMER BRANDS Takato Utsunomiya, Representative Director, Chief Operating Officer(COO), The Pokémon Company, Inc. Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner, Sozo Ventures
FINTECH Kenichi Saito, Head of US. Mitsubishi UFJ Bank Nao Kitazawa, Head of Japan, Coinbase Koichiro Nakamura, Sozo Ventures
2:45 - 3:15pm
Breakout Sessions HEALTHCARE Andrew Farquharson, Managing Director and Co-Founder, InCube Ventures
PLATFORM Shin Hasegawa, Managing Director, Facebook Japan Andrew Vranjes, Amazon Japan Shin Muroyama, Head of Business Strategy Department, LINE Corporation Executive Officer
AR/VR 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 ASIA VC TRENDS Kentaro Matsui, Managing Partner, Softbank Vision Fund Moderator - Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows
GLOBAL EARLY VENTURE TRENDS James Riney, Founding Partner & CEO, Coral Capital Tavis Sartin, Global Marketing Manager, Drone Fund Vishal Harnal, Partner, 500 Startups
IT/CYBER SECURITY 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!
10:10-10:20am KICKOFF AND WELCOME 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
11:00am-11:30am - JAPAN STARTUPS: NEXT UNICORN PANEL #2 Yousuke Okada, Founder & Representative Director at ABEJA, Inc Toshihiko Yasuda, Senior Business Development Manager, AWS Japan
11:30-1:00pm - NETWORKING AND LUNCH WITH STARTUPS
1:30 - 3:00pm
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)
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!
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.