SSE and Hitotsubashi joint Symposium on Innovation Ecosystem 2019.5.16

SSE and Hitotsubashi joint Symposium on Innovation Ecosystem 
-A Key to Successful Innovation: Lessons from Swedish and Japanese Start-up Practices-

Date: May 16th, 2019

Time: 10:30 to 16:30

National Center of Science Building (Gakujutsu Sogo Center), 2nd floor
(2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, Japan)

Jointly Organized by:
The Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University
The House of Innovation (HOI) and the European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics

In Collaboration with:
Toyokeizai, HUB FinTech Forum, Business Forum and IMPP

Participation Fee:
8,000 yen

Registration Page:
Please register through the following website (only in Japanese).

Simultaneous Interpretation:
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation is available.

In today’s turbulent business environment, where geographical and industrial boundaries are disappearing along with the distinction between incumbent and startup companies, achieving superior innovation capabilities has never been so important. Yet, most innovation initiatives fail to achieve their performance targets due to complexity and uncertainty around customer needs, technological options, business model configurations or scalability issues. While similar management principles and techniques, e.g., from design thinking, lean and agile approaches, are being adopted globally, countries are eager to maintain their national identity and cultural heritage, while adapting their social and regulatory frameworks in an evolutionary, non-disruptive, fashion. This symposium will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners to gain insights about the Swedish and Japanese innovation ecosystems. Participants will also get inspiration from managers of unicorns and other successful startups in the digital business about key factors that drive innovation success.

12:30  Reception Open 
13:00  Opening Remark/ Yaichi Aoshima (Director, IIR, Hitotsubashi University) 

Session One:  Emerging Fintech

13:10 – 13:40 Presentation1 / The Development of the Swedish Fintech Ecosystem
Michal Gromek (Head of Operations and Compliance, Safello AB)

13:40 – 14:10 Presentation2 / Trends in Japanese FinTech and freee’s innovation
Daisuke Sasaki (CEO, freee K.K.)

14:10 – 14:40 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Seiichiro Yonekura (Emeritus Professor, Institute of Innovation Research,
Hitotsubashi University / Professor, Hosei University) Panelist: Mikiharu Noma (Professor, Hitotsubashi University Business school) /
Daisuke Sasaki / Michal Gromek

14:40 – 14:50 Coffee break

Session Two:  Systems and Management of Innovation

14:50 – 15:20 Presentation3 / Creating Innovation Ecosystem in Japan
Yoshiaki Ishii (Director, Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office)

15:20 – 15:50 Presentation4 / Customer-centric innovation, the Swedish way
Zelia Sakhi (Chief Experience Officer of Virtusize Japan)

15:50 – 16:20 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mattia Bianchi (Professor, HOI, Stockholm School of Economics)
Panelists: Mark A. Conley (Assistant Professor, Stockholm School of Economics) / Yoshiaki Ishii / Zelia Sakhi

16:20  Concluding Remark
Martin Koos (General Manager of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry
in Japan (SCCJ) )