Meet Japanese Start-ups on Fri and Sat in Singapore

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Singapore is very hot on tech throughout this week, since Echelon 2011, one of the largest tech conference in South East Asia, will be taking place at the National University of Singapore, where the region’s best start-up companies and services will be chosen by well-known authorities. We will join it as a media attendee and bring you live coverage.

Following the event, on the Friday evening (June 17), a Singapore-based blog covering the Asian tech scene, Penn Olson will host a meet-up, and they give Japanese four tech start-ups a chance to pitch their innovative ideas to tech geeks, Internet celebrities and investors who will have come from all across Asia.  Applications for the meet-up have been already closed, but we’re expecting to bring you a live streamcast or a live blogging from it.

Participating start-ups are:

  • Fashion Style Japan: Yoshio Narita, CEO & Founder of Qomune (See this for more)
  • Compath: Hiromichi Ando, CEO & Founder (w/ his colleagues)  (featured in this story)
  • Moso: Shinji Murakoshi, CEO & Founder of Moso (featured in this story)
  • Cacoo: Shinsuke Tabata, Managing Dir. & co-founder of NuLab, Inc. (See this for more)

Furthermore, on Saturday at 7pm (Singaporean time), at Hackspace.SG which is located at the heart of the country’s Arabic district, we will have a casual meet-up with people of the hackerspace and the four start-ups mentioned above. I’m intended not to create an agenda nor time schedule.  But if you are interested in talking with these guys in person, please come and join us. (Plancast)   I’m looking forward to tasting great meals by Meng Weng Wong there, who is the hackerspace’s director and also known for being very good at cooking.

See you all there.

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Update: Asiajin To Host Reader Meet-up In Singapore On Saturday

Hello, Asiajin readers in Singapore!

I’ve just planned to attend Accelerate 2010, one of Asia’s biggest annual tech events that we also serve as a media sponsor of.   Since I’ll be in Singapore in that week, by using this opportunity, in order to exchange friendships and communicate with our readers in the country on a face-to-face basis, we expect to have a meet-up on Saturday, September 25th at 7pm at the country’s geek hub Hackerspace.SG.

(The picture of Merlion with Singapore City on the background shown above is reproduced from The Singapore Merlion is still getting strong attention after all these years… under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.)

First of all, we would like you to save the date and to RSVP via Plancast if you can join. We’ll count the number of potential attendees and prepare an agenda based on it.

In the meet-up, basically we just want to have a presentation about Japanese tech scenes and what the attendees want to hear especially from us, then there will be elevator pitch presentations by those who are managing or working with tech start-ups, followed by a networking session.  Your suggestion on the meet-up agenda is highly welcomed.  Kindly leave it as a comment for this blog post if any.   More details are expected to be announced by September 18 which is a week prior to the meet-up date.  Please re-tweet and “plancast” the event.

We really wish to thank Bernard Leong of SGEntrepreneurs / Chlkboard and Justin Lee of Hackerspace.SG for helping us to arrange this.

See you all there.


Host: Masaru IKEDA (contributor for Asiajin, organizer for Startup Dating, web service producer, serial entrepreneur and tech journalist)
Date & Time: 7pm, Saturday, September 25, 2010 (Singapore local time)
Venue: Hackerspace.SG
70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483
8-min walk from Bugis MRT Station (EW12/DT14)

7pm          Door opens
7:15pm       Introduction to Asiajin and The Latest Tech Trends in Japan & Asia
8pm          Presentations by Attendees
9pm          Networking
10pm          Door closes

Beverages: Beer and soft drinks are available at Hackspace.SG.  They ask for a small token of donation for the drinks consumed to allow them to replenish their supplies.   Thank you for your cooperation.

Foods: I (Masaru) am just planning to make something delivered to take the edge off the attendees’ hunger.   “Bring your own” are also welcomed.

After the meet-up: There will be the qualifying session of the F1 Grand Prix (starting at 10pm) very near the meet-up venue.   Let’s hang out.

Note: If you’ve invented or developed something new and would like to present it in front of the attendees and Asiajin readers, please catch me at the venue or drop me a line.   The event will be streamcast live if available.   Detailed schedule are subject to change.

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