04 February 2024

Delivered a speech at YOXO FESTIVAL 2024, Yokohama’s innovation festival (Yokohama City Economic Affairs Bureau seminar)

On February 3 -4, 2024, Yokohama City and the Yokohama Future Organization, in cooperation with businesses and universities, organized the YOXO FESTIVAL 2024 to foster innovation across the city. Our co-founder, Saki Kobayashi, spoke at the Yokohama City Economic Affairs Bureau seminar on “Expectations for Yokohama’s startup ecosystem.” In her speech, “Potential of Yokohama’s Startup Ecosystem: From a Perspective of a Singaporean Startup,” she shared four key features of Singapore’s startup ecosystem based on her experience as a startup founder. She also discussed the potential of Yokohama’s startup ecosystem, the city she grew up in.

In 2019, Yokohama declared itself Innovation City Yokohama. In 2020, the Japanese government selected Yokohama, as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Consortium, as one of four Global Startup Cities. EnerScale will continue to foster innovation ecosystems globally, including in Yokohama.



◆ Event Overview
Date and Time: February 4, 2024 (Sun) 13:00-14:30
Location: Yokohama Landmark Tower 7th floor NANA Lv., Yokohama City University Minatomirai Campus
Admission: Free (50 pax)

13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks  
13:05-13:45 Strategies for the Creation of Startup Ecosystem to Compete with the World’s Top Ecosystems and Hope for Yokohama Secretary General for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Cabinet Office / Mr. Hiroki Matsuo
13:45-14:15 Potential of Yokohama’s Startup Ecosystem: From a Perspective of a Singaporean Startup EnerScale / Ms. Saki Kobayashi
14:15-14:30 Networking  

◆ Main Topics

  • Japan’s policy on science, technology, and innovation
  • Japan’s startup ecosystem and support for the ecosystem
  • Singapore’s startup ecosystem
  • The appeal of Yokohama’s startup ecosystem and its potential

◆ Who Should Attend

  • Those interested in Yokohama’s startup scene
  • Those interested in supporting or collaborating with startups
  • Startups keen to expand overseas

◆ Link
【YOXO FESTIVAL 横浜市経済局主催セミナー】横浜のスタートアップ・エコシステムへの期待