U.S. Embassy Award
Japan’s largest online financial management service for individuals and small to medium size businesses wishing to aggregate and analyze financial information based on real-time data from multiple banks and accounts at the same time. Launched in 2012 for individuals and in 2013 for businesses. The retail version currently has 1,800,000 users and won a prestigious Google App award for usability.
Yosuke Tsuji, Founder & CEO, Money Forward, Inc.
Receiving an award at the TEAJ/EMI entrepreneur awards opened doors to many new possibilities for our startup. We were introduced to mentors who thoughtfully and professionally guided us to solve problems in ways we were not able to find ourselves. Also, to be able to announce that our startup was supported by the American Embassy staff members and Ambassador was very important, where the trust factor is a very important part of our business. We are very thankful and encourage startups of any stage to participate in this competition.
Naoko Tajima, CEO, homerent.jp
Last December, I was very happy to receive the U.S. Ambassador's Award for our venture company, Sansan. Simply, we have been running for the last five years. Since then, I have had the chance to meet with a lot of interesting people. Through Ambassador Roos, I was able to discover some new approaches to financing our future international business.
The program also introduced me to a mentor, Brian Nelson, and potential investors. I was surprised when Brian recommended I try to obtain financing from not only venture capitals but also from regular Japanese corporations. Timing and preparation are of the utmost importance when doing this. I still have a lot to learn from them about international ventures and I am learning more and more at each event they organize.
Chikahiro Terada, CEO, Sansan Inc.