Announcement: The Entrepreneur Awards Japan 2015 (TEAJ)

TEAJ  2015

TEAJ program for this Spring will include several Awards.


Innovation and entrepreneurship are widely hailed as essential for economic growth. In order to recognize individuals with the courage to take the risk of establishing their own businesses and testing their innovations, we are pleased to announce, for the fifth anniversary year, The Entrepreneur Awards Japan 2015(TEAJ). Overview TEAJ is an awards event supported by a coalition of leading organizations in Tokyo that recognizes the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs from across Japan.

Six special awards are being offered this year, offering international and domestic experience and mentoring. Awardees will become part of a dynamic network of successful entrepreneurs and highly motivated individuals interested in growing their businesses. All awards are geared toward providing experience and exposure to vital networks that will help to enhance the success of each winner’s venture. The judges reviewing the applications and selecting the winners will be looking for entrepreneurs with the conviction, tenacity, planning and overall professional acumen to take a high-potential business and scale it into a market leader. We are happy to announce that this year’s Awards will be conducted in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. As a leading innovative country, often ranked as one of the most creative in the world, Sweden embodies the spirit behind TEAJ and provides a valuable network for this year’s winners.


► The applicant must be a resident of Japan who is either the founder or a founding partner of the venture being proposed, or at least a 51% owner;

► The applicant’s company or non-profit organization (NPO) must be registered in Japan and be less than 10 years old;

► Only one individual per organization can apply for one category per year;

► Only individuals (no teams) may apply;

► The applicant will be required to submit his/her application in English, although the quality of the application content will be weighted more heavily than the English;

► Bilingual capability may be prioritized but is not a primary criterion for selection;

► Emphasis will be put on global entrepreneurial ambitions and capabilities.

Award Descriptions

► Embassy of Sweden Award: The Embassy of Sweden Award will be given to an entrepreneur based in Japan who best represents the risk-embracing spirit of entrepreneurship and who would benefit from the networking opportunities within any of the innovative business sectors in Sweden. The winner will be invited to a study trip in Sweden in 2015, and will be invited to key entrepreneurship events at the Swedish Embassy from April 2015 through March 2016.

► Swedish Chamber of Commerce Award: The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Award will be presented to an entrepreneur whose business has at least some international content or aspiration. The prize will include one year corporate level membership in SCCJ and free access to SCCJ events during the period, offering key business networking opportunities from April 2015 through March 2016.

► Groundbreakers Award: The Groundbreakers Award will be given to a promising female entrepreneur based in Japan. The winner will be invited to attend a global event such as the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) in Berlin Germany or UnitedSucces Global Summit in Rome, Italy. Such events spotlight female entrepreneurial success and creates an atmosphere where women can connect with one another, share best practices, build business opportunities and recognize female influence in business and technology.

► Venture Generation Award (Sponsored by J-Seed Ventures): The Venture Generation Award will be given to an entrepreneur with an early-stage venture with global aspirations and will include a range of mentoring activities and business support for a global entrepreneur.

► US. Business Award: The US. Business Award is participation with the Independent Business Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), and the U.S. Embassy, and will be presented to a Japanese entrepreneur who best represents the risk-embracing spirit of Silicon Valley. The winner will be given special access to selected ACCJ events throughout the year (from April 2015 through March 2016) as well as being a conduit to related business affairs department heads at the Embassy and invited to innovation- and entrepreneur-focused events related to the U.S. Embassy from April 2015 through March 2016.

► Creative Business Cup Award - Announcement of winner The winner in the final run-off of the CBC Japan will be awarded a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark in November of 2015 to compete in the global Creative Business Cup Challenge for Creative Businesses. (This competition is already in progress and only current finalists are eligible for 2015.)


Each award recipient will be assigned a mentor from the Tokyo business community under the Entrepreneur Mentoring Initiative (EMI) from April 2015 to March 2016 and will be entitled to a lifetime membership of the EMI Alumni Network. Mentors will aim to assist the winner in the following areas:

► Expand knowledge of the latest information, research and executive dialogues on business strategies and practices tailored to high-growth companies;

► Identify potential partners, strategic alliances, customers, suppliers, and prospective sources of capital;

► Access informal, one-to-one guidance and support;

► Strengthen executive leadership and business skills;

► Identify opportunities to grow and scale his/her venture through meetings with seasoned entrepreneurs;

► Increase regional and national visibility among corporate executives, investors and the media.

Business Plan Pitching

Ten finalists will be selected after a paper screening and invited to pitch their business plan to an expert jury of entrepreneurs and business leaders. This “Pitching Session” will take place on April 24th in the evening and participation is mandatory to win. All applicants are requested to save the date. Further details will be provided to finalists.

Awards Ceremony

The winners will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to Japan, Mr Magnus Robach, on Monday, April 27, 2015.

TEAJ Application and Due Date

The TEAJ application is available for electronic download from the Entrepreneur Mentoring Initiative (EMI) web site: TEAJ-EMI Org The application submission deadline is 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 18, 2015 (Japan). The application includes additional information on submission requirements and the selection process. All applications must be submitted in English.


Key Dates to Remember: April 18 / April 24 / April 27


Application_(EN).pdf     English V.

Application_(JP_and_EN).pdf    日本版

After reviewing the EMI website TEAJ-EMI Org and reading over the application, if you still have questions, please send an email to the TEAJ/EMI 2015 Secretariat at . The Secretariat will provide a response as quickly as possible.


Completed application forms are to be sent as PDF attachment (A4 size) to:    In the Subject line of the email, type:  "TEAJ/EMI 2015 Application Submittal"

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