December 20, 2018

Highlights from GBAF 2018

Global Brain Alliance Forum (GBAF) 2018, the annual Meetup event for “global startups” and “enterprize companies”, was held at Tokyo Midtown on December 7.

At GBAF this year, we introduced “Blockchain”, “Robotics”, “The form of next-generation CVC” and “The Shape of The New Economy”. And of course, there was “Startup Pitch Battle” performed by 10 startups which was exclusively selected by GB. About 600 people gathered for this event. Among them were people responsible for management planning and new business development in big companies, startup owners, and many people involved in startups and related businesses from overseas.


  1. The future of Global Brain
    Yasuhiko Yurimoto – Global Brain

  2. Fusion of Apparel and Robotics
    Rich Mahoney – Seismic

  3. The beginning of real-world adoption of blockchain technology
    Jun Hasegawa – Omise Holdings
    Masaharu Uno – BUIDL

  4. Sony Financial Group's challenge of creating new lifestyles driven by Fintech
    Akira Sugawara – Mitsui Fudosan
    Kazuhiko Chuman –KDDI
    Makoto Takano – Forbes JAPAN
    Yoshiaki Tsuda – ANA Holdings

  5. Sony Financial Group's challenge of creating new lifestyles driven by Fintech
    Shigeru Ishii – Sony Financial Ventures

  6. The shape of the new economy
    Kazuma Ieiri – CAMPFIRE
    Kohei Ogawa – VALU
    Yoshinori Fukushima – LayerX
    Yuta Tsuruoka – BASE

  7. Open Innovation Cases – Axelspace × Mitsui Fudosan
    Tomoya Nakamura – Axelspace

  8. Open Innovation Cases – Unabiz × SORACOM
    Henri Bong – Unabiz

  9. Startup Pitch Battle
    Source Defence

Kiyotaka Kobayashi
Kotaro Chiba
Masanori Sugiyama
Nobuhiro Ariyasu
Yusuke Asakura


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