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Pioneers Asia Wrap-up

Together with Nikkei, we successfully brought the Pioneers Festival experience to Asia, with two exclusive days for selected startups and partners and one main day featuring inspiring speakers and the 250 most promising tech startups from Asia, Europe and beyond.

MENTORS DAY
 

March 21
CHALLENGE FINALISTS
RED BULL SPACE TOKYO

The top 24 Challenge startups from Asia and Europe met coaches to get first-hand mentoring, preparing them for their first days of intercontinental business.
 
 

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COLLABORATION DAY

March 22
INVITATION ONLY
RED BULL SPACE TOKYO

Invited corporate innovation leaders, venture capitalists, selected startups and mentors joined together for a day to workshop and discuss corporate – startup collaboration.
 
 

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PIONEERS ASIA
 

March 23
ALL TICKET HOLDERS
HAPPO-EN, TOKYO

Pioneers Asia welcomed 1200 leaders and innovators, entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists in a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere where Top 5 startups pitched for the Pioneers Asia
Challenger title.

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AFTER PARTY
 

March 23
ALL TICKET HOLDERS
LEGATO, TOKYO

After the successes over the past three days, attendees could continue to network, party and celebrate while enjoying the vibrant Tokyo skyline. All in a fun and energetic atmosphere.
 
 

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And the winner is…

Pioneers Asia Challenge winner is Whill, a Japanese startup that has developed an electric wheelchair with modern technology and design, which the company describes as a “personal mobility device.” As our jury pointed out, “they brought innovation to an unsexy industry”.
Read more about it in Nikkei Asian Review.

The 90 Seconds Pitch category resulted in a surprising outcome, having 2 startup winners:
Austrian startup Parkbob and Swiss startup Swie.io.

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