Virtual Dabao & Connect: Smart City Solutions with Aichi, Japan

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Business Networking opportunities with government and corporates in Japan

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[Invite only: Limited slots available!]

Apply by March 26th to join as a startup. Only participating startups will receive detailed information about participating corporates.


Dabao + Connect is an initiative to bring together key innovation ecosystem stakeholders to learn and connect at BLOCK71 hubs across the world

It is our signature Makan + Connect gone virtual - so dabao (order in, takeaway) from a local business and join us from the comfort of your desk with a cup of coffee or tea to meet with startups, corporates, and innovators from across borders!

In this online edition, we bring together Singapore tech startups and Japanese corporates to:

  • Learn more about market-ready Smart City solutions for Maritime, Logistics, Travel, Manufacturing, Govtech and more
  • Understand and overcome challenges in the Japan market
  • Learn more about opportunities for international startups in Nagoya, Japan


■ A private 5-min presentation* by startups to all participating organisations. They have been curated based on their interest to work with or invest in Singapore/ SEA-based companies

■ Up to 10-min of Q&A

■ Follow-up connections to companies interested in next steps, and companies you are interested in (please indicate in the form)


*This session will be held in Japanese. Live verbal translation from English to Japanese (and vice versa) will be provided, with prior rehearsals to ensure accuracy.

Past Participating Corporates and Government Agencies

  • Aichi Prefecture
    • Nagoya Port Authority
    • Aisin Group
    • NTT Docomo
    • Yossix Co. Ltd
    • Kisoji Co. Ltd
    • JETRO
    • Accord Ventures
    • Global Brain
    • Real Tech Japan
    • Genesia Ventures

    Why Aichi?

  • Rich natural capital such as the sea and mountains
    • Agricultural Powerhouse
    • Festival-loving culture
    • No. 1 in Japan in terms of exported manufactured goods (for 42 consecutive years), including being the HQ for Toyota Motor
    • A Mega-City: Central region of Tokai where 15 million people live
    • Selected as a "Startup Ecosystem Global Hub City" by the Cabinet Office


    Proudly organised by:

    BLOCK71 is an initiative by NUS Enterprise in collaborative and strategic partnerships with established corporates and government agencies. It is a technology-focused ecosystem builder and global connector which catalyses and aggregates the start-up community. In Nagoya, Japan, we spearhead new initiatives and provide mentorship and growth opportunities in and across key local, regional and global markets.

    Learn more about BLOCK71 at

    NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach.

    Learn more about NUS Enterprise at

    Aichi Prefecture is Japan's leading city that has led the world's "manufacturing” wave, e.g. head quarter of Toyota exists, centered on the automobile, aerospace, and robot industries. It is the biggest contributor to Japan's largest shipment of manufactured goods for 42 consecutive years.

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