Inviting innovative businesses/start-ups from around the world to Osaka

 (Application to be received by the 19th June)

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 28 May 2021

We are delighted to announce that our partner, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) will host another Global Innovation Forum with online pitch and business meetings for start-ups on the 26th-29th October 2021, following a successful event last year.  


As last year, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC), who is a partner Chamber to OCCI, will manage the application and selection process from the UK.  Our CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon also supports this event as the Head of the Japan Desk at TVCC.

This fully sponsored opportunity is open to businesses who meet any of the following conditions:

  • Start-ups within but not limited to these sectors:
    Smart City, Digital Transformation, Carbon Neutral, Food-Tech/Agri-Tech, Health-tech, Robotics
  • Start-ups with test pilot models that are almost complete and able to provide demonstrations
  •  Start-ups interested in collaborating with Japanese or overseas companies

The pitch session audiences include CVCs, VC, Distributors, potential business partners not only from Japan but also from all over the world. This will be a great opportunity for UK start-ups and scale-ups to present in front of a large international audience of investors and businesses.


To make the online business matching effective, pre-arranged business meetings will follow about one month after the pitch session, as shown on below schedule :


19 June, 2021                         Application deadline

End of July, 2021              Exhibitors are selected and confirmed.

Early September, 2021          Website of GIF ONLINE 2021 will be launched

26th Oct, 2021                  Online Orientation

27th -29th Oct, 2021     GIF Event Week Online (Live Pitches)

End of Nov, 2021              GIF Online Business Meetings (pre-arranged)


To register your interest, please fill out this form.


If you have a query, please email Ms Anne White, Head of International Trade & Compliance of TVCC


Expressions of Interest / Applications must be received by 19th June 2021.