GIF (Global Innovation Forum) Osaka 2022, a global startup virtual pitch sessions -  Application deadline 6th August 2022

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22 July 2022

Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) will host the fourth GIF (Global Innovation Forum) Osaka 2022 this autumn.  Our CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon, as the Head of the Japan Desk at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, is supporting the recruitment and selection processes.

This is a great opportunity for UK tech start-ups and innovative companies to test out the Japanese market with no fee required.  The application deadline for UK companies will be 6th August 2022.


GIF (Global Innovation Forum) Osaka 2022  combines virtual pitch sessions from the invited start-ups, followed by B2B meetings with Japanese companies. Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) will recruit and select the UK companies and our CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon, as the Head of the Japan Desk at TVCC, is supporting the selection process.


This year marks the fourth year of this event.  Since the first year of the GIF, two UK companies have been selected to present each year due to the high level of interest we receive from innovative companies in the region.


You can read more about the past three years from the links below:

GIF 2019:

GIF 2020:

GFI 2021:


GIF 2022 will be held virtually and it is completely free to attend.  This will be a great opportunity for UK start-ups and small companies who are interested in Japan to test out the Japanese market.


GIF 2022 entry criteria

·        Startups, intraventure business, innovative businesses, seeking who see the collaboration opportunities with Japanese companies.

·        Involvement in the following business/technical fields:

  • Augmented, Visual or Mixed Reality
  • Robotics
  • Digital Transformation
  • Agri-Tech, Food-Tech
  • Health Tech
  • New Materials
  • Green Tech, Carbon Neutrality, New Energy

GIF 2022 timeline

– Deadline for applications: 
– Confirmation of Selection: 
– Online Exhibition Opens: 
– Virtual Live Pitch:
– Online Business Meeting:

6th August 2022
Early September 2022
30th September 2022
27th October 2022
9th, 10th November 2022


For further details and a link to the application form, please visit the TVCC website at the address below: