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Strategic Collaboration with Heiwa Real Estate for Startups in Asia

Japan Southeast Asia Innovation Platform (JSIP) is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with Heiwa Real Estate Co., Ltd. (Headquartered in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Kiyoyuki Tsuchimoto, hereinafter referred to as “Heiwa Real Estate”). This partnership is aimed at fostering growth opportunities and promoting innovation among startups in Southeast Asia and Japan. Furthermore, Heiwa Real Estate will be joining JSIP as a consortium company, marking a significant step in our journey towards facilitating global startup success and innovation.

Since its inception, Heiwa Real Estate has been instrumental in nurturing startups through its serviced office ‘FinGATE,’ located in the Nihonbashi Kabutocho Kayabacho area, with a focus on emerging asset management companies and fintechs. To date, FinGATE has supported approximately 90 startup companies, demonstrating Heiwa Real Estate’s commitment to the startup ecosystem.

In this partnership, JSIP and Heiwa Real Estate will combine their networks and expertise to promote information exchange, networking, and the dissemination of knowledge. Our goal is to create unparalleled growth opportunities for startups, expand the startup market, and through innovation, address societal challenges and contribute to social development.

A notable initiative under this collaboration is the planning of a pitch event scheduled for this November. This event aims to connect venture capital from Singapore with Japanese startups and will be held in conjunction with the world’s largest fintech event, the ‘Singapore Fintech Festival,’ in Singapore. This marks a pivotal moment for both JSIP and Heiwa Real Estate in our efforts to bridge the gap between Southeast Asian and Japanese startups and the global market.

[Ms Akika Hamakawa on the left and Mr Takaki Nakamura on the right]

◾️Background Leading to the MOU with Heiwa Real Estate

We are thrilled to forge a strategic alliance with Heiwa Real Estate Co., Ltd. in a venture that will energize and internationalize the startup ecosystem. This collaboration is rooted in the broader Nihonbashi Kabutocho & Kayabacho Revitalization Project. Heiwa Real Estate has been instrumental since 2017 with their initiative “FinGATE” – a dedicated service office fostering the growth of independent asset management companies and fintech startups.

Under the guidance of Heiwa Real Estate, “FinGATE” has become a nurturing haven for approximately 90 entities. This vibrant community includes both domestic and global asset management firms, fintech pioneers, and a host of pivotal financial and supportive organizations. Heiwa Real Estate has built a robust infrastructure offering office spaces, event venues, and exclusive networks such as the FinGATE CLUB. Their extensive support encompasses organizing educational seminars, networking events, and providing essential back-office services, all tailored to the startups’ development stages.

We are eager to collaborate with Heiwa Real Estate, leveraging our vast network and incubation know-how to enhance the international reach of homegrown startups, attract international startup companies, and cultivate a global community within “FinGATE”. This partnership is in perfect harmony with our mission to bolster startup ecosystems and enhances our combined ability to drive innovation and economic vitality on a worldwide stage.

◾️Comment from Akika Hamakawa, Deputy General Manager, Office Building Development Department

Since we began the development of “FinGATE” in 2017, we have been working to ensure that the Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho area can play its part in making Tokyo an international financial city. It is a great honor and an exciting opportunity to collaborate with JSIP, which has a network with startup stakeholders in Southeast Asia.

◾️Comment from Takaki Nakamura, JSIP Founding Member

Since the launch of JSIP in 2021, we have felt the increasing daily need for cross-border business expansion between Japan and Southeast Asia. We are very pleased that the foundation for further boosting startups in Japan and Southeast Asia through cooperation between Heiwa Real Estate and JSIP will be strengthened. Furthermore, by combining our networks, we will further support the growth of startups in both Japan and Southeast Asia.

This press release has also been published on VRITIMES

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