Tech Transfer: Taking your ideas, your research, or your startup overseas

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Knowledge and ideas have become the key resources that the industrialized economies of the 21st century depend on. As governments around the globe are seeking to foster innovation to increase their competitiveness, seeking promising ideas abroad and attracting international startups – or in other words knowledge and technology transfer – have become increasingly important.

Both Germany and Japan are leading innovators, yet their governments are setting up programs and establishing structures both to market their research and innovation overseas and to attract international startups. What kind of hurdles need to be overcome to transfer promising ideas and technology overseas? What kind of support do startups require to go international, and what kind of support is available in Germany and Japan for innovators and entrepreneurs who want to expand into the other country? And why are Germany and Japan particularly attractive partners and destinations for each other?

The DWIH Coffee Talk features a moderated discussion between experts from Germany and Japan. For the first time, we are inviting participants to join an online networking with the speakers after the event in breakout rooms (18:00-18:30 JST / 10:00-10:30 CET). To receive the link to the breakout rooms, please indicate in the registration form which speaker you would like to meet with.

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Time: 17:00-18:30 (JST) / 09:00-10:30 (CET)
*The live streaming will end at 18:00 (JST) / 10:00 (CET). From 18:00 (JST) / 10:00 (CET), all registered participants are invited to a networking session with the panelists.

Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Recording (English):

Recording (Japanese):

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Event Information

March 2, 2022, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Organizer(s): DWIH Tokyo (German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo)


Keisuke Kamitani, Section manager, Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc.
Organisation / LinkedIn



Georg Löer, NRW.Global Business Japan Representative (President & Representative Director at NRW Japan K.K., Tokyo)
Organisation / LinkedIn


Miho Tanaka, Startup Visa Lead / Director of Startup Welcome Service (SWS), Shibuya Startup Support
Founder/CEO, Startup Work Inc.



Dr. Kim J. Zietlow, Director Trend & Innovation Scouting, Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
Organisation / Profile





Axel Karpenstein, Senior Research Officer, German Academic Exchange (DAAD)



Dr. Laura Blecken, Program Manager, DWIH Tokyo
Profile / LinkedIn


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