ERA Hosts the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan (METI), Koichi Hagiuda-san on May 5 to Discuss the Startup Ecosystems of Japan and the US



May 11, 2022

ERA had the immense pleasure of welcoming Mr. Koichi Hagiuda, Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry on Thursday, May 5 to ERA’s Union Square office. 

The Minister met and discussed startups and the NYC startup ecosystem with a panel of startup investors, founders and experts, comprised of:

  • Murat Aktihanoglu, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ERA and Remarkable Ventures Climate 
  • Howard Morgan, Chairman of B Capital Group
  • Mark Schneider, Chairman of New York Angels 
  • Mark D’Amore, Associate Dean of Cornell Tech
  • Satoru Sasozaki, CEO and Co-Founder of Waffle Journal
  • Oisin O'Brien, Vice President, GridMarket

JETRO New York President, Kenichi Kawamoto, mediated the roundtable discussion. 

The Minister’s visit commenced with a tour of the startup accelerator space and was followed by a group discussion on Japanese and NYC startup ecosystems and the path for US-based VCs’ investment in Japanese startups. 

ERA expresses deep gratitude toward METI Minister Hagiuda-san for his engagement and enthusiasm for startups, as well as toward our partner JETRO New York’s Daiki Nakajima for organizing this wonderful meeting.