Events / talks

International Women's Day 2024 - STEM Entrepreneurship in Japan

Mar 19 @ 18:00 - 21:00 JST

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Join us on Tuesday, March 19th for a panel discussion and networking session to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) 2024. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.” Our event will offer diverse perspectives on what it’s like to be a woman founder or investor in Japan, with a particular focus on women-led STEM companies in Japan.

Our distinguished panelists:
- Lisa Sakashita, CEO and Founder of Nanotis
- Frith Maier, CEO and Founder of NEI
- Schyler Cole, Venture Capitalist and Ecosystem Builder

Questions we'll ask include:
- What are some key traits to look for in a co-founder?
- What were some unexpected challenges you faced in translating your academic research into a viable business?
- What are some strategies you’ve found successful in pitching to predominantly male investors in Japan?
- How did you find mentors and advisors?
- Additional Q&A from the audience

Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Venue: WeWork Shibuya (Shibuya Scramble Square 39F). In-person only. 
Shibuya-ku, 2丁目-24-12 渋谷 渋谷区 · 東京都
Language: English.

18:00 - Doors open
18:00 - Doors open
18:35 - Panel discussion
19:30 - Networking session with food and drinks

Who should attend this event?

Women and gender minority persons building STEM careers in Japan, especially those who are thinking of making the leap into entrepreneurshipLeaders of organizations and individuals who want to support, mentor, and potentially invest in women founders

Employers who are seeking to hire women and other underrepresented groups with strong STEM talent

About Women in Science Japan

Women in Science Japan (WISJ) was founded in 2019 with the vision to increase the number of women scientists in Japan. Japan ranks 125th of 156 countries for gender equality according to the World Economic Forum. Furthermore, only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women, ranking the lowest in all OECD nations.

To help achieve our vision, we provide skill-building opportunities and a dynamic professional network for those pursuing STEM careers in Japan. Our main activities are professional development events and casual community gatherings. Our general body members are from a wide range of STEM professions including life sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, and software engineering. In addition to our Japanese members, our members come from numerous countries throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa.