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DMM.Africa sponsors Startup Weekend Tokyo on Africa

Article - October 5, 2016

Three months after the African Business Idea Cup (ABIC) 2016 was held in five countries in Africa, DMM.Africa is sponsoring Startup Weekend Tokyo on the theme of Africa, from October 14-16, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. 


Organized by Startup Weekend Tokyo, this sponsored event will be an opportunity to pitch ideas, form teams, and become a part of the world’s largest entrepreneurial community throughout the 54-hour window of the weekend. At its premises in Ebisu Garden Place Tower, DMM.Africa will welcome Startup Weekend and up to 60 young entrepreneurs around pitches and a cocktail reception on Friday, followed by working sessions throughout the weekend.

DMM.Africa and Startup Weekend Tokyo will be honored to invite highly regarded Africa-savvy judges who are abundant in expertise and knowledge that are specific to operating businesses in Africa. Positive and notable mentors are also being invited to help and refine participants’ ideas and pitches.

This event is in line with DMM.Africa’s intentions to foster young African talent and training, change business between Japan and Africa, promote innovation, and build new business connections. Thanks to this event, DMM.Africa will be glad to provide networking opportunities with officials, entrepreneurs and the main actors of the Africa-Japan business sphere.

Event details:

•            Date & Time: October 14, 2016, at 18:00 to October 16, 2016, 22:00

•            Place: Yebisu Garden Place Tower 21F, 4-20-3 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-6021 (Five-minute walk from the East Gate of Ebisu Station, JR/Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line via Ebisu Skywalk)

•            Number of participants: Around 60 young entrepreneurs

•            Theme: Africa

For more details about Startup Weekend Tokyo, including ticket prices, registration and access information, click here.

You can also register to take part in the event or find out more about the schedule, coaches and judges here.

About DMM.Africa

DMM.Africa is the new venture of the Group launched by Keishi Kameyama in late 2015. It aims to look for the best business opportunities in Africa, and contribute to the growth of developing economies there in the process. Its mission embraces the nourishment of relationships with local and regional government and talent. It strives to expand and encourage DMM’s own Africa-specific business models while also empowering the youth of Africa.

DMM.Africa – “Our team of youth and the innovation-hungry, we are creating the strongest bridge to become between Japan and Africa.”

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can put their startup ideas through a viability test.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their A-game and their best ideas. They inspire and welcome each other to join their team. And over the course of the days on Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on product development, validating their ideas, and practicing their LEAN and agile methodologies while building and testing their MVP (minimal viable product). Finally, on Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive feedback from a panel of experts.


Contacts at DMM.Africa:

Takuya Shokyu
Project Manager
Cell: +81 (0)80-5885-3806
Tel: +81 (0)3-5789-7031

Stephane E. Fouche
Project Manager
Cell: +81 (0)80-9815-7865
Tel: +81 (0)3-5789-7031



Yebisu Garden Place Tower 21F
4-20-3 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-6021
Tel: +81 (0)3-5789-7031 Fax: +81 (0)3-5789-7066 | |