WHAT’S NEW

EVENT OVERVIEW

4F is an annual event of financial innovation stakeholders to discuss current issues, recognize best practices, and take actions for the future.
This year’s event will include the Japan Financial Innovation Award (JFIA), which is to recognize innovative initiatives from the press releases in the financial sector during 2023, FINOPITCH, a global pitch contest for FinTech startups, and international gatherings and lab crawl, etc.

This year’s theme is “Revitalization” in the hope of “reinvigorating innovation”. We hope that you will find hints for accelerating innovation in the global environment with rapid changes. We sincerely hope to stimulate international discussions within the new framework of “JAPAN FINTECH WEEK” and to promote collaboration between startups and financial institutions both in Japan and abroad.

Title

4F(Future Frontier Fes by FINOLAB) 2024 – Revitalization –

Date and Time

Mar.4th,2024 (Mon) – Mar.8th,2024 (Fri)
(JFIA will be held on Mar.4th and FINOPITCH will be on Mar.7th)

Venue

JFIA:OCA TOKYO / FINOPITCH:Kanze Noh Theater *To be announced for others.

Organizer/Supported by

FINOLAB Inc./FINOVATORS

Contents

JFIA Award Ceremony / FINOPITCH / Speech / Meetup / Reception, etc.

Distribution Channel

YouTube FINOLAB CHANNEL ( https://www.youtube.com/c/finolabchannel )

Language

JFIA: Japanese / FINOPITCH: English / *Other: Bilingual

Japan Financial Innovation Award(JFIA)

JFIA is to recognize innovative initiatives in financial services by adopting information technology and share best practices in the industry and expects to further expand open innovation beyond corporate group and business sector.

4(Mon) 5(Tue) 6(Wed) 7(Thu) 8(Fri)
All Day WiFi & Refreshment
9:30-17:00
AM 10:30-12:00
13:30-15:00
11:30-13:00 11:00-13:00 10:00-12:30 10:00-13:00
PM 13:00-19:00
Evening 18:00-20:00 18:00-20:00 Welcome Reception
19:00-20:00
Reception
19:00-20:00
20:00-22:00

PROGRAM

Details and latest information will be updated as needed.
Please note that the program may change for any reason.

March 4, 2024

Lab Crawl

Visits to innovative laboratory facilities in the Otemachi Building, including FINOLAB.

Registration Open Soon

JFIA

Japan Financial Innovation Award (JFIA) is to recognize innovative initiatives in financial services. We will announce the grand prize and the category excellence in the awards ceremony.

Click here for details

March 5, 2024

Tokyo Rooftop Night

A reception will be held for participants of Japan FinTech Week at the rooftop “SKY LAB” of the Otemachi Building.

Registration Open Soon

March 6, 2024

FINOPITCH Closed Meetup

Meetup will be held for FINOPITCH finalists and invited guests.

March 7, 2024

FINOPITCH

“FINOPITCH'' is a global pitch contest for FinTech startups. Startups from Japan and overseas will give pitches in English. In addition to the grand prize decided by the judges, we will also announce the supporter awards and the audience award in the award ceremony.

FINOPITCH Meetup

We will hold a meetup with FINOPITCH finalists and participants of this event.

March 8, 2024

Late Night Party

To close all the event, we will hold a networking reception.

Registration Open Soon

FINOPITCH pre-consultation meeting

FINOLAB supports the growth of startups in a variety of ways.

We will hold a pre-consultation meeting for those who are unsure about applying to FINOPITCH, those who would like to make clear their pitch content, and those who would like mentoring. FINOLAB Fund members will have a direct interview with you, so it is a chance to casually discuss not only the content of your pitch, but also everything from capital policy to business planning.

Those who are thinking about starting a business or those who are thinking of applying to FINOPITCH next year or later are also very welcome.

・Method of interview: Online or face-to-face *Face-to-face interviews will be held at FINOLAB.

https://finolab.tokyo/jp

・Application deadline: End of December *Depending on the timing of your application, interviews may be held in the new year.

・Required time: About one hour

・Advisor: FINOLAB fund member

・Contact: investment@finolab.co.jp

*Details and latest information will be updated as needed.
*Please note that the program may change for any reason.

PROGRAM

Details and latest information will be updated as needed.
Please note that the program may change for any reason.

March 4, to March 8, 2024

FINOLAB Lounge

(9:30~17:00) @FINOLAB
Open Space provided at FINOLAB with WiFi and refreshment to rest or work.

Registration Open Soon

March 4, 2024

Lab Crawl

(1) 10:30~12:00
FINOLABAgVenture LabInspired. LabMIRAI LAB PALETTE

(2) 13:30~15:00
FINOLABSAP Experience Center TokyoTOYOTA OtemachiInspired. Lab

12:00~13:30
Lunch at FINOLAB

Visit Menu is subject to change.

Registration Open Soon

JFIA

(18:00~20:00) @OCA TOKYO
Japan Financial Innovation Award (JFIA) is to recognize innovative initiatives in financial services. We will announce the grand prize and the category excellence in the awards ceremony.

Click here for details

March 5, 2024

FINOLAB Lunch

(11:30~13:00) @FINOLAB
Lunch provided at FINOLAB

Registration Open Soon

Tokyo Rooftop Night

(18:00~20:00) @SKY LAB
A reception will be held for participants of Japan FinTech Week at the rooftop "SKY LAB" of the Otemachi Building.

Registration Open Soon

March 6, 2024

UK FINOLAB PITCH N’ LUNCH

(11:00~13:00) @FINOLAB
British Embassy Tokyo will host a pitch and networking lunch at FINOLAB with UK FinTech companies, and we welcome those who are interested in discussing opportunities in future collaboration and interested in learning about the present and future of UK/Japan FinTech.

FINOPITCH Closed Meetup

(19:00~20:00)
Meetup will be held for FINOPITCH finalists and invited guests.

March 7, 2024

CC PITCH

(10:00~12:30) @FINOLAB
"CC- Pitch (ChaosCanvas Pitch)“ is a pitch contest for under 25 youth to challenge the future.

FINOPITCH

(13:00~19:00) @KANZE Noh Theater (GINZA SIX B3)
“FINOPITCH'' is a global pitch contest for FinTech startups. Startups from Japan and overseas will give pitches in English. In addition to the grand prize decided by the judges, we will also announce the supporter awards and the audience award in the award ceremony.

See below for the details.

FINOPITCH Meetup

We will hold a meetup with FINOPITCH finalists and participants of this event.

March 8, 2024

APAC FINOLAB  PANEL PITCH & LUNCH

(10:00~13:00) @FINOLAB
Mainly, not limited, for APAC participants.
 10:00-11:00 Panel on APAC Trend
 11:00-12:00 Pitch by APAC Startups
 12:00-13:00 Networking Lunch

Registration Open Soon

Late Night Party

(20:00~22:00) @FINOLAB
To close all the event, we will hold a networking reception.

Registration Open Soon

FINOPITCH pre-consultation meeting

FINOLAB supports the growth of startups in a variety of ways.

We will hold a pre-consultation meeting for those who are unsure about applying to FINOPITCH, those who would like to make clear their pitch content, and those who would like mentoring. FINOLAB Fund members will have a direct interview with you, so it is a chance to casually discuss not only the content of your pitch, but also everything from capital policy to business planning.

Those who are thinking about starting a business or those who are thinking of applying to FINOPITCH next year or later are also very welcome.

・Method of interview: Online or face-to-face *Face-to-face interviews will be held at FINOLAB.

https://finolab.tokyo/jp

・Application deadline: End of December *Depending on the timing of your application, interviews may be held in the new year.

・Required time: About one hour

・Advisor: FINOLAB fund member

・Contact: investment@finolab.co.jp

*Details and latest information will be updated as needed.
*Please note that the program may change for any reason.

FINOPITCH 2024

AWARD WINNER

OVERVIEW

FINOPITCH is an international pitch contest presented in English, with 4 judging criteria, 1) Impact on Financial Industry, 2) Innovative Business Model, 3) Growth Potential, 4) Global Reach.

FINALIST from outside of Japan

FINALIST from Japan

*alphabetical order

JUDGES

Masakazu MASUJIMA
Masakazu MASUJIMA
FINOVATORS Founder & President
The chairman
Tetsuo IIDA
Tetsuo IIDA
FINOVATORS Founder
Takahisa OHIRA
Takahisa OHIRA
FINOVATORS Member
Hisanori OGAWA
Hisanori OGAWA
FINOVATORS Founder
Mio TAKAOKA
Mio TAKAOKA
FINOVATORS Founder

*The order of the Japanese syllabary after the chairman.

Entry is closed. Thank you very much for many entries.

FinTech Startup Pitch Contest “FINOPITCH 2023” Begins!

OVERVIEW

Overall Schedule
Application deadline : 2023-01-10 (Tue)
Finalist Announcement : 2023-02-01 (Wed)
FINOPITCH / Award Ceremony : 2023-03-10 (Fri)
※1on1meetings will be scheduled on March 9th in 2023.
※The event organizer will contact you if an online interview is required.

Requirements
– Must be a FinTech startup.
– Must have products/services available for demonstration.
– Must agree to the contents of the entry form.
– In principle, the Finalist are asked to pitch on site in Tokyo on Mar. 10, 2023. But depending on the travel situation, we may discuss for the alternative presentation method.

Founding Date / Service Launch

– The startup company should be founded within the past 5 years or less and the service should be released within the past 2 years or less.

– The startup company should be founded within the past 7 years or less and the service should be released within the past 3 years or less, with the aspiration to enter Japan market.

Pitch Format
7 minutes presentation in English including demo of the product /service.

JURY CRITERIA
Impact | Impact on the Financial Industry
Creativity | Innovative Business Model
Growth | Business Growth Potential
Expansion | Global Market Expansion

Award
Grand Prize / Audience Awards / Supporter Awards

If you have any questions, please contact us at this e-mail below.
Hello+FINOPITCH@finolab.co.jp

Protection of Personal Information
– All the personal information will be protected with our Privacy Policy.

SPEAKER

Miki Tsusaka

Microsoft Japan
Representative Director and President

Tatsushi Iwano

Loadstar Capital K.K.
President

Ryota Hayashi

Finatext Holdings Ltd.
CEO / Co-Founder

Wataru Yamaki

Kanmu, Inc.
CEO

Atsushi Kitagawa

FINOVATORS

Masashi Yokobori

AVILEN Co., Ltd.
Executive Officer, Director of DX Talent Design Department

Chris Skinner

The Finanser
CEO
11:FS
Director

Masako Wakamiya

Mellow Club
Vice president

Mayumi Sakai

Nonfiction Writer

Noriko Sanada

GRANDCELL Inc.
Co-Founder & CEO

Maki Shinada

freee K.K.
Public Relations

Ayaka Mizuno

Funds, inc.
Marketing and PR Team

Chika Tachibana

FINOLAB Inc.
Manager of Community Success

Masaya Kubota

WiL, LLC
Partner

Kenichi Saito

Sozo Ventures
Senior Director

Takuro Okada

Financial Data Utilizing Association
Representative Director

TIMETABLE

DAY1 | Reconsideration | 2023-03-06 18:00 ~ 20:30 [JP]

"Changing Cources"

Pivot History of Kanmu and How to Transform in FinTech Business.

Wataru Yamaki CEO, Kanmu, Inc.

Transformation of mortgage comparison service ”Mogecheck.”

Takashi Shiozawa Chief Operating Officer, MFS, Inc.

New Challenge of GFIT for FX-Tech.
History of Business Transformation.

Shin Sakane (Ph.D.) co-CEO & CSMO, GFIT Inc.

DAY2 | Reorganization | 2023-03-07  18:00 ~ 20:30 [JP]

"DX and Beyond"

Logics of Digital Transformation (DX)

Keita Nishiyama Visiting Professor, The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives

DX and FinTech

Chris Skinner CEO, The Finanser / Director, 11:FS

[Session & Discussion]
Re-Skilling Strategy in the Age of DX

Yasuhisa Iida CEO and Representative Director, JP DIGITAL Co., Ltd.
Masashi Yokobori Executive Officer, Director of DX Talent Design Department, AVILEN Co., Ltd.

Future has already started.

Masako Wakamiya Vice president, Mellow Club

DAY3 | Recharge | 2023-03-08  18:00 ~ 20:30 [JP]

"For the Future Development"

Fund Raising in Recession Period

Masaya Kubota Partner, WiL, LLC

[Panel Discussion]
PR Strategy for FinTech Startups

Mayumi Sakai Nonfiction Writer
Noriko Sanada Co-Founder & CEO, GRANDCELL Inc.
Maki Shinada Public Relations, freee K.K.
Ayaka Mizuno Marketing and PR Team, Funds, inc.
Chika Tachibana Manager of Community Success, FINOLAB Inc.

Startup and VC Trend in the US and Corporate Alliance

Kenichi Saito Senior Director, Sozo Ventures

DAY4 | Finalist Welcome Reception(by Invitation Only)

CC PITCH & FINOPITCH  |  2024-03-07   10:00 ~ 19:00

10:00~12:00 CC PITCH
     *Business pitch by students (Click here for more details.)
13:00 International Startup Pitch     
15:00 Japanese Startup Pitch
16:45 Fireside Chat
    Special Guest:Miki Tsusaka, Microsoft Japan, Representative Director & President
    Moderator:Chie Ito, FINOLAB Inc. CEO
17:05 Alumni Panel
    Panelist:Wataru Yamaki, Kanmu Inc. CEO(Finalist 2013)
         Ryota Hayashi, Finatext Holdings Ltd. CEO  (2015・16)
         Tatsushi Iwano, Roadster Capital K.K. CEO(2016)
    Moderator:Atsushi Kitagawa, FINOVATORS
17:35 Noh Performance Mr. Kanze Saburota
18:00 Award Ceremony
19:00 Networking Reception

JP:Japanese EN:English

* In Japan time.
*The plans are subject to change.

TICKET

If you wish to participate, please do so by booking a ticket in advance.

The registration for each event will open from Jan. 2024 at this site.

SUPPORTERS

PLATINUM SUPPORTERS

SILVER SUPPORTERS

BRONZE SUPPORTERS

PUBLIC SUPPORTERS

OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS

VENUE

PARTNERS

*The order of the Japanese syllabary

MOVIE

DAY1 : Reconsideration | 4F2023
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DAY2 : Reorganization「DX時代のリスキリング戦略」 | 4F2023
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DAY3 : Recharge 「リセッション下の資金調達について」 | 4F2023
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DAY3 : Recharge 「フィンテックスタートアップの広報戦略」 | 4F2023
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Japan Financial Innovation Award2023 (JFIA2023) - Award Ceremony - | 4F2023
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AlumniPitch&Introduction to FDUA | 4F2023
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FINOPITCH2023 - Award Ceremony - | 4F2023
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DAY1 : Reconsideration | 4F2023
DAY2 : Reorganization「DX時代のリスキリング戦略」 | 4F2023
DAY3 : Recharge 「リセッション下の資金調達について」 | 4F2023
DAY3 : Recharge 「フィンテックスタートアップの広報戦略」 | 4F2023
Japan Financial Innovation Award2023 (JFIA2023) - Award Ceremony - | 4F2023
AlumniPitch&Introduction to FDUA | 4F2023
FINOPITCH2023 - Award Ceremony - | 4F2023
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