Accelerating Startups and Enterprise Innovation, Globally.
1. Accelerating Int’l Startups [Japan]
Silicon Valley has a unique culture that’s very different from Japan, and the program that we’ve developed with 10X, is addressing those exact differences with the aim of empowering Japanese entrepreneurs to grow and scale in global markets. Japanese economic structure is centered around large corporations and Japanese culture is known to be more risk-averse. Moreover, a lot of Japanese startups focus on local markets and don’t understand the potential of global expansion. This is why it’s important to expose our emerging business leaders to the way business is done in Silicon Valley.
One of the factors to this successful partnership has been 10X’s deep and broad network in the Silicon Valley, in combination with Klaus’ outgoing personality and innate ability to connect cross-culturally with our Japanese founders. The commitment to help our entrepreneurs understand the culture and market in the US is unparalleled. It’s something that Japanese businesses struggle with and due to 10x Innovation Lab’s market validation and preparation and training, they not only ensure that the founders meet people that match their industry and imminent need, but also that we, as an organization, build an extended network in the Bay Area.
The programs have achieved tremendous success, resulting in Japanese founders setting up their business in the US and many past participants have established a solid relationship and network to key Silicon Valley players and investors.
For those reasons, we are very supportive of the 10x Innovation Lab initiative and hope to strengthen this partnership long-term to help develop the Japanese ecosystem and to continue our efforts to build a strong bridge between Japan and Silicon Valley.
Chief Representative Shinnosuke Kameyama, NEDO Silicon Valley
“Working with 10X helped our founders perform the necessary due diligence and market validation before taking the leap and expanding to the US market.”
— Chief Representative Shinnosuke Kameyama, NEDO Silicon Valley
2. Powering Ecosystems, Globally [Taiwan]
For many years, Taiwan has relied on its incredible manufacturing capabilities, helping the global computer industry advance to new heights. But, with a changing economical landscape and with the realization that Taiwan needs to adapt to new trends in the software industry, the government has launched a number of ambitious initiatives to promote innovation and leverage their incredible pool of talent coming from the educational sector.
These multifaceted initiatives funded by the government will do many things including:
Support Taiwanese entrepreneurs in commercializing into the US market, specifically Silicon Valley
Help drive awareness of existing opportunities in the Taiwanese market
Promote the talent of Taiwan and why this talent brings exceptional value to global tech companies.
The Founder & CEO, Klaus Wehage and the team at 10x Innovation Lab, has been critical in the success of connecting Taiwan with Silicon Valley through his advocacy of Taiwan and passion for helping our ecosystem grow by leaps and bounds. He has participated in a number of educational seminars and bootcamps sharing his knowledge to our up-and-coming entrepreneurs. In addition, he has also been a constant advocate for Taiwanese talent and shown a undeniable commitment to our country.
Today, 10x Innovation Lab, officially has a presence in the Taiwan Tech Arena, located in downtown Taipei. Klaus has been an advisor to a number of our central government initiatives while at the same time, has launched an extensive entrepreneurial program with our leading educational instructions, helping us create a strong pipeline of talent and advocating for entrepreneurship.
Director Chi-Cheng Yeh, Ministry of Science & Technology Taiwan (MoST)
3. Building Synergies, Cross-border [New Zealand]
The collaboration Agritech New Zealand has developed with Klaus has been instrumental for New Zealand’s recent success in connecting with the Silicon Valley agtech innovation ecosystem, resulting in kiwi businesses establishing a presence in the US, attracting substantial foreign direct investments (FDI) to New Zealand and lastly, formalizing strategic partnerships and MOUs with key institutions like the Farm2050 initiative.
— Peter Wren Hilton, Agritech New Zealand
I participated as a founder in the first program developed by Klaus and that has been instrumental in the current success of my company Robotics Plus. Through his work, I have met the central people in the Silicon Valley agtech ecosystem and also connected with my current investor, George Kellerman from Yamaha Motor Ventures.
— Steve Saunders, Robotics Plus
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— Nicky Molloy, Callaghan Innovation
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