Japan’s HealthTech Market: Entry Strategies For German Startups

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Pass the Mic - Japan’s HealthTech Market: Entry Strategies For German Startups

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Japan's healthcare system is cost-efficient and provides universal coverage for every Japanese citizen. However, Japan also faces enormous demographic challenges with an increasing aging population. This thriving HealthTech ecosystem offers many opportunities for foreign startups with innovations in digital health, medtech, agetech, pharma, and life sciences to capitalize on the potential of the market.

What are some of the sectors in Japan that are particularly attractive for German startups, and what are the potential pitfalls to avoid when entering this market?

Join our esteemed panelists Christian Palme, Founder & CEO of CP Medical Consulting, Dr. Fumiaki Ikeno, Researcher at Stanford University, Prof. John Kojiro Moriwaka, Director of Startup Grind Fukuoka, and Masahide Azuma, Senior Coordinator for the Foundation of Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe, who will share their experiences on navigating Japan’s healthcare and regulatory regime, and provide insights as well as tips for German startups to take their first step into the market.


Marc Filerman, Managing Partner, German Accelerator Life Sciences


Christian Palme, Founder & CEO, CP Medical Consulting

Dr. Fumiaki Ikeno, Researcher, Stanford University & #GAmentor

Prof. John Kojiro Moriwaka, Director, Startup Grind Fukuoka & #GAmentor

Masahide Azuma, Senior Coordinator, Foundation of Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe

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German Accelerator empowers German startups to scale globally. We take high potential companies on a fast-paced learning journey in the world’s leading innovation hubs in the U.S. and Asia. German Accelerator provides mentoring from dedicated experts, access to our vast global network of business partners and investors, as well as free office space in all our locations. Our programs are highly customized to the participants’ individual needs in order to help them enter international markets and succeed quickly. We don’t take any equity and our programs are free of charge with the exception of “Next Step,” a market discovery program for the Asian region. Since launching in 2012, German Accelerator has nurtured more than 290 startups which have raised more than US$4.9 billion in funding so far. German Accelerator is run by German Entrepreneurship GmbH and is proudly financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Visit for more information.

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