Japanese entrepreneurs visit US-ATMC
Eight companies from the Hamamatsu region of Japan were selected to visit the bay area in August for the “FUSE Silicon Valley Program”. The goal of the program aimed to give the company representatives an insight into Silicon Valley and different management styles, and to embrace innovative ideation methodologies like design thinking. The trip was organized by Co-startup Space & Community FUSE, an accelerator launched by Hamamatsu Iwata Shinkin Bank in June 2020 to help small and medium enterprises, and startups go global. Six Hamamatsu Iwata Shinkin Bank employees joined the group on the program.
Their week-long trip to the bay area included a stop at Stanford University where US-ATMC Director Dr. Richard Dasher discussed “Silicon Valley as an Open Innovation System: Recommendations for Improving Innovativeness” and gave comments on the company’s pitch presentations. The group’s day concluded with a Design Thinking workshop facilitated by the Founder of Zip Innovations, Larry Shubert.