One of the major highlights of Startup Asia Tokyo is Startup Arena. We are looking for Asia’s best growth-stage startups to compete and battle on stage. The goal isn’t just to compete. Through Arena, we are dedicated to help competing startups to attract investment opportunities.

Note: Startups who haven’t received a reply two weeks after submission are likely considered out. There are hundreds of application so there’s no way for us to reject all of them one by one. We seek your kind understanding.

Please apply through this form.

*Deadline for all submissions 1 August 2014, Friday.

Startup Arena Judges


David Milstein

Head of Japan,
Fidelity Growth Partners JAPAN


Shinji Asada

Itochu Technology Ventures


Yasuhiko Yurimoto

Founder & CEO,
Global Brain (GB)


Taka Hasunuma

Vice President,
Recruit Strategic Partners

  • Growth Stage Category


  • We prefer startups with a brilliant team, product, and some market traction to apply for Startup Arena
  • You need to want to raise your Series A, B, or C to participate
  • Your headquarter has to be in Asia

What: The startup with the highest score will win Startup Arena Tokyo 2014. There will be four esteemed judges in the judging panel who will judge based on the following criteria:

  • Verbal clarity in pitches
  • Demo/video demonstration
  • Level of innovation
  • Practicality of the product
  • Investing potential of the startup


  • Product demo is a must and your pitch has to be done in English or Japanese
  • We will provide a week-by-week training to help you perfect your pitch
  • Please note that for startups who are accepted, we don’t pay for your airfare and accommodation
  • But entrance to Startup Asia is free. You will be given a full startup booth with 4 startup passes (worth $990 )

Please apply through this form.

*Deadline for all submissions 1 August 2014, Friday.

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