Orange Fab Asia, the Asian based 3-month startup accelerator program from Orange, held a Demo Day in Tokyo on 25th November.
Orange Fab Asia aims to help startups from the region to go global with products and services that benefit Orange and its customers. The program is managed by Orange Japan, an innovation center of Orange.
After a successful first season in Tokyo, the Orange Fab Asia program expanded last September to Seoul and Taipei, and selected 15 startups from the 3 locations, five in each city.
All selected Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese startups pitched and showcased their services and products to people in the Japanese and French industries, as well as VCs. Companies from the first season in Tokyo and from French and Polish Orange Fab programs also participated to the event.
During the event, Orange Fab Asia revealed a new partnership initiative with 8 companies: Air Liquide, Alcatel-Lucent, Daiwa House, Dentsu, EDF, Sony, Thales and Veolia. These new partnerships will contribute to providing more opportunities of cooperation to the program’s startups.
Orange Fab Asia also announced the official opening of the applications for next season’s program, to be launched next spring.
The event was joined by French Minister of Economy, Industrial Renewal and Information Technology Emmanuel Macron, Orange Group Chief Executive and Chairman Stéphane Richard, French agency for export promotion (Ubifrance) Director-General Muriel Pénicaud and BPI France Director Alain Reck.
13 French startups sponsored by BPI France for its “Silver Economy” mission were also present at the event for demonstrating their services, aiming at the senior and reduced mobility persons’ market, which is growing in Asia and particularly Japan.
In total, 35 companies participated to this special Asian Demo Day, with over 150 participants.