AEA 2022

24 Tech Startups from Asian Countries & Regions to Compete for the 11th AEA 2022 Innovation Award.

AEA 2022: October 26th (Wed.) to 27th (Thu.) Online

Social Business Session Based on Dr. Muhammad Yunus’ Seven Principles is also being held.

CHIBA, Japan, September 08, 2022 – The Asian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee announced today that it will hold the Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2022 event (AEA 2022) online from Wednesday, October 26th to Thursday, October 27th. Now in their eleventh year, the Asian Entrepreneurship Awards recognize and reward innovation among emerging entrepreneurs and tech startups across Asia.

The AEA 2022 will bring together 24 selected startups from across Asia providing solutions in the areas of Healthcare, Work & Life style, and Sustainability, all of which have become key issues globally. During the event, the startups will deliver business presentations showcasing their services and products, with the winners being selected on the basis of a wide range of criteria. These will include innovativeness, the social and economic impact of their products and services, their commercial viability, the potential for collaboration with Japanese companies, and the opportunity for business expansion in Japan. In addition, the Social Business Session will be held at the same time, where startups that follow the Seven Principles of Social Business proposed by Dr. Muhammad Yunus will competitively share business ideas for solving social problems.


In addition, Iwao Yoshino, CEO of Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd., which was newly listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Growth Market in June 2022, will give a special speech on the 27th.

Expert-approved technology startups to receive 1.5 months of mentoring sessions to accelerate their entry to the Japanese market

Since its launch in 2012, AEA has provided a stage for promising entrepreneurs and startups from rapidly growing countries and regions in Asia on which they can showcase business ideas and technologies aimed at addressing social issues.

To date, a total of 247 tech startups from 16 countries and regions across greater Asia have participated in AEA events. All entrants were nominated by key notable institutions such as the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the University of Tokyo, as well as by incubators, accelerators, universities, and other institutions supporting start-up companies in their respective countries and regions.

Requiring participants to be willing to enter the Japanese market or collaborate with Japanese companies, AEA also provides close support by matching participating startups with Japanese companies. The AEA 2022 event will feature several initiatives to further accelerate collaboration between Japanese companies and participating startups.

One of such initiatives is to provide mentoring sessions by a team of mentors from venture capital firms and accelerators in Japan during the 1.5 months leading up to the event. This is expected to help entrants acquire a better understanding of the market and facilitate their collaboration with prospective Japanese partners.

Also, matchmaking and online interviews between participating startups and Japanese companies will be promoted in various ways, such as by encouraging participating companies, sponsors, nominators, and others to freely communicate with one another using the Slack communication platform, as AEA 2021 participants did.

In addition, the capital limit, one of the entry requirements, has been raised from 1 million US dollars to 3 million. This reflects the higher investment amounts in recent years for seed and early-stage startups, and it is hoped that the AEA will attract companies with better management structures, leading to more concrete business partnerships with Japanese companies.

New this year: Social Business Session for solving social problems through business

The Social Business Session based on the Seven Principles of Social Business proposed by Dr. Muhammad Yunus is being newly held this year, and 4 companies have been selected to participate in this category. Dr. Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 together with Grameen Bank for their contributions to alleviating poverty and promoting peace in Bangladesh through the founding of the Grameen Bank, which provides microcredits to the poor to help them become self-reliant. Today, he continues to advocate social business to solve social issues through business, putting it into practice with many organizations. AEA, in cooperation with Yunus Japan, will also judge the business ideas of startups based on the Seven Principles of Social Business.

AEA participating companies invited to Innovation Leaders Summit online matching event

The Innovation Leaders Summit (ILS), launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry with the aim of creating global innovation by matching the assets of major companies with the ideas and technology of startups, is one of the largest open innovation conference in Asia, attended by 700 startups and over 100 major Japanese companies. Starting this year, the 247 companies that have participated in AEA in the past will be invited to participate in ILS’s online matching event to continue supporting startups’ entry into the Japanese market.

AEA 2022 Overview

AEA 2022 Overview

Date: Wednesday, October 26th to Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Method: Online

Language: English

Official website: (English) (Japanese)



DAY 1: October 26th

  • 13:00-14:30 –
    • Greetings from Chairman of AEA Steering Committee
    • Shigeo Kagami, Chairman of Asian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee
    • Self-introduction from Startup Entrants
    • Introduction to Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

14:30-17:00 – Semi-final session

DAY 2: October 27th

13:00-16:00 – Final session


  • Introduction of startups nominated by AEA to participate in ILS
  • Special Speech
  • Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd. CEO Mr. Iwao Yoshino

17:15-18:30- Social Business Session

18:30-19:00 – Announcement of the Winners & Farewell Speech

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