FinTech Startup Pitch Contest “FINOPITCH 2021” Begins! Application entry by 2021-1-15 (Fri)

2nd Future Frontier Fes by FINOLAB(4F)is scheduled to be held on Feb. 22 to 26, 2021, following the success of 1st event in 2020.
https://4f-otmcbldg.tokyo/

We are introducing new FinTech startup pitch contest “FINOPITCH”.

FINOPITCH is an international pitch contest presented in English video format, with 4 judging criteria, 1) Impact on Financial Industry, 2) Innovative Business Model, 3) Growth Potential, 4) Global Reach.

FinTech startups around the world, we are looking forward to your application.

OVERVIEW

Overall Schedule

Application : by 2021-01-15 (Fri)
Notice of Initial Evaluation : Later in 2021-01
Submission of Video : by 2021-02-05 (Fri)
Finalist Announcement : Middle of 2021-02
FINOPITCH Day : 2021-02-22 (Mon) DAY1 of 4F
Award Ceremony : 2021-02-26(Fri) DAY4 of 4F

Application Requirements

Conditions
– The applicant needs to be a FinTech startup.
– The product/service need to be demonstrated.

Founding Date / Service Launch
<Entry within Japan>
– The startup company should be founded within the past 5 years or less and the service should be released within the past 2 years or less. If the service has not yet been released, a demonstration should be ready by end of 2020.

<Entry from outside of Japan>
– The startup company should be founded within the past 7 years or less and the service should be released within the past 3 years or less, with the aspiration to enter Japan market. If the service has not yet been released, a demonstration should be ready by end of 2020.

Additional Requirement
– You need to agree to the conditions on our application form.

Pitch Format

By 7 minutes video presentation in English including demonstration of the product / service and presenter.

* Applicants selected from initial evaluation are required to submit video for final presentation by 2021-02-05 (Fri)

GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATION

Impact | Impact on the Financial Industry
Creativity | Innovativeness of Business Model
Profitability | Business Growth Potential
Scalability | Global Service Potential

Award

Grand Prize / Supporter Awards

All other details are written in the following Entry Form. And if you need any other information related to the entry of the contest, please make inquiry to us.


Please check the details of 4F 2021 from the following link.
https://4f-otmcbldg.tokyo/

Protection of Personal Information
– All the personal information will be protected with our Privacy Policy.

2/22-26 【Free Online Event】”4F 2021 -RESILIENCE- “ Future Frontier Fes by FINOLAB

2nd Future Frontier Fes by FINOLAB(4F)is scheduled to be held on Feb. 22 to 26, 2021, following the success of 1st event in 2020.
https://4f-otmcbldg.tokyo/

“4F” is an annual event for various stakeholders of financial innovation to gather and discuss their future action.

As we came to recognize the “Vulnerability” of the entire society because of the COVID 19, we have set the “RESILIENCE” as the main theme of 4F this year to discuss response of financial service using digital technology.

We look forward to your online participation.

OVERVIEW

Title : 4F 2021 -RESILIENCE-
Venue : Online
Date and Time: February 22,24,25,26, 2021, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Host : FINOLAB Inc.
Co-Host : FINOVATORS
Contents : JFIA Award ceremony / FINOPITCH / Presentation / Panel Discussion / Workshop
Channel : YouTube FINOLAB CHANNEL
Language : Day1 and Day4 : English / Day2 and Day3:Japanese
Admission : Free

TIMETABLE (in Japan time)

DAY1 : FINOPITCH Day | February 22

・Startup Pitch

DAY2 : FinTech Transformation Day | February 24

・Presentation / Panel Discussion

DAY3 : Future Technology Day |February 25

・Presentation / Panel Discussion

DAY4 : FINOLAB Award Day | February 26

・JFIA & FINOPITCH Award Ceremony / Keynote Presentation

The plans are subject to change.

FINAL RESULT ANNOUNCED FOR JAPAN FINANCIAL INNOVATION AWARD 2020

Group Picture of  JFIA2020 Winners

FINAL RESULT ANNOUNCED FOR JAPAN FINANCIAL INNOVATION AWARD 2020

– FIRST GRAND PRIX AWARDED TO FUKUOKA FINANCIAL GROUP –

TOKYO, Mar. 24, 2020 – FINOLAB Inc. and FINOVATORS – have inaugurated “Japan Financial Innovation Award 2020(JFIA2020)” and announced Grand Prix and Category Excellence for the respective category on Mar. 23 at “Future Frontier Fes by FINOLAB (4F).”

JFIA2020 is inaugurated this year to promote innovative initiatives in financial area by adopting information technology and to share best practices in the industry, and expects to further expand open innovation beyond corporate groups and business sectors. JFIA2020 consists for 3 categories, including Startup, Financial Institution, and Collaboration. FINOLAB, the FinTech Center of Japan, administrated the evaluation process by extracting about 300 innovative initiatives from press releases during the year 2019.  5 category winners were selected by the group of professionals, FINOVATORS, based on the judgement on innovation, growth, and transformation and announced on Mar. 9. And after further evaluation, Grand Prix and Category Excellence for each category was announced at the 4F.

JFIA 2020 Grand Prix and Category Excellence

AwardCompanyInitiative
(Press Release)
Remarks
Grand PrixFukuoka Financial Group, Inc. Next Generation Banking System on Public Cloud Creative approach to develop flexible infrastructure for banks
Startup Category ExcellenceCrowd Cast, Ltd. Corporate Prepaid Card for Expense Management Promoting corporate cashless payment and efficient expense management
Financial Institution Category ExcellenceGMO Aozora Net Bank, Ltd. Developers’ Portal for Bank API Expanding new ecosystem by making Bank API accessible
Collaboration Category ExcellenceSeven Bank, Ltd.
CAULIS INC.
The Kansai Electric Power Company, Incorporated
Fraud Detection for Account Opening Using Power Supply Information Collaboration beyond industry sector, making use of regulatory sandbox to improve security to prevent financial crime

JFIA 2020 Winners

CategoryCompanyInitiative
(Some are Only in Japanese)
StartupCrowd Cast, Ltd.Corporate Prepaid Card for Expense Management
Funds, Inc.Online Market for Lending Fund
GINKAN, Inc.Program to Earn Cryptocurrency with Credit Card Usage
TRUSTDOCK Inc.e-KYC Identity Verification App
WealthNavi Inc.Wealth Management Advice with AI
Financial InstitutionFukuoka Financial Group, Inc.Next Generation Banking System on Public Cloud
GMO Aozora Net Bank, Ltd.Developers’ Portal for Bank API
ORIX Bank CorporationLiving Trust for Donating to Local Government
SBINeoMobile Securities Co., Ltd.New Brokerage Service to Purchase Stock with T-POINT
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.Online Signup for Corporate Card
CollaborationEmerada Co., Ltd.
Johoku Shinkin BANK
Face to Face Type Cash-Flow Lending
LINE Corporation
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
J/V to Establish Smartphone Bank, LINE BANK
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Ltd.
LayerX Inc. etc.
ST Research Consortium to Develop Next-Generation Financial Transaction Infrastructure on Blockchain
Nihon Unisys, Ltd.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.
Doreming PTE. LTD.
Insurance Service to Promote Financial Inclusion
Seven Bank, Ltd.
CAULIS INC.
The Kansai Electric Power Company, Incorporated
Fraud Detection for Account Opening Using Power Supply Information

■About FINOLAB Inc.
Address:Otemachi 1-6-1, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Representative:CEO, Chie Ito
Founded:2019-07-11
Capital:JPY 300 Million
Business Domain:Promoting FinTech initiatives of Members, including startups and corporates, and expand FinTech ecosystem in Japan.
Web:https://finolab.co.jp/

■About FINOLAB Community
The Fintech Center of Tokyo, FINOLAB is a membership community and an office space located in the heart of international financial district in Tokyo to promote FinTech ecosystem. Launched in Feb. 2016 by Mitsubishi Estate and Dentsu Group as the first FinTech Center in Japan. Consists of 56 Startup Members and 17 Corporate Members (As of Mar. 2020).
https://finolab.tokyo/

■About FINOVATORS, General Incorporated Association
Non-profit organization, with a group of pro-bono experts(Layer, Investor, Consultant, Analyst, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Banker, Public Sector Specialist, etc.)for supporting startups. Driving health innovation ecosystem in Japan by activities based on global and future vision, not limited to any organization or business area.
http://finovators.org/

WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR JAPAN FINANCIAL INNOVATION AWARD 2020

WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR JAPAN FINANCIAL INNOVATION AWARD 2020

– Inauguration of New FinTech Award to Evaluate Innovation, Growth, and Transformation –

TOKYO, Mar. 9, 2020 – FINOLAB Inc. and FINOVATORS – have inaugurated “Japan Financial Innovation Award 2020(JFIA2020)” and announced the winners of the respective category.

JFIA2020 is inaugurated this year to promote innovative initiatives in financial area by adopting information technology and share best practices in the industry, and expects to further expand open innovation beyond corporate group and business sector. JFIA2020 consists for 3 categories, including Startup, Financial Institution, and Collaboration. FINOLAB, the FinTech Center of Japan, administrated the evaluation process by extracting about 300 innovative initiatives from press releases during the year 2019. And final candidates and winners were selected by the group of professionals, FINOVATORS, based on the judgement on innovation, growth, and transformation.

Further Judgment is scheduled to announce Grand Prize and Category Excellence on Mar. 23 at “Future Frontier Fes by FINOLAB (4F).”
https://finolab.tokyo/jp/events/4f/

JFIA 2020 Winners

CategoryCompanyInitiative
(Some are Only in Japanese)
StartupCrowd Cast, Ltd.Corporate Prepaid Card for Expense Management
Funds, Inc.Online Market for Lending Fund
GINKAN, Inc.Program to Earn Cryptocurrency with Credit Card Usage
TRUSTDOCK Inc.e-KYC Identity Verification App
WealthNavi Inc.Wealth Management Advice with AI
Financial InstitutionFukuoka Financial Group, Inc.Next Generation Banking System on Public Cloud
GMO Aozora Net Bank, Ltd.Developers’ Portal for Bank API
ORIX Bank CorporationLiving Trust for Donating to Local Government
SBINeoMobile Securities Co., Ltd.New Brokerage Service to Purchase Stock with T-POINT
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.Online Signup for Corporate Card
CollaborationEmerada Co., Ltd.
Johoku Shinkin BANK
Face to Face Type Cash-Flow Lending
LINE Corporation
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
J/V to Establish Smartphone Bank, LINE BANK
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Ltd.
LayerX Inc. etc.
ST Research Consortium to Develop Next-Generation Financial Transaction Infrastructure on Blockchain
Nihon Unisys, Ltd.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.
Doreming PTE. LTD.
Insurance Service to Promote Financial Inclusion
Seven Bank, Ltd.
CAULIS INC.
The Kansai Electric Power Company, Incorporated
Fraud Detection for Account Opening Using Power Supply Information

■About FINOLAB Inc.
Address:Otemachi 1-6-1, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Representative:CEO, Chie Ito
Founded:2019-07-11
Capital:JPY 300 Million
Business Domain:Promoting FinTech initiatives of Members, including startups and corporates, and expand FinTech ecosystem in Japan.
Web:https://finolab.co.jp/

■About FINOLAB Community
The Fintech Center of Tokyo, FINOLAB is a membership community and an office space located in the heart of international financial district in Tokyo)to promote FinTech ecosystem. Launched in Feb. 2016 by Mitsubishi Estate and Dentsu Group as the first FinTech Center in Japan. Consists of 56 Startup Members and 17 Corporate Members (As of Mar. 2020).
https://finolab.tokyo/

■About FINOVATORS, General Incorporated Association
Non-profit organization, with a group of pro-bono experts(Layer, Investor, Consultant, Analyst, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Banker, Public Sector Specialist, etc.)for supporting startups. Driving health innovation ecosystem in Japan by activities based on global and future vision, not limited to any organization or business area.
http://finovators.org/