NTT Data to invite promising startups from 10 cities around the world...

NTT Data to invite promising startups from 10 cities around the world for open innovation

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NTT Data (TSE:9613), Tokyo-based leading systems integrator and a subsidiary of Japan’s largest telco, recently announced that it will hold the 5th edition of the company’s flagship global pitch competition next March. Prior to that, regional preliminary events to screen nominee startups for the competition will take place in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore and Tel Aviv in February. Winners from each city will be invited to Tokyo to deliver a pitch at the finale event which is scheduled on March 15th. A complimentary round-trip to Tokyo plus 2-night hotel accommodations will be provided by the host for all regional winners.

NTT Data, Japan’s largest systems integrator under the umbrella of the country’s largest telco, announced today that it will hold the 5th edition of it’s flagship global pitch competition next March. Prior to that, regional preliminary events to screen nominee startups for the competition will take place in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore and Tel Aviv in February. Winners from each city will be invited to Tokyo to deliver a pitch at the grand finals on  March 15th. A complimentary round-trip to Tokyo plus 2-night hotel accommodations will be provided for all regional winners.

NTT Data will provide the top prize winner at the Tokyo finals with a complimentary assistance upon business expansion within Japan. The company is known as an IT engineering support provider for many industries in Japan. Some examples of this are IT infrastructure assets like the largest Japanese inter-bank network ZENGIN or inter-credit card company network CAFIS.

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NTT Data had started the open innovation initiative in order to help clients find relevant partners from the startup community. As part of all this endeavor, the company has been working as well with Mizuho Bank, one of Japan’s leading financial institutions, to encourage collaborative business activities with prominent FinTech startups in Japan.

Award-winning startups at past events include Japan’s Money Forward (FinTech), Canada’s Syngrafii (e-signature technology) and Hong Kong’s MewMe (social networking platform for real estate industry). The application deadline for any regional preliminary event is December 19th, Japan Time (UTC+9hrs). For more details, visit the organizer’s website right here.

Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy