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Global Sustainability Startup Pitch Event

by | Jan 26, 2021

Solutions to world-wide issues from world-wide startup companies

The Office of the City of Yokohama Representative to the Americas is excited to announce the “Global Sustainability Startup Pitch” a Japanese-language online pitch event introducing startups from all over the world on February 18th (JST), with the support of JETRO San Francisco office and Plug and Play, one of the world’s largest accelerators/VC. The participating companies are start-ups that provide innovative technologies and solutions to solve global issues such as climate change which are also interested in developing business in Japan and/or collaborating with Japanese companies. This is hosted as a follow up event to the 9th Asian Smart City Conference held on January 18th.

Event Overview

Date:      Wednesday, February 17th, 2021             8:00pm to 9:00pm EST
5:00pm to 6:00pm PST
Thursday, February 18th, 2021           10:00am to 11:00am JST

HostOffice of the City of Yokohama Representative to the Americas

CooperationJETRO San Francisco office, Plug and Play

ParticipationFree (RSVP required)


Global Sustainability Startup Pitch Program (60 minutes) :


(Japanese, no translation)

Office of the City of Yokohama, Representatives to the Americas 

Toshikazu Yazawa, Director

Introduction of Co-hosts

(Japanese, no translation)

JETRO San Francisco Office

Tak Yamashita, Chief Executive Director

Plug and Play

Koji Ed Miyazaki, Japanese Partnership Director

Guest Speaker

(Japanese, no translation)

TerraCycle (Yokohama, HQ in the U.S.)

Eric Kawabata, General Manager, Asia Pacific Region Japan

International Startups Pitch


(The pitches will be in English with Japanese subtitles.)


Nick Davis, CEO


Heidi Kujawa, CEO



Jens Bichoff, Business Development

The Plastic Flamingo(Philippines, Headquarter in France)

Raya Olivarez, Business Development


James Heatherington, Vice President Business Development

※There will be no Q&A. If you would like to have an individual meeting, please check the contact information during the event.


Please register for “Global Sustainability Startup Pitch” using the following link (Japanese Only): 

【Process】After filling out the participation application form, you will receive a confirmation email containing the viewing URL. On the day of the event, please join from that URL. For those who registered, we will send you the URL of the archive recording after the event. (Available for one month after the event. )

【Notes】There is no English translation during the speeches of host, cooperating institutes and guest speaker.

【Registration Deadline】 Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Participating companies


TerraCycle is a social enterprise Eliminating the Idea of Waste® tackling the issue by collecting hard-to-recycle materials and turning them into new products.  Currently programs unfolding in 21 countries all over the world.  They have the world’s largest supply chain in the field of ocean plastic recycling program and recently they have developed a reusable shopping platform offering favorite products in waste-free packages. TerraCycle Inc. established in 2001 in the U.S., established TerraCycle Japan in 2013.


Gridmarket is in a possession of a technology of predicting distributed energy potential for manufacturing and business properties using their proprietary algorithms developed with property portfolios information, utilities usage data and artificial intelligence (AI).

The GridMarket platform leverages sophisticated energy modeling, digital simulation planning, and proprietary analytics to produce actionable energy insights and propose a service implementing strategic energy plan. Established in 2014.


ByFusion is solving the plastic waste problem including the marine debris considered impossible to solve by developing a specially licensed system called The Blocker, recycling those wastes materials into building materials.  Converting all types of plastic waste into a revolutionary building material called ByBlock, a concreate block styled recycled plastic.

Established in 2015.


Enapter designs and manufactures highly efficient hydrogen generators. The core technology is built on unique and patented Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolysis.

Their vision is to pave the way for clean energy by replacing fossil fuels with green hydrogen and making it accessible. With offices in Europe and Asia, Enapter’s AEM electrolysers are deployed in over 33 countries including Japan.  Currently planning an office opening in Japan.  Established in 2014.

The Plastic Flamingo

A French startup based in Manila, Philippines, with the purpose of solving the plastic pollution in the oceans which comes from Asia. The Plastic Flamingo (also known as The Plaf) collects plastic waste from condominiums, schools, universities, restaurants and hotels is taken to the company’s warehouse, where it is segregated, cleaned and dried and recycles into HDPE, PP, LDPE and flexible packaging like multi-layered plastic and laminates. Founded in 2018.


High-Tech company located in Alberta, Canada, invented a geothermal power generation technology by mitigating or eliminating many of the issues that have hindered traditional geothermal solutions. This new effective green power generation system is called Eavor-Loop™.  By taking advantage of the latest advances in drilling technology and in combination with the latest thermoelectric generation technology, they have created clean and reliable energy on a global scale. Panelist, Mr. Heatherington, lives in Yokohama.  Established in 2017.


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