Event Report: Creative Tech Week & Creative Night

Shibuya Startup Support (SSS) joined Oslo Creative Tech Week on November 7-8, and the Stockholm Creative Tech Week on November 14.

Both events focused on creative tech, bringing together entrepreneurs and startups involved in music, gaming, eSports, fashion, art, and web3. The events included speakers from the creative tech industry, networking sessions where attendees could connect with other attendees, demo booths where startups both displayed and demoed their services for attendees, and an NFT art gallery.

Oslo Creative Tech Week

Oslo Creative Tech Week was held in the event space 657, a community based in Oslo that supports Norwegian creative talent and startups. Sayaka Nakashima, who is in charge of partnerships at SSS, took the stage to introduce Shibuya City’s plans in the creative sector, activities, and the startup visa program.

Oslo Creative Tech Week held at 657, a space for creative startups in Oslo
(Photo: Shibuya City)

At the same event, Yoshiro Tasaka, director of SSS and head of Shibuya City’s Global Hub City Promotion Office, joined a panel discussion on interregional collaboration in the creative industry. Speakers included Konrad Olsson, founder and chief editor of Scandinavian MIND, a Stockholm-based media outlet that focuses on lifestyle and technology, and Anniken Fjelberg, co-founder and CEO of 657. During the panel discussion, the panelists discussed how the cooperation with other Nordic countries in the creative industry should be boosted, and also shared the strengths of each region to strengthen cooperation between Japan and the Nordic region.

Part of the panel discussion (Photo: Shibuya City)

Stockholm Creative Tech Week

Stockholm Creative Tech Week is an event for Nordic creative tech entrepreneurs, startups, and startup support organizations. It is organized by STHLM Music City, which aims to create a global community in music and tech, and Invest In Stockholm, a support organization by the city of Stockholm that promotes the attraction of startups and companies in the city. Sayaka Nakashima again took the stage to introduce Shibuya City’s efforts and future plans in the creative industry, SSS activities, and the Startup Visa Program.

Stockholm Creative Tech Week (Photo: Shibuya City)

Through participation in Creative Tech Week in Oslo and Stockholm, we were able to connect with local creative tech startups and entrepreneurs who are considering entering the Japanese market, and we are looking forward to further collaboration with ecosystem builders and government agencies to further promote the creative industry in the coming year. We were also able to confirm our future plans to further strengthen cooperation with ecosystem builders and government agencies, and to further promote the creative industry in the coming year as SSS.

Creative Night in Shibuya

Inspired by the Creative Tech Week, SSS held its first creative, technology, and innovation-focused talk session and networking event at Portal Point Shibuya on December 19, 2022.

Creative Night in action (Photo: Shibuya City)

The talk session featured special guests Ananya Donapati, a San Francisco-based content creator, Teresa Fong of Creative Tokyo, and Takayuki Suzuki of ParadeALL, an expert in the Web 3.0 x entertainment industry. Yoshiro Tasaka from SSS moderated the session and talked about the future of creative tech, trends, and the importance of opening up public spaces and creating a place where people from various fields can discuss and debate in order to make Shibuya a more creator and creative industry friendly town. 

The event was not only about the creative industry — participants from startups, entrepreneurs, and companies in a variety of industries also took part! We hope to foster new initiatives and collaborations with other industries in the future.

Speakers (Photo: Shibuya City)

At SSS we will continue to support international startups to enter the Japanese market while strengthening collaboration with the creative industry. In addition, many events related to many creative fields and Web 3.0 are scheduled to be held in Shibuya in 2023. If you are a creative-related startup interested in expanding into Japan or collaborating with SSS, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Upcoming events and seminars will be posted on our social media accounts!

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