Ambassador Kennedy Recognizes Japanese Entrepreneurs
January 30, 2014
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy hosted the fourth annual "The Entrepreneur Awards Japan" (TEAJ) ceremony at her Residence on January 29 as part of the U.S. Government's efforts to promote the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Japan, especially in cooperation with U.S. business. Ambassador Kennedy spoke about the vital role that entrepreneurship will play in Japan's future economic development:
"After only a few months in Japan, I have become keenly aware that Japan's innovators and entrepreneurs are responsible for much of the economic optimism that is making the news. I'm particularly excited to be here as Japan unlocks a remarkable pool of talented women to create new economic opportunities for their families and for Japanese and global companies more broadly."
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy with the winners and runners up. (Antony Tran Photo)
Over 150 guests attended the event, including private-sector business leaders and entrepreneurs, Government of Japan officials, and individuals interested in recognizing and encouraging promising entrepreneurs.
The U.S. Embassy appreciates the support and collaboration of a number of organizations that helped arrange the event, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Venture Generation, the British Chamber of Commerce Japan, the Japan Market Expansion Competition, the MIT-Enterprise Forum Japan, the TOMODACHI Initiative, Ernst & Young's Working Woman Network, DELL/DWEN, UnitedSucces, and IMPACT.
The highlight of the event was the announcement of this year's award winners, who are as follows:
U.S. Embassy's Award, Japan
Presented to a Japanese entrepreneur with a risk-embracing spirit
Presented to an outstanding entrepreneurial woman in Japan
ACCJ Director's Award
Presented to an entrepreneur with international aspirations
Venture Generation Award
Presented to an entrepreneur with an early-stage venture expected to have a positive impact on society
The U.S. Embassy looks forward to continuing our support for entrepreneurship and innovation in Japan.