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We can make employees happier

Job satisfaction is a very important topic. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges they face with employee happiness and retention.

Unipos is a startup who have developed an app designed to spread love and harmony within a company. Their service enables users to send messages of support and gratitude to their colleagues throughout the day. 

Points can be awarded and effort celebrated, creating an encouraging atmosphere where people feel valued. 

Unipos brings our people and teams closer. It helps drive transparency and employee engagement.

We experienced a significant growth in employee size. Our challenge was to explore tools that would enable us to hold the teams together, and continue to foster our core values. Unipos was a great tool to tackle that. It helped us acknowledge and celebrate small or big wins happening within our teams.

– Andries Bellemans, Lisk Head of HR

From an employer’s perspective, Unipos is highly effective for creating a supportive work environment, while keeping employees engaged in their work and the philosophy of their business.

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6 Japanese Startups to Watch at IFA 2019

It’s no surprise, given Japan’s fierce reputation for technological development, that its startups are innovating and pushing boundaries in ways only the Japanese could do. Brain scanners? Wooden screens? Emotional AI? It’s clear their horizons are slightly more broader than the rest of ours. 

With 19 startups coming over from Japan for Berlin’s IFA exhibition in September, we take a look at five of them that we think are destined for big things.


Empath

We’ve all experienced misunderstandings. Whether we’ve unknowingly chosen the wrong tone to speak to someone, or we’ve misinterpreted the mood of the person we’re communicating with. 

Empath is an Emotion AI tool which aims to solve this problem. It can identify the moods and emotions behind the voices it hears, and represents voice tones on its dashboard with an easy-to-read emoji interface. 

Empath has found a home in call centres, where phone operators can monitor the emotions in their own voices and gauge those of their customers in real-time. A managers can also monitor the overall mood of their teams.

Its aim is to help people understand and empathise with each other – creating harmonious exchanges. 


Unipos

Job satisfaction is a very important topic. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges they face with employee happiness and retention.

Unipos is a startup which has developed an app designed to spread love and harmony within a workplace. Their app enables users to send messages of support and gratitude to their colleagues throughout the day. 

Points can be awarded and effort celebrated, creating an encouraging atmosphere where people feel valued. 

From an employer’s perspective, Unipos is highly effective for creating a supportive work environment, while keeping employees engaged in their work and the philosophy of their business.


INDETAIL

‘Upgrade the world’ is the motto of INDETAIL, a company that seeks to bring blockchain into businesses, communities and our daily lives. 

One of their recent projects has involved creating an unmanned, multilingual check-in desk for foreign visitors in hotels which syncs with a keyless, smart lock system enabling the whole hotel experience to be automated and simplified for non-Japanese speakers. 

Using their motto, INDETAIL will take their ideas around the world, simplifying it for its users.


NeU

NeU are making innovative waves in the area of brain science, thanks to their range of wearable brain measuring devices. 

Utilising the world’s most advanced neuro-science technology, NeU have developed an ultra-compact and lightweight brain activity measuring device. It simply wraps around your head and beings recording activity.  

With the information gathered, NeU offer programmes in workforce efficiency, brain training exercises and opportunities to perform neuro marketing analysis.


mui

What’s unusual about mui, especially for a startup coming from Japan, is how they’re interested in creating spaces free from technology. Well, not completely. 

mui integrate natural materials – specifically wood – into modern technology in a subtle way. They believe our homes should be a tranquil haven that eschews technology in favour of natural aesthetics. Their products allow us to still enjoy the benefits of technology while not allowing them to interfere with our time away from a screen. 

Their products allow you to read messages, adjust the thermostat and much more, all while avoiding interacting with a screen. We’d love to see more of their technology in Europe and we’re keen to see what these guys bring to IFA.


Dynamic Map Platform

Dynamic Map Platform create full-3D of our roads and cities. It sounds pretty simple, but it’s an extreme feat of technology and their maps could have thousands of uses in the modern world.

Autonomous driving is just one. These vehicles will need maps that are fully interactive, precise and 3D for them to correctly and safely judge their surroundings. 

Other uses Dynamic Map Platform have so far experimented with include disaster recovery and urban planning. But the potential is endless – especially when integrated into smartphone apps. 

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Edge computing and how it can improve our daily lives

Idein Inc. is a tech company that’s living on the edge. Edge computing, that is. They are developing machine learning models and applications that are bringing the Internet of Things into daily life, in the name of improving it. 

Their pattern-matching software offer advanced face, image and object recognition – allowing sensors to see, catalogue, understand and interact with the world around them. Compatible with inexpensive, readily-available devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Idein Inc. makes edge computing accessible to everyone.

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Blockchain to upgrade the world.

INDETAIL is a blockchain company with the motto: “Upgrade the World!” 

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station

Using AI, IoT, Cloud and blockchain as their core technologies, they want to bring blockchain into businesses, communities and our daily life; all aspects of the world around us. 

One of their recent projects has involved creating an unmanned, multilingual hotel check-in desk for foreign visitors which syncs with a keyless, smart lock system – enabling the whole hotel experience to be automated and simplified for non-Japanese speakers. 

Another involves creating a blockchain-based electric vehicle public transport network for under-populated areas that lack solid infrastructures.

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Tech at home – how Yukai are creating robots that blend into our home

With the aim of making our home environments ‘intelligent’, Yukai are developing robots that slip seamlessly into our daily lives. Think of all the mundane tasks that make up our day-to-day living, and how we could improve our lifestyles with the help of technology. Yukai are pushing forward to create robots that respond to our real needs and free up our time for things that are more important to us. 

Yukai’s vision for the future sees us moving on from our smartphone dependency, and into a new era where robots pick up on our desires and needs without the need of a touchscreen. An exciting world is just around the corner, and Yukai aim to be at the forefront of this technological revolution.

Becco at home

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Rustic tech – this company is creating screens out of wood

We all spend too long gazing into those black mirrors and computer screens. We know this. You know this. mui knows this. 

mui believes your home should be a place of sanctuary from the modern world, even its tech. It’s created revolutionary natural wood products which offer local and cloud connectivity, enabling you to check your voicemail, adjust the thermostat, play music or dim the lights, all on a calming, natural wood interface. Not a screen in sight.  

Also on BBC: CES 2019: Hands on with Mui, the smart plank of wood. here.

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Can Empath press the hot button!? It certainly detects your mood and emotions.

We’ve all experienced misunderstandings. Whether we’ve unknowingly chosen the wrong tone to speak to someone, or we’ve misinterpreted the mood of the person we’re communicating with. This is especially problematic in business settings – where the stakes are higher and we’re not too familiar with the person we’re speaking with.

Empath aims to solve this problem. It’s an Emotion AI tool which can identify the moods and emotions behind the voices it hears. Its aim is to help people understand and empathise with each other – creating harmonious exchanges. 

Used by 500 customers in more than 40 countries, Empath has found a home in call centres, where phone operators can monitor the emotions in their own voices and gauge those of their customers in real-time. A managers can also monitor the overall mood of their teams – all from a simple dashboard using an emoji-interface.    

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In 20 years this startup will have built a city on the moon!

ispace’s vision is clear: in 20 years, they will have built a city on the moon. For this lunar exploration and robotics startup, the entire future of the Earth itself rests on us harnessing the potential of our moon. The key: locating the moon’s water. Water can be converted into fuel, which in turn can power their crafts, creating the first, low-cost Earth-moon transport service, through which all the equipment necessary for life can be safely delivered. 

To achieve this dream, ispace are developing small, lightweight landers and rovers to make lunar surface exploration a reality. In 2020, a moon orbiting mission is planned, and their first moon landings set for 2021.

At the IFA, ispace are keen to meet prospective customers keen on joining their mission and making moon living a reality.

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Berlinで勝つ!「J-Startup」の支援スタート

【プレスリリース】

<ジェトロ・グローバル・アクセラレーション・ハブ in ベルリン>

2018年9月22日、JETROベルリンオフィスで、J–startupのホロアイズ谷口様、シャリテの柏原様、そしてbistreamが集い、グローバルハブ事業をキックオフしました!

経済産業省に選ばれて世界を目指すJ-Startupの企業は、たった100社!その中の一社、Holoeyes Inc.がベルリンを目指します。

ベルリンは医療系スタートアップにも力を入れているので、楽しみです!

リリースの原文はこちらからご覧いただけます:

JETRO Acceleration Hub

ベルリン発:日独スタートアップ・プラットフォーム(GJSP)

  

2018年9月15日(日)、日独産業協会(DJW)は、ベルリン・東京・デュッセルドルフに近いクレーフェルトをビデオで結び、「第二回 日独スタートアップ・プラットフォーム(GJSP)ベルリン – NRW – 東京」を開催した。

ベルリンも東京も、それぞれの国のスタートアップの中心地であり、デュッセルドルフはヨーロッパで一番日本企業が進出している都市である(ロンドンを除く)。

土曜日にも関わらず、日独両国のスタートアップとそのエコシステムの最新動向を探りネットワーキングしようと、300人余りがビデオカンファレンスに参加した。去年は約200名であったというから、イベントとトピックへの関心の高まりがみてとれる。(アジェンダ)

まず冒頭で、在ドイツ日本国大使特命全権大使の八木毅大使と、在日ドイツ連邦共和国大使であるDr.von Werthernからご挨拶をいただいた。

  

スタートアップエコシステム

スタートアップのエコシステムというのは、言わば生まれて間もないスタートアップを成長させ、事業を成功へと導く仕組みだと言える。仕組みではあるが、ここで「エコシステム」=生態系という言葉が使われているのには意味がある。スタートアップを取り巻くエコシステムは、その企業の主力分野や、会社の立地など地理的要因、またそのスタートアップをサポートする存在に大きな影響を受けているからだ。

今回の最初のパネルディスカッションは「日本とドイツのスタートアップエコシステム:イノベーションに向けたインフラとフレームワーク構築」についてであった。

登壇者:Klemens Gaida氏(CEO, Digital Innovation Hub)、Lisa Wäntig氏(Head of Business Development, Wantedly)、Miki Uchida(内田 光紀)氏(Director, Zero One Booster)、Ikuo Hiraishi(平石 郁生)氏(Founder & CEO, DreamVision)。Thomas Jarzombek MdB氏(Partner, releon)はビデオメッセージで。そして、bistreamからは私、Chika Yamamoto(山本 知佳)。

  

ドイツと日本のスタートアップ

ドイツでも日本でも、スタートアップはベルリンと東京に集中している。ベルリンと東京の「生態系」の1番の違いは、その国際性にある。テック系スタートアップの黄金時代とも言える現在、求められる人材を国内のみで賄うことはままならい。ベルリンにも東京にも世界中から人材が集っているが、ベルリンでは人材は様々なスタートアップに分散しており、スタートアップは国際色豊かで英語が標準語である。

だが、東京では海外からの人材は一部の外資系スタートアップなどに集中してしまい、日系スタートアップはまだ国際化の恩恵を十分受けているとは言い難い。

  

ドイツのスタートアップ人材分布の例:

from Simplesurance homepage
150人程の社員は、30カ国から構成されている。

  

スタートアップの参入障壁

ドイツスタートアップが日本に参入する際の障壁となるものに「日本人特有の信頼感」をあげたのは、日本に12年住んだのちベルリンに来たドイツ人のLisa Wäntig氏(Head of Business Development, Wantedly)。日本語が話せるようになっても、ビジネスができるような関係になることは容易ではなく、特有のネットワークを介したり、肌感覚で相手の懐具合を理解でき合える人材が必要という。

… it is quite difficult to win their trust.

一方、共通のネットワークを介して協業がうまくいったと言ったは、Miki Uchida(内田 光紀)氏。これは内田氏がすでにグローバル人材であることが影響したのであろうと思われた。

実は同様な問題は、日本企業のアウトバウンドでも見られる。例えば、日本企業はドイツに視察やスカウトに来る際、自社の目的のみに集中しがちだ。ドイツ側はそういった日本企業にはフェアであるが事務的に対応する傾向がある。ドイツ人の懐に入り込むにも、それなりの理解とテクニックが必要である。

こういった課題は、JETROのハブとして機能している我々bistreamのようなアクセラレーターを介すると、容易に回避できる。JETROグローバルアクセラレーターにお申し込み頂くと無料で受けられるサービスもあるので、ぜひ活用していただきたい。(JETROのサービス内容

  

スタートアップと女性の活躍

Chika、Lisa Wäntig氏、加塩 雄斗氏(在ドイツ日本国大使館 二等書記官)

今回のディスカッション内容の主題ではなかったが、パネル登壇者6人(うち一人はビデオメッセージ)のうち、3人が女性であった。

2017年度に世界経済フォーラムが発表した「グローバル・ジェンダーギャップ報告書」(The Global Gender Gap Report)によると、ドイツの男女格差は12位、しかし、日本は前年より下がり114位と低迷している。

ドイツでは近年スタートアップがたくさん生まれており、中でもClueやReDI School、Qunomedical のような、女性によって創設されたスタートアップは注目を集めている。ドイツのスタートアップでは創始者チームの25%が女性で、日本では起業家の30%が女性である(2016年のデータによる)。

日本もドイツもまだまだ女性起業家への支援が必要な段階であり、女性起業家対象のプログラムの充実が望まれる。

実は今回のパネル終了後、登壇した私に話しかけてきてくれたのはスタートアップだけでなく、日本、ドイツ、台湾、中国がルーツの若い女性たちもいた。「私の履歴書」である部分に興味を持ってのことだった。

  

bistreamでも、これからさらに女性起業家のネットワーキング、メンタリングなどの支援に取り組んでいきたい。