About Startup Challenge

Presented by NTT Communications, Japan's largest telecom firm will be supporting the Asian startup ecosystem with an opportunity for funding, access to our investor network and quality technological infrastructure

Our Goal is to support startup ecosystem in Asia and scale or leverage startup business through the alliance with NTT Communications

About NTT Communications Group

NTT Communications (NTT Com) is one of the world`s largest telecommunications company and wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Group).
NTT Com Booked Operating Revenues of USD 13 Billion (11% out of NTT Group Total Revenue) as a result of FY 2016.

NTT Com provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide


  • Kuan Hsu

    Co-Founder and General Partner - KK Fund

    Kuan Hsu is the Co-Founder and General Partner of KK Fund, focusing on early stage internet and mobile investments in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Co. in the US.

    He subsequently moved to Singapore, executing PE deals at Temasek throughout the region prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist responsible for GREE Ventures' Southeast Asian operations.

  • Akie Iriyama

    Associate Professor – Waseda Business School

    Professor Iriyama joined WBS in 2013. Prior to joining WBS, he served as an assistant professor of State University of New York at Bufallo, United States, for five years. He received MA and BA in economics from Keio University, Japan, and Ph. D. from University of Pittsburgh, United States. Professor Iriyama has broad research interest in strategic management, international business, and entrepreneurship. He has widely published in premier academic journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Global Strategy Journal, and so on.

  • Takashi Kawabata

    Chief Asia Economist, 'Uzabase Asia Pacific

    Takashi Kawabata is an ex-diplomat turned economist and journalist. He has been doing research on Southeast Asian political economy since his university days by majoring in Southeast Asian Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Currently, he is SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist at Uzabase Asia Pacific, Singapore and journalist at NewsPicks, Tokyo. He has written substantial research reports and news articles on startups, business, macroeconomics, politics and social issues in Asia. His major masterpieces are ASEAN country reports and analysis on Chinese tech giants such as Huawei, Tencent and Alibaba. Prior to join Uzabase and NewsPicks, he served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan for eleven years. Most of his responsibilities as a diplomat were involved in research on Southeast Asian affairs, counter-terrorism and geo-politics. He also worked at SMBC Nikko Securities as senior ASEAN economist for five years. His reports were widely distributed to institutional investors in Japan.

  • Yasunori Kinebuchi

    Manager, Founder of “NTT Com Startup Challenge”
    Global Business, NTT Communications Corporation

    Yasunori Kinebuchi is the founder of "NTT Com Startup Challenge" which is the project of collaboration with Startup in SEA. He also serves as a manager of PMI of affiliate companies. He received BA in economics from Keio University, Japan, and MBA from The University of North Carolina, United States.

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