Zuva, creator of the world's largest database of start-up companies, says it is optimistic about the prospects for growth once Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ is lifted.

Zuva’s database is aimed at business people who are interested in overseas start-up companies as investment and loan destinations. To introduce the Japanese business community to some of the start-up opportunities available overseas, Zuva is holding online seminars via Zoom every Thursday and Friday afternoon.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all spheres of economic life activities. While it is not currently possible to make overseas business trips, obtaining information on foreign start-ups is still possible, thanks to Zuva’s vast database of about 1 million start-ups around the world.

From its inception, Zuva’s database was built with the teleworking era in mind. While it is not possible to go and collect information, Zuva’s database helps companies search for business news from startups around the world and contact them in advance.

Once the coronavirus pandemic settles down, there is sure to be a rush to find new business opportunities. Overseas start-up companies still need funds for further development and are still looking for Japanese business partners, either to help them enter the Japanese market or as a source of finance and know-how. Only the best-informed, most far-sighted companies will reap the benefits. Now is the time to find promising start-up companies and lay the foundations for future growth.

Zuva has pioneered new ways to collect news from trusted sources, including TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, and the MIT Technology Review. It also collects corporate information from websites, business news, patent information, investments and loans, M & A, and external data suppliers. It then classifies start-up companies using a unique algorithm and quantifies the correlations between the 700 categories in its database.

Every Friday, Zuva hosts a one-hour seminar that explains how to find promising start-up companies, introduces promising overseas start-ups, and looks at the current status of start-ups, with a particular focus on China. Participants will also learn how the coronavirus has impacted start-up companies.

In addition, Zuma holds a one-hour lecture on Thursday afternoons on how to find promising start-up companies using ‘Zuva Pro.’ Participants discover how ‘Zuva Pro’ drills down into the 700 categories in the Zuva database to help users track down companies offering new services and technologies. They also learn how to intuitively visualize and analyze a company’s business portfolio and how to spot new business opportunities.

Zuva’s seminar instructor and lecturer is its Head of Business Development, Isao Sugehara. He spent 20 years overseas as a representative of a Japanese general electric equipment manufacturer, specialising in sales of office equipment and IT systems. Mr. Sugehara spent 13 years in China, during which time he visited over 200 Chinese cities.

He was involved in a wide range of businesses from AI (development of speech recognition technology), lithium-ion battery businesses and the launch of new businesses. Since joining Zuva, he has been consistently engaged in business development in China, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa.

Participation in Zuva seminars and lectures is free. All you have to do to reserve your place is register in advance. Applicants will be notified of the URL at least 24 hours before the lecture or seminar (applicants are asked not to share the URL)

The next Zuva seminar will be held on Friday, May 28, between 1630 and 1730. To apply, register your details here.

The next Zuva lecture will be held on Thursday, May 29, between 1630 and 1730. To apply, register your details here.

To find out more about Zuva, have a look at the company’s website.

You might also like to check out Zuva’s YouTube channel.

By - George Lloyd.