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Sabrina Sasaki (she/her)

Principal & Country Manager, Monozukuri Ventures

Investment & BizDev for Early Stage Deep Tech & Manufacturing Startups. 
As a Female, Foreigner and non-Japanese speaker, I was the first employee at a bootstrapping Japan-based company. The early stage experience with co-founders and board members helped to build the basis for working alongside startups, from ecosystem footprints like community engagement and investor's relations all the way to launching a brand from scratch with constant iterations.
Built the basic platform for our fund's mission, attracting investments for the new company, LPs to Funds I & II, focused on US & Japan-based hardware & hard-tech startups.
Launched our new Canadian office in Toronto (March/2023). Now joining forces with ecosystem partners to help build long term engagements between North American Startup Ecosystems and Japanese Deep Tech and Manufacturing Resources.
+8 years focused on early stage hardtech startups in Japan, the US & Canada, from pre-seed to series A: robotics, cleantech & medtech.
+15 years of experience in customer-centric business & digital marketing, working closely with entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, from the US, Japan, France, Latin America & Scandinavia. In my previous life, I worked for leading digital agencies as a Client Partner and Project Manager.

Sessions

HardtechFest

Where Does All the Money Go? Decoding Financing for Hardware Startups

Unlock the secrets of securing hardtech funding in "Where does the money go?" A must-attend panel for startups aiming to understand the investor mindset. Find out what makes a startup bankable, from investment criteria to strategic positioning. Learn directly from financial experts and top hardtech investors how to prepare your venture for success. This session offers the tools to transform your startup into an attractive investment, bridging innovation with financial viability. See more.
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