Join the inaugural cohort of JIP Boston CIC is partnering with JETRO to host the inaugural JETRO Innovation Program (JIP) in Boston.

Join the inaugural cohort of JIP Boston

  • CIC is partnering with JETRO to host the inaugural JETRO Innovation Program (JIP) in Boston.
  • JIP Boston at CIC will support high potential Japanese life sciences and healthcare related startups in entering the Boston life sciences ecosystem and building meaningful connections with diverse stakeholders.

Calling for life sciences and healthcare startups with IP

  • Life sciences and healthcare related startups (e.g., pharmaceuticals, digital health, medical device, computational biology, other healthcare services) with IP
  • Early to middle stage (including pre-registered)
  • Application deadline October 5, 2020. Results announced October  21, 2020.
  • For more details on eligibility and the application, visit JETRO website by clicking the button below.

Program centered around building meaningful connections in Boston


    • Tokyo Training Phase (online/offline) November 16 – November 18
    • Individual Mentoring Phase (online) 8 December – January 22
    • Boston Networking Phase (online) February 1 – 14

Seminars: Topics including a deep dive into the Boston life sciences ecosystem, how to pitch effectively to US investors.

Pitch Events: Pitch your idea and get feedback from industry experts.

Mentoring: Receive individualized mentoring on how to position your business to succeed in the US market.

One-on-one meetings: Be matched with local investors and potential strategic partners.

Highlighted Lecturers and Judges

Tomoyoshi Koyanagi: Professor of Medicine, Tsukuba University

Stephen Pitt: Head of JLABS for US Northeast, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Rachele Ryan: Director of MassCONNECT, Innovation Services, MassBio

Helene Sire: Business Development Associate, BioLabs

Highlighted potential mentors

Joel Berniac: Joel A. Berniac, PhD, MBA, President & Founder, BioFuturis, LLC

Karl Ruping: Founder & CEO, Tiba Biotech, Managing Partner, incTANK Ventures

David Saxner: Principal Consultant, Longfellow Associates

Supporters and partners / パートナー紹介

At CIC, we believe in the entrepreneur.

“Boston and Cambridge are now home to over 500 biotech companies and 3 of the top 4 NIH-funded hospitals in the US. We’re excited to launch this program, which will enable you to build lasting connections and meaningful partnerships with key stakeholders here in Boston.”

Tim Rowe, Founder & CEO, CIC

“CIC has long been committed to helping Japanese entrepreneurs access the US market through our locations in the US. With our new CIC Tokyo location and the launch of this program, we are looking forward to supporting your success in the US.”

Yasu Yamakawa, President, CIC Japan / Executive Director, Venture Café Tokyo