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Canadian tech startups get vital link to Japanese market
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Canadian tech startups get vital link to Japanese market 

NTT Data has named MaRS its first partner in a global initiative to engage technology centres around the world that work with startup firms. Under the agreement, MaRS will facilitate introductions between NTT Data and MaRS’ roster of entrepreneurs seeking export opportunities in Asia.

“We are actively looking to connect Canadian innovators with business opportunities and customers in Japan and other key global markets,” said Salim Teja, executive vice president of ventures at MaRS.

MaRS is one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures that are tackling key challenges in the health, clean tech, finance & commerce, as well as work & learning sectors.

“This is Japan’s first collaboration with MaRS, a global centre for technology, and we are confident this initiative will help innovative businesses accelerate sales in our market,” said Kotaro Zamma, head of open innovation and business incubation business strategy at NTT Data.

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NTT Data has business operations in over 40 countries. It focuses on long-term commitments, combining global reach with local intimacy to provide premier professional services varying from consulting and systems development to outsourcing.

Canadian entrepreneurs in the fintech, energy and artificial intelligence spaces will be invited to participate in a global business challenge aimed at startups that offer solutions to major economic problems such as population decline and aging, environmental destruction, depletion of energy resources and the rising cost of healthcare.

The challenge is one of the nine contests and other events throughout the year that will be supported by NTT Data.

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