John Kojiro Moriwaka
Founder & CEO of Silicon Valley Ventures

Prof. John Kojiro Moriwaka serves many important roles in various organizations. He is a recognized Japanese multi-entrepreneur, columnist, professor, public speaker, rapper (Gifted), and painter(Mutant). He is an advisor of Silicon Valley startups to global companies, and mentor of 11 Accelerators. He is a renowned speaker expert on global entrepreneurship and startups and heavily spends time in Silicon Valley and Harvard to share their best practices with his audiences.


Japan Market Entry, Startup Ecosystems in Japan and worldwide, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Digital transformation, innovation/startup enablement, Medical device innovation, Deep tech, Pitch training, Open Innovation between startups and corporations



deeptech, medical device, digital health, SaaS, AI, drone, EC, etc



Harvard Business School Alumni


● Founder & CEO of Silicon Valley Ventures

● Executive Vice President & CIO Moriwaka Medical (Medical device innovation, sales, repair, development, PoC for Japan Market Entry)

● Director of Startup Grind Fukuoka

● Co-chapter director of Startup Grind Tokyo

● Visiting Professor of I University (teaches ‘entrepreneurship and innovation’)

● Visiting Professor of Myanmar Institute of Business 

● Ambassador of Startup World Cup

● Ecosystem Adviser of Hello Tomorrow Japan (deep tech innovation) 

● Mentor of Alchemist Accelerator (No.1 B2B accelerator in Silicon Valley) 

● Mentor of 500 Startups

● Mentor of German Accelerator

● Mentor of BE Accelerator

● Mentor of E-Cell (The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Bombay (E-Cell) in India) 

● Mentor of Startup Boot Camp Scale Osaka (Global accelerator) 

● Mentor of Keihanna Research Complex (the largest science park in Kansai region)

● Member of US-Japan MedTech Frontiers (Medical Device Innovation collaboration between Japan and Silicon Valley)

● Advisor of Japan Israel Chamber of Commerce (JICC)

● Visiting Researcher of Kyushu Institute of Technology

● Partner of Riftal (blockchain and IT software development in Estonia)

● Columnist of Forbes Japan (the inside of Innovation Ecosystem in Silicon Valley, Israel, India, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Nordic countries, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Canada, etc)

● Columnist of Resona Bank (Innovation Philosophy and Innovation Forest : interview entrepreneurs, VCs, educators, etc)

● Columnist of Dream Gate (how to make ‘global startup’)