Eric Gan is the founder of eAccess, a mobile telecommunications company taking on the myth held by both Japanese and foreign business that Japanese consumers were "different" from the rest of the world. His success in marketing low-cost mobile phones led to his career advancement—becoming the president of Ymobile, subsidiary, and later becoming executive vice president of SoftBank itself. He has led SoftBank’s pivot to overseas markets, especially in China and India, putting him at the forefront of Japanese companies expanding to new consumers.
Prior to eAccess, Gan was a telecom analyst and managing director for Goldman Sachs Japan, where he was involved in advising telecommunications financing projects in Japan and Asia.
This year, we have streamlined our selection process to allow startup teams that passed the first round of selection to submit their business plans directly to all partner investors and funds in the MIT-CHIEF startup community. Every participating team will get feedback directly from professionals in the top investment organizations. During the evaluation period, MIT-CHIEF will be dedicated to helping startup teams present their project to investors through both online channels and face-to-face meetings.
Startup teams ranked top 10 will join us in the MIT-CHIEF Annual Conference to be held on November 12th, where they will pitch their business plans to the most influential VCs and an audience of hundreds.
When startup teams sign up for the contest, they are not only a contestant in the competition, but also a member of MIT-CHIEF’s resourceful startup eco-system. We work closely with more than 200 powerful investors and institutions from both China and the US, more than 100 startup incubators around the globe, and more than 200 famous public companies. You will meet talented potential partners and insightful investors to help you realize your dreams.