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Aiko Kato is a Business Development Manager with a strong Mechanical Engineering background. She has more than six years of experience in industrial and academic R&D and three years experience in business development. Aiko has research experience in mechanics, photonics, bioscience, and biochemistry, and 16 patents associated with her work.


Since 2015, Aiko has taken on the role of Manager of Business Development, where she is responsible for North American business development and technology scouting related to IoT and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for Daikin, Industries, Ltd., a Japanese multinational air conditioning manufacturing company. Equally, she is conducting partnership development for university-industry collaboration in North America, Canada and Israel. Aiko excels at managing cross-functional global teams.


In 2016, Aiko received a MIRAI award, the top prize of the largest business model competition in Japan held by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and The Japan Research Institute, Limited. As a result, Aiko was invited to be a mentor and advisor to numerous tech startup competitions and initiatives in Japan. In 2017, Aiko was selected as one of only 10 young people from Japan for the Israel Young Leadership Program.


In parallel, Aiko founded Girls in Tech Japan, a non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in STEM fields that now has over 2,000 members. 


2016年3月にサンフランシスコ発の技術系女性と女性起業家の成長を支援するためのNPO団体「Girls in Tech」の日本支部を立ち上げ,2016年9月には大阪で初イベントを,12月には東京にてローンチイベントを開催し活動を本格化した。

経済産業省のイノベーター育成プログラム「始動 Next Innovator 2016」に参画し,イスラエル大使館のYoung Leadership Programに選抜され,2017年1月にイスラエルへ派遣された。三井住友銀行・日本総合研究所主催の「未来2016」では優秀賞を受賞。ベンチャー支援も行う。



Aiko Kato


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