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transcosmos develops a unique accelerator program with Infinity Ventures. ANA becomes the first sponsor

Runs a joint accelerator program with Infinity Ventures, the organizer of “IVS”, Japan’s largest event for startups
Theme: “Build the next-gen business model by utilizing ANA MILEAGE CLUB”

September 20, 2017

transcosmos inc.
Infinity Ventures LLP

transcosmos inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and COO: Masataka Okuda; hereafter, transcosmos) has developed “DEC Studio”, a unique accelerator program for major enterprises to make open innovation, together with Infinity Ventures LLP (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; Co-Founder and Managing Partners: Akio Tanaka/Hirofumi Ono, hereafter, IV), the organizer of Japan’s largest offsite conference, Infinity Ventures Summit (IVS). IVS invites promising startup companies from around the globe every 6-months.

The companies will hold “IVS Connect Produced by DEC Studio (IVS Connect)” in December, welcoming ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Yuji Hirako; hereafter, ANA) as its first sponsor.

IVS Connect Produced by DECStudio

“Accelerator Program” is a program which offers a great opportunity for large enterprises to collaborate with venture companies. Today, the program attracts more and more companies.
With a partnership between transcosmos, a company which has over 3,000 major clients and operates with the corporate message, “Digital Transformation Partner”, and IV, a company which has a strong network of startup companies owing to its operations of IVS as well as its mentoring these companies, “IVS Connect” helps startups and large enterprises collaborate smoothly and successfully.

IVS Accelerator Basic Concept

<Concept & Summary>

  • Match up large enterprises with startups and help the enterprises innovate their businesses to overcome the challenges they face
  • Identify, collaborate and invest in promising startups that are aiming to succeed with their cutting-edge technologies and services
  • transcosmos provides comprehensive support operating their joint services (in and outside of Japan)
  • Release this program and hold an event at “IVS”, Japan’s largest community of startup CEOs/Founders

Shunsuke Sato, Director, Corporate Executive Officer & CMO at transcosmos commented:
“transcosmos has helped various large enterprises and startups form business alliances and operate businesses together. We are excited to have the opportunity to support more startups and large enterprises to co-create new businesses through our accelerator program together with ANA, a leading company in Japan, and IV, a well-known company who organizes “IVS”, the largest offsite conference in Japan.”

Hirofumi Ono at IV commented:
“With a vision to develop the whole internet market, which will support the future of Japan, we have been organizing Infinity Ventures Summit (IVS) for more than 10 years, as Japan’s largest conference for venture CEOs/Founders. In order to further grow the internet industry, it is more critical than ever for large enterprises and ventures to co-create new businesses. Together with transcosmos, who shares our vision and has a proven record in helping large enterprises and venture companies co-create new businesses, we are confident that we can drive collaboration between large enterprises and ventures.”

At the “IVS Connect”, ANA, the first sponsor of the program, will co-create new business opportunities with selected startups. The theme of the project is to develop the next-gen business model for ANA by utilizing ANA MILEAGE CLUB and other ANA customer services.

Tsuyoshi Inada, ANA Loyalty Marketing Department and President & CEO at ANA X Inc. commented: “Our goal is to build an eco-system within which the ANA airline business and our various customer-related businesses can generate new synergy, based on our solid relationship with our customers and partner companies. We are excited to see proposals that will further evolve ANA MILEAGE CLUB.”

<IVS Connect Schedule>

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
IVS 2017 Fall Kanazawa Day.1 Session.3 (16:00〜17:00)

Program: Flow/Overview
1. Submit application form for a 1st and 2nd screening  Download application form here: https://goo.gl/TT4KAK
2. Business Challenges and Product Introduction/ ANA
3. Product Presentation (6 min per company x up to 5 companies)
4. Judge/ANA, transcosmos, Founders & CEOs attending IVS
5. Winner Announcement/Award session

About IVS

Infinity Ventures Summit (IVS) is a semi-annual, invitation-only offsite conference where top-class CEOs/Founders and management in the internet industry get together and discuss the future of the industry as well as topics related to business management. 10 years since the first IVS in Fall 2007, IVS has now become Japan’s largest community for CEOs in the internet business, in terms of its history and scale.

IVS focuses on creating opportunities to develop a venture company eco-system, and activating the community through organizing sessions on business trends, various networking parties, “Launch Pad” - where companies present their new services - and “IVS DOJO”, where CEOs tell stories and recollect their valuable experiences.

transcosmos’s “DEC” Services

transcosmos has integrated Digital Marketing, E-Commerce and Contact Center functions into “DEC”, taking the initial letter of each, and providing DEC services to our clients. In order to accommodate changes in consumer behavior in the digital world, we believe it essential for businesses to provide digital-based one-stop services for their customers from ads, to purchase, to customer care. transcosmos develops and provides an integrated platform “DECAds” which delivers our “DEC” services.

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About transcosmos inc.

transcosmos launched its operations in 1966. Since then, we have combined superior “people” with up-to-date “technology” to enhance the competitive strength of our clients by providing them with superior and valuable services. transcosmos currently offers services that support clients’ business processes focusing on both sales expansion and cost reduction through our 174 locations across 31 countries with a focus on Asia, while continuously pursuing Operational Excellence. Furthermore, following the expansion of e-commerce market on the global scale, transcosmos provides a comprehensive One-Stop Global E-Commerce Services to deliver our clients’ excellent products and services to consumers in 49 countries around the globe. transcosmos aims to be the “Global Digital Transformation Partner” of our clients, supporting the clients’ transformation by leveraging digital technology, responding to the ever-changing business environment.

About Infinity Ventures LLP

Infinity Ventures LLP plans and operates “Infinity Ventures Summit”, the conference where over 700 prominent CEOs/Founders in the global internet/mobile industry get together. The company owns a vast network across the globe. Through making the most of its network, their experts in venture business management and investment provide enterprises with information on investment opportunities in startups operating in Japan, a global economic powerhouse, and a rapidly growing Greater China. IV also provides business management support for the invested companies. Its ultimate vision is to maximize the corporate values of the invested companies.

About ANA X Inc.

Entrusted with the ANA membership loyalty program, “ANA MILEAGE CLUB” and other customer-related ANA businesses, ANA X Inc. launched its business in December 2016, as a company which drives the initiative to build ANA Group’s marketing platform. As of August 2017, “ANA MILEAGE CUB” has a total of 31 million members and the ANA MILEAGE partner companies consist of more than 3,700 companies including companies from the travel, lifestyle, online store and financial industries. With “Mileage Program”, “Touch Point” and “Big Data”, ANA X focuses on delivering the optimum “One to One Marketing” for each one of its customers, and on developing new businesses by accumulating and analyzing customer data gathered via every possible customer touch point and customer boarding data. ANA X aims at creating values for both its customers and alliance partners through building its unique marketing platform by conducting a variety of collaboration projects.

Contacts for Media Inquiries

Tomizawa, Public Relations & Advertising Department, transcosmos inc.
Tel: +81-3-4363 0123   Fax: +81-3-4363 1123

Infinity Ventures LLP

Public Relations Department, ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD.
Tel: +81-3-6735-1111

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