encognize joins the "Financial Inclusion Consortium" led by Nihon Unisys
On March 12th 2021, Nihon Unisys announced the establishment of the "Financial Inclusion Consortium" 「金融包摂コンソーシアム」starting April 2021 with the vision of "enriching lives for everyone who does their best" in the current changing society 「がんばるみんなに豊かな暮らしを」.
The "Financial Inclusion Consortium" aims at providing a variety of financial services in collaboration with financial institutions, human resource service providers and fintech companies among others, taking into consideration some of the major forces driving societal changes such as the impact of COVID19, work styles evolution, a higher lifestyle diversity or also the coming possibility to pay salary using e-money in Japan.
encognize, alongside AdviceRobo, a leading Fintech company in Alternative Credit Scoring supported by our Japan X-Tech Force, is one of the initial members of this "Financial Inclusion Consortium" led by Nihon Unisys.
Nihon Unisys Press Release here (Japanese only)
"Financial Inclusion Consortium" webpage here (Japanese only)
encognize delivers CREATOYO 2021 Business Innovation Award
"What Higher Education-related problem can you solve using digital technologies, turning your solution into a responsible business by 2025?"
This is the question that participants of Creatoyo 2021, an annual one-week interactive event organized by the Department of Global Innovation Studies (GINOS) Toyo University Japan, in collaboration with MOSAIC, the creativity and innovation hub from HEC Montreal, Canada and BETA from Strasbourg University, had to work on in a team setup.
For this Creatoyo 2021 Business Innovation Award program fully designed and delivered on-line by encognize, the 5 teams competing for the award could get expert insights and learn from professionals drawn from the entire innovation ecosystem in Japan (Corporations, startups support structure, coach, VC...).
Knowledge sharing sessions from the selected Business Innovation Award mentors covered themes such as how to define your market, the importance of developing soft skills, design thinking and related tools, PR/FAQ innovation mechanism, the role of VC and key criteria for a VC investment decision.
Stay Collaborative, Stay Creative.
2020 has been obviously a very unsettling year for many businesses and organizations.
encognize was no exception and had to implement the necessary organizational adjustments as the pandemic was spreading globally.
Thus we are proud to share in these first days of 2021 that we've been able to achieve a lot in 2020 despite an adversarial context: new projects, new Japan X-Tech Force contributors, new services...
Therefore, we would like to thank again here our customers, our business partners and all our supporters without which we could not have gone so far in 2020.
2021 has finally arrived; let's now look forward...
While we don't know exactly how the "new normal" will look like, one thing is for sure: more than ever we will need to stay collaborative and creative in order to deliver on our mission to advance responsible digital X-Tech innovation from and to Japan.
So, Happy New Year 2021 and... stay safe!
encognize G.K., Founder & CEO
* new year card visual freely inspired from the poster of "Saratoga Festival. 1980" as a symbolic tribute to graphic designer Milton Glaser who passed away June 26, 2020.