Melting Pot For International Startups


Melting Pot For International Startups

This is our 26th event, and we're thrilled to introduce a group of startup accelerators and founders across the world. We'll hold insightful discussions to learn about their business, stories and unique opportunities and challenges as international startup player in NYC. See you all there!

This is a fantastic opportunity for cross-cultural learning with entrepreneurs in our greater community. We'd like to invite new founders, established startup leaders, and people thinking of starting their own company here in NYC to join us to share wisdom and information across borders. Join us and hang out afterward at a bar nearby!

- 06:30 pm Door opens/ Networking
- 07:00 pm Opening Remarks
- 07:15 pm Panel Discussion: Frances Simowitz - Program Director of NUMA, Jennifer Pei Lin - Program Director of Lair East Labs, Anastasia Cifuentes - the Co-founder & COO of Gatsby, Nessim Zouaoui - Founder of Lya (Moderated by Masa Okunishi, Founding Partner of Rising Startups)
- 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking

About NUMA New York:

NUMA New York works with growth-stage startups to achieve scale within the U.S. and global markets. During our program, startups participate in an intense adaptation into the local ecosystem and a deep focus into a pre-identified area to scale their best strategies (B2B Sales, B2C User Acquisition, Raising Investment). NUMA operates in 8 global locations and has accelerated over 350 startups in 17 years of operation.

About Frances:
Frances is a Launch expert in the New York City startup ecosystem. She’s established and grown operations in multiple cities such as Boston, Chicago, DC, and New York for startups like Sittercity, Startup Institute, and now NUMA New York. Frances has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and has established one of the largest entrepreneurial communities in New York City through HackerNest (9k+). Her key strengths are in Operations, Business Development, Community Building, Negotiations, and many levels of sales from small tickets to enterprise.

About Lair East Labs:

Lair East Labs is a startup accelerator for founders interested in launching businesses in the US with access to Asia Market. Twice a year, we invest $50K to startup companies who are ready to explore and take on our program. Our 10-week program combines the best of both worlds. Learn from alumni founders of top Silicon Valley-style accelerators and gain access to a mentor and investor network with extensive experience navigating the Asia market.

About Jennifer:
Jennifer has built her career working in startups, accelerators, finance, and non-profits. In startups, she has worked in food-subscription businesses and SaaS companies. This is her second time directing and operating another accelerator in NYC. In her previous life, she worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, managing high net-worth clients’ assets. She runs the biggest Japanese Technology conference and meetup group in NYC. She has experience advocating and building cross-cultural entrepreneurship that increases the opportunity for collaboration and access to information.

About Gatsby:

Gatsby is an internet company that is more human. Designed with heart, we promise privacy, lightning-speed, and transparency. Instead of digging cables in the ground, our internet takes to the skies, relying on wireless technology that can reach you more easily. Join us in spreading an internet we all deserve, ( Powered by the blockchain. Proud sponsors of Ethereal 2018, the "SXSW of Blockchain".

About Anastasia:
Anastasia Cifuentes is the Co-founder and COO at Gatsby, an internet company that promises privacy, lightning-speed, and transparency. Prior to Gatsby, Anastasia co-founded a successful real estate fund in Central America, powered by virtual reality. Anastasia received her B.A. in Political Theory and Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture at Princeton University. In her spare time, she searches for tea & dessert spots, re-watches seasons of The Office, and roams MUJI stores.

About LYA:

LYA, an A.I networking assistant to meet new inspiring, compatible people nearby. Lya works to understand your values and personality by asking you questions everyday. Then Lya will propose you inspiring, compatible people to meet. If you accept to meet the person suggested, Lya will choose a venue and organise your meeting so you just have to go and enjoy a coffee with someone new. GoodBye the online meeting apps, meet new people in the reality. (Networking, social, AI, automation) Beta website:

About Nessim:
Nessim Zouaoui, 25 years old French, Tunisian entrepreneur. CEO & Head of product @ Lya. Nessim has co-founded 3 startups and has an expertise in early stage startups, product management and design thinking. Nessim is a 2017 Alumni @ NUMA accelerator.

Huge Thanks to our awesome Sponsors:

Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn ( ( ), so come early and enjoy it!

Galvanize ( is providing space!

We hope that this event will be a place where Japan & New York people can come collaborate. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Japan NYC Startups Team