Global Business Innovation Programme to Japan - 5G Technology

About This Event

Due to the current travel restrictions in place within Japan and our delegates safetywe have made the difficult decision to postpone this programme to 5th – 12th November 2022, when the current COVID-19 conditions are unlikely to restrict us to travel to market.


Boost your global technology presence and create innovative partnerships in the 5G industry


What is the Innovate UK Global Business Innovation Programme?

The Global Business Innovation Programme – 5G is a funded offering organised by Innovate UK as part of UKRI, and delivered by Innovate UK EDGE, to help innovative UK businesses explore global opportunities to grow and scale. 

Consisting of a three-phase programme - get ready for the market, visit the market and exploit the opportunity, the Global Business Innovation Programme is designed to provide valuable insights, and gain detailed market knowledge, introductions and cultural benefits. To enable you to effectively access and exploit a market with new collaborations and partnerships, which businesses would find challenging to obtain themselves. 

You will receive invaluable wrap-around support from an expert innovation & growth specialist, who will help your business maximise the opportunities identified, including developing innovation projects with partners in the territory.


Why apply to attend 5G technology in Japan?

This Global Business Innovation Programme visit focuses on Japan’s game-changing cellular technology system. Japan is embracing 5G and is expected to become the dominant force in cellular technology by 2026. 

With the country leading the way in cellular technology, a multi-national company, SoftBank, aims to deploy over 50,000 5G base stations to target 90% of the population by March 2022. 

This initiative is particularly relevant for businesses that focus on the diversification of the UK’s 5G ecosystem, including enhanced cybersecurity, speed of deployment and a reduction in the integration barriers. The key considerations will be on: 

  • Open RAN and openness within 5G telecoms
  • Industrial uses of 5G technology / Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Private and localised 5G

The partnership is an opportunity for innovative UK businesses to collaborate with Japan around the application of 5G technology - a significant catalyst for future innovation and economic growth.


How does the Global Business Innovation Programme work?

The Global Business Innovation Programme is structured around three main phases and each business will have a designated Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist to support them for the duration of the offering, including developing an action plan to capitalise on the opportunities identified.

The three main phases of the Global Business Innovation Programme are:

Phase 1: Getting ready for the market

Pre-activity briefing workshop to build knowledge and understanding of the market and potential opportunities, including how to do business, cultural aspects, how to protect your IP and training to improve your pitch and articulate your value proposition (one day workshop).

Phase 2: Visiting the market

Explore the innovation opportunities in Japan first-hand, through meeting with key companies and research organisations and potential collaborators and partners through pre-arranged meetings and organised matchmaking (five day market visit to Japan).

Phase 3: Exploiting the market

An exploitation workshop and one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist to follow up and take advantage of the opportunities identified.


Key Programme Dates

Who is this programme best suited for?

Are you an innovative business? If you are looking to explore the 5G & Cellular Technology opportunities in Japan - this programme is for you!


  • Be registered in the UK
  • Small or medium-sized business (can have up to 500 employees)
  • High-growth innovative businesses with ambitions for global growth
  • Senior or CEO decision-maker in the company should attend

Businesses must directly benefit from participation in the programme and have the necessary resources that can clearly articulate their objectives and ambition for participation.  

Innovate UK is committed to ensuring that anyone from any background, has an equal opportunity to be successful. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups and will do our utmost to make reasonable adjustments.


What is the cost?

Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE will fund and organise flights, accommodation, in-market travel, and conference fees for successful applicants. 

Only one representative from each company will be funded. On acceptance to the initiative, a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each delegate, which will be refunded on completion of the full activities and agreed action plan. Non-completion after formal acceptance may result in forfeiting some or all the commitment fee.


COVID-19 safety measures and travel restrictions

The safety of our delegation is our top priority. As the public health guidelines and laws concerning COVID-19 and associated variants continue to change, we will continue to work with local health authorities to follow the health and safety guidelines in place for Japan at the time of the event.

Successful applicants will be expected to fully comply with any conditions of travel to Japan at the time of travel as well as any local regulations on face covering and social distancing. As such, you might be required to provide proof of vaccination, valid travel medical insurance and/or a negative COVID-19 test ahead of travelling to Japan.

If the COVID-19 conditions restrict us to travel to the market, other arrangements may need to be considered for the in-market programme. 


How can you apply?

To submit your application, please click the 'Apply Here' button at the top or bottom of this page. The Global Business Innovation Programme has a competitive application process where only the best applications will be successful following an evaluation process. 

The online application takes approximately one hour and must be completed and submitted in a single session. To facilitate the process, we have created a Word document, which you can download and pre-populate with your answers. You can then paste these answers into the online form and submit your application. To download the Word application form, please click here.

The application deadline is Monday 21 February 2022 at 3pm. 

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application W/C 28th February 2022.

Please note:

  • Only 15 places are available for this programme and one delegate per company is permitted to attend
  • This is a competitive selection process. All applications will be reviewed and assessed
  • The delegate should be the CEO or senior decision-maker in the company 
  • All stages of the GBIP are mandatory to attend
  • Once successful a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each delegate. This will be refunded on completion of the full activities and agreed action plan

Due to high demand, our application process is highly selective. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please also note we will not be able to provide individual feedback on applications. 


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