Energy and Mobility Forum: U.S.-Japan Collaboration on Innovation
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth held its inaugural Energy and Mobility Forum on Friday, September 29th. This highly informative event convened industry experts, startups, and innovators to discuss the latest advancements and challenges in the energy and mobility sectors. Our expert panelists shared valuable insights and engaged in discussions centered around technology, collaboration, and the impact of policy changes. Here are some key points from the conversation:
- Technology Collaboration: The panelists emphasized the importance of collaboration and partnerships in driving innovation and addressing complex challenges. Startups and corporates were encouraged to work together, leveraging each other’s strengths to create disruptive solutions.
- Integrated Solutions: Rather than focusing on individual silos, the panelists stressed the need for integrated solutions that encompass various sectors such as renewable energy, transportation, and infrastructure. This holistic approach requires collaboration at sub-national levels and the alignment of policies to drive sustainable growth.
- Public-Private Partnerships: The discussion highlighted the significance of public-private partnerships in supporting the development of sustainable mobility solutions. The panelists acknowledged the role of incentives, grants, and as-of-right funding programs in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
- Private Partnerships: The discussion highlighted the significance of public-private partnerships in supporting the development of sustainable mobility solutions. The panelists acknowledged the role of incentives, grants, and as-of-right funding programs in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
- Last-Mile Delivery and Autonomous Vehicles: The panelists discussed the potential of autonomous vehicles in last-mile delivery and passenger transportation. Startups showcased their expertise in optimizing delivery processes and highlighted the need for automation to enhance efficiency and customer satisfaction.
- Startup Ecosystem and Support: The panelists emphasized the importance of supporting startup ecosystems, particularly in enabling access to funding and creating an environment conducive to innovation. They highlighted the role of public support and engagement in fostering startup growth.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the moderator, Suzanne Basalla, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), for her exceptional leadership and insightful moderation throughout the Energy and Mobility Forum event and planning process. We are grateful to the esteemed panelists, Meelis Anton, COO of Clevon Corporation U.S.; Sahil Segal, Portfolio Engagement Director of Frontier Fund, Toyota Ventures; and Michael Fresco, Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel at Revel; for sharing their expertise and valuable perspectives. We also express our appreciation to the Consulate General of Japan in Houston for its support in making this event possible. Its commitment to fostering U.S.-Japan collaboration and promoting innovation is truly commendable.
View our Photo Gallery from the event here: https://jasdfw.smugmug.com/2023/2023-09-29-Energy—Mobility-For/2023-09-29-Energy—Mobility