Sabrina Sasaki

Head of Marketing & Sales
Makers Boot Camp
Kyoto
With over 12 years of experience in Marketing and Cultural projects, I’ve been working closely with entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Before joining the IoT startup world, I worked for leading US digital agencies as a Client Partner and Project Manager, and also had the chance to learn more about CRM while working for South American largest retail group. As the 1st employee in a Japanese startup, I also had to learn how to support our founders starting from zero, while bootstrapping. The results? We managed to pivot our business model a few times, and have always been working on new growing challenges ahead. Makers Boot Camp (no longer an accelerator) has become one of the main hardware investors in Japan. My current role requires engaging with IoT startup founders to understand their main issues and how to consider new services that add real value to IoT startups, and at the same time nurturing business connections within our hardware community. Design for Manufacturing, considered the valley of death for hardware products, has been a main issue for most of the entrepreneurs I have met, and that’s a high-valued Japanese expertise we offer to IoT startups. Our diverse team, based in different offices and the more we grow, help to build startup dreams when it comes to prototyping, manufacturing and fundraising. We closed our 1st prototyping fund in 2018 and invest in hardware startups based in the US & Japan. For the next fund, our goal is to expand our activities towards IIoT in the most promising startup hubs."

Schedule

Jun 26, 2019