In 2022, the company behind Web Summit will host a new event, Web Summit Tokyo.
Web Summit Tokyo will take place in September, to be followed in November by Web Summit Lisbon, now the largest tech event in the world.
Web Summit, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have agreed to a five-year partnership to bring the conference to the Japanese capital.
“Japan is the perfect country to host Web Summit. For decades, it has been a global leader in innovation, building some of the most sophisticated and advanced technologies that are used today,” says Paddy Cosgave, co-founder and CEO of Web Summit.
“Having met many of Japan’s political and business leaders, it’s clear Japan is determined to strengthen its startup economy. Bringing thousands of entrepreneurs, CEOs and global leaders to Tokyo from around the world will hopefully support Japan’s vision,” says Cosgrave.
Web Summit will also travel to Brazil in 2022, with two cities – Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre – pitching to host the conference.
Web Summit’s Asian event, RISE, will move from its former Hong Kong home to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2022, and will also be held as a physical event.