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Global Digital Talent Community 10X1000 Partners with FINOLAB for Closing Digital Skills Gap


[Tokyo, March 5, 2024] - the Global Digital Talent Community 10x1000 Tech for Inclusion (“10x1000”) and FINOLAB, a Tokyo-based fintech office and business community, have entered into a collaborative effort to enhance digital capacity and drive digital economic growth.

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Pursuant to a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), FINOLAB will collaborate with 10X1000 to identify and invite qualified participants through its network of member institutions, partners, affiliates, and other stakeholders to participate in the learning programs provided by 10X1000. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to serve as both learners and industry experts.

Additionally, the two organizations will work together to develop learning content that highlights and promotes the digital landscape and opportunities in Japan and drive knowledge sharing through their respective networks.

The MoU was signed by Jennifer Tan, Program Head for 10x1000 Tech for Inclusion, and Makoto Shibata, Head of FINOLAB and Chief Community Officer at FINOLAB. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Leiming Chen, Chief Sustainability Officer of Ant International and Senior Vice President at Ant Group, and Chie Ito, Chief Executive Officer of FINOLAB.

“We are honored to join hands with FINOLAB to extend the network of 10X1000 in terms of both learners and lecturers, which will benefit the community profoundly. This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards cultivating a vibrant and inclusive talent development ecosystem, where innovation knows no boundaries,” said Ms. Tan.

“Our members would benefit immensely from the knowledge accumulation of 10x1000 and we may also be able to contribute our experiences in Japan to the 10x1000 community members. The collaboration would be an appropriate opportunity for all of us to appreciate the true value of open innovation,” commented Mr. Shibata.

By the year 2023, 10x1000 has certified a total of 6,243 learners from over 100 countries and regions. The Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Nigeria were the top five countries from which most learners came. Of the certified learners, females accounted for 49% of the total learner base. It is noteworthy that the certified learners represent more than 2,000 organizations, and nearly 80% of them are micro, small, or medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

About 10x1000 Tech for Inclusion

10x1000 Tech for Inclusion is an open and global learning community that enables learners to become drivers of digital economic growth. Its mission is to nurture and inspire at least 1,000 emerging talents and tech leaders each year for the next ten years. 10x1000 is a philanthropic initiative launched jointly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Alipay in 2018.


FINOLAB is a membership business community and an office space located in the heart of international financial district in Tokyo to promote FinTech ecosystem and open innovation. Launched in Feb. 2016 by Mitsubishi Estate and Dentsu Group as the first FinTech Center in Japan, it consists of stakeholders, including startups, corporates, and regulators.


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