From Japan to the World
We support global startup growth
The Cabinet office is enhancing Japan’s Innovation. And since startups are very important players to enhance innovation, the cabinet office formulated "Beyond Limits. Unlock Our Potential.-Strategies for creation of startup ecosystem to compete with the world top ecosystems-" (https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/openinnovation/ecosystem/). In line with this strategy, the cabinet office has selected four areas, Tokyo area, Nagoya and Hamamatsu, Kansai area, and Fukuoka, as Startup cities and providing startup support programs vigorously.
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), is a government organization that promotes trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. JETRO focuses on Innovation, and works with accelerators to provide startups services to expand their businesses and receive expert mentoring.
JETRO also provides Business Development support to companies entering the Japanese market. JETRO provides a wide range of services, including timely market intelligence, extensive business development support, and go-to-market strategies, all designed to encourage business partnerships between global companies and Japan.
In Collaboration With
Techstars is the global platform for investment and innovation. We connect entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,200 companies that today have a combined market cap valuation of $30 Billion.
World Innovation Lab
World Innovation Lab (WiL) is a US & Japan-based VC with capital from governments and leading global corporations in Japan and throughout Asia.
WiL invests in companies that are ready to scale and enter new markets. The firm helps US startups expand to Japan and Asia, and Japanese startups expand worldwide. In addition to direct investment, WiL invests in exceptional venture funds - both established and emerging.