FINTECH ACCELERATORS IN JAPAN

AN OVERVIEW

This list has been prepared to help FinTech companies find the right fit for their acceleration goals.

The information is as comprehensive as possible but we make no representation to its accuracy and completeness. 

List curated by Michael Sunderland and Maurizio Raffone

TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ACCELERATOR

GOVERNMENT ACCELERATOR

Dedicated FinTech accelerator for foreign companies moving to Japan.  Interested companies must already possess a technology and business model.  Companies receive the opportunity to be paired with large Japanese financial institutions through participation. 


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Accelerator was launched in 2017 and accepts approximately 10 companies per batch to assist with business development.  

This accelerator is 2 months long.  Applications have previously opened in May and selected companies are announced in August.  The program runs from October through November.  

Location: 8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku 2 Chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001

Partner Firms: 

ANA X inc., Daiwa Securities group, Fujitsu Limited, Japan post co., Japan post insurance co., JTB corp, MUFG, Mitsui Sumitomo Aioi life insurance, Mizuho Financial group, Nippon telegraph, Nomura Holdings, NTT data corporation, Rakuten Bank, SBI Holdings, Shinkin central bank, Sony Innovation fund, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial group, The Dai-Ichi life insurance company, Tokyu corporation

Past and Current Cohorts: 

F/Y 2017 participants: Autonomous ID, BCL Technologies, Clare.AI, MoneyThor, PandaMoney, PlayBasis, QuantCube Technology, Shift Technology

Information Current as of: May 21, 2018

MUFG FINTECH ACCELERATOR

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

MUFG is Japan's largest financial conglomerate.  This accelerator is primarily FinTech focused, but not exclusively FinTech. Accelerator Areas of focus are: settlements, loans, asset management, virtual currencies, digital banking, and market trading technologies. 

MUFG’s accelerator helps startups brush up their business plan, build a prototype, create corporate alliances, and provides corporate mentorship.  The program also gives the startup opportunities for fundraising.

This accelerator is 4 months long.  Applications have previously opened in November and closed in January.  This accelerator runs annually.  

Location: Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

Amazon Web Service, Teikoku Databank, IBM, Microsoft, Datarobot, Zuu, PRtimes, Program PR support.  Plug and Play

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Cohort 1: Alpaca Japan, SmartIdea, XenoData Lab, ZeroBillBank, Knowledge Communication co.,

Cohort 2: AnyPay, OLTA, GoodMoneyger, CrowdReality, SIMount, Nayuta co., Robot Fund,

Cohort 3: AndGo, MDR, Credit Engine, NNF, Factbase, Restar

Information Current as of: June 26, 2018

NOMURA'S VOYAGER ACCELERATOR

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

Accelerator program focused on solving six social themes together with Nomura Group's partner companies: - Retirement-focused investment and saving solutions

- Utilization of idle real estate assets

Create technology and experience driven investment and asset gathering solutions

- Innovation in corporate accounting and financial management

- New services that can shape work practices and business models in the future

- Smart cities

Next cohort applications will begin in December 2018.  

Location: Tokyo

 

Partner Firms: 

Nomura Research Institute, Nomura Real Estate

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Z-works, CogentLabs, Tokyo Hearth, Cinnamon, Universal Sound Design

Information Current as of: August 2018

FUJITSU ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

Generic technology accelerator focused on IoT, Blockchain, AI and Cloud Technology.   

Startup accelerator aimed to combine startup technology with Fujitsu group products, solutions, and services.  Fujitsu is primarily seeking partnerships with early to mid-stage startups.  The program has been run 5 times, and will be running for a sixth time soon. 

This accelerator is 6 months long.  Applications have previously opened twice per year, January/February and July/August.  

Location: Nagatacho, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

Freee co. Nulab Inc., PR times corporation, Omise Japan co., JTB corporation, Sansan corporation

 

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Icare, Aikotoba, Eyes corporation, Azira corporation, Astro Mathematical corporation Aptpod, Inova, wyzlink, Hmcomm co, AI corporation, EXEST corporation, Es Cubism co, Space Lee Corporation, OTON glass co, Kadince co., Currency port co, creators next, GRID corporation, Sika corporation, Z-works co, Cinnamon inc, sky disk co, stadist co, star one corporation, standard corporation, smart idea co, SmartHR co, Soha systems inc, Sonics co. inc, Sora co inc, Towns corporation wifi, Tops system co., Travel Tech lab co., Hamolo corporation, HoloEyes corporation, BitInc, BBstone co., 4d sensor co., Fusic Corporation, Payke Corporation, Mushroom Co. LTD, Mirai Self, Mealthy Corporation, Mobilus corporation, Mobingi inc., Yamaap co., Yukai Engineering co., Uni robot corporation, Yume cloud inc., Leap Mind co., Linkflow, Redrock Biometrics inc

Information Current as of: June 2018 

SOFTBANK COMMERCIALIZER

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

FinTech program focused on disruption.  Startups must use FinTech to disrupt current market practices.  Must already have technology and system in place to create product, service or solution (no concepts).  

SoftBank describes this program as a "commercializer" instead of an accelerator.  Program does not help create the product. 

This is a 3 month long program.  Program accepts applications between November and January.  Program runs from March through May.  

Location: Tokyo

Past and Current Cohorts: 

retrieva, uLikeKorea, UsideU,Nihonshu Oendan, eyecandylab, obEN, wrnch, Salin

Information Current as of: January 2018

RAKUTEN ACCELERATOR

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

Generic accelerator previously successful with FinTech startups.  Ideal startup has a product that can be integrated with Rakuten's Viber messaging platform.  

Not completely based in Japan.  Participants receive $120,000 in funding and a total package of services worth over $1 million USD. Participating companies are encouraged to develop technology that can be used in conjunction with the Viber platform.

This accelerator is 3 months long. Program applications close in April and the program runs from July to October. 3 year deal between Viber and Rakuten, has just completed its first year.    

Location: WeWork Singapore (applications open to Japan)

Partner Firms: 

TechStars, Viber

Past and Current Cohorts:

ReTargetLinks, Townfolio

Information Current as of: April 18, 2018

ASAHI SHIMBUN ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

No history of FinTech companies involved but accelerator is open to any startup.  

Program focused on collaboration between Asahi ventures and startups.  The program is primarily built around looking for mutual verticals that can integrate the two companies together.  Sales, PR, and investment support opportunities are provided among other things through this program.  

This accelerator is 3 months long.  Program ran annually for 3 years and applications close in November.  Appears to be discontinued, website not updated since the end of 2017.  

 

Location: Tsukiji, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

Amazon webservice, AZX, Itoen, ABCDreamVentures, Garagester 

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Runtrip, Palmie, Recross, Weddit, Petboard, Muscle Stupid Com, Middlefield, Globa Co., Crafur Corporation, Motifai Co., Cocorea Co., Cleanapp, Soucu Inc., Omega Co., Axis Motion Co., Rikurosu Co., Ookami Co.

 

Information Current as of: November 2017

BANDAI NAMCO ACCELERATOR

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

Generic accelerator with no history of FinTech startups.  2018 is the first year this accelerator is running.  Bandai Namco has an extensive technology network, and lists interest in IoT, AR, AI startups so a FinTech startup would not be very different and their network and experience could still be leveraged.

The program offers Bandai Namco’s large network, as well as office space and other resources to help startups.  Investment is not guaranteed but is a possibility.  The expectation is to receive approximately 10 companies to be accepted into the program. 

This accelerator is 4 months long. Applications are open from July through August.  The accelerator runs from October until February.  

Location: Minato, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

01Booster

Past and Current Cohorts: 

No alumni list is available suggesting this will be the first time the accelerator is run. 

Information Current as of: 2018

KEIKYU ACCELERATOR

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

Expresses interest in AI and IoT applications that could be linked into a FinTech vertical.  Actively promotes the need to not fit a vertical that Keikyu already possesses.

Accelerator focused on AR/VR, AI, IoT, Robotics and Drones but accepts applications for projects outside of these fields.  Winner of the business plan competition receives 100k yen, and participation in the program with an expected program class of 5-15 startups. 

This accelerator is 5 months long.  The accelerator runs from March through July.   

Location: Shinagawa, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

01Booster

Information Current as of: November 2017

NTT DATA OPEN INNOVATION CONTEST

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

NTT Data is a technology and innovation focused accelerator that has historically accepted several FinTech companies.  NTT Data has resources in Japan's financial and corporate sectors to grow FinTech startups.  Successful startups of this accelerator will work with both NTT Data and at least 1 other large corporation in their network to create a new, mutual vertical.

NTT Data runs an innovation contest that offers business acceleration and partnership to the winner.  The contest is unique in that the funding amount received from winning is not a defined amount because they want to give the amount needed to be successful.  The contest is looking for solutions to sustainable development goal challenges.  Competition is worldwide and holds preliminary rounds in 10 cities.

This accelerator is 3 months long.  The contest runs twice per year.  8th batch application opened in May and closed in July.  

Location: Toyosu, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

Ashikaga bank, the senshu ikeda bank, MS&AD insurance group, odakyu, Japan post insurance, Bank of Kyoto, Johoku Shinkin Bank, Shinkin Central Bank, Sky perfect Jsat group, SBI, Seven bank, secom, Dai-ichi Life, tottori bank, toppan, the norinchukin bank, fukui bank, the hokuru bank, mizuho, SMBC, Mitsubishi Estate co., Mufg, Japan Post Bank, Bank of Yokohama, Resona Group, Archetype, Ernst and Young, ITV, Orange, Global catalyst partners japan, Sunbridge, Japan innovation network, Jafco, Soico, Daiwa securities, TSI, Teamz, JFC, Nvcc

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Gestoos, Fomo pay, Sightcall, FTcash, Deeds, Paykey, Everledger, Soundpays Inc.,  Iscas, Gaudio, Emotions research lab, LegalBot, ShoCard, GoodMoneyger, Future Standard, BHI, Skydisk, Interactive solutions, HTL, Syngraffi, Cami&Co, Doreming Asia, smart-FOA, PowerMew Technology 

Information Current as of: June 2018 

SPARK LABS

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Has worked with at least 1 FinTech company, Emolize Co. to create the app Payvil.  Broad experience within internet, gaming, AI, IoT and other related fields that would provide connections and experience valuable to a FinTech startup

SparkLabs is a primarily Korean based accelerator that is in the process of coming to Japan.  SparkLabs has an active and recently updated Facebook page for their Japan sector, but their website is all about the Korean accelerator.  The program description and partnerships will be from the Korean based accelerator to give an idea of what the program could look like in Japan. 

This accelerator is 3 months long.  Program runs twice per year and is intended for seed stage startups.  

 

Location: Korea (Japan in the future)

Partner Firms: 

Bespin Global, Hostway, F65, AWS Activate, Pwc, Samil, WSGR, GAN, clip, pxd, Microsoft BizSpark, Capstone, Sandoll

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Balaan, KSV, Vitcon, Starteacher, Payvil, RepliO, TwoEyesTech, SwatchOn, Gamma, Genecast, AsiaBoss, Emergent, Fescaro, Kadho, KizBat, ProFound, TestAverage, The Clozet, Blend

Information Current as of: May 2018

PLUG AND PLAY JAPAN

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Very involved in FinTech with many success stories (can be found in Past and Current cohorts).  Large global network especially useful to bridge between American and Japanese market and other places around the world.  Provides access to connections with the largest financial institutions, and opportunities for verticals and collaboration across many sectors. 

Plug and play is an Accelerator program focused on FinTech, IoT, InsurTech, and Mobility. Program is marketed as a “Silicon Valley Style” accelerator. 

This accelerator is 3 months long.  The most recent selection occurred in May.  Program occurs twice per year.  

Location: Shibuya, Tokyo

Partner Firms: 

MUFG, Sompo, Nissan, Hitachi, dentsu, panasonic, fujitsu, fujikura, denso, adk, Nippon express, Amazon web services, Bizer, PR Times, Sevenrich, UI scope, Wantedly, Career Baito, Venture Inq, Moneyforward, Freee, AZX Law, forStartups Inc., SmartHR, GMO payment, Analytica, iCare, Pelagh, Tandem Sprint, Microsoft, Spark dojo

Past and Current Cohorts:

Artisense, DataRobot, DynoSense, Ipvive, Litmus Automation, nCore Communications, Nikola Labs, NoPassword, Skymind, Sureify, Vizru, BreezoMeter, Sentiance, Aba, KeyChain, Laboratik, Phoenix solutions, Pixoo, ReiFronteir, TeNKYU, Warrantee 

Information Current as of: July 2018

500 STARTUPS

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Notable FinTech alumni includes Credit Karma, WePay, Konfio, and Recurly among others. Applications are open worldwide but the main seed program is based in San Francisco so FinTech startup must be willing to travel for the duration of the Accelerator. Must be at seed stage for this program.

500 Startups (“500”) is a venture capital firm that also runs an accelerator.  500 has a presence in over 60 countries with a 2000 company portfolio.  In Japan 500 behaves solely as a VC firm in Tokyo, and has an accelerator program in Kobe.  Their Silicon Valley seed program, and A round programs are available to startups not located (but willing to temporarily visit) in the host location.   

This accelerator is 3 months long.  The Silicon Valley seed program is accepting applications between July 8th to August 17th for their seed accelerator program.

Location: California, Mexico, Kobe

Partner Firms: 

Salesforce, Sendgrid, WSGR, IBM, Microsoft, Hubspot, Carta

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Trustdock, kuraseru, enjin, kaminashi, noin, hokan, gitai, dentalight, capy, connected robotics, JustInCase, holmes, souco, regulus technologies, awakens, kakehashi, zehitomo, diggle, shippio, authlete, chikaku, Credit Engine, Homma, Anglers, Infostellar, SmartHR, Sora, Dverse, Spacee, pocketconcierge

Information Current as of: July 2018

 

 

FINOLAB

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Strictly a FinTech ecosystem that understands the licensing and regulatory requirements of FinTech startups in Tokyo.  Quite selective with resident firms' selection, 4 current startups in residence: Datarobot, Datorama, Scality and Tanium.  Provides access to a deep network of financial institutions within Tokyo. 

Not a strict accelerator program.  Focused on building the FinTech ecosystem in Japan by providing shared workspace and events with partner companies.  Their primary goal is to accelerate financial innovation in Japan through FinTech. 

No defined timeframe for this program exists and admissions are always open. 

 

Location: Otemachi, Tokyo 

Partner Firms: 

Mizuho, Addlight, Amazon Web Service, Microsoft, Sitateru, Stripe, TC3 KK, Dreamplus 63, FinTech Valley, Lattice 80, startupbootcamp, Stone and Chalk, Supercharger, TQ, Dentsu, iSiD, Mitsubishi Estate, Fujitsu, Norinchukin, Sapporo, Seven Bank, Shizuoka bank, Sumitomo life, Tokyo marine and fire insurance

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Datarobot Inc., datorama, scality, tanium, Ai inside, Aizen, Authlete, Avenry, Banq, Braincat, campfire, Caulis, Chaintope, Coinbase, Crowd cast, Curfex, CurrencyPort, Emerada, Folio, Japan Crowdfunding Council, Hokan Inc., JustInCase, Kipp Financial Technologies, Kokopelli, Legsea, Liquid, Longine, MFS, Moneyforward, Moneysmart, Moneytree, Nayuta, One financial co., Ostiares, Platfield, Playbasis, Real world games, Remmo, Sasuke financial lab, Shift, Smart ideas inc., Studio Ousia, Tech bureau corp, Threatmetrix, Tradeit, transferwise, Tranzax, Unitedly, Warrantee

Information Current as of: June 2018 

FOUNDERS INSTITUTE

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Not a FinTech dedicated accelerator.

Has experience with FinTech startups. 

Good for startup seeking international market and network.  Notable FinTech startups include Peerby and Appota.  

Marketed as the world’s premier idea stage accelerator and startup launch program.  They have launched 3,100 companies and have an estimated portfolio value of $20 Billion.  Founders institute operates in 200 cities across 200 countries.  After the idea stage “graduation” angel (founder’s lab) and Seed (Founder’s Institute Select Portfolio) funding is offered.

This accelerator is 3 months long.  Admission deadline occurs in December, and the program runs from January through April. 

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Partner Firms: 

KVP, Toptal, Kworq, Appzocial, Fiverr, Youcanbook.me, Xero, LivePlan, Amazon Web Service, ConceptDrop, DigitalOcean, Fbstart, Google cloud platform, recruiterbox, shopify, Source select, zenefits, Autopilot, Blogmutt, Docsend, Dotmailer, growbots, Hubspot, Incmind, Koncept, lander, Mattermark, Pipedrive, Poindevster, Prosperworks, Respondent, Start a fire, Themecloud, Unshackled ventures, Wooshii, X.ai, zendesk

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Appota, RealtyMogul, Spikes Security, Feetz, Peerby, TravelCar, Peacelab, GoPlaceit, GridBlaze, Icarsclub, Itembase, Pathgather, Peerby, PetHub, Retailigence, Simple Reach, Udemy, Zipmark, sworkit

Information Current as of: November 2017

IMPACT HUB

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

List of past cohorts for startup programs currently disabled so unknown if they have worked with FinTech companies in the past.  Accelerator program is labeled as generic, so no reason that FinTech company wouldn’t be able to apply.

 

Startup In Residence Program, Team Lab, Team360: Team360 is ImpactHub’s premier accelerator program and lasts for 3 months.  Startup in residence program is a scholarship program designed to allow entrepreneurs develop a business model.  Team Lab program is designed for teams who already have a business model to prepare a beta or pilot launch.  Entrepreneur in residence program is a program that allows established Entrepreneur’s a free workspace in exchange for weekly meetings to help guide new entrepreneurs as part of the ImpactHub accelerator program.

This accelerator is 3 to 6 months long.  

Location: Meguro, Tokyo 

Information Current as of: July 2018 

CODE REPUBLIC

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Advertises finance and accounting support which could be used to support a FinTech venture.  Accepts startups based in rural Japan on the condition of weekly travel to Tokyo.  Technology based accelerator that could compliment a team well versed in finance but needs technology help. 

90 day seed period accelerator joint operated by YJ Capital and East Ventures.  Services offered include capital policy support, mentorship and business plan development among others.  

This accelerator is 3 months long. Startups should be in seed period funding.   

Location: Yahoo! Lodge, Tokyo

Partner Firms:

East Ventures, YJ capital, Amazon Web Service, IDC frontier, Omise, Webcamp, Bizer, 123RF, Stock Unlimited, Designs.net,  SideCI, Prott, Pr times 

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Shippio, ChatBook, Tastytable Baseconnect, X-Bit, Tokyo 307, Coco, Waaq, Coaster, Mediic co., Gemini Tech, Skrum, Mymerit, Ricoful, Factory Wanta

Information Current as of: June 2018 

OPEN NETWORK LAB

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR 

No history of FinTech companies working with Open Network Lab, but FinTech can apply.  While FinTech is not a priority of this accelerator it has concluded 17 batches with many successful startups and may still be a strong option.

 

Open Network Lab (ONL) provides funding, mentorship and a community through their acceleration program.  Acceptance into ONL’s accelerator provides startups with Funding, a 3 month accelerator program, mentorship, Co-working space in San Francisco and Japan, and funding opportunities at demo day. 

This accelerator is 3 months long.  Applications open for the 18th batch of seed round acceleration October 2018.  The program runs biannually with applications due in October and April.  

Location: Daikanyama, Kamakura

Partner Firms: 

Amazon Web Service, Mobingi, Shouldbee, sideCI, Qlitra Team, Repro, Mixpanel, Prott, Wovn.io, CallConnect, PRtimes, Freee, SmartHR, Toreru, Gemstone, Justa, Wantedly, Ambi, Stripe, Econtext, Veritrans

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Anyperk, Whill

Information Current as of: July 2018

KDDI MUGEN LABO

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

No history of FinTech startups, but their network and history of Blockchain, AI and IoT solutions could be valuable to a FinTech startup. 

KDDI’s accelerator provides workspace, mentorship, business alliance opportunities, and creation of a prototype. "Next Generation Program" starts for the first time in May 2018 and includes topics of Blockchain, AI, Big Data, and more. 

Program does not have a defined timeline.  Applications are accepted year round.  

Location: Shibuya, Tokyo 

Partner Firms:

Amazon Web services, Joysound, NHK, Google, Saison Card, J.com, 7 Bank, Amano, AEON, KDDI, Kokuyo, Xacti, Supership, Softfront, DNP, TDK, Tv asahi, dentsu, Toppan, Japan Airlines, Hitachi, SonyMusic, TVTokyoHD, TBS, Microsoft, Parco, Mitsui and co, MUFG 

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Telexistence Inc, Tricol, Vivid Garden, Super Stethescope, TeNKYU, Vrise, Watcha, Isaax, AxelGlobe, Light town, Spoch, Smart paddy service, Voicy, Run trip, Room co, Mamorio 

Information Current as of: May 2018 

INCUBATE CAMP BY INCUBATE FUND

PRIVATE ACCELERATOR

Strong FinTech alumni including CoinCheck, bitFlyer, One Financial, Origami and more.  Short accelerator program, best for FinTech startups that primarily need funding and already have a moderate sense of direction. 

Incubate Camp is for seed/early stage startups looking for funding and acceleration.  The program is not a full length accelerator, it is 3 weeks long.  Incubate Fund provides this program to gain earlier relationships with startups who may need investment or funding in the future. 

Pre entry occurred April 2018 and lasted through June.  Startup selection occurs from July through August. 

Location: Akasaka, Tokyo 

Past and Current Cohorts: 

GameWith, JPX, Ietty, Mugenup, Aircloset, Raksul, Smartcamp, LaFabric, Crevo, Byus, Combinator, Best style me, Minacolor, Actcat, Nicoly, FutureStandard, Candle, Codecamp, Coffee meeting, Gatebox, grood, Mamari, Somewrite, Synapse, Unote, Zawaat

Information Current as of: June 2018

TOKYU ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

CORPORATE ACCELERATOR

Not a FinTech accelerator, but they have cited a need for a credit card/payment solution startup which suggests they are interested in FinTech companies that could have a vertical in the labor industry. 


Corporate accelerator program designed to be implemented into the labor heavy industry that Tokyu corporation is involved in.  The program is accepting all types of startups, not just FinTech/tech that meet this criteria.  On their site they cite a need for credit card/payment solutions. 

Length of accelerator depends on time of application.  The program currently runs twice per year intending to become year round.  

Location: Shibuya, Tokyo 

Partner Firms: 

Creative city consortium, CatalystBA, eiicon, The bridge, Bizzine

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Tokyu agency, Tokyu media communications, TRI, Tokyu sports system, Shibuy 109 entertainment,Tokyu card, Tokyu bell, Connected design. Wamazing, A10 Lab, MyDearest, Ookami, Hitokara media, rei frontier, acbo cloak, puram, anytimes, nurive, stock point, delighted, Voicy  

Information Current as of: June 2018  

500 KOBE

REGIONAL ACCELERATOR

500 Has a track record of FinTech companies in their accelerator programs outside of Japan with notable alumni such as CreditKarma, WePay and Konfio.  Hosted in Kobe but accepts startups from everywhere in Japan.  Great opportunity for Tokyo FinTech companies that were interested in a 500 accelerator program but not willing to travel to the US for it.  Primarily for startups with series A funding.

5 year contract to run accelerator in Kobe, entering 3rd year.

This accelerator has been run for the past two years, and 2018 will be its 3rd year.  The accelerator is designed for startups in seed stage, and is not designed as a fundraising exercise (outside funding must be brought).  The program is open to startups from Kobe or other regions of Japan, and can be full time or part time (2 days per week in Kobe).  Work space is provided, accommodation is not.

This accelerator is 6 weeks long.  The program runs annually.  

Location: Kobe, Japan

Partner Firms: 

Creative city consortium, CatalystBA, eiicon, The bridge, Bizzine

Past and Current Cohorts: 

Tokyu agency, Tokyu media communications, TRI, Tokyu sports system, Shibuy 109 entertainment,Tokyu card, Tokyu bell, Connected design. Wamazing, A10 Lab, MyDearest, Ookami, Hitokara media, rei frontier, acbo cloak, puram, anytimes, nurive, stock point, delighted, Voicy  

Information Current as of: June 2018 

WILL GROUP HINODE ACCELERATOR

REGIONAL ACCELERATOR

Partnership with EY and seeking IoT and AI solutions.  Unknown what companies have run, possibility that some past startups were FinTech startups for this accelerator.  Their EY connections could open doors to large financial institutions so it may be possible to develop a strong FinTech startup here.  

Appears inactive since 2017. No past and current cohorts listed on their website and their Facebook page has been removed.  Presumably not enough people were interested to be run in 2017. 

This accelerator is 3 months long.  Applications were previously open from February through April and the program ran annually.  

Location: Hinode, Japan

Partner Firms: 

Will group, Structural planning research institute, Ernst and Young, Nissha, Microsoft, Hakuhodo, PRtimes, Fujitsu, Plutus consulting  

Information Current as of: June 2018

UTSUNOMIYA ACCELERATOR

REGIONAL ACCELERATOR

Local government program for the Utsunomiya region.  Would be a difficult accelerator for a foreign FinTech company to be successful in because it lacks the access to major financial institution connections and regional benefits of a large city.

Utsunomiya accelerator is a regional program focused on building a “big business” out of the region.  The accelerator is not focused on an individual industry.  

Location: Utsunomiya, Japan

Partner Firms:

01Booster

Information Current as of: 2018

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