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19 November 2020
Recently in Osaka and the surrounding Kansai area, many organisations and companies have been involved in creating an ecosystem to support startups from home and abroad, as we reported in our article.
They also have proactively supported startups from overseas to establish their businesses in Kansai and Japan. One of the great examples is “Hack Osaka”, which is a global startup conference held only in English (very rare in Japan) since 2013.
As government, industry and academia have worked together to accelerate the startup ecosystem in Kansai, last year, Startupbootcamp, the largest acceleration programme in Europe, was established in Osaka. We were extremely pleased when we heard the news since we know many of the people involved and how many challenges they had to overcome.
We are very honoured that our CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon is appointed as a Business Mentor for Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka.
Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka has seven partner companies: Hankyu Corporation, Dentsu, Yomiuri Newspaper, JR West Group, JT Group, Sakura Internet, and SMBC.
From the first year of the programme, startups from overseas have successfully conducted PoC (proof of concept) trials with Kansai based companies.
This year, there were more than 550 applicants and the last 10 companies were selected at the end of October. We are looking forward to the 3-month programme starting from the 24th November.
Please find further details about Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka here.