Tokyo has been the first choice of Tim Rowe, the Founder of CIC. In his mind, the place to plant the first flag in Asia must be the city with the highest potential of stimulating innovations with startups at the core. In Japan, that is Tokyo, naturally. Then, why Toranomon? Well, there are two reasons: First, Toranomon is a very good location for a variety of stakeholders, including startups, big corporations, academia, and government, to get together. We believe that we must be at the heart of innovation in this age of the fourth industrial revolution. The stage we act on would not make sense if the players were just startups and venture capital (VC) investors. Working with the government to obtain necessary deregulations for the implementation of new solutions is important. In that sense, Toranomon, which is located close to government offices, is the best location. The role of big corporations is also significant. Toranomon is conveniently located near Marunouchi, Otemachi, and other areas of Tokyo where many big corporations are headquartered.
The second reason for choosing Toranomon lies in the question: "With whom we will be building the community?” CIC Tokyo is located in an area where Mori Building Co., Ltd., is the leader of urban development. Mori Building is a Japanese developer that understands innovation and has an abundance of experience in building an international community. We chose Toranomon because we wanted to create a community in tandem with Mori Building.