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Acceleration program “SCAP” starts from mid-September in series to intensively assist startups in expanding business overseas

Sep 15, 2022

-126 startups nationwide participate in five specialized courses-

Under the support of the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), JETRO has started the Startup City Acceleration Program (SCAP), in sequential order, from mid-September, which helps domestic startups to expand business overseas. Initially targeting startups active in eight startup ecosystem hub cities across the country, it has expanded the coverage nationwide and selected 126 startups which will participate in all five courses of the program.

In this program, world-class accelerators affiliated with JETRO will provide specialized courses by leveraging their strengths and provide individual support for Japanese startups to expand business overseas while closely working with them. It will end in March 2023 and participation is free of charge.

This fiscal year, the third for the program, a portion will be conducted in a hybrid format combining real and online sessions. It will include face-to-face mentoring, tours of local ecosystems and interviews with potential business partners at the US bases of accelerators, leading to more realistic networking and contact with international investors and business partners.

Outline of “SCAP”

In all five courses, participant companies will aim at overseas market expansion and network building through receiving support for business plan development and promotion activities, as well as having Demo Days geared toward international investors and visiting local ecosystems.

Format Hybrid events
Contents
(Varies by course)
  • Lectures
    Sessions and workshops, covering topics like mindset, communication, strategy planning, talent acquisition, fundraising, finance and marketing
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Networking
  • Demo Days for investors and overseas companies
  • Onsite tours of local ecosystems (Approx. 10 days. Participants bear travel and accommodation expenses.)  
Eligible companies
(With selection process for each course)
All domestic Startups in Japan

Details of courses and accelerators

Course Field Participant companies Accelerator Profile
Global Scale All fields 20
Techstars
A US accelerator established in 2006. Techstars has always placed at the top in global accelerator rankings, and has implemented 50 acceleration programs around the world, through which about 7,000 startups have been cultivated so far.
Enterprise
Business(B2B)
B2B、B2B2C Saas 20
AlchemistX
A US accelerator that specializes in supporting and investing in early-stage enterprise startups for B2B or B2B2C transactions. It earned the highest ranking for an accelerator in the enterprise category. Program participants have raised more than $1.4 billion in total.
Bio/Healthcare Biotechnology, digital health, healthcare, medical equipment 16
CIC
An innovation center established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1999. It has strong connections with the pharmaceutical, life science and healthcare industries in the Boston area.
Deep Tech (IoT/Robotics/Mobility/ Cleantech and others) Course Deep technology 20
Berkeley SkyDeck
An accelerator from the University of California, Berkeley. It has strengths in supporting university-originated startups making use of the university’s human resources and environment.
Global Preparation All fields 50
Plug and Play Japan
An accelerator and venture capital firm from Silicon Valley, USA. It has over 40 business bases around the world, including three offices in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, Japan. It has strengths in matching large companies and startups, has helped around 2,000 startups and invests in approximately 200 companies every year. It provides hands-on support in Japanese for seed to early-stage startups.

List of participant companies (total of 126 ) (In alphabetical order)

Global Scale Course (Techstars) : 20 companies
No Company Name Location
1 AndLaw inc.External site: a new window will open. Nagoya, Aichi
2 articsExternal site: a new window will open. Meguro, Tokyo
3 Audiostock Inc.External site: a new window will open. Okayama, Okayama
4 BivioExternal site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
5 Blue Farm inc.External site: a new window will open. Shizuoka, Shizuoka
6 CULTA Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
7 Equmenopolis, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shinjuku, Tokyo
8 FRESSExternal site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
9 Global Stage Inc.External site: a new window will open. Nagoya, Aichi
10 Goldfinch LLCExternal site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
11 KAUCHE, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
12 KJ commons Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Yokohama, Kanagawa
13 MatchHatExternal site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
14 Omotete, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
15 PaylessGate Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
16 Pit-Step, Inc. Shinagwa,Tokyo
17 PITTAN, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kobe, Hyogo
18 Progummy Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chuo, Tokyo
19 Specialist Doctors Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
20 ZUU IFA.Co.ltd.External site: a new window will open. Meguro, Tokyo
Enterprise Business (B2B) Course(AlchemistX) : 20 companies
No Company Name Location
1 Canaan Advisors, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
2 Closer Inc.External site: a new window will open. Tsukuba, Ibaraki
3 CROSS SYNC, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Yokohama, Kanagawa
4 datagusto,inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
5 fcuro Inc.External site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
6 Green Synergy Japan CorporationExternal site: a new window will open. Meguro, Tokyo
7 ICS-net Inc.External site: a new window will open. Nagano, Nagano
8 I'mbesideyou Inc.External site: a new window will open. Setagaya, Tokyo
9 LINKWIZ Incorporated.External site: a new window will open. Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
10 Medi-LX Inc.External site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
11 Notch, inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
12 Onikle Inc.External site: a new window will open. Tsukuba, Ibaraki
13 PEER Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka
14 PJP Eye LTD.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
15 RevComm Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
16 Robosensor Technology Research, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
17 SaveExpats, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chuo, Tokyo
18 SpoLive Interactive, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
19 TradeWaltz Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
20 Yuimedi, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
Bio/Healthcare Course (CIC) : 16 companies
No Company Name Location
1 ACCELStars, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kurume, Fukuoka
2 aiwell Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
3 C4U CorporationExternal site: a new window will open. Meguro, Tokyo
4 CLOVERNA INCExternal site: a new window will open. Kurashiki, Okayama
5 EditForce, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
6 FIMECS, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Fujisawa, Kanagawa
7 HICKY, Inc. Bunkyo, Tokyo
8 MediGear International CorporationExternal site: a new window will open. Setagaya, Tokyo
9 morpheus Inc. Minato, Tokyo
10 Nexuspiral,Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kobe, Hyogo
11 PRD Therapeutics, inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
12 PURMX Therapeutics Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Hiroshima, Hiroshima
13 Rebirthel Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Kyoto, Kyoto
14 Red Arrow Therapeutics, Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Bunkyo, Tokyo
15 TAGCyx Biotechnologies Inc.External site: a new window will open. Meguro, Tokyo
16 VCCT Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kobe, Hyogo
Deep Tech (IoT/Robotics/Mobility/ Cleantech and others) Course (Berkeley SkyDeck) : 20 companies
No Company Name Location
1 ad-dice Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Taito, Tokyo
2 AI SILK CorporationExternal site: a new window will open. Sendai, Miyagi
3 Capy Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
4 Celaid Therapeutics Inc.External site: a new window will open. Bunkyo, Tokyo
5 Connected Robotics Inc.External site: a new window will open. Koganei, Tokyo
6 EarBrain, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Sumida, Tokyo
7 Eukarya Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
8 EX-Fusion Inc.External site: a new window will open. Suita, Osaka
9 Fermelanta, Inc. Minato, Tokyo
10 Final Aim, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Bunkyo, Tokyo
11 Hynts Tech CorporationExternal site: a new window will open. Kita-Kyushuy, Fukuoka
12 IDDK Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Koto, Tokyo
13 Long Term Industrial Development Co.Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Mitaka, Tokyo
14 MetroWeather Co., LTD.External site: a new window will open. Uji, Kyoto
15 Nekotronic.IncExternal site: a new window will open. Yokohama, Kanagawa
16 Redge, Inc. Kawasaki, Kanagawa
17 SACIQ,IncExternal site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
18 Scurid Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shinagawa, Tokyo
19 SkyScape, IncExternal site: a new window will open. Sakai, Osaka
20 Universal Brain Inc.External site: a new window will open. Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Global Preparation Course (Plug and Play Japan) : 50 companies
No Company Name Location
1 AP TECH IncExternal site: a new window will open. Hachimantai, Iwate
2 Arachnoforce Co,LtdExternal site: a new window will open. Inagi, Tokyo
3 BLUE Symphony Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
4 Buganda, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
5 Careverse Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Itabashi, Tokyo
6 choukai medical serviceExternal site: a new window will open. Utsunomiya, Tochigi
7 Clerobac Tsukuba, Ibaraki
8 D&S EdNet,LLCExternal site: a new window will open. Koganei, Tokyo
9 DAC-NOTE,Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
10 DeepX,IncExternal site: a new window will open. Bunkyo, Tokyo
11 DXEED Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chuo, Tokyo
12 East Fields inc.External site: a new window will open. Meguro, Tokyo
13 Ecold.incExternal site: a new window will open. Suita, Osaka
14 Elegant,IncExternal site: a new window will open. Chuo, Tokyo
15 eve autonomy, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Fukuroi, Shizuoka
16 FingerVision Inc.External site: a new window will open. Suginami, Tokyo
17 F-ZERO, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Mie, Mie
18 hanataba.coExternal site: a new window will open. Kitakyushu. Fukuoka
19 Herazika Inc.External site: a new window will open. Yokohama, Kanagawa
20 iDevice, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
21 miibio, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kawasaki, Kanagawa
22 milalink Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka
23 Mirai Scien Co. Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Nagoya, Aichi
24 MISOVATION Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chuo, Tokyo
25 MizLinx Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
26 NewMedLab.External site: a new window will open. Ashiya, Hyogo
27 O₂ Partners Inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
28 Omohibito.co.ltdExternal site: a new window will open. Nakano, Tokyo
29 ORANGE kitchen Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
30 Panda Vision Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
31 Powder Keg Technologies LLCExternal site: a new window will open. Hiroshima, Hiroshima
32 Qolo Inc.External site: a new window will open. Tsukuba, Ibaraki
33 RIDE DESIGNExternal site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
34 SAKIGAKE-Semiconductor Co., Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Kyoto, Kyoto
35 SeatecHIROSHIMA Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Kure, Hiroshima
36 SENSYN ROBOTICS, Inc.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
37 Simplee inc.External site: a new window will open. Minato, Tokyo
38 Skiday Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
39 Soft Matter Simulations Co. Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Kyoto, Kyoto
40 Space Power Technologies Inc.External site: a new window will open. Kyoto, Kyoto
41 spread with Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
42 StudioEurygraph IncExternal site: a new window will open. Nago, Okinawa
43 SUSHI TOP MARKETING Inc.External site: a new window will open. Chiyoda, Tokyo
44 tapcoExternal site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
45 Tetra Tokyo G.K.External site: a new window will open. Shibuya, Tokyo
46 toraru co.,ltd.External site: a new window will open. Kobe, Hyogo
47 Universal Bio-Sampling Co.,LtdExternal site: a new window will open. Kobe, Hyogo
48 Unwind Inc.External site: a new window will open. Nishinomiya, Hyogo
49 Yellproject Ltd.External site: a new window will open. Osaka, Osaka
50 ZenmetryExternal site: a new window will open. Chuo, Tokyo
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Startup ecosystem hub citiesExternal site: a new window will open.
Jointly selected by the Cabinet Office and METI in 2020 with the aim of helping to form and develop world-class startup ecosystem hubs in Japan. Composed of “Global Startup Cities” (Tokyo area, Central Japan, Kansai region and Fukuoka) and “Startup Cities” (Sapporo and Hokkaido, Sendai, Hiroshima and Kitakyushu).

Startup Support Division, Innovation and Intellectual Property Department, JETRO
PIC : (Ms.) Takeda, (Ms.) Ito, (Mr.) Okui
E-mail: su-support@jetro.go.jp
Tel : +81-3-3582-5770