Global Acceleration Hub in Los Angeles/San Diego

Harnessing Japan's startup potential in Southern California!

Los Angeles is home to a variety of businesses, including entertainment and media, tech, gaming, music, life sciences, aerospace, and more. San Diego is an ideal location for biotechnology, life science, and software companies looking to expand their operations in the United States. It has close ties to the Mexican border city of Tijuana, which is home to research universities, an abundance of highly educated personnel, and low manufacturing costs.

Southern California is not only the largest economic region in North America, but also a talent pool that produces the largest number of engineers, content creators, artists, and life science researchers in North America. It's startup ecosystem will be a great weapon for existing companies to explore new business models and communicate the value of their brands through collaboration with the world's top creators.

San Diego is the second most populous city in California after Los Angeles, with a mild climate year-round and one of the largest naval bases in the United States. It has an ecosystem centered on life sciences and software. In recent years, the city has seen the emergence of organizations and initiatives aimed at fostering the software industry, which has attracted the attention of startups in the software field.


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EXA Innovation Studio has offices in Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo, and provide a wide range of services, including strategic planning, market research, system development, strategic partnership building, and business management support for business development in the US market, mainly for major Japanese companies. They have a wide network of contacts with startups, VCs, incubators, accelerators, and laboratories around the world, mainly in Europe and the US.

In 2019, Connect, a company with a strong reputation for its acceleration programs, and San Diego Venture Group (SDVG), a company with strong VC connections, merged to create Connect. Both Connect and SDVG have over 30 years of experience in supporting entrepreneurs in the San Diego area. SDVG is able to provide mentoring at various stages from Seed to Later, and also supports startups by utilizing their strong VC network.