Global Acceleration Hub in Silicon Valley

Harnessing Japan's startup potential in Silicon Valley!

Silicon Valley has the world's largest startup ecosystem. It is a hub for startups that want to scale globally, aiming to reach Product Market Fit (PMF) through the world's best mentoring. It is also where risky investments are concentrated, accounting for about 40% of all venture capital (VC) investment in the US. It is characterized by its large scale and rapid pace, and is the site of many acquisitions (exits) by giant companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Unicorns such as Stripe, Instacart, Chime, Aurora, Brexit, etc. account for about 25% of the world's unicorns, and in the past few years there has been a series of major exits by unicorns such as Uber, DoorDash, Pinterest, Zoom, etc. These unicorns are mainly in software, but also in fintech, healthcare, mobility, food and beverage, and other industries. Many large companies involved in new businesses and open innovation are based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. 


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An accelerator specializing in helping foreign companies enter San Francisco and Silicon Valley and scale up in the global market. It has more than 150 mentors, provides remote mentoring, and arranges company visits even before the trip. USMAC partners with Nomadic Minds, which has more than 350 mentors, including management teams. The corporate value created by mentors has reached US$20 billion (over 2 trillion yen) with many mentors who are active as angel investors.

Focus Academy supports foreign companies and founders to enter the U.S. with a focus on biotechnology, healthcare, cleantech, and agri-tech. It has a network of accelerators and incubators around the world, including Europe and South America. They also provide open innovation services to large corporations, consulting on how to collaborate with startups for global corporations such as ThermoFisher, NASA, and Roche. In addition to direct mentoring by founders Kate and Jay, the company has a network of about 50 mentors, mainly in the biotech, medtech, and healthcare fields.