JETRO Innovation Program

Acceleration Program for Startup Companeis

Acceleration Program for IP-oriented Startup Companies

A 10 month program which begins with a boot camp in Tokyo presented by Silicon Valley innovation leaders. Services of the program include 1-on-1 mentoring, attending startup events and conferences, connecting with venture capitalists and other potential investors, and business pitch practice.

Meetings are arranged with key contacts from several fortune 500 companies. Several successful companies have graduated from this program and have gone on to have a successful business presence in the US.

Key Partners




The US Market Access Center (USMAC) is a business accelerator and trade gateway into the United States for international tech companies.

USMAC specializes in US market entry for small to mid-sized companies in the information and communications, clean technology, and the life sciences sectors planning to expand their marketing, sales and operations to the United States.


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In 2013, JETRO and USMAC began organizing an annual TechMatch Japan program, which focuses on matching top Japanese startups with the needs of Silicon Valley corporate investors and VCs. Each year, JETRO and USMAC select 6-10 innovative Japanese startups from the Japan Innovation Program to participate in the 2-day TechMatch program. Since the programs inception, over 50 Japanese startups have engaged with 50+ Silicon Valley-based corporate investors and VCs. In the program, top startups will participate in a 2-day program in Silicon Valley that includes a Pitch Night for startups to present their innovations to global corporations & investors, one-on-one meetings with prospective investors, and intimate networking opportunities with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The program also includes substantial training and coaching of the selected startups prior to their participation in the TechMatch event in Silicon Valley.



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The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. Since 2003, JETRO has supported more than 15,000 business investment projects and helped over 1,500 companies successfully invest in Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get tailored market studies; and more.