[RFP] Startup City Acceleration Program 2021

Jun 18, 2021


  1. Subject:  Startup City Acceleration Program
  2. Term of contract: the contract start date to March 25th, 2022
  3. Closing date for Application: 5:00 pm (PST) on July 1st, 2021
  4. Content of Contract: As indicated in Application Guidelines (Attachment 1)


  1. Qualification Requirement
    1. Prospective candidate(s) engaged in the project must satisfy conditions stated in the Application Guidelines (Attachment 1)

    2. NOT under the circumstances of being denied participation due to unethical and/or unlawful activities by either JETRO or Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) from previous procurement offerings.

    3. Prospective candidate(s) must meet the following minimum specification;
      1. Accelerator, Venture Capital or any other related organization
      2. Unicorn Alumni in past 5 years
      3. Experience working with international startups
      4. Investment team or department
      5. Adaptability and flexibility to various markets

    4. In addition, Prospective candidate(s) will be evaluated by the following preferred specifications:
      1. Project implementation skill
      2. Wide, various, open mentor network which matches the selected courses:
        • Global Scale Course                   General Cohort
        • Global Scale Course                   Enterprise Business (BtoB) Cohort
        • Global Scale Course                   Bio/Healthcare Cohort
        • Global Scale Course                   Climate Tech/Cleantech Cohort
        • Global Preparation Course         General Cohort

      3. Strong connection to Angels, VC and CVC, including list of contacts in each selected course/sector.
      4. Experience supporting companies in each selected course/sector.
      5. Ability to support alumni companies through follow-ups and checking in.
      6. Experience working with government agencies or any other economic organizations to build local ecosystem all over the world

  2. Preparation of Application
    No oral, telephone, or facsimile will be accepted. All costs of preparation shall be borne by the Applicants. Applicant must select the program for which they are applying from the following:

                     A) Global Scale Course                    General Cohort (sector agnostic)
                     B) Global Scale Course                     Enterprise Business (BtoB) Cohort
                     C) Global Scale Course                     Bio/Healthcare Cohort
                     D) Global Scale Course                    Climate Tech/Cleantech Cohort
                     E) Global Preparation Course           General Cohort (sector agnostic)

    *Applicant can submit proposal for multiple or all programs. JETRO may choose separate contractors for each program or one contractor for multiple programs.

    In addition, the proposal document or presentation submitted by the applicant should include the following:
    1. Project Implementation (See Attachment 1)
      1. Project details about seminar and interactive coaching session
      2. Project details about mentor assignment process
      3. Project details about Demo Days
      4. Implementation Structure (arrangement of personnel in charge / each responsibilities)
      5. Operating Procedure, Method, Proposal on how to complete all the tasks of the project in an effective manner and enhance project outcome.
      6. Ability to conduct online   *Description of online tools to be used
      7. Frequent communication   *Description of digital communication tools with startups and JETRO to be used.

        Startup program groups are based on preparedness, global mindset and market readiness.

    2. Experience and Capabilities of the Organization
        1. Experience with Similar Projects
        2. Networking and information gathering skills to enhance project outcome
        3. System to manage personal/confidential information
        4. Include 2 or 3 notable recent successful case studies of international alumni going global from their local market

    3. Project Implementation Skills of Assigned Personnel
        1. Mentor network list with mentor profiles
        2. Profiles of each project personnel
        3. Sector experience
        4. Strong connection to Venture Capital, Accelerators, Corporates, Universities, etc.
          * List of the Angles/VC/CVC connections or partners should be included (They should be invited to the pitch/demo day.)

  3. Delivery of Application
    All Application and proposal document (see below) shall be sent to the following address by 5:00 pm (PST) on July 1st, 2021

    Required to submit:
    Application Form
    Proposal document or PowerPoint presentation.

    Attn: Mr. Will Ferguson, Mr. Noriya Tarutani
    E-mail: will_ferguson@jetro.go.jp, Noriya_Tarutani@jetro.go.jp
    Address: JETRO San Francisco 575 Market St #2400, San Francisco, CA 94105

  4. Language of Application:
    English or Japanese

  5. Evaluation of Application:
    • 1st evaluation
      Screening of Application documents by JETRO San Francisco

    • 2nd evaluation
      Zoom Presentation

      (Please include your schedule availability at 15:00-19:00 PST on July 7th – July 14th (weekdays). The call will include staff from JETRO San Francisco as well as JETRO Tokyo organizers. The detailed schedule for the presentation will be notified to the companies who pass the 1st evaluation)

  6. Announcement of Tender
    Tender will be announced to bidders by email. Given the nature of the bidding process, JETRO will refrain from providing feedback on the results.

  7. Contact:
    AttnMr. Will Ferguson, Mr. Noriya Tarutani
    E-mail: Will_Ferguson@jetro.go.jp, Noriya_Tarutani@jetro.go.jp
    Address: JETRO San Francisco 575 Market St #2400, San Francisco, CA 94105
    Tel: +1.415.392.1333
    *Due to the Covid-19 situation, most of employees are currently working from home. Please contact by e-mail for any questions.



Attachment 1-1:       Application Guideline - Global Scale - General Cohort

Attachment 1-2:       Application Guideline - Global Scale – Enterprise Business (B2B)

Attachment 1-3:       Application Guideline - Global Scale –  Bio / HealthCare

Attachment 1-4:       Application Guideline - Climate Tech / Cleantech

Attachment 1-5:       Application Guideline - Global Preparation

Attachment 2:         Application Form

Attachment 3:         Project overview