Special Zone Materials

Objectives and Overview of the Program

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is endeavoring to create a Tokyo where anyone can live with peace of mind, hope, and vigor, where growth is continually generated, and which shines on the global stage as a driver behind Japan’s growth, and hence, has set out to create three cities in one: the “Smart City”, the “Safe City”, and the “Diverse City”.

Since FY2017, the “Accelerator Program – Tech Business Camp Tokyo” (“the program”) has been held by TMG with the goal of inviting foreign startups with cutting-edge technologies and business models to come to Tokyo and deepen their knowledge of both Japan’s unique market and the various needs of companies in Japan. Further, by providing Japanese companies the opportunity to familiarize themselves with foreign startup technologies, the program aims to cultivate business matching and attract foreign companies to Tokyo.

Last year, applications were received from 49 companies across 15 countries. Through a rigorous review process, a total of 8 companies were selected for the program. This year, TMG will take the next step in achieving its three cities vision by continuing to spur participation by first-rate foreign companies.

Program Flow

Program Details

  • Introductory Seminar
    • Specialists from various industries give explanations on the structure of Japanese industries, market trends, and more.
  • Mentoring, Business Meetings, Business Matching
    • Foreign companies brush up their business plans with Japanese companies operating their business in Tokyo ('mentor companies').
    • The Camp Office assists in matching and arranging meetings.
    • Business matching opportunities with leading Tokyo companies are provided to each participating foreign company.
  • Networking Events
    • Networking events to facilitate business matching and help foreign companies and mentor companies, Tokyo companies, Tokyo investors, foreign embassies and chambers of commerce based in Japan, etc., to better understand one another.
  • Compilation of Business
    • Foreign companies create/update their business plan for establishing a site or expanding their business into Tokyo.
    • Experts also provide business plan support, taking into account Japan’s market environment and other factors.
  • Pitch Event
    • Foreign companies present their business plan at pitch event.
    • Attendees will be from the general public (both companies and individuals).
    • Golden opportunity for foreign companies to promote their business plans!
  • Follow-up
    • The Camp Office provides support until the end of March 2019, with the Business Development Center Tokyo* taking over from April 2019 for those companies moving forward with their Tokyo business expansion plans.

*Business Development Center Tokyo

  • Tokyo’s one-stop support center for foreign companies. It provides a range of business and lifestyle support.
  • Provides information and advice on Japan’s regulations, etc.
  • Support in establishing a new site (information on corporate registration, etc.)
  • Introduction to relevant organizations, etc., according to needs
  • Assistance in finding local partners
  • Provides information on living in Tokyo (English-speaking hospitals and schools, etc.)

Program Location

*The details of mentoring and business meetings will be finalized by the discussion with Japanese companies.

  • Around Tokyo Station

    Organizations to support foreign startups
    Business Development Center TOKYO (BDCT)
    Other Organizations
    Global Business Hub Tokyo, FINE Tokyo, Finolab, etc.
  • Roppongi and Toranomon area

    The venue of the pitch event
    Organizations to support foreign startups
    Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Center(TOSBEC)
  • Shibuya area

    The venue of the networking event

Target Foreign Companies and Number of Companies to be Selected

The program looks for foreign companies in non-financial industries which have advanced technologies (e.g. AI, IoT, VR/AR, robotics, big data) that could contribute to achieving the three cities plan, and which have not yet established a Japanese corporate entity. Around 10 companies will be selected.

Advantages of Participating in the Program

  1. Opportunities to meet with leading Tokyo companies
  2. Increase in potential business opportunities with around 100 Tokyo companies from all industries attending the pitch event and two networking events.
  3. Support provided by TMG for PR activities in Japan (TMG will designate the types of media to be used and when promotions will take place).
  4. Free office space provided at sites such as Accenture Innovation Hub for the duration of the program.
  5. Support with translation and interpretation, meeting arrangements, appointment scheduling, meeting facilitation, and more provided by the Camp Office for the duration of the program.

FY2018 Participants (Alphabetical Order)

  • VALETDATA
    Former name Botelz Pte Ltd
    VALETDATA
  • GROM
    GROM
  • Hear & Know
    Hear & Know
  • Heartbeat AI
    Technologies
    Heartbeat AI Technologies
  • ICM Hub Inc.
    ICM Hub Inc.
  • InForIntelligence
    InForIntelligence
  • Intelitaap Solutions
    (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    Intelitaap Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Motionloft
    Motionloft
  • One Smart lab
    one smart lab
  • Situm Indoor
    Positioning
    Situm Indoor Positioning
  • TACIT
    TACIT
  • Taiger
    Taiger
  • Weiwojiangxin
    Technology (Hangzhou)
    Co., Ltd
    weiwojiangxin

List of Participating Japanese Companies (Alphabetical Order)

  • ALL NIPPON AIRWAYSCo., Ltd.
  • Daiwa Securities GroupInc.
  • East Japan RailwayCompany
  • FUJITSU LIMITED
  • Japan Post Co., Ltd.
  • Japan PostInsurance Co.,Ltd.
  • KDDI CORPORATION
  • Kurita WaterIndustries LTD.
  • Mitsui Sumitomo AioiLife InsuranceCompany, Limited
  • Mitsui SumitomoInsurance Company,Limited
  • Mitsui SumitomoPrimary Life InsuranceCo., Ltd.
  • Mizuho FinancialGroup, Inc.
  • NEC Corporation
  • NIPPON TELEGRAPHAND TELEPHONE EASTCORPORATION
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • SBI Holdings, Inc.
  • Seven & i HoldingsCo., Ltd.
  • Sony Corporation
  • The Dai-ichi LifeInsurance Company,Limited
  • TOKYU CORPORATION
  • TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION

List of Supporters (Alphabetical Order)

Within the program, “supporters” are business coaches who will provide business expansion support to program participants. For the duration of the program, supporters will provide advice on business customs and business strategies for the Japanese market, as well as legal restrictions, corporate registration, and other legal matters across the board.

  • Peter Haslebacher

    ピーター・ハッスルバッカー Shift Technology,COO APAC

    Speciality
    • Insurance Industry in APAC
    • Business Development and
       Going to Market strategies
       in the InsurTech space
    • Business process optimization
       for insurance carriers.
    • Strong network in the insurance
       space in APAC and Japan.
    • Successful participation in
       the Business Camp Tokyo
       2017 for Shift Technology.
  • Mikito Hirata

    平田 幹人 NEC Corporation
    Executive Specialist, Corporate
    Technology Division

    Speciality
    • Venture Investment
    • Open Innovation
    • Business Development
  • Gakuse Hoshina

    保科 学世 Accenture,
    Managing Director
    Accenture Innovation Hub in
    Tokyo Co-lead

    Speciality
    • Development and delivery of analytics
    • AI solution (AI platform AI Hub,
       demand forecast engine (AFS), etc.)
    • Discovering and cultivating
       the latest technologies
  • Yoshimasa Kato

    加藤 由将 TOKYU CORPORATION
    Business Development
    Headquarters

    Speciality
    • Open Innovation
    • Strategic Alliance
    • B2C or B2B2C
    • Implementation
    • PoC
  • Masakazu Masujima

    増島 雅和 Mori Hamada & Matsumoto.,
    Partner / Attorney-at-law,
    FINOLAB, Founder & President

    Speciality
    • M&A and corporate governance
       consulting for financial institutions
    • Funding Support of start-ups
    • Acquisition of licensing,
    • Deregulation
    • Development of new business models
  • Kenichiro Omori

    大森 健一郎 Rakuten Bank, Ltd.
    Executive Officer,
    General Manager of
    Innovative Service Planning Division

    Speciality
    • Financial services in
       Japanese market
    • System field in the finance,
       especially settlement category
  • Adrien Pichon

    アドリアン ピション WeAre Pacific
    Development Manager

    Speciality
    • Business Development
    • Intercultural Management
  • Yuri Suzuki

    鈴木 由里 Senior Partner / Attorney at Law
    Innovation Practice Group
    Atsumi & Sakai

    Speciality
    • Financial Services Regulation,
       Fintech
    • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Hidenori Takada

    髙田 英宣 TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION
    Project Manager, Africa Group3,
    Africa Automotive Department, Africa Division

    Speciality
    • Business Planning
    • New Market Research
    • Supply Chain Optimization
    • CrossCulture/Business
       Practice Management
  • Phillip Seiji Vincent

    フィリップ・誠慈・ヴィンセント Plug and Play Japan,
    Managing Partner

    Speciality
    • Pitch Coaching
    • Business Modeling
    • Japanese Corporate Network
       and Understanding, Strong network
       in IoT, Mobility, FinTech
       and InsurTech in Japan
    • Japan - U.S. background,