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◢ 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

◢ Application - Announcement

(May 21, 2018)
Selection Process
Participants announced
(August 17, 2018)

◢ Program Schedule (planned)

Introductory Seminar
(early in October , 2018)
Mentoring /Business Meetings / Business Matching
(October – November, 2018)
Networking Events
(October/November 2018)
Compilation of Business Plan
Pitch Event
(end of November , 2018)

◢ 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!
  • 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

Minato Ward, Shibuya Ward, Chiyoda Ward areas of Tokyo (planned)

◢ 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

◢ Advantages

Advantage 1

Opportunities to meet with leading Tokyo companies

Advantage 2

Increase in potential business opportunities with around 100 Tokyo companies from all industries attending the pitch event and two networking events.

Advantage 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).

Advantage 4

Free office space provided at sites such as Accenture Innovation Hub for the duration of the program.

Advantage 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.

◢ Feedback from FY2017 Participants

e-bot7(Managing Director, Xaver Lehmann) Germany
"The camp was a great experience and brought us enormous input. We made great and important contacts to big companies and could take a lot of knowledge with us during the sessions."
IndoorAtlas (VP Business Development Vilat Keomoungkhoun) Finland
"We enjoyed the time and interaction with other participating companies.
And we thank mentor companies and we look forward to working on projects with some of the mentoring companies."
Malong Technologies (Vice President of International Business, Xia Bing) China
"Participating in the program has been very valuable to us. We were introduced to several great business partners and
business opportunities in Japan and this has resulted in an acceleration of our decision and process of expanding into Japan."
MoBagel (Business Development Manager, Shoko Tanno) U.S.
"All of the events were great opportunities to introduce our company.
The introductory seminar was also very informative and provided us with detailed documents. "
Roam Robotics (CEO, Timothy Swift) U.S.
"Very good program. For to be more effective, need more mentoring companies interested. "
SmartBeings (Co-founder&CEO, Himanshu Kaul) U.S.
"We were provided the opportunity to demo during the Demo sessions. Pitch event's time slots were effective."
Tamr (VP, Strategic Accounts and APAC, Krista Glotzbach) U.S.
"We thoroughly enjoyed and sincerely appreciate the camp. Tamr as more opportunities in Japan than we otherwise would have, and introductions into
Japanese companies that we could not have achieved on our own. The program definitely accelerated
our entry and establishment of a KK in the country, as we did not have enough
customers / POC traction before this and it would have taken at least another year if not more."
TriggarVR (Founder & CEO Bruce Allan) Australia
"We had a number of productive meetings with Mentor companies. Also, the translation during presentations was particularly good during this event"

◢ List of Participating Japanese Companies

Coming Soon

◢ List of Supporters

Coming Soon

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.

◢ Applying for the Program


11:59 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 (Japan Standard Time)

Link to application website

Participation in the program is free of charge. However, selected foreign companies will need to pay for their own airfares, accommodation, transport, and meals.
More details can be found in the Application Guide below.

Application Guide

Application Guide

◢ Inquiries

Tech Business Camp Tokyo Office