Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka opens its equity-free innovation program

Rainmaking Innovation Japan, who runs the Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka Market Entry program to connect Japanese corporates with international startups has opened their applications for the third cycle of the program. After completing two successful cycles over the past two years, and seeing over 1,000 startup companies applying to the program, 22 startups so far have successfully launched 31 PoC projects within Japan.

In the third year of Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka, applications are open to startups looking to enter the Japanese market in the nine key impact areas of 1. PropTech, 2. SportsTech, 3. FoodTech, 4. Urban Environment Development, 5. Health & Wellbeing, 6. HR & Workforce Management, 7. Circular Economy, 8. IT Solutions: Accessibility and 9. Transport & Mobility. These impact areas are key elements that our Japanese corporate Partners are actively working on to drive their own innovation and development.

Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka is supported by some of Japan’s, and the world’s, largest corporations, including Hankyu Corporation (Business agent: Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.), JR West INNOVATIONS, Dentsu, Sakura Internet, JT, The Yomiuri Shimbun, and SMBC. As well as focusing on sales, business development and running Proof-of-Concepts with Japanese corporates, Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka will connect, develop and mentor startups through a remote three-month program, helping them on their first steps into the Japanese market and potentially expanding to Japan in the future.

Many of the startups that joined the program’s first two cycles continued in commercial discussions with Japanese corporations after completing the Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka program, with two startups establishing a branch office in Japan, and more to follow. This impact is incredibly valuable to the local Osaka Startup Ecosystem as it is bringing new value to Osaka through the creation of new knowledge-based jobs and embedding the startup energy and culture into Osaka and the corporations working with them.

Chikara Takagishi, Senior General Manager of the Urban Management Division at Hankyu Hanshin Properties – Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka partner, said:

“Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka, which started in 2019, overcame many difficulties caused by COVID-19, and in the 2020 program, a large number of companies from all over the world participated, far exceeding our expectations and providing us with great experiences. I would like to express my gratitude to Rainmaking Innovation Japan for the