KOBE STARTUP HUB

KOBE
STARTUP HUB

Tailor-made support for Japan-based founders and foreign startups ready to enter Japan

At Kobe Startup Hub we provide support best suited to your needs with experienced community managers who are entrepreneurs and engineers including startup support experts, who have held positions including CEO of a global accelerator in Japan and Director of a world class startup hubs overseas.

We Support You

Community Manager / Mentor
Innovation Dojo Co-founder & Japan CEO
Joshua Flannery

Community Manager / Mentor
Rising Startups Co-founder & CEO
Masa Okunishi

Community Manager
Innovation Dojo Japan Coordinator
Moe Gotoda

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HOW YOU CAN JOIN US

WHAT STARTUPS USE KSH FOR
COMMENTS FROM REAL FOUNDERS

WHAT STARTUPS USE KSH FOR
COMMENTS FROM REAL FOUNDERS

Advice from mentors

The session had a great impact on me… This is the first time I have received such excellent answers and advice.

CEO, Comodos Kobe
Syozo Tokunaga

Growth opportunities

Joining the Kobe Startup Hub has elevated my venture’s presence in Japan by opening doors to mentors, investors, and a supportive community of entrepreneurs from all walks of life.

Dwayne Grech, Founder
Hello xLAB KK

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FAQ

  • Q

    Is everything really free? No equity is required?

    A

    Yes, as a startup support program of Kobe City, all services are provided free of charge.

  • Q

    How much time do I need to commit?

    A

    There is no specific number of hours to commit. You can participate at your own pace according to your needs and schedule.

  • Q

    I don't have a base in Japan yet, can I participate?

    A

    If you are an overseas startup, you need to have a base in Japan or at least be seriously considering it. Mentoring itself can be conducted online, so there is no need to travel to Japan or Kobe from overseas or other cities.

  • Q

    What does a mentor do for me?

    A

    A mentor is a person who listens to your business progress and challenges, and gives you advice and hints that may help you solve your problems based on his or her experience and expertise. Depending on your needs, you may be matched with more than one mentor.

    The mentor's opinion is only one of the data points for your consideration and is not responsible for your decision or its consequences.

  • Q

    What are the conditions for participation, the selection process, and the application period?

    A

    All types of startups are eligible to participate, regardless of stage, domain/theme, location of headquarters, etc. However, if you are an overseas startup, you need to have a base in Japan or at least be seriously considering it.

    All you need to do is agree to the pledge and terms of use when registering for the Kobe Startup Hub, and add your startup information to start getting mentored.

    Startups are accepted at any time, but the conditions of support and some details may change after the end of March 2022.

  • Q

    How much of the program is free?

    A

    The support services provided through the Kobe Startup Hub and the Global Mentorship Program* are all available free of charge as part of the Kobe City Startup Support Program.

    However, this does not apply to products and services provided by people and companies you meet through this platform or program, for which you sign a separate contract at your own risk. For example, contracts with lawyers, scriveners, etc. are included in this category. 

    *Global Mentorship Program: A free mentoring program provided by Innovation Dojo Japan on behalf of Kobe City through Kobe Startup Hub. The community manager will connect you with a mentor who is active in Japan and abroad.

  • Q

    Is it possible to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

    A

    The support services provided through Kobe Startup Hub and the Global Mentorship Program are based on the premise that information will be disclosed to the extent that there is no need to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Therefore, as a general rule, please do not share any potentially proprietary or confidential information with the community manager, mentors, or any other parties you meet through the community or the program.

    However, if you wish to be treated as an exception to this rule, such as in the case of deep tech or later-stage startups, we encourage you to consult with us on a case-by-case basis. In addition, in order to ensure effective matching, the Community Manager may share materials and other information provided in advance by startups with outside mentors and companies.

  • Q

    What are the conditions for participation, the selection process, and the application period?

    A

    All types of startups are eligible to participate, regardless of stage, domain/theme, location of headquarters, etc. However, if you are an overseas startup, you need to have a base in Japan or at least be seriously considering it..

    All you need to do is agree to the pledge and terms of use when registering for the Kobe Startup Hub, and add your startup information to start getting mentored. .

    Startups are accepted at any time, but the conditions of support and some details may change after the end of March 2022.

  • Q

    What is the relationship between Kobe City and Innovation Dojo Japan?

    A

    The Kobe Startup Hub and Global Mentorship Program are platforms and programs owned by the City of Kobe.
    Innovation Dojo Japan LLC has been entrusted with the management of these two projects and plays the role of Community Manager and concierge.

KOBE CITY STARTUP
SUPPORT PROJECT & ECOSYSTEM

KOBE CITY STARTUP
SUPPORT PROJECT & ECOSYSTEM

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