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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Shinagawa Ward invites participants for the Gotanda Valley Acceleration Program 2023!

Shinagawa Ward is now accepting applications for the Gotanda Valley Acceleration Program 2023!

Overview of the Gotanda Valley Acceleration Program

The Gotanda-Osaki area in Shinagawa Ward is known as "Gotanda Valley" because of its concentration of startup companies. In addition, Gotanda Valley is an area that is attracting a great deal of attention from both inside and outside the ward, as Gotanda Valley General Incorporated Association was established in 2018 with the aim of helping startup companies in Gotanda Valley solve social issues and create a more prosperous future.
Therefore, Shinagawa Ward will implement this program to support the business growth of startups and entrepreneurs in order to increase awareness of "Gotanda Valley" as a cluster of startups, improve local vitality, and revitalize the entire industry in the ward.

Brochure data (PDF):

Please visit the special website below for more information and to apply.

Who Should Attend

Businesses and individuals aiming for seed/early stage¹EXIT² using IT in their business.
*¹: A startup aiming to launch a product or service. Or, a startup that already has a business (product or service) and is in the process of expanding it.
*²:This year, we plan to offer programs mainly for startups aiming for IPO and M&A.
Businesses that have been in business for approximately 5 years or less
Students are also welcome to participate.
The applicant must have an office in Shinagawa Ward or be expected to establish one in the future.

Advantages of attending this program

Share knowledge and know-how necessary to scale startups
Mentoring to strengthen business plans
Business support through Demo Day, etc.

Training and mentoring for this program

The program will consist of six training sessions, as well as "❶mentoring by mentors in specialized fields according to the individual needs of the participants" and "❷group mentoring where participants share issues and give feedback to each other under the supervision of a facilitator. The training and mentoring will be conducted in cooperation with Zero One Booster Inc.

Shinagawa Ward is the birthplace of the Keihin Industrial Zone and has long developed as a town with a concentration of manufacturing companies. On the other hand, in recent years, IT companies have made remarkable inroads into the area, especially in the Oosaki and Gotanda areas (Gotanda Valley), and today Shinagawa Ward is a place where manufacturing and IT companies are fused together, a major characteristic not found anywhere else in Japan. In addition, many major domestic and overseas manufacturers are located in the Shinagawa area, which is blessed with excellent access to both domestic and international destinations, making it a city with extremely high potential in terms of business.

○ Zero One Booster Inc.
 Based on our corporate philosophy of "changing the world by making Japan a country capable of business creation," we are developing the Corporate Accelerator, an open innovation program in which major companies and venture companies complement each other in areas where they are lacking, co-create innovations, and accelerate business growth, and the Intrapreneur Accelerator, a program to discover and foster in-house entrepreneurs. The "Corporate Accelerator," an open innovation program, and the "Intrapreneur Accelerator," a program for discovering and fostering in-house entrepreneurs. In addition, the company is expanding its business domain by operating "01Dojo," an active learning program to train entrepreneurs and internal business development staff, venture investment, and venture study abroad programs for personnel from large companies. Since February 2020, we have also been operating the Yurakucho "SAAI" Wonder Working Community, a working community that gives shape to individual ideas.

Application period

From May 9, 2023 to July 9, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

capacity (of boat, hall, aeroplane, airplane, etc.)

20 companies (planned)
 *Two participants from one company are also welcome.
 *In the following cases, you will not be eligible for the course

(1) In principle, new businesses by those who have a separate business, extensions of existing businesses, expansion into related fields, spin-offs, business divisions, second start-ups, business successions, etc. are not eligible.
(ii) Those receiving support from similar accelerator programs.


Friday, September 15, 2023, 17:00 - 21:00
Kick-Off Event

Training 1: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 17:00-20:00
[Start a startup and change the world.

Startups are one form of entrepreneurship. Now, the world is about to change dramatically through startups. In this session, we will talk about the mindset for entrepreneurs who are starting up their own startups. Let's create the future together.

Lecturer Mr. George Goda, President, Zero One Booster Inc.

Training 2: Thursday, October 12, 2023, 17:00-20:00
Pioneer of housekeeping services, CaSy co-founder talks about the story of his company's IPO and how to be a CFO.

CaSy was the first company in the industry to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers market in February 2022 by pioneering the use of IT for matching, and after leading the creation of its unique matching system as CTO, he flexibly changed his role to become the CFO, leading the process, management structure, and infrastructure development for the company's listing. Mr. Ikeda will talk about the role of CFO.

Lecturer Hiroki Ikeda, Representative Director of CaSy Inc.

Training 3: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 17:00-20:00
The typical distortions that occur in fast-growing companies and the human and organizational development required to continue to expand and grow.

CHRO of Tsukuruva, which listed on the Tokyo Mothers market in June 2019, will talk about the "strain" caused by business expansion and rapid organizational growth of startup companies and how to overcome it, as well as mission, vision, values, hiring and training, human resource management, and other organizational and human resource management necessary for continued growth. He will also talk about organizational and human resource management necessary for continued growth, including the penetration of mission, vision, and values, hiring and training of human resources, and human resource management.

Lecturer: Yukihiro Fujita, Executive Officer, CHRO and General Manager of General Affairs and Public Relations Division, Tsukulba Inc.

Training 4: Thursday, December 7, 2023, 17:00-20:00
Startups should know how to finance each round of investment.

He will provide an overview of the investment rounds that startups need to raise funds, and explain the characteristics of each round, including Seed Round, Series A, B, and C, the moves required to raise funds, how to choose investors, and key points for negotiations with investors.

Lecturer: Mr. Noritaka Harada, Director, S-IP Corporation

Training 5: Thursday, January 11, 2024, 17:00-20:00
Chatwork Founder Talks about the Realities of Starting a Business
⼆部】Pitching points that seed/early stage startups should be aware of

The event will consist of two parts: a lecture by Chatwork founder and angel investor Mr. Yamamoto, and a workshop. The second part will be a rare opportunity for participants to pitch their businesses and receive advice directly from Mr. Yamamoto on the spot.

Lecturer: Mr. Toshiyuki Yamamoto, SEVEN Founder (Founder, Chatwork, Inc.)

Training 6: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 17:00-20:00
[Social events with senior startups].
We will be introduced to real-life experiences from senior startups who have first-hand experience with difficulties such as funding, hiring, and acquiring business deals.

Theme] Making Space-Sharing the norm
Space Market founder talks about the history and turning points from business launch to IPO.
Lecturer Taisuke Shigematsu, CEO and Representative Director, Space Market Inc.

Friday, March 15, 2024 17:00-21:00
[Demo Day

In addition to the training, the following events will be held

themeEffective DateDetails
OB/OG SocialScheduled for November 2023The program will include an exchange meeting with entrepreneurs who have been selected for past programs.
Consultation on financingScheduled for January 2024VCs, financial institutions, etc. will be invited to the event to provide consultations and presentations on financing.
Public Relations SeminarScheduled for February 2025The seminar will include practical information on key points to keep in mind when conducting public relations and PR, as well as examples of successful PR startups.

Program Enrollment Fees

*Participants will be selected through a written screening and interview process. Please refer to the application guideline for the screening and selection process.

Benefits of participating in this program

Free use of the Open Lounge at SHIP (Shinagawa Industrial Support Exchange Facility)
Support for test marketing and demonstration experiments at SHIP, etc. *Support for test introduction of developed products and services
Support for demonstration experiments and events at Tokyu-related facilities
Up to one free press release per month for up to six months through the PR TIMES press release distribution service
AWS Activate credits, technical support, individual technical mentoring, etc.
Free use of a free desk at TUNNEL TOKYO (SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS INC.) for one month
No annual membership fee (30,000 yen) for the first year at Gotanda Valley
Participation in events at hoops link tokyo, the SMBC Group's open innovation hub, and introduction of members
 *Other SMBC Group VCs and Japan Finance Corporation (business partners)
Various discount coupons from 01Booster partners
Free use of co-working space at Nishi-Oi Business Support Center *Only for those who have been in business for less than 3 years
Collaboration in business areas related to the Gakken Group, support for test marketing and demonstration experiments, etc.
Park24 K.K. provides individual mentoring and other services.
Startup support at MUFG Group
 Introduction of applications to Rise UP Festa
 *Introduction of banks, MUFG Group VCs and affiliated companies, etc.
Support for Demonstration Experiment at Gotanda Lab" by Lawson, Inc.
Free use of the Musashikoyama Business Support Center Interaction Salon
Terada Warehouse Co., Ltd. will provide individual mentoring, etc., and support for demonstrations in Terada Warehouse business areas and Tennozu Isle (city).

Businesses that have been active in the district for more than one year are eligible to take advantage of various subsidies (software development promotion subsidy, engineer recruitment support subsidy) and other support menus.


*The content of special offers is subject to change.
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