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MINATO Accelerator 2023 is an accelerator program for seed- and early-stage startups in the creative fields concentrated in Minato Ward. The application period for business plans is from July 3 to September 8, 2023.
What is MINATO Accelerator?
The MINATO Accelerator is an accelerator program(*) for seed- and early-stage startups in the creative (fashion, 3D, AI, etc.) fields clustered in Minato-ku. The program will build a startup ecosystem in Minato Ward by creating horizontal and vertical connections among people of the same generation through pitch events inviting industry experts and hands-on training by professional human resources.
This program offers a support program for approximately two months to the selected applicants. If you have a business plan that will help solve or revitalize any of the themes listed on this website, please take this opportunity to apply. The program's support team will assist you in your efforts.
An accelerator program is a method of supporting entrepreneurs that accelerates their growth by providing intensive support to businesses and entrepreneurs with high growth potential.
Business Plan Application Areas
Support for Program Adopters
interpoint (interword separation)Providing a place to learn basic knowledge
We provide opportunities to learn knowledge and expertise in business creation.
interpoint (interword separation)Providing a base of operations
Workspace will be provided at the Minato Ward Industrial Promotion Center.
interpoint (interword separation)PR Opportunities
PR opportunities will be provided through pitches at the results presentation (Demo Day) and distribution of press releases, etc.
Provide mentoring opportunities
Mentoring opportunities are provided by experts and other professionals with expertise in each industry.
interpoint (interword separation)Networking Opportunities
Provide opportunities for networking and business meetings for the purpose of information gathering, sales channel expansion, financing, etc.
interpoint (interword separation)Coordination for implementation of the demonstration experiment
We assist in securing collaborators and locations for experiments, negotiating, and coordinating the details of implementation.
Supporting Companies / Organizations
【【Business Company Partners]
Meet the Mentors
July 3: Call for Business Plans
September 8: Deadline for business plan submissions
October 2: Pitching companies to be announced
October 31: Demo Day and adopted companies decided
November 2 - January 26 Incubation Program for Selected Companies
|Application Guidelines||The MINATO Accelerator is an accelerator program for seed and early-stage startups in the creative fields in Minato-ku.|
The Accelerator Program is a method of accelerating growth by providing intensive support to businesses and entrepreneurs with a strong desire to grow over a period of time. The program will also create horizontal and vertical ties between the same generation and different generations to build a startup ecosystem in Minato Ward.
|Organizer/Operator||Organizer: Minato Campus Relo Group, designated manager of Minato City Industrial Promotion Center|
Business contact: Campus Create Co.
Management:Mirai Works Co.
|Application period||July 3, 2023 (Monday) - September 8, 2023 (Friday) 23:59|
|Business Area to be recruited||This program is calling for business plans in the following business areas. If your plan is in line with any of these themes, we encourage you to apply.|
AI, VR/AR, Web3, 3D Design, Fashion Tech, Video/Content
|Applicant Requirements||Applicants must meet the following application criteria to apply for and participate in this program. There are no other special requirements.|
Must have an office in the Port City or be expected to establish an office in the future.
Targets prospective entrepreneurs, pre-seed companies, etc.
The purpose of the program is to acquire skills in the materialization and brushing up of business ideas, fundraising, and presentation, etc.
Seed and early-stage companies and second-stage startups are eligible.
*The objective is to acquire new resources, such as funding and collaboration, to expand the business.
|Adopters' Privileges||For those selected for this program, the program support team will assist you in your business creation efforts for approximately two months. The support will include the following, but will be adjusted flexibly to meet your needs.|
Details of Support for Adopters of this Program
Provide a place to learn the basics of business creation
Mentoring opportunities by experts in the respective industries
Coordination and negotiation with collaborators for the implementation of the demonstration experiment
Provide networking and business meeting opportunities for the purpose of expanding sales channels, raising funds, etc.
Provide PR opportunities by distributing press releases, etc.
Provide opportunities to use community spaces based at the Minato City Industrial Promotion Center.
The above is just an example of the support we can provide. We do not promise to provide support to all applicants. Details will be determined through individual discussions with selected applicants.
In principle, there is no charge for the above support. However, we ask that you provide your own online environment (PC, peripheral equipment, network environment, etc.) and transportation to and from the venue, which are necessary for communication and learning.
|About the contents of your submission||To apply for this program, please click the "ENTRY｜Click here to enter" button on our website. Applicants are required to submit a business plan. The business plan to be submitted is as follows.|
｜Main contents of the Business Plan
Business Plan Name
Business area (theme) to be applied for
Overview of Products and Services
Target customers and their needs
Attractiveness of the target market
Benchmark competitive services and companies
Team composition and strengths
Expectations for the program and its support
In addition to the above information, you can also attach PDF documents.
|criterion (criteria) for selection||The selection criteria for the submitted business plans will be determined comprehensively by the secretariat and an external panel of judges, focusing on the following|
Attractiveness, size, growth potential, etc. of the target market
Novelty, feasibility, profitability, etc. of the business plan
The enthusiasm, teamwork, etc. of all applicants
|Other Points to be noted||We would like to ask all applicants and selected applicants for this program to keep the following points in mind when applying and participating in the program.|
Please read the "Q&A: Frequently Asked Questions" on our website before applying.
We will not sign an NDA for your application during the selection period (until you are selected for the program). Please do not include any confidential information in your application materials.
Selected applicants are invited to participate in the Accelerator Program organized by the Minato City Industrial Promotion Center.
｜Minato City: Minato City Personal Information Protection Ordinance
Even if you are not selected for this program, we may contact you at a later date to offer support through business collaboration, resource provision, or other means. Miraiworx may also contact you to inform you of other programs. In such cases, we will contact you separately.