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Application period has started! mint×Delight Ventures|"Springboard 2022," an entrepreneurship support program for working adults

mint and Delight Ventures have launched "Springboard 2022," an entrepreneurship support program for working professionals, with entries opening on Monday, December 27, 2021.

Background of "Springboard

The "Springboard" is,Three-month entrepreneurship support program for working professionals who are serious about starting their own businessIt is.

We have lowered the hurdles to starting a business,I want to make starting a business a natural career path.Delight Ventures, which has such a desire, and the "Delight Ventures is a company that provides a wide range of services from major companies and business corporations.We want to actively support entrepreneurs who spin out and start up.The event will be co-hosted by "mint" and mint wishes.

This year's Springboard 2022, the third of its kind, will be held through two companies, mint and Delight Ventures, in light of their past operations,Up to 100 million yen investment limit per companyMentors during the program will be Kentaro Nagahara and Masaki Yamashita of Delight Ventures and Tomoki Shirakawa, Keisuke Kogure, Yusuke Okazawa, and Hikaru Tajima of mint.

(From top left to bottom right: Yusuke OkazawaheMasaki Yamashita, Yuriko Saito, Tomoki ShirakawaheKentaro Nagahara and Hikaru TajimaheTomoko Nanba, Keisuke Kogurehe)

Features of Springboard

During the three-month program, in addition to the mentor's accompaniment in brushing up the business, the program also provides access to the startup community, including senior entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and networking with various professionals for the establishment of the company,Support up to and after start-upI will do so.

At the end of the three-month program, we will also have the opportunity to meet with a number of other participants, including Tomoko Namba, Managing Partner of Delight Ventures (and Chairman of the Board of DeNA Co., Ltd.).Demo days for prominent entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, as well as funding opportunitiesI will do so.

Past Performance of Springboard

In the past two programs.14 teams selected; as of December 2021, 11 companies have started up after the program and 6 companies have completed fundraisingThe company has raised a total of ¥350 million in seed and Series A rounds. In addition, companies that have raised a total of 350 million yen in seed and series A rounds, and companies that have completed 200 million yen in seed rounds have also been created.

<Companies that have participated in past programs (partial list)
Takehito Jinde, LockOn Co. https://6onx.com/
Through this program, we have had the opportunity to pitch, consult, and provide feedback to many VC's, and have subsequentlyAdvance fundraising and business promotion with high resolution and speedThe company was able to
We also established a corporation during the program, and Mr. Shirakawa supported us in establishing the corporation, which was very encouraging.

Shota Watanabe, CEO and Representative Director, 9seconds, Inc. https://quicker.app
Through this program, we have been able to advance our startup and business by leading to a seed round investment from Apricot Ventures (now mint)! If you are a working adult and have even the slightest interest in starting a business, we recommend that you apply first!A great opportunity to change your lifeIt is! 

Smart Craft Inc. https://smartcraft.jp/
Through this program, you will be able to learn about the challenges of startups.Absorption of necessary knowledge and experience in a very short period of timeThe VC people were also able to help us brush up our business idea through daily discussions with them. In addition, daily discussions with VC people helped me brush up my business idea even more. If you are in a large company but interested in starting your own business, I highly recommend you to try it.

Mesh Corporation Mr. Shun Sato
Normally, appointments with VCs are not made many times (unless the conversation progresses), and even if they are made, they are only in the context of an investor/funded company relationship. On the other hand, in this program,The investor will accompany you for 3 months as a companion partner and communicate with you more closely than you can imagine!This is a very valuable experience that I could not have had anywhere else. In the process, I came to understand what the investors were thinking, and learning how to develop a business plan and pitch based on that understanding was a valuable experience that I could not have gained anywhere else.

Program Overview

This program is designed toProgram for working professionals who are serious about raising funds and starting a business in 3 monthsYou will become a with mentoring from prominent entrepreneurs and VCs,To start a business in April when the program ends.The goal is to achieve the following

Eligible persons Those who are applicable to any of the following

1) Working professionals who have decided to start a business within 3 months and are making concrete preparations
(2) Working people who are ready to seriously start a business within six months.
*Participation is also open to those who do not have a solid business plan/ have not yet decided on a co-founder when starting a business.
*If you are a program participant and do not wish to receive external exposure, we will not post your personal information in the media.

Program Schedule

Application period: Monday, December 27, 2021 - Thursday, January 13, 2022
・Interview period:Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Notification of participation decision:Friday, January 28, 2022
First kickoff:Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Program Duration:February - April 2022

Below is a specific schedule
-Study Session 1: 2/16 (Wed.)  Shota Watanabe, CEO, 9seconds K.K. (1st Springboard participant)
-Demo Day 1: Wednesday, 3/2  Mr. Satoshi Hagiya, Partner, ANOBAKA Corporation
-Study Session 2: 3/16 (Wed.) Mr. Masatake Yamoto, Representative Director and CEO, 10X, Inc.
-Demo Day 2: Wednesday, 3/30 Mr. Takashi Chiba, Partner, Spiral Capital K.K.
-Study Session 3: Wednesday, 4/13  Mr. Shoji Miyata, Representative Director, SmartHR, Inc.
-Final Demo Day: Monday, 4/25The entire jury, including Mr. Nanba of Delight Ventures
*During the program, those who are employed by companies can work mainly on weekday evenings and weekends. Also, the above kickoffs and contents, etc., which are held on weekdays, will be held in the evenings or later.

Entry Flow

Applicants who apply using the entry form below and pass the screening process will be contacted for an online interview at any time.
Application Summary URL:https://springboard.camp
Details and Entry Form https://forms.gle/j1tvPucc1pKxBWiD8
Application Period: Monday, December 27, 2021 - Thursday, January 13, 2022

Main support provided to participants

1. Brush up on business
Six venture capitalists will act as mentors during weeknights and weekends for three months.Accompanied in selecting business areas, brushing up business, and preparing presentations to investorsI will do so.

2. Community
During the period, regular study sessions/exchange meetings will be held to provide access to the startup community. In addition, we will also provide access to other startups who are also preparing to start their own businesses.Friendly competition with "entrepreneurial peers" through the programThe program is designed to help you to make the most of your time and energy. The study group will include senior entrepreneurs such as Mr. Miyata of SmartHR Inc. and Mr. Yamoto of 10x Inc. as well as Mr. Hagiya of ANOBAKA Inc. and Mr. Chiba of Spiral Capital Inc.Receive feedback from venture capitalistsThe following is an example of a product that can be used in this way.

3. Support for company establishment
Referrals to back-office professionals with strong start-up support, etc,Assistance with company incorporation and capital policy planningThe following is a list of the most common types of products that can be used.

4. Funding Opportunities
After the three-month program, Delight Ventures' Nanba and other prominent venture capital partners will participateHost a demo day and offer the opportunity to negotiate funding(There is no obligation to accept investment from mint or Delight Ventures at the time of program adoption.)

■ Mentoring/Advisory

Kentaro Nagahara, Principal / Masanori Yamashita, Senior Associate, Delight Ventures
Tomoki Shirakawa, General Partner, mint / Keisuke Kigure, General Partner / Yusuke Okazawa, Investment Manager / Hikaru Tajima, Associate

Tomoko Nanba, Managing Partner, Delight Ventures
Shoji Miyata, Representative Director, SmartHR, Inc.
Mr. Masatake Yamoto, CEO and Representative Director, 10X, Inc.
Mr. Satoshi Hagiya, Partner, ANOBAKA Corporation
Tetsujiro Nakagaki, Partner / Chief Partnership Officer, DNX Ventures
Mr. Ichihiko Ishikura, Partner, Heart Driven Fund
Mr. Takashi Chiba, Partner, Spiral Capital K.K.
Mr. Tatsuo Tsutsumi, Managing Partner, STRIVE
Mr. Toshimitsu Namba, Partner, WiL Corporation

On the Occasion of Holding

<Comments from Tomoki Shirakawa, General Partner of mint
I myself received this from my seniors when I decided to start my own business as a venture capitalist.The final "push" and "support" was very encouraging.I still remember the first time I saw a company start a business. Springboard is now in its third year, and I have had the opportunity to be a part of many entrepreneurial moments through the program. I am very much looking forward to meeting many of those moments again this year! 

<Kentaro Nagahara, Principal, Delight Ventures, comments
Springboard, which started at the same time as the launch of the fund, is now in its third year.We want to encourage those people who have decided to start a business but are unable to take the first step.While I was thinking about this, I was also able to see a variety of achievements. This is a very valuable time for me to be able to accompany the participants while feeling their enthusiasm, seriousness, determination, and various other thoughts and feelings close to me. I am looking forward to another good meeting this year.

【【About MINT]

Representative: Tomoki Shirakawa/Keisuke Kogure
Location WAVE Shibuya 5F, 2-25-3 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
uniform resouce locator https://mint-vc.com

MINT is an independent venture capital firm specializing in the pre-seed and seed stage.
We operate "FLAP," a free office support program for entrepreneurs preparing for/starting their businesses, "GUILD SHIBUYA" and "HATCH," co-working offices for portfolio companies, and "PROP," a community for start-up CTOs and lead engineers, aiming to support start-ups through a community of fellow entrepreneurs, senior managers, and professionals in various fields. We aim to support startups through a community of entrepreneurs, senior managers, and professionals in various fields.

【【About Delight Ventures]

Representative: Managing Partners Tomoko Nanba / Dai Watanabe
Location: Shibuya Dogenzaka Sky Building 11F, 28-1 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Delight Ventures is a venture capital firm that is dedicated to lowering the barriers to entrepreneurship in Japan and helping entrepreneurs succeed in the world. We aim to create a society where entrepreneurship is a natural career path and both successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs can continue to take on new challenges. Through partnerships with entrepreneurs, investors, and companies, we hope to contribute to the Japanese innovation ecosystem and improve its global competitiveness.

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