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Sunday, December 3, 2023

GLOW TECH NAGOYA," which supports global expansion, begins accepting applications for participants in FY2023!

The City of Nagoya will host "GLOW TECH NAGOYA," a program that seriously supports startups that can compete globally and lead next-generation industries! This program is now in its third year. As a first step, we started accepting applications for the "Global Mindset Program" on May 22 (Mon.), where participants can learn entrepreneurial mindset and business strategies to compete globally from a team of lecturers including entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and lawyers who are active in Silicon Valley, the mecca for startups. The program is designed to provide participants with an entrepreneurial mindset and business strategies that can be used globally.


GLOW TECH NAGOYA consists of the following three parts (for details on "GLOW Pitch" and "Growing Support Program", please see "Future Development" below).

1. "Global Mindset Program" to learn entrepreneurial mindset and business strategies to succeed in the world from a team of lecturers who are entrepreneurs and researchers active in Silicon Valley.

2. "GLOW Pitch," where you pitch your business and create contacts with investors and companies

3. "Growing Support Program," where you can receive pitch training and mentoring for fundraising and commercialization

(For details on "GLOW Pitch" and "Growing Support Program," please see "Future Development" below).


The word "GLOW" is an English word that means "to heighten emotion" or "to shine," and is used to express the hope that the program will be exciting for the participating entrepreneurs and that the startups will grow and shine. The program also includes the elements of "Global" and "Growing" as it aims to help startups aiming for "global" expansion to "grow".

Global Mindset Program Overview

In this program, participants will learn from lecturers who are entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and lawyers active in Silicon Valley, the mecca for startups, to acquire the entrepreneurial mindset and business strategies that are essential for global business development by learning from their lived experiences and theories. From professionals in each area essential for startup business growth,

1. Growth Hacking Strategies for Commercialization
2. Fast hypothesis testing
3. Pitch skills

(Lectures are given in Japanese).

(See "Program Schedule" below for program details.)


Experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers active in the U.S. and Silicon Valley participate as lecturers and mentors. (Lecturers and Mentors (in order of program schedule))

Kenji Kushida
Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Shingo Kato
Technical Program Manager, Megagon Labs Inc.

Kinya Yoshikawa
President and Representative Director, REPUBLI9 Inc.

Tetsuro Ida
Regional Director, Asia, A2Mac1 Group

Izumi Yamamoto
Executive Briefing Program Manager, Google Cloud

Michiko Kato
Principal at Woven Capital

Takaaki Adachi
Senior R&D+D Executiv, Yamato Holdings Co.

Ayako Dohi
Former public relations manager for a U.S. tech company

Kenyu Sobashima
Founder & CEO, Tomorrow Access LLC

Shun Ikeda
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Google LLC


Coordinators stationed in each of the three locations (California, Nagoya, and Tokyo) will support participants during the program.

Toshimoto Sato - California
Untether AI, Functional Safety Lead / TOODOT LLC Founder
Currently resides in Silicon Valley. He has lived in Silicon Valley twice, the first time in 2000 as an FA system engineer in charge of sales expansion for semiconductor manufacturing equipment. He has invested in 10 startups and is in charge of business development. He has invested in 10 startups, zero bankruptcies, and two unicorns, and is participating in UntetherAI, a startup developing AI chips in 2022 (Series B, total amount of $170M raised) as the lead for automotive support. On the private side, he started investing as an angel in a Japanese startup (one of the "Forbs 30 Under 30 Japan") in 2017. He has also supported many Japanese startups and ventures aiming for Silicon Valley, and will launch TooDot, a business development company, in 2021.

Hiroaki Tanaka - Nagoya
Executive Director, Chubu Region Innovation Promotion Organization / President, Value Glow, Inc.
He was involved in the formation of the startup ecosystem in the Chubu region to support startups in Silicon Valley. Assisted in promoting corporate innovation and served as the technical director of early-stage startup Denso Corporation, and was appointed as Senior Vice President of Denso International America. Returned to Japan after preparing to establish a startup in Silicon Valley. In 2021, he founded ValueGrow Corporation, which supports companies in creating innovations. At the Nagoya Innovator's Garage, he is in charge of the startup pitches "CENT Pitch" and "GLOW TECH NAGOYA". He has been a visiting professor at Tokai National University since April 2023.

Mr. Kazuhiro Mori - Tokyo
Representative Director, Kachinode Co.
Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1995. Majored in design at university and interned at a major advertising agency, design production office, creative venture company, and AI-related startup, etc. In 2016, founded Kachinode Inc. as a subsidiary of automatic driving startup Tearfour Inc. and was in charge of design-related In 2019, he experienced the launch of an art business in NY, U.S.A. In the same year, he left Tiafoe Group to start his own company and since then, he has been supporting startups mainly in Aichi and Nagoya, Japan.

Program Schedule

Saturday, July 15, 10:00-13:00
#01 Orientation / Toshimoto Sato, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazuhiro Mori
Understand the significance of the program and how to work on it, and set goals.

Sunday, July 16, 10:00-13:00
#02 Startup History, Growth Factors & Pitch Feedback / Kenji Kushida
Learn about the history of the birth and development of startups and consider the elements of success.

Saturday, July 22, 10:00-13:00
#03 What is Paine & Pitch Feedback / Kenji Kushida
Learn about the most important customer pane for business success.

Sunday, July 30, 10:00-11:30
#Special Lecture #01 Silicon Valley Pitch Type / Shingo Kato
Acquire the pitch pattern in the Recon Valley and use it to create your own pitch.

Sunday, July 30, 11:30-12:30
#Pitch Study Session/Coordinator
Learn about various examples of pitches and apply them to your own pitch creation.

Saturday, August 5, 10:00-12:10
#04 Creating an Entrepreneurial Thinking Process / Kinya Yoshikawa
Learning about the ideas and values that make up a successful entrepreneurial career will fill in the missing perspectives.

Saturday, August 12, 10:00-12:10
#05 GoToMarket Strategy / Tetsuro Ida
Know the relationship between the market and the value provided and draw a strategy to commercialize the idea.

Sunday, August 20, 10:00-12:00
#06 Reflection & Pitch Feedback / Kinya Yoshikawa, Tetsuro Ida
Reflect on what you learned in the regular lectures #04 - #05 and receive a review from the instructor after the pitch.

Sunday, August 20, 12:15-13:15
#Special Lecture #02 Problem Formation for Startups / Izumi Yamamoto
Learn the process of issue formation and decision making in companies and apply it to startup management.

Sunday, August 20, 14:00-15:00
#Project Progress Check / Toshimoto Sato, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazuhiro Mori
Review the first half of the program and check progress against the goals set at the beginning.

Saturday, August 26, 10:00-12:10

#07 Fundamentals of Finance / Michiko Kato
Learn the basics of finance in startups and understand how to raise funds.

Saturday, September 2, 10:00-12:10
#08 Fundraising Practice and Collaboration with Business Companies / Takaaki Adachi
Learn important concepts in executing fundraising and the prerequisite knowledge needed to collaborate with business companies.

Saturday, September 9, 10:00-12:00

#09 Reflection & Pitch Feedback / Michiko Kato, Takaaki Adachi
Reflect on what you learned in the regular lectures #07 - #08 and receive a review from the instructor after the pitch.

Saturday, September 9, 12:15-13:15
Special Lecture #03 Communication Strategies Learned from U.S. Tech Companies / Atuko Dohi
Learn how to think about drawing up internal and external communication strategies for each phase of the business.

Saturday, September 16, 10:00-12:10

#10 How to Build Competitive Advantage and Go Global/Kentomo Sobashima
Learn how to think and compete globally to build a competitive advantage over your competitors.

Saturday, September 23, 10:00-12:10
#11 Traction, PMF, and Marketing / Shun Ikeda
Learn what indicators should be set in practice to achieve the PMF.

Saturday, September 30, 10:00-12:00
#12 Reflection & Pitch Feedback / Shun Ikeda & Kenyu Sobajima
Reflect on what you learned in the regular lectures #10 - #11 and receive a review from the instructor after the pitch.

Saturday, October 7, 13:00-18:30
#13 Final Results Pitch + Networking Session / Kinya Yoshikawa, Takaaki Adachi, et al.
Reflect the learnings gained through the program in their own pitches and present them as the final results.

Venue: Nagoya Innovators' Garage or online (Zoom) / Lecture content, schedule and lecturers are subject to change.


Real venue: NAGOYA INNOVATOR'S GARAGE (NADIA PARK 4F, 3-18-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)
Online Delivery: Zoom

The event will be held at a real venue or via online distribution.

*In addition to the initial orientation and final lecture, some programs will be held at real venues.

Participation Target

Seed to early-stage startup companies aiming to expand globally (those who are expanding or planning to expand their business in the four Tokai prefectures (Aichi, Gifu, Mie and Shizuoka)).
About 20 people (selection will be made)
Free of charge

Application Guidelines and Screening Criteria

For more information, please visit GLOW TECH NAGOYA Web site. https://glowtech.nagoya for more information.

From Entry to Start of Program

Monday, May 22nd -
Entry begins *After entry, we ask you to submit detailed information.

Monday, June 5, 19:00-20:00
prior briefing

Tuesday, June 20, 23:59
Entry deadline (Deadline for submission of detailed information: 23:59 on the following day, Wednesday, June 21)

Thursday, June 28 - Tuesday, July 4 (tentative)
interview screening

Thursday, July 6 (tentative)
Notification of Successful Candidates

Saturday, July 15 - Saturday, July 15, 2012
Global Mindset Program 2023 Start

Pre-briefing sessions

Prior to the program, an online information session will be held for those interested in participating in the program.

GLOW TECH NAGOYA / Global Mindset Program 2023 online pre-briefing
Monday, June 5, 19:00-20:00 @ Zoom
For details and application, click here:

Why Silicon Valley is important to us

The concept of "startups" originated in Silicon Valley and has formed an ecosystem around the world. The first reason is that learning the wisdom of Silicon Valley, which is the global standard, is to learn the basics of startups, and learning the history of Silicon Valley, which is closely related to the birth of startups, will also give us an idea of how we should behave in our current environment.

In addition, a mature ecosystem attracts a variety of information, excellent human resources, and ample funds from investors from around the world. Through Silicon Valley, you may gain connections that you would never have access to from Japan. The second reason is that by connecting directly with the Silicon Valley community, you have the potential to take your business to the next level.

Coordinator's comments

Kazuhiro Mori, Representative Director, Kachinode Co.
This is the third year for this program, and the success of entrepreneurs who have participated in the program in the past is becoming more and more prominent. One of the program's main attractions is not only the opportunity to connect with lecturers and mentors who are active in Silicon Valley, but also to connect with fellow entrepreneurs who are willing to take on the challenge together. We provide a place in the GLOW TECH NAGOYA community where entrepreneurs who are willing to take risks and continue to take on challenges can get a boost in their backs and increase their chances of success, even if only a little.

We are also proud to say that the content you will learn in this Global Mindset Program is very engaging. We have compiled a list of elements necessary to move a business forward and condensed them into a total of 38.5 hours of lectures over 13 weeks, including time for participants to interact with each other and with the instructors. Time is an important asset for startups, and we have designed this program to make you feel that the investment of this valuable time is worth it. We hope that you will make full use of this program as an opportunity to connect with the next stage of your business.

Future Development

After the first phase of the Global Mindset Program, GLOW TECH NAGOYA plans to hold the "GLOW Pitch" pitch event as the second phase and the "Growing Support Program" mentoring program as the third phase.

GLOW Pitch: Mid-September 2023 Scheduled to be offered
We will hold a large scale pitch event for seed to early stage startups. Through the pitches, the speakers will make contacts with VCs and business companies, and start working in earnest toward fundraising and collaboration.
Schedule: Mid-November 2023 (tentative)

Growing Support Program:GLOW Pitch Winners (top 8 companies) may participate
Mentors with various specialties will provide full support in brushing up the business plan to raise funds from investors, etc. At the Demo Day to be held in February, the final results of the mentoring will be presented.

Related Information


Nagoya City Web site

Nagoya Startup Promotion Portal Site "NAGOYA EVOLVES

Nagoya City Economic Affairs Bureau, Startup Support Office
TEL:052-972-3046 / FAX:052-972-4135

Administrative Office
Kachinode Inc.
Kachinode is a creative team that provides startup support services based on the concept of "designing new value.

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