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AgVenture Lab selected as a partner of Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Startup Support Project! Toward solving issues in the agri-food domain

AgVenture Lab has been selected as an "Agreement Provider" to support startups in collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government through the "TOKYO SUTEAM", a startup support and development project by diverse entities!

AgVenture Lab and Tokyo Metropolitan Government collaborate to support startups

This support program is being implemented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) to encourage the implementation of various startup support measures by various entities in order to achieve the goal of "10x10x10" (10 times the number of unicorns from Tokyo, 10 times the number of startups in Tokyo, and 10 times the number of collaborative practices in Tokyo in 5 years) as stated in the new startup strategy "Global Innovation with STARTUPS" by the TMG. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is implementing this program with the aim of encouraging the implementation of a variety of startup support measures by diverse entities.

AgLab will actively incorporate the perspectives of women and student entrepreneurs, as well as deep-tech technologies, in order to build a sustainable and comprehensive support system from Tokyo to the regions and from Tokyo to the world.

We are looking for a wide range of people who can work together to cultivate the future through creation and innovation by combining various ideas and the strengths of the JA Group. Specifically, the program aims to expand the scope of the startup ecosystem and support and enhance its growth through three initiatives: the Incubation Program, the Seed Fund, and the Alumni Revitalization Program.

Role of Tokyo Metropolitan Government "TOKYO SUTEAM" Agreement Businesses

Implement startup support measures based on the agreement signed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (period: until the end of March 2025 in principle).
Establish new start-up support measures that leverage the strengths and assets of the partner businesses.
Dissemination of information on initiatives and results, cooperation in utilizing the Tokyo Innovation Base, etc.

About Ag Lab

AgLab was jointly established on May 27, 2019 by eight national organizations of the JA Group (National Central Association of Agricultural Cooperatives, National Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, The Norinchukin Bank, The House of Light Association, Inc. The Innovation Lab was established jointly by the Japan Agricultural Newspaper Co.

name of companyAgVenture Lab, Inc.
EstablishmentMay 2019
Location9F Otemachi Bldg., 1-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
representativeHiroki Ogino
uniform resouce locatorhttps://agventurelab.or.jp/
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Ando Hazama x Cube Earth] Innovating the world's urban OS with patented technology from Japan and the U.S.

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Aisei Pharmacy has more than 400 dispensing pharmacies nationwide. As the company will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary, we are challenging the accelerator program in search of the next pillar of our business! Aiming to become a pharmacy that is needed by local residents, the company will explore the possibility of creating new businesses. In this interview, we spoke with Hiroyuki Hori, General Manager of the Business Planning Department of Aisei Pharmacy Inc. about why Aisei Pharmacy is now taking on the challenge of open innovation with startups.
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