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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

BRAVE GLOBAL, a deep-tech startup support program for Japanese researchers living abroad

Beyond Next Ventures will host "BRAVE GLOBAL" to encourage the establishment of deep tech startups by Japanese researchers living abroad with a view to global expansion!
This program will be implemented with the adoption of "TOKYO SUTEAM," a startup support and development project operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Creating deep tech startups for overseas expansion

Beyond Next Ventures manages a total of over 32 billion yen in funds as a venture capital firm specializing in the deep-tech domain and has invested in and provided growth support to approximately 80 companies as a lead investor to encourage their commercialization. In addition, BRAVE, Japan's largest-scale program to promote the commercialization of research results, which is developed for researchers who plan to start their own businesses (https://beyondnextventures.com/jp/incubation/brave/), a cumulative total of 125 teams from universities and research institutions nationwide have participated, with a post-graduation start-up rate of more than 601 TP3T and a cumulative fundraising amount exceeding 40 billion yen.

As a development of the rich experience in supporting the commercialization of research results accumulated through these activities, we will transfer the knowledge of the overseas startup ecosystem to Tokyo and implement a program for Japanese researchers residing abroad to create deep tech startups that aim to expand overseas from Day 1. The program is designed to create deep tech startups that aim to expand their business overseas from Day 1.


We offer 1) work experience program and 2) start-up challenge program for Japanese researchers living abroad. We will provide funding for the participants.

(1) Work Experience Program
Participants: Japanese researchers living abroad
Number of applicants: up to 20
Purpose: To learn and experience the reality of deep tech startups and ecosystems
Activities: Research on overseas business of matched domestic deep-tech startups, development of overseas networks, etc.
Compensation: Paid according to the amount of activity
Implementation period: 2024/4-2024/9

(2) Business Start-up Challenge Program
Participants: Japanese researchers living abroad
Number of applicants: Up to 10
Objective: To take on the challenge of founding a startup
Implementation: Practical commercialization activities for practical application of R&D seeds, including feasibility studies, team building, and formulation of new business plans
Funding for activities: Several million yen per person is provided.
Mentoring by our capitalists and experts, as well as external support resources, are also available.
Implementation period: 2024/10-2025/3

Operator(as of October 30, 2023)
Beyond Next Ventures, Inc.
tayo Corporation

Official page

Now accepting pre-registration

If you are an overseas researcher interested in this program, please apply using the registration form below. We will provide you with the latest information on entry and related events.

*Pre-registration form:https://forms.gle/M47iwYY3texo1teD9
*Registration deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023, 23:59

For detailed information on each program, please visit the official BRAVE GLOBAL page (https://braveglobal.beyondnextventures.com/(to be published in mid-December or later).

Beyond Next Ventures' Vision

Scientists and researchers are at the center of society.
In order to continuously generate scientific and technological innovation from Japan, it is necessary to further enhance the social status and influence of scientists and researchers. To this end, our mission is to create an environment that facilitates the challenge of commercializing research results and to increase the number of Japanese scientists and researchers who succeed in the deep-tech field.

Comment from Takeshi Ito, President & CEO, Beyond Next Ventures

We believe that in order for Japan to re-emerge as a nation of science and technology, it is necessary to increase the number of Japanese scientists and researchers and to provide them with more opportunities to play an active role in the world. Since our founding, our mission has consistently been to produce challengers, and we have been working to support commercialization and create an ecosystem for the commercialization of research results. Through this program, we will increase the number of Japanese scientists and researchers involved in deep-tech startups aiming for overseas expansion, and by encouraging researchers to take on the challenge of founding their own startups, we will realize our vision of "placing scientists and researchers at the center of society.


In order to achieve the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Global Innovation with STARTUPS" 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)," the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will develop various types of startup support through collaboration with various supporters and networking among these supporters. The goal is to strengthen Tokyo's startup ecosystem and promote the creation and growth of startups by networking with other supporters. In principle, the "Partner Companies" selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will provide startup support for a period of one and a half years.

About tayo

A startup company that aims to realize the revival of Japan as a science-based nation through academia x advertising x IT. Through "tayo.jp," a social networking service for researchers, the company supports diverse careers for researchers.

About Beyond Next Ventures

Aiming to solve global-scale human issues through world-class science and technology, we are an independent venture capital firm that works with researchers and entrepreneurs to implement innovative deep-tech technologies into society. As a lead investor, we have invested mainly in deep tech startups since the seed stage, and have been involved in supporting their commercialization. In addition, we are working to build a deep tech ecosystem beyond the VC framework through incubation activities to accelerate the commercialization of research results, training of management personnel, and the operation of a shared wet lab in the city center.

name of companyBeyond Next Ventures, Inc.
EstablishmentAugust 2014
Location3F MFPR Nihonbashi-Honcho Building, 3-7-2 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
representativeRepresentative Director Takeshi Ito
Business OverviewInvestment in and growth support for deep tech startups in Japan and India, support for commercialization of research seeds, training of management personnel, operation of a shared wet lab in the city center, etc.
uniform resouce locatorhttp://beyondnextventures.com.jp/

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