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The Tokyo Startup BEAM Project is an accelerator program sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) in collaboration with supporting organizations, which aims to create a virtuous circle (ecosystem) that enables hardware startups to give shape to their ideas and grow in a short time.
DMM.make AKIBA has been supporting numerous hardware startups in terms of development base, business, and technology as a Tokyo Metropolitan Government-approved incubation facility. This time, in support of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's initiative, DMM.make AKIBA will provide support in terms of facilities, know-how, and technology to the selected companies to be selected in the fall of 2020 as a program partner. The company hopes that participation in this project will accelerate the creation of an ecosystem and give birth to startups that will create new value for society.
About "Tokyo Startup BEAM Project
In recent years, the value of shipments, etc. and value added by the manufacturing industry in Tokyo have been on a downward trend, and the manufacturing industry is facing a difficult situation. In order for the manufacturing industry in Tokyo to further develop, it is necessary to foster a large number of excellent start-ups that will become new leaders in the industry. On the other hand, hardware startups (manufacturing ventures) that have just been established have ideas and core technologies, but they lack the facilities, funds, and know-how to bring their ideas to fruition. This project aims to take the first step toward making Tokyo the "hardware capital of the world" by creating an ecosystem to address this issue.
(Image: DMM.make AKIBA falls under "A. Manufacturing (Tokyo manufacturers, etc.)
Source: "Tokyo Startup BEAM Project, Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Manufacturing Venture Development Project" website
Opened in November 2014, DMM.make AKIBA is Japan's largest business problem-solving platform that provides total support for innovators taking on the challenge of creating new products, with approximately 500 million yen invested in equipment for hardware development, technical and business support staff, and 24-hour access to facilities. It is one of Japan's largest business problem-solving platforms that provides total support for innovators taking on the challenge of new manufacturing. It is currently used by 600 companies, including 150 startups, and more than 4,000 members as a development base and business matching venue.
In this project, DMM.make AKIBA will support the activities of hardware startups as a program partner by utilizing its know-how and assets cultivated over the past six years. In addition to "hands-on support" to meet the needs of selected companies, DMM.make AKIBA offers free use of its facilities as a unique support item.
1. coworking space that can be used as a business base, and a floor equipped with the necessary equipment for hardware development are available.
2. DMM.make AKIBA supports those who challenge themselves in manufacturing and business by providing a system that allows startups, pre-startup teams, young people, and student teams to use its facilities free of charge*1 for a certain period of time after a screening process. For more information, please contact us at the following address.
*1：Subject to conditions. 2: Charged equipment is available.
Tokyo Startup BEAM Project Overview
Sponsor : Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Operation : Tokyo Metropolitan Manufacturing Venture Development Project Office
(Economic Policy Department, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.)
Application period: June 15, 2020 (Monday) - July 31, 2020 (Friday) 17:00 Deadline
Support : 1) Provision of project support costs
Outsourcing and contracting costs for design and prototyping Parts and materials procurement costs for design and prototyping,
Personnel and other expenses
2) Provide hands-on support
Network support/financial support/information dissemination support/use of equipment, etc.
Eligibility: Small and medium-sized enterprises or sole proprietors in Tokyo who intend to develop some kind of hardware and launch a highly innovative business using the hardware, etc.
*For details, please refer to the following URL for the details of the open call.
About DMM.make AKIBA
It is a comprehensive manufacturing facility that provides total support for hardware development, consisting of "Studio," a manufacturing base with the latest equipment necessary for hardware development and prototyping, and "Base," a business base that can be used as a coworking space, event space, and conference room. Startups and companies with various business issues gather around this facility to form a problem-solving community.
In addition to facility use, plans for companies and local governments are also available, including IoT human resource development training, consulting for the establishment of a coworking space specializing in manufacturing, holding various events, and matching support for open innovation. Tours of the facility are free of charge. For inquiries, please visit the website below.