Open innovation ("OI") efforts in Japan have been rapidly increasing from the "large company x startup" approach of the past to "local government x local company x startup" projects since around 2018.
In addition, OI in local governments is already being used to promote DX, such as super government, which is urgently needed, and to attract companies to rural areas, and is also attracting significant attention as a means of solving problems for small and medium-sized companies, which make up the majority of companies in Japan.
Reference: "2020 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises and Small Businesses" (April 2020 / Small and Medium Enterprise Agency)
TOMORUBA has compiled and published an overview of 77 cases in 32 prefectures across Japan from among the municipal OIs, along with a chaos map.
It covers a wide range of municipal OI with various innovations, such as programs to create co-creation between local companies and startups, programs aimed at incubating startups, and the creation of bases where various companies and organizations can connect.
Please use this information as a reference for business companies and municipalities in other prefectures that are considering OI practices.
▼TOMORUBA "77 Municipal Open Innovation" Chaos Map (2020 Edition)
eiicon company/TOMORUBA will continue to expand the field of innovation by providing accurate information to meet the needs of the market, utilizing its past achievements and know-how cultivated as a pioneer in open innovation.
About TOMORUBA *2https://tomoruba.eiicon.net/
TOMORUBA is a "business activation media" for business people who create businesses. From startups, small and medium-sized companies, and major corporations to local governments and universities in all industries throughout Japan, we distribute a variety of information on funding, funding, and joint research, as well as information on how to create a business."
About AUBA *2https://auba.eiicon.net
The open innovation platform "AUBA" is a business matching platform for finding open innovation partners under the theme of "Valuable encounters create the future. Companies can register various information on "AUBA," including company information, mission, and resources necessary for business growth. AUBA is a place where companies can communicate this information and connect with each other.
AUBA provides support to all companies that take on the challenge of "open innovation" to accelerate their efforts. AUBA is an open innovation platform that enables companies to connect with and meet potential business partners by openly sharing their needs and seeds, TOMORUBA is a media platform that stimulates business for businesspersons who create businesses, events create opportunities for real encounters, and Sourcing Support is a specialized consultancy that provides support for new businesses in Japan. event" to create opportunities for business people to meet in real life, and "Sourcing Support" by professional consultants.
Outline of the eiicon companyhttps://eiicon.net/about/corporate/service.html
Name: eiicon company
Representative: Ayuko Nakamura
Address: 1-15-5 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Business description: Operation of open innovation platform "AUBA", event planning and support services, sourcing services, etc.
Company name: PERSOL Innovation Co.
Head office: 1-15-5 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Capital: 55 million yen (as of April 1, 2020)
Representative: Hirotoshi Takahashi, President and Representative Director
Business activities: New business creation, open innovation promotion, and group companies
Business planning, management, and related operations
*1: An innovation methodology proposed by Henry W. Chesbrough in 2003 (U.S.) that "creates innovative new value by combining internal company and external media and technologies. It is a method that argues that companies should not only rely on internal resources but also actively incorporate collaboration with external parties.
*2: On July 11, 2020, the open innovation platform eiicon was rebranded as "AUBA" and the business activation media eiicon lab as "TOMORUBA".