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The Ashikaga Bank, Ltd. (President and CEO: Kazuyuki Shimizu; hereinafter "Ashikaga Bank") and Ricky Business Solutions Corporation (President: Koichi Shibuya) announce the implementation of the "Ashigin Accelerator Program," a business matching program to promote business collaboration with start-up companies*1 (President: Koichi Shibuya) announces that it will launch the "Ashigin Accelerator Program", a business matching program to promote business collaboration with start-ups*1. In conjunction with the launch of this program, we are also accepting applications from participating companies in the Kanto region, centering on Tochigi Prefecture, that are willing to collaborate with startup companies from January 17 (Mon.) to February 18 (Fri.), 2022.
(CEO: Ten Ijichi, hereinafter "Creww") will provide operational support for this program through its cloud-based open innovation*2 support service "Creww Growth" to help create new value in the relevant regions.
1 Fast-growing companies that challenge existing markets by creating unprecedented business models with unique technologies and ideas.
2 A system for co-creating innovative businesses and services by not only relying on the company's own management resources and technologies, but also by collaborating with external parties.
About the 1st "Ashigin Accelerator Program
This program is an open innovation program that aims to create new businesses through collaboration between local companies and start-ups in the Kanto region, centering on Tochigi Prefecture. By opening up the management resources of leading companies in the region and combining them with innovative ideas solicited from start-ups nationwide, the program aims to co-create new value and business, and to further the growth of local companies and the revitalization of the local economy.
(1) Companies that are actively involved in new business initiatives are invited to participate in this program.
(2) Participating companies will open up their own business resources and invite innovative business idea proposals from startup companies nationwide.
(3) Create new businesses and innovate existing businesses.
Ashikaga Bank and Rickey Business Solution Co., Ltd. will provide support from the identification of resources to commercialization.
Application Overview and Program Schedule
■Companies seeking applicants/eligible customers4 companies that have business with Ashikaga Bank and are strongly motivated to create new businesses
■Application Period:Monday, January 17, 2022 - Friday, February 18, 2022
■How to applyPlease submit the entry sheet for the exclusive use of the company.
*For more information about this program, application details, and entry forms, please contact your local branch of Ashikaga Bank.
Ashikaga Bank News Release:https://pdf.irpocket.com/C0060/uTXp/Fxxr/pAP7.pdf
■Future schedule (tentative)After the participating companies are selected, we will recruit startup companies and brush up the collaboration proposal, with the aim of conducting demonstration experiments and commercialization.
Organizer: The Ashikaga Bank, Ltd.
Co-sponsored by Rickey Business Solutions Co.
Cooperation: Creww Inc.
Outline of each company
The Ashikaga Bank, Ltd.
Ashikaga Bank, established in 1895, is a regional bank with 143 branches in four northern Kanto prefectures (Saitama, Gunma, and Ibaraki), centered on Tochigi Prefecture, where the head office is located.
|name of company||Ashikaga Bank|
|Establishment||October 1, 1895|
|Location||4-1-25 Sakura, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-8610, Japan|
|uniform resouce locator||https://www.ashikagabank.co.jp/|
Ricky Business Solutions Corporation
A consulting company that works with regional banks and local governments to plan and operate business meetings such as the "Regional Bank Food Selection" and other business matching events as part of its regional development support business.
|name of company||Ricky Business Solutions Corporation|
|Location||10F Kishimoto Bldg., 2-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan|
|Business Overview||Advisory Services for Business Corporations|
Advisory for Financial Institutions
Financial Institution Support Business
Food Support Business
Overseas Support Business
Catalog mail-order business
|uniform resouce locator||URL: https://www.rickie-bs.com/|
Creww, Inc. is a total support company for startups, entrepreneurs, business companies, and individuals who want to take on new challenges. Creww Inc. is a total support company for startups, entrepreneurs, business companies, and individuals who want to take on challenges, providing a variety of services that match the needs of each individual.
Since its founding in 2012, Creww has conducted open innovation programs with more than 270 companies to create new businesses between companies and startups, and has achieved approximately 750 collaborations to date. Currently, about 6,000 startups are registered on the open innovation platform operated by Creww.
|name of company||Creww Corporation|
|Establishment||August 13, 2012|
|capital stock||829.55 million yen (including capital reserve)|
|uniform resouce locator||https://creww.in/|
|Business Overview||Cloud-based open innovation support serviceCreww Growth"|
■ Regional Open Innovation Program ".47 (Yonana) Cruise Project"
■Open Innovation Media for Challengers ".PORT｣
■ Incubation Program for Challenging Individuals, "STARTUP STUDIO by Creww'-' (used in place of '-')
About "47 Crews Project
This project aims to promote DX and create new businesses through open innovation with startups by local companies with management resources rooted in the region, together with local governments and regional banks, which are the core of the region.
Creww, which has hosted more than 270 open innovation programs with startups and major and medium-sized companies and local governments nationwide, aims to energize Japan with startups from all over the country, regardless of region or company size, based on its top-class track record in Japan.
Reprinted from: Ashikaga Bank