Startup mentors in Tokyo

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Tomoaki Umeki

Head of Consumer Marketing, Instagram Japan (Meta Platforms, Inc.)
15+ years of experience in leading marketing (strategy to execution, launch and grow), business development (franchise and joint venture), and sales agenda across Asia Pacific in FMCG & Tech. industry

Kanako Tone

Marketing Operations Guru
Technology is just a tool, and somebody needs to operationalize the growth driving activities - that's me! I've been primarily working for B2B Saas / Service companies as Marketing Operations Manager, back up with solid experience with Salesforce and Marketo.

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Tokyo Startup Ecosystem

Tokyo is no longer the city of safe, corporate jobs it historically was. New talent entering the highly skilled workforce is innovating the Japanese startup scene. 

According to the government organization J-Startup, there are currently over 10,000 startups operating in Japan. The startup scene has seen massive growth over the last decade, with Tokyo becoming a major hub for startup development in the APAC region. 

As the region opens to foreign investment, it’s never been a better time to start a business in Tokyo. In 2018 alone, VC funding increased by 50% to $3.09 billion.  

J-Startup and the Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Center (TOSBEC) provide business and financial support to startups in the city, giving them access to funds and investors. The government strongly influences the startup ecosystem and encourages corporations to do business with small startups. 

Unicorns in Tokyo include Liquid, SmartHR, Preferred Networks, Smart News and Playco, but unicorns are still rare relative to the city’s GDP. The lack of billion-dollar startups could be because of language barriers and the inability to localize international business for the Japanese market. 

Tokyo startups excel in FinTech, health tech, ​​Esports, edtech, cryptocurrency, smart cities, SAS and digital governance. 

Venture Cafe in Tokyo is one of the major hubs that connect founders, innovators and students to mentors and investors and host weekly events. There are also a few female-focused organizations, as it can be difficult for women to break into the Tokyo startup scene. 

Reach out to one of our Tokyo-based mentors to learn more about the local startup ecosystem. 

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