Call for Applications: Global startup accelerator program in Okinawa

We are looking for passionate entrepreneurs from all over the world with innovative technologies that have the potential to make a positive impact on society. Once selected, you will participate in a fixed-term residency program as an OIST employee at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology where you will receive the funding, mentoring, and partnerships needed to launch your technology ventures right here in Okinawa, Japan.
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The Innovation Square Startup Accelerator (I2@OIST) is Okinawa's first global startup accelerator program. Each year, a highly selective group of entrepreneurs from all over the world will be chosen to participate in a fixed-term residency program at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, where they will receive the funding, mentoring, and partnerships required to launch their technology ventures right here in Okinawa, Japan. The I2@OIST Accelerator combines talent, facilities, and resources from OIST with the most innovative, global technology entrepreneurs to build startups together.

I2@OIST is a key initiative of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology and managed by the Technology Development & Innovation Center. By catalyzing startups in Okinawa, OIST aims to strengthen the innovation ecosystem around the university and contribute to self-sustaining economic development in the region.

We are looking for passionate entrepreneurs from all over the world with innovative technologies that have the potential to make a positive impact on society. Once selected, you will participate in a fixed-term residency program as an OIST employee at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology where you will receive the funding, mentoring, and partnerships needed to launch your technology ventures right here in Okinawa, Japan.

Eligibility

Entrepreneurs from Japan and internationally with an innovative technology ranging in Technology Readiness Level of 3-6. All technology fields will be considered except projects requiring pharmaceutical/drug clinical trials (Pre-clinical is eligible). If selected, founder or team leader must devote 100% effort on the project for the duration of the accelerator program.

Funding

Awards will range from 3-10 million JPY (27,605 USD to 92,000 USD)

Funds can be used for:

  • Personnel (salary, benefits)
  • Lab supplies
  • Contract research
  • Travel to conferences and exhibitions

Resources and Services

Lab and office space

Access to OIST core research equipment and resources

Connect with OIST research and business network

  • Faculty and researchers
  • Venture capital and industry partners

Mentorship Expert industry mentors assigned to each project

Professional Training

  • Lean Startup Entrepreneurship Program
  • Business Planning Courses
  • Project Management Courses

Professional Services

  • Corporate legal advice
  • Intellectual property advice

Administrative Services

  • Program management by staff of the OIST Technology Development & Innovation Center
  • IT services

Deadline for the submission of your Letter of Intent (LOI): November 15, 2019 JST

Source: OIST

Illustration Photo: Presentation of Trexo Robotics at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI at UC Berkeley on April 18, 2019 (credits: TechCrunch / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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