Facts & Figures
Profit from rapidly
increasing VC investments
Home to 11% of the
world’s largest companies
Sources: BBC (2020), Forbes (2020), Initial (2020)
Japan Snapshot Report
Opportunities for German Startups
Key Industries Include
AI & Predictive Analytics
Hubs in Japan
As Japan’s busy capital, it boasts a startup ecosystem valued at over $14B, specializing in various sectors, including robotics, advanced manufacturing, fintech, consumer services, and Software-as-a-Service.
A vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs and startups, Osaka includes 1,000+ early-stage seed startups and is fast emerging as a startup hotspot based on dynamic government support programs.
Fukuoka’s growing economy, reasonable cost of living, and startup incentives make it one of the country’s most thriving startup hubs.
Programs We Offer in Japan
Market Discovery Program
The Japan Market Discovery program will help you get first-hand market insights, explore individual business opportunities within the local ecosystem, and connect with potential customers and partners.
Market Access Program
The Japan Market Access program helps startups enter Japan with the support of our expert mentors and local team. The program length will be individualized according to their company’s needs. Startups are required to have a physical presence prior to joining the program.
What Others Say
We got a much more differentiated perspective on the cultural side of doing business in Japan, also of the importance of honoring cultural aspects if you want to run a business in Japan
Dr. Guenther Hoffmann, Founder of Lexatexer GmbH
The Japanese culture and philosophy play a big part in how people think and behave, so it’s best to spend time understanding this before starting your expansion journey.
Dr. John Kojiro Moriwaka, Director of Startup Grind Fukuoka & #GAmentor
Familiarity and trust are crucial elements for Japanese VCs, as they prefer syndicate investments in markets where a local team presence ensures hands-on involvement in the company’s setup. When you are thinking about entering the Japanese market and subsequently scaling up, having IP is most important, regardless of which market it is from.
Dr. Fumiaki Ikeno, Researcher at Stanford University & #GAmentor
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