Japan, one of the world’s most innovative ecosystems, is attracting more foreign entrepreneurs to strengthen its venture and startup ecosystem. Learn what opportunities Japan holds for German businesses.

Why Japan?

Innovation Hub

Partnerships with Japanese firms increase your capabilities and global competitiveness

Power of HealthTech Entrepreneurship

There has been a rise of foreign startups with innovations in digital health, medtech, agetech, pharma, and life sciences to capitalize on the potential of the market

Strong Economy & Government Initiatives

Profit from the rapidly increasing VC investments in one of the largest and most developed economies in the world

European Partnership Agreement

No trade barriers between the EU and Japan since February 1, 2019

What can you expect?

  • Explore business opportunities in Japan and Singapore to scale into Asia, through meetings with local government representatives, among others
  • Learn about Japan business culture and how to engage with Japanese corporates
  • Attend 1:1 meetings with potential customers or partners
  • Learn from international startups and local innovators who will share their experiences of scaling businesses in Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Learn how to set up your business and tailor your solutions in Japan and Singapore
  • Network during local ecosystem events with an audience of established companies, VCs, mentors and government representatives
Program Overview

Key info

Who can apply?

Must be a Germany-registered startup* from any sector or industry, with:
– Traction in the German market
– Or a product (at least MVP) that is destined for the Asian market
– Or interest in the Asian market

*The program is also open to German VCs and incubators.

How much does it cost?

As the program is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), participation fees are subsidised and kept low to cover operational expenses.

The virtual program costs 500EUR per startup (up to a maximum of 3 participants).

Program Schedule 2021

Sep 27 - Nov 12
(Apply by Aug 11)
Japan Virtual Program

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