Commercialization Support

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Commercialization Support

The Keihanna Research Complex project, called Keihanna RC, conducts activities to nurture new business by bringing together various players (e.g. research institutes, universities, enterprises, and venture companies) and provides a framework that combines our research outcomes, technologies, and ideas for the creation of new business and projects.

 Business support to start-ups
 Business creation by global “Open innovation”
 Business support by brain technology
 Seminars to present industry trends (technology and finance) and encourage commercialization

Business support to start-ups

Keihanna RC established the “Keihanna Global Acceleration Program” (KGAP) and a website for pitching business globally called “STARTUPS” as frameworks to support entrepreneurs and start-ups.


Global Pitching Site Global Acceleration Program Plus (KGAP+)


Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus(KGAP+)

KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus) boosts overseas startups that pursue to embark on business in Japan as well as global expansion by Japanese startups.


  • Conducted by Keihanna Research Complex Project boosting the Keihanna Innovation Ecosystem in Japan
  • Targeted to brain-tech, IoT, robotics, blockchain and life-science
  • Do a PoC or pilot test with Japanese industries in Keihanna, a PoC-friendly region
  • Online & offline programs: Learn Japanese market and business strategy, Find potential partners, Grow network, Webinar, Mentoring, Pitching
  • Access to our global partners for fundraising, finding partners, marketing and launching business

Facilitator & Mentors

  • David Williams

    David Williams

    Founder & President, Global Digital MOJO (Hong Kong/Japan)

  • Ryoichi Fujimoto

    Ryoichi Fujimoto

    Operating Officer, Nippon Venture Capital (Japan)

  • Yuyang Liu

    Yuyang Liu

    Venture Capitalist, Nippon Venture Capital (Japan)

  • Nick Ushio

    Nick Ushio

    Principal, ITPC (Japan/US)

  • Shin Ito

    Shin Ito

    CEO, iKoyoo (Japan)

  • Murat Aktihanoglu

    Murat Aktihanoglu

    Co-Founder & Managing Director, ERA (US)

  • Lorenzo Di Pietro

    Lorenzo Di Pietro

    Executive Director, Barcelona Activa (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Montse Basora

    Montse Basora

    Director, Barcelona Activa (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Jaume Baró

    Jaume Baró

    Director, Barcelona Activa (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Maayan Yazdi

    Maayan Yazdi

    Co-Founder & CEO, The Elegant Monkeys (Israel)

  • Nimrod Kramer

    Nimrod Kramer

    Co-Founder & VP Product, The Elegant Monkeys (Israel)

  • Dominique Schama – STRATE Design School (France)
  • Graham Leach – Canadian Government (Canada)
  • Jorge Calvo – ESADE/Globis/Roland (Spain)
  • Gideon Lowey – National Taiwan University (UK)
  • Lin Chase – SK Telecom (US)
  • Jon Li – eVehicle (US)
  • Tom Lin – Cloud Server Systems (Taiwan)
  • Dennis Poon – Racefit (Hong Kong)
  • Guo Bai – CIEBS (China)
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Schedule in 2019

Program Batch 1 Batch 2
Kick-off at Keihanna Science City July 22 – 26 September 30 – October 4
KGAP+ Week
● PoC
● Acceleration Program
Demo Day at Keihanna Science City September 30 – October 4
KGAP+ Week
December 11 – 17

* Changed dates for Demo-day of Batch 2 (Aug. 19)


“STARTUPS” is a website where start-ups can showcase their business plans and connect to investors and supporters all over the world. Short pitch videos by unique start-ups, along with their company profiles are showing here.

Business creation by global open innovation

Keihanna RC established “Keihanna Open Global Service Platform for Accelerated Co-Innovation” (KOSAINN) to create joint implementation projects beyond Keihanna RC by collaborating with various players globally.


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Business support by brain technology

Keihanna RC has engaged in the ‘braintech’—brain × technology—business. We hold a series of seminars called “START BRAIN TECH” and issue a report that shows the latest trends in the braintech industry to stimulate researchers, business entities, and investors in creating braintech-related business.

Seminars to convey industry trends and encourage commercialization

Keihanna RC holds various types of seminars to support commercialization.

 Seminars to present technology trends
– Now or Never
– 感情認識技術の最前線~世界のベンチャー企業の動向~

 Seminar to present financial trends
– Fintech Forum in Keihanna -Promising Ventures in Israel-
– 起業/事業チャレンジのためのファイナンス支援~あなたが利用するファイナンスは?~

 Seminars to change mindsets
– 「未来を創る 固定概念への挑戦」~Global企業が行っている新規事業開発メソッド~
– 「『超快適』スマート社会の実現に向けた企業および研究者の着眼点」~お勉強や徒労に終わらせないために~

 Keihanna Business School
– Global Innovation Seminar ”Innovation by AI, IoT, and Robotics ーKey to Success in the VUCA Eraー”
– Global Innovation Seminar ― Prof. Charles Goetz and MBA students from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School ―
– Global Innovation Seminar ― Discussion with a professor and MBA students from HEC Montréal ―
– アントレプレナーシップ・イントラプレナーシップ WS ~マイクロMBAコース~
– IE Seminar “Work and Leadership in an Age of AI and Robotics”
– Global Innovation Seminar-Business Transformation by Integrated Design Thinking-