Open Network Lab

What is Open Network Lab?

Open Network Lab began in April, 2010 with the purpose of incubating startups that could build products to compete on a global scale. Through our Seed Accelerator Program, Open Network Lab has incubated continues to support a number of startups.
Open Network Lab actively supports ambitious startups looking to compete on the global stage through the three pillars of “Incubation,” “Events,” and “Community.”

Seed Accelerator Program

Grow your start with the support of our Seed Accelerator Program. We provide seed stage funding , office space and related facilities, and deep mentoring from some of the most respected entrepreneurs and investors from Japan and abroad to each of the hand-picked ambitious and highly-skilled teams that join our program. For successful graduates, we organize a Demo Day where you have the opportunity to pitch your business to a group of domestic and international investors and serial entrepreneurs.

Year after year, Open Network Lab continues to support and build world-class businesses, such a Anyperk (Fond) — an employee benefits provider focused on international businesses led by the first Japanese graduate of Y-Combinator — and WHILL — a graduate of 500 Startups providing the next generation of elegant personal mobility devices to the disabled.

  • AnyPerk
  • WHILL

About the Seed Accelerator Program

Events

Open Network Lab hosts multiple events — from casual meetups with the hottest startups from around the world, to large events co-hosted with industry-leading big boys, to targeted speaking events from Lean Startup growth hackers — all here in our spaces in Tokyo and San Francisco. Seed Accelerator Program teams are encouraged to attend the events to gain insights into the leading practices startups are employing.

Speaking Event with the Co-Founder of Github

We invited Github’s Co-Founder, PJ Hyett, and it’s CIO, Scott Chacon, to speak about the path from startup through growing to over 3 million users. They provided insights into their successes — and failures — experienced on the way to building a service that is arguably an indispensable tool for any software engineer today.

User Acquisition Team Member from Facebook and Twitter Speaks

Andrew Johns, one of the original members on Facebook’s user growth and engagement team — which grew that company’s user base from 75 million to 500 million — spoke on his experiences at Facebook, and later at Twitter and Quora, and on the lessons he learned about how to achieving meaningful user growth.

“DATA CONFERENCE,” by Silicon Valley’s Leading Data Experts

Topics such as which metrics a startup should focus on, when it makes sense to begin analyzing data, and how to apply insights learned from data to improve your product were discussed at our “Onlab DATA CONFERENCE.” Data experts from some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies such as LinkedIn, KISSmeterics, Optimizely, Ginzamarkets and AQ were invited to speak and share specific examples of how each company has approach these subjects.

Recent Events List