Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO 4th Batch
Deadline: Thursday, May 20th 2021, Program Term: Late July 2021 to October 2021
※A framework, resembling an ecosystem, in which companies, universities, and others work together to generate many innovations
Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO is focusing on the primary sector, space industry, and biotechnology and health care fields as described in the vision of Hokkaido and Sapporo, which is a Startup Ecosystem Promotion Base City. We will actively select startups taking on these challenges in the 4th Batch. Of course, we will also continue taking applications from startups working on issues facing Hokkaido, such as the environment, tourism, and DX.
In the 4th Batch we are once again collaborating with Open Network Lab, our sister program. Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO is being held fully online. We look forward to applications from Hokkaido, as well as those from outside the prefecture and outside of Japan.
Open Network Lab was launched in 2010 by Digital Garage. We brought this expertise and community to Hokkaido in 2018 to start Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO (Onlab HOKKAIDO) with the mission of “incubating startups from Hokkaido that can compete on the global stage.”
Based in Sapporo, this roughly three-month accelerator program is for developing startups. It supports your business through activity funding, office spaces, and help for polishing your business, as well as mentoring by specialists in various fields.
Startup support integrating industry, government, and academia
We make maximum use of The Hokkaido Shimbun Press’ media network of Hokkaido universities and organizations to solve regional issues and develop next-generation human resources.
All sorts of support is offered, from hypothesis testing to presentations. Opportunities are also provided to receive advice from specialists, investors, and established entrepreneurs in various fields from Japan and abroad.
Onlab HOKKAIDO collaborates with our partners, as well as Sapporo City and numerous local governments in Hokkaido, to provide proof of concept sites. This program is unique thanks to its environment in which participants can dynamically take on challenges in Hokkaido.
Through the Onlab network, we hold many seminars for sharing entrepreneurial expertise and provide numerous opportunities to communicate with graduates and other startups.
All teams are given up to 10 million yen in equity investment to fund their activities during the program. They also have opportunities to present their businesses to investors, business companies, and members of the media at the Demo Day.
Participating teams can use coworking spaces including Inter x cross Creative Center (Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo City) and SAPPORO Incubation Hub DRIVE (Chuo-ku, Sapporo City).
Gain access to numerous tools and resources from our partner companies. Our partners serve fundamental needs for every startup, ranging from infrastructure, development tools, hiring, and back-office tools—all at discounted or free prices.
We offer the same program as Open Network Lab, our sister program. A structure is in place to help manage your business progress, including online mentoring and idea sharing.
Resources are provided to promptly test your hypothesis, including mentoring by specialists in various fields through industry-government-academic collaboration in Hokkaido.
Support is given to verify issues and conduct proofs of concept in collaboration with Hokkaido local governments, including STARTUP CITY SAPPORO, Sapporo City’s startup support project, and the Sapporo-Hokkaido Startup Ecosystem Promotion Council.
In addition to utilizing The Hokkaido Shimbun Press’ media network, participants can explore all sorts of business potential, including the Digital Garage Group’s global community, finance, PR, marketing, and business collaboration.
Startups are faced with so many tasks, and I think Onlab HOKKAIDO is unique for providing active support to increase the possibility of success. Participants thoroughly polish their business ideas in the first part of the program, and are given unbelievable opportunities to hear the opinions of many famous businesspeople serving as external mentors. Another major benefit is the ability to be introduced to many people and services after the program, and to join networks that would be extremely difficult or impossible for regular startups to access.
I had a vague business idea when I joined the program, but I had no clue whether there would be any user demand. During the program I repeatedly formed hypotheses about user issues and tested them, which brought previously unseen user issues to my attention and allowed me to polish my business idea. It was also great to be able to consult online with mentors in Tokyo from where I live in Hokkaido.
Multiple interviews will be held with applicants who pass document screening between the application deadline and the start of the program.
* Please note that the content of our support may change due to the effects of COVID-19.
|Program||Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO 4th Batch|
|Deadline||Deadline Noon on 2021/5/20 (Thu)|
|Terms of participation||