Open Network Lab 21st Batch! Starts July, 2020.
Application Closed. Thank you for many entries!
Open Office Hours
Open Office Hours are available for the startups and entrepreneurs. We are having one-on-one meetings with our team to discuss ideas and business strategies.
Open Network Lab (Onlab) provides the necessary tools to resource-constrained startups to build their busineses, as well as the optimal environment to maximize their chances of success. Through these initiatives, we work to achieve our mission of “incubating startups that can compete on the global stage.”
The Tokyo program provides funding, access to office space, and mentorship to help startups polish their ideas and reach their next operating milestones. Over the years, Open Network Lab has helped hundreds of companies builid their businesses and avoid common stumbling blocks, to fast-track their success.
Receive mentorshp by investors (from both Japan and overseas), seasoned entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts. Experienced professionals from the Onlab team will work closely with participating teams to support hypothesis validation, product brush-ups, and pitch practice.
Utilize discounted plans for our workspaces in Shibuya and Daikanyama, and network with other seasoned entrepreneurs. Corporate registration at these locations is also possible. *The facilities are currenlty closed for renovation and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Receive funding of up to 10 million yen, so that you can focus on growing your business. The entire process leading to the investment, including interviews can be completed online. In addition, we provide ample support for subsequent financing.
Use the assets of Digital Garage Group to validate your ideas. These assets are provided by Digital Garage’s advertising and payment divisions, as well as Kakaku.com, Inc., which operates Kakaku.com and Tabelog.
* Assets can be utilized in the condition there is business synergy between the companies.
Connect with an exclusive community of over 150 startups, which are either in a similar stage, or further along in their journeys. Connect with startups via online groups and study sessions.
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.
Pitch to an audience of over 50 investors (from Japan and overseas) at the culmination of the program, for a chance to raise additional capital. We have experience running demo days and doing matchmaking with VCs fully online.
Access Onlab Campus—a knowledge base of educational content to help startups break through growth bottlenecks. This includes case studies of past successes and failures of other startups, as well as latest video lectures by subject matter experts, clips of past mentoring sessions, and demo days. Onlab campus distills all the know-how gained from running the program for the past 10 years.
You can focus all your efforts on growing superficial metrics related to sales and marketing, but is this really “true growth?”
We have seen countless examples of companies that have failed because they were focused on the wrong things at the wrong time. Startups certainly have different engines for success, but what they all have in common is the need to be able to clearly articulate, “what problem are you solving for who”.
At Onlab, we help startups crystalize the value that is core to their businesses so that they can achieve sustainable growth in their operations, even after the program.
Systemically test your hypotheses to navigate questions such as, “do customers really need what we offer?,” and, “is this the correct solution?”, to build a strong foundation for your business.
The three-month program consists of regular check-in meetings with mentors and a demo day at the end of the program, among other events. This set schedule motivates startups to grow faster than if they were on their own, due to higher accountability and peer pressure from other startups in the same cohort.
This community includes startups in the same stage inspring each other to work hard, alumni who have already exited, and dedicated mentors who can provide ongoing advice.
Onlab Campus holds webinars and seminars based on startup needs and market conditions, which are open to our startups at any time. Startups also have access to templates that can be used in various situations.
It’s common for startups to slow down after graduating from the accelerator program. But at Onlab, startups can set up regular, one-on-one meetings with our team to discuss ideas and receive feedback— helping to maintain momentum after finishing the program.
The alumni incubation team is dedicated to supporting program alumni—providing professional services in areas ranging from finance, business development, traction, and product development.
SmartHR is a service born after pivoting 10 times during Onlab. Without Onlab, SmartHR would never have been born. The strong pressure received from mentors and the time contraint of having demo day in three months forced me to accelerate my progress significantly. I highly recommend Onlab, especially for teams that are “highly technical, but uncertain of what to do”.
I participated twice; with Dreampass in 4th and with Cansell in 14th batch. There have been many accelerator programs since that time, but no other program lasts as long as Onlab. That’s becuse thay have a vision like no other. If you are worried about your business or things to do now and want to accelerate your business from now on, I recommend that you first apply. Let’s discuss various things together!
How will the global COVID-19 pandemic change the world? The world will never go back to the way it was, even after the long fight with this virus ends. Now more than ever, we need entrepreneurs who can generate new value in a changing world, including daily life customs, business practices, and cultures.
Tomoya Sasaki, Onlab evangelist
Passionate people taking on new challenges have changed the world in every era. At Onlab, we fully leverage our past expertise and network to bring together entrepreneurs at the most uncertain time in their companies’ life, right after they are established. In this way, we help them embark on fantastic new voyages.
Naoki Sato, program director
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|Program||Onlab 21st Batch|
|Deadline||Noon on 2020/5/29 (Fri)
※We recommend that you apply as soon as possible, as we will stop accepting applications if there are many applicants that make it to the 1st Interview.
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