Open Network Lab 26th Batch – Application Closed.
Thank you for your applications.
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.
* This is just one example. We are looking for a wide range of products, services,
and business models that can help solve social issues and create new value.
This is a short-term, intensive program lasting about 3 months to train startups. The program provides funding, mentorship to help startups polish their ideas and reach their next operating milestones. Over the years, Open Network Lab has helped hundreds of companies build 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.
Places for online and offline use is available. You can use with your team and for networking with other entrepreneurs. *Please note that we are currently restricting the use of the facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
All participating teams can receive around 10 million yen to fund their activities. It depends on the company’s situation and performance. 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.
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 60 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.
The Onlab Community, which includes Onlab alumni, current students, mentors, and members of Onlab team, is not only a place to send and gather information and consultations, but also a place where Onlab students interact with each other. We also help you connect with specialists in various fields and investors. After the program, there are study sessions and networking opportunities. 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 lectures by subject matter experts, clips of past mentoring sessions, and demo days.
To ensure that you all are able to attend, the program may be held online, depending on the circumstances.
As we have experiences and know-hows, you can rest assured that we are here to help.
Operates various web platforms such as a purchase support site (Kakaku.com) , a restaurant discovery and reservation site (tabelog.com).
DG Incubation, Inc.
Supports startups that challenge the world through incubation and fund management
Marketing Technology Company, Digital Garage, Inc.
Supports clients’ business through Online to Offline strategy and web marketing
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. We also provide an environment where founders can easily interact with each other.
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.
Onlab mentors helped us improve our pitch and make a detailed business plan. What impressed us the most was that the mentors saw our business from different angles and they had highly specialized perspectives as entrepreneurs with track records of success.
We learned how to advance business in Japan and the importance of connecting with many talented people and big corporations who can continuously help us even now.I can’t put everything into words because I’ve learned so much. I would definitely love to retake the program whenever I have the opportunity.
Our mentor treated us very well and was very patient. For example, in the beginning I thought 5 minute pitches were ridiculous, but he was able to help me understand from an investors’ point of view, why it made sense to do a 5 minute pitch, and what investors expect to see.
Kakaku.com Inc. Executive Officer, Travel Business Division General Manager
Time Design Co., Ltd. Founder Director
The Seed Accelerator Program is run twice a year— once in the winter and once in the summer.
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* Please note that the content of our support may change due to the effects of COVID-19.
|Program||Open Network Lab 26th Batch|
|Deadline||Noon on 2022/10/31 (Mon）|
|Terms of Participation||
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