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About Open Network Lab

Onlab’s Seed Accelerator Program is an intensive, three-month program designed for highly skilled and ambitious entrepreneurs. Based in Tokyo, the program supports startups through funding, office space, and other related facilities along with a highly specialized group of mentors that provides business support. As the oldest accelerator program in Japan, Onlab has identified patterns that lead to startup failures, and insights and case studies that lead to growth and success.

Program Schedule

The Seed Accelerator Program consists of two programs every year: the Winter Batch and the Summer Batch. For more information regarding applications, please look at our Facebook, Twitter, newsletter, or visit our applications page on our website.

Winter Batch
Summer Batch

We provide various content, information, and mentoring to help iterate your product and business during our three-month program.


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Onlab provides specialized support from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and large corporates to provide service, product, and business advice. Our experience staff works closely with each participating team to refine business hypotheses, product market fit, growth strategies, and provide presentation and pitch support.

Mentor List



Our program offers access for entrepreneurs to connect and build ties with startups in similar stages as well as reach out to a community of successful entrepreneurs. As we accumulate more and more participants, our network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors grows and becomes an integral part of the value we provide our startups.



All participating teams receive funding from Onlab of up to 10 million yen during the three-month program. The conclusion of our program is our Demo Day, where we invite over 50 Japanese and international investors to help our startups fundraise. We also provide one-on-one advice and mentoring for fundraising tips.



Participating teams can use the Open Network Spaces in Daikanyama and Kamakura, and can use the incubation space in San Francisco at a discounted price. Many tenants in the Open Network Spaces are either Onlab graduates or entrepreneurs, which gives participating teams additional networking opportunities.



Onlab offers special discounts and plans for various services that startups often need to better focus on developing and growing their products. Services include infrastructure, development tools, hiring, and back-office tools.

Benefit List


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  • FOND
  • SmartHR

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About the application

  • Noon on 2019/11/22 (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.
Participation Requirements
  • If research results, patents or other intellectual property rights are to be used in participants’ business, the participants need to have the rights to use them in their business and shall not infringe the rights of any third party.
  • Participants need to have skills to produce prototypes or achieve a certain level of business progress during the Open Network Lab “Seed Accelerator” program (the “Program”) which runs approximately three (3) months and demonstrate the results.
  • If the participating team has had a third party invest in it, participants need to have obtained prior consent from such investor to participate in the Program.
  • Participants’ business shall not violate public order or morality.
  • Participants, the members of the team, their relatives or their stakeholders shall not be a part of anti-social forces. They shall not have any relationship with anti-social forces.
  • Participants must go along with DG’s request which ask you to submit required documents for selection purpose.
  • Participants of nationality other than that of Japan need to be legally qualified to stay in Japan during the Program.
  • Participants under the age of twenty (20) need to have acquired the consent of their parent(s) or their legal guardian(s).
Terms of participation
  • Participants shall attend events relating to the Program held by Digital Garage, Inc. (“Digital Garage”) during the Program period.
  • If participants don’t have a corporation at the time of application, participants shall incorporate a corporation after participating in the Program.
  • Participants agree that their activities may be posted on the websites or other media managed by Digital Garage or any of its group companies.
  • Participants shall concentrate on the business that they have undertaken to conduct in the application process during the Program.
  • Participants shall not discuss possible business alliances or receiving investments during the Program period with a third party without the prior consent of Digital Garage.
  • Participants agree that their corporation shall allocate its shares to Digital Garage or its affiliated companies (if it is incorporated afterwards, it shall do so after incorporation).
  • In addition, participants shall comply with other obligations including those regarding the application procedures. In addition, participants shall agree to the terms and conditions of participation to be separately designated by Digital Garage.
Application Process
  1. Apply via entry form
  2. Entry Form Check We will review your entry form and evaluate your product idea, target market and team.
  3. 1st Interview There will be a face-to-face or online interview with Open Network Lab. *We may ask you to have multiple interviews.
  4. Final Interview Visit our office and give a presentation to board members of Digital Garage.
  5. Program Start








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Joi Ito

Digital Garage Board of Directors and Co-Founder

Kaoru Hayashi

Digital Garage Representative Director

Shonosuke Hata Representative Director and President

Atsuhiro Murakami Director

Shingo Yuki Director

Tomoyuki Watabe Executive Officer Business Development Division General Manager

Teruhide Sato


Hiro Maeda

BEENEXT Managing Partner

Phil Libin

All Turtles CEO/Founder

Janice Fraser

LUXr CEO/Founder

Matthew Romaine

Gengo CEO/Founder

Sahil Jain

AdStage CEO/Founder

Andrew Johns

Wealthfront Founder

Koichiro Yoshida

CrowdWorks CEO/Founder

Taichiro Motoe CEO/Founder

Naofumi Tsuchiya

Goodpatch CEO/Founder

Mutsumi Ota

giftee CEO/Founder

Shota Horii

FRIL Founder

Shoji Miyata

SmartHR CEO/Founder

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