• COSMOS INITIA Co.,Ltd.
  • TAKENAKA CORPORATION
  • Tokyu Group
  • Tokyo Tatemono Co.,Ltd.
  • West Japan Railway Company
  • Nomura Real Estate Holdings, Inc.
  • Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.
  • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Open Network Lab Resi-Tech 3rd Batch – Applications Open!

Deadline: Noon at 2021/08/26 (JST) | Program period: 2021/11~2022/5

Vision

Supporting co-creation between startups and corporates
in the real estate and construction industries.

Open Network Lab Resi-Tech promotes open innovation and assists promising startups in all stages working on products and services that help allow people to improve the quality of their lives. It leverages the Digital Garage Group’s global network and experience supporting startups in all stages, in collaboration with major, Japanese companies that lead the real estate, construction, and lifeline industries.

Theme

Key themes for the Open Network Lab Resi-Tech 3rd Batch

Life

Ways to improve the quality of lives

  • Ways to live, work, and spend time in response to lifestyle diversification
  • Living within the new normal
  • New entertainment

etc

Urban Development

Ways to improve city environments

  • Healthy, safe, and secure cities
  • City development with universal design
  • Disaster-resilient cities
  • Constructing a city OS

etc

Environment

Ways to facilitate a de-carbonized and recycling-oriented society

  • Creating a de-carbonized society
  • Improving/addressing climate change
  • Smart grids
  • Development of environmentally friendly materials

etc

Dx

Ways to drive DX adoption in the real estate and construction industries

  • New systems that use data from real estate companies
  • Digitization and streamlining of real estate operations (construction, design, contracts, transactions, management, etc.)

etc

Others

Innovation in collaboration with the real estate and construction industry

Any idea for open innovation with the real estate and construction industries that is not limited to the above themes

etc

*The above is only an example.
We accept a wide range of entries of products, services, and business models creating new value and solutions to our daily lives’ social issues.

PROGRAM

Simultaneous co-creation with multiple partner companies

Open Network Lab Resi-Tech supports co-creation by utilizing our partners’ assets and know-how in startup support and business creation cultivated by the Digital Garage Group for more than 10 years. The opportunity to co-create with several major players in the domestic real estate/construction industries allows startups to gain feedback and traction from multiple perspectives.

MENTORING

MENTORING

Opportunities will be provided as necessary to receive advice on services and products by inviting specialists, investors, and established entrepreneurs in various fields from Japan and abroad. Highly experienced helpers will work with participating teams to offer support such as business theories and verification, product refinement, and presentations.

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

This program provides chances for startups in the same stage to form connections, and also to receive advice from established entrepreneurs who have moved into the next stages, as well as experts and multiple companies in various fields.

SUPPORT

SUPPORT

This program supports businesses by forming an ecosystem where startups can build relationships with major, excellent companies, something that is not easy to do.

BENEFITS

BENEFIT

Many partner companies cooperate to offer an environment where startups in all stages can step up their speed and work on their businesses. Various benefits are available, including infrastructure, back-office work, and analysis and recruiting tools.

FUNDING

FUNDING

Funding for participating startups will be considered in certain cases.
* Funding is not guaranteed. It will only be provided in cases with agreement from both parties.

PoC COST

PoC COST

Assistance is provided for expenses to carry out proofs of concept in the program as required.
*This is not a definite guarantee.

Value

Unique values Onlab Resi-Tech can provide

Cross-industry Approach

Onlab Resi-Tech is the only consortium made up of major companies in Japan’s real estate and construction industries. Therefore, our program allows startups to propose and implement cross-industry business ideas involving multiple major companies, which is unachievable in other programs.

Tailored Support

Every startup has different needs and ideas, such as product introduction, new business partnerships, or Japanese localization. Onlab Resi-Tech offers flexible support to help startups achieve their goals.

Communication

Differences in corporate culture, communication errors, and a lack of resources often hamper co-creation between startups and major companies. The Digital Garage Group, which has supported startups for more than 10 years, will be the project hub to support communication between startups and partner companies.

Track Record

Cross-industry + product validation

THIRD INC updated the product based on feedback from the field obtained through PoC. After product validation, several major companies in the industry decided to install their product, and the company received investment from partner CVCs.

PMF for the Japanese market

Tellus You Care, Inc., an overseas startup, conducts PoC using its product to evaluate PMF (Product Market Fit) in the Japanese market. After examining the target industries, the company decided to enter the market.

Cross-industry + New business development

DATAFLUCT, Inc. proposed new business ideas to multiple partner companies and held discussions regarding the joint development of services. As a result, the company developed and released new services for the real estate industry with our partners’ support.

Technical validation + Product development

Using learning data and facilities for a demonstration provided by our partner companies, Leela AI Inc. validates the technology using its proprietary AI and conducts PoC, focusing on the intended use cases. The company is currently in the process of developing products for release.

Alumni

Over 150 program alumni active in various industries and regions

Feedback from Startups

Yper, Inc.

Tomoharu Uchiyama

Open Network Lab Resi-Tech supports startups that are taking on the challenge of creating new real estate services and urban development through the power of 5G wireless communications and the IoT. I believe Resi-Tech is an extremely meaningful program for startups that are hoping for the chance to build track records through test runs with major companies, to further promote their services to the world, and to further update their products. I hope you will consider applying to the next batch!

Third, Inc.

Jun Inoue

The real estate industry is like a black box; it’s hard to know what’s going on from the outside. That is why I recommend this program to companies that want to learn about this industry and verify if their products are a good fit. Because developers are usually in competition with each other, there are no chances except this program for them to get together and collaborate. And if you can create something that exceeds expectations, it is fully possible that it may be adopted by all of the companies. I don’t think there are many opportunities like this one.

Startups* Partially excerpted from all programs

Schedule

*Please note that changes may be made due to the impacts of COVID-19 or other reasons.
*Projects will start as soon as we have completed creating and reviewing a plan for PoCs.

Application

Why not try Open Network Lab Resi-Tech?

Program Open Network Lab Resi-Tech 3rd Batch
Deadline Noon on 2021/8/26 (Thu) in JST
Participation Requirements
  • The applicant (the “Applicant”) should be a corporation.
  • If research results, patents or other intellectual property rights (the “IPs”) are to be used in the business of the Applicant, the Applicant shall have the rights to use the IPs in its business and shall not infringe the rights of any third party by such use of the IPs.
  • The Applicant for the Open Network Lab Resi-Tech Program (the “Program”) shall have skills to plan the validation of the marketability for the creation of new value and/or the exploitation of new market through co-creation with sponsors of the Program during the period of the Program which is approximately six months and to demonstrate the results of such co-creation.
  • If the Applicant has received investment by third party(ies), the Applicant shall have obtained prior consent from such investor(s) to the Applicant’s participation in the Program.
  • The Applicant’s business shall not violate public policy.
  • The Applicant or any of its directors, officers, employees, or stakeholders shall not be a part of anti-social forces, and shall not have any relationship with anti-social forces.
Terms of participation
  • During the period of the Program (the “Program Period”), the Applicant shall attend events relating to the Program held by Digital Garage, Inc. (“Digital Garage”).
  • The Applicant shall agree that the result of the coordination for use the assets of the sponsors of the Program with Digital Garage or any of its group companies (collectively “Digital Garage Group”) and the sponsors of the Program will be taken into consideration through the process of screening.
  • If the Applicant cannot conduct the final report of the result of the proof of concept or the co-creation of the Program during the Program Period, the Applicant shall agree that the Applicant should conduct such final report in a manner specified by Digital Garage even after the Program Period.
  • When Digital Garage Group would like to invest in the Applicant, the Applicant shall agree to have a discussion with Digital Garage Group.
  • The Applicant shall agree that its activities may be posted on the websites or other media designated by Digital Garage Group in addition to the official website of Open Network Lab.
  • The Applicant shall appoint the project manager (the “PM”) for participating the Program. During the Program Period, the Applicant shall ensure that the PM shall concentrate on the business that they have undertaken to conduct in the application for the Program.
  • During the Program Period, if the Applicant is considering a business alliance with or receive investments from a third party, the information shall be shared in advance with Digital Garage to enable appropriate support under the Program, and if Digital Garage deems necessary, the Applicant shall have discussions with Digital Garage.
  • The Applicant shall submit additional documents for screening or investing by Digital Garage and/or Digital Garage Group, if requested by Digital Garage and/or Digital Garage Group.
  • In addition, the Applicant shall comply with other obligations including those regarding the application procedures. Furthermore, the Applicant shall agree to the terms and conditions of participation to be separately designated by Digital Garage.
Application Steps
  1. Apply via entry form
  2. Entry Form Check- We will review your entry form and evaluate your product, solution, technology, target market and team.
  3. 1st Interview- There will be an online interview with our staff. *We may ask you to have multiple interviews.
  4. Final Interview Presentation is conducted face-to-face to our staff, directors, and enterprise partners
  5. Program starts

Partners

A consortium of industry-leading partner companies

Enterprise Partners

  • COSMOS INITIA Co.,Ltd.
  • TAKENAKA CORPORATION
  • Tokyu Group
  • Tokyo Tatemono Co.,Ltd.
  • West Japan Railway Company
  • Nomura Real Estate Holdings, Inc.
  • Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.
  • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

FAQ

Application-Related Questions

Can I submit application documents in English?
Please submit applications in either English or Japanese.
I can’t speak Japanese; can I still apply?
You may apply as long as you speak English.
Are teams with multiple services eligible to apply for the program?
Yes, however, due to the limited time we can provide each team during the interview process, it will be necessary to talk about each service within a fixed amount of time. Therefore, the time to promote and appeal each service will be shortened.
I submitted an application applied to the last program. Can I apply again?
Yes, you can.
Are there any limits on participation based on fundraising status?
No, there are no limits based on past fundraising amounts.
Are there any limits on startup stages?
No. If you have an idea related to one of the themes, you can apply it regardless of your current stage.

About the Interview Process

Will the interview be conducted in Japanese?
We can interview in either Japanese or English.
Is it required for all team members to be present during the interview?
No, any number of team members may participate provided that they can describe the service and answer any questions that we may ask.
Can we receive feedback on the application results?
We do not give out feedback on application results.
Are the interviews held in Tokyo?
Due to the impact of COVID-19, interviews are currently being conducted entirely online.

About Program

Do we have to stay in Tokyo during the program?
Due to the impact of COVID-19, programs are currently being conducted entirely online. If the situation improves, as long as participating in the necessary events and meetings is possible, fulfilling any residential requirements is not required.
Does it cost anything to participate in a program?
No, participation is free. However, we will discuss expenses for proofs of concept implemented during the program as necessary.
Do I have to receive funding to participate in a program?
This is not mandatory. We will only provide investment funding if the selected company and our company or the group company are interested and reach an agreement.
Do I have to carry out a proof of concept if I am chosen?
Digital Garage will provide support for implementing PoC. However, this may not be possible if no agreement is reached or when preparing a venue for the PoC is impossible.

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