Applications for Cohort 9 (May–Sept 2024) are open from 20 Dec 2023–14 Jan 2024 JST, during which time the application form can be accessed.


The Phoenixi incubation program is to support startups from the early stage to the late under the theme of “innovation born from time and space sharing”. This program assists your bold business challenge that is expected to achieve sustainable growth.

Accepted startups will have access to a wide range of resources to transform the ideas into scalable, sustainable and impactful ventures.

Strategic Resources provided through
  • Managerial strategy and operations consulting by experts
  • Mentoring support by experienced entrepreneurs
  • Residential space and workspace
  • Fundraising opportunities
  • Technical assistance through collaboration with academia
Mentoring support by experienced entrepreneurs:

Each startup is paired with a field-specific mentor according to the stage where venture stands. As each startup will be offered one-hour mentoring once every two weeks during the residency phase, each startup can receive consultation and advice according to the actual venture stage,

  • Applicant(s) must be at least 20 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Venture must be the original idea of the applicant(s).
  • Applicant(s) must be the primary decision maker for the venture plan including development and management.
  • Applicant(s) must obtain consent from a sponsor company on the venture.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time commitment to the residential period and office-provision period.
  • Applicant(s) should reside in Kyoto during the incubation period.
  • Applicant(s) must submit all required documents in designated formats online before the closing date.
Selection Criteria and Process


Cohort 9
Application Period: 20 Dec 2023–14 Jan 2024 JST
Notice to candidates: 31 Jan 2024
Second Selection: Mid Feb
Notification to successful applicants: 28 Feb
Mentor Selection: April
Cohort (program) start date: 8 May
Final Showcase: 18 Sept 2024
Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Passion toward venture and entrepreneur
  • Leadership, Vision, Problem-solving skill
  • Execution
  • Issue identification and originality for its solution, Skills
  • Innovative approach for products and services, Sustainability, Expandability
  • Social impact
Selection Process
Primary Selection: Screening

Applications will be reviewed based on selection criteria. Applicants will be notified of the results individually. Those who passed this selection round will move on to the secondary selection round.

Secondary Selection: Pitch

Pitch gives the Selections Committee a chance to interact with applicants and learn more about each venture. At the Pitch, applicants will be given 5 minutes to virtually pitch their ideas and given a chance to answer questions from members of the Selections Committee.

Final Selection:

After the Pitch, the Selection Committee will select eight to twelve applicants for the Phoenixi incubation program.