The next entry will start on 1 July 2020.


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


3rd Cohort
Application Period: 1 July (9:00), 2020 to 15 July (23:00), 2020
First Selection Period: 16 July 2020 to 28 July 2020
Notice to candidates: Until 4 August 2020
Second Selection: 18 August 2020
Notification to successful applicants: 31 August 2020
Mentor Selection: In September 2020
Cohort(pogram) start date: 5 October 2020
Final Showcase: Mid February 2021 (tentative)
Selection Criteria

8-10 ventures 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 individually by 4 August 2020. 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 from eight up to ten ventures for the Phoenixi incubator program. Those who wishes to join the program will be requested to contact us by February 12, 2020 and those who wish to decline as soon as possible.