Denmark- and Portugal-based publisher launches “Startup Guide Japan”: Phoenixi featured as among incubation programs in Kyoto

Copenhagen- and Lisbon-based publishing and media company Startup Guide launched Startup Guide Japan, in a bid to help entrepreneurs navigate and connect with different startup scenes across the world — this time focusing on Japan. The 258-page long guidebook highlights Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai, and Tokyo, featuring up-and-rising startups, entrepreneurs, accelerators, research institutions, and investors representative of each city. Phoenixi Co Ltd is among three incubation programs listed in Kyoto. For details on the guidebook and to buy a copy, either in print or digital, please see:

Phoenixi incubation program 3rd cohort Fellows announced

Phoenixi Co Ltd announced on 8 September a total of six Fellows for its incubation program’s third cohort, which is slated to run from 7 October 2020 through mid February 2021. Three of the six Fellows will join the program from the incubator’s sponsors. The rest applied through SK Impact Fund. These Fellows will spend the next four months at toberu 1, Phoenixi’s residential facility for social entrepreneurs, honing their own business plans to make the world a better place. Meet the cohort 3 Fellows

Kyoto Prefecture, JETRO publish English-language brochure “Innovation Capital Kyoto”

Kyoto Prefecture Government and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Kyoto published on 3 August an English-language brochure “Innovation Capital Kyoto” as part of their concerted effort to demonstrate the global competitive edge as a startup-friendly city. The brochure casts Kyoto as the innovation capital in a holistic manner, highlighting its tradition and culture with a history of over 1,000 years, wisdom accumulated in about 50 universities, and innovations introduced by Kyoto-based world-renown enterprises. Phoenixi Co Ltd, a residential incubator for social entrepreneurs, is listed as among the leading startup ecosystem players in Kyoto. A PDF copy is available for download on the Kyoto Overseas Business Center website, so the…

Virtual exhibit “The Gifted” by non-profit Art of the Rough Diamonds now open

“The Gifted,” a virtual art exhibit produced by Tokyo-based non-profit Art of the Rough Diamonds (art director: Phoenixi cohort 2 fellow Naomi Wakao), is now open to the public. This exhibit aims to help artists with disabilities be treated with respect they deserve in society by what they create. Visitors will have opportunities to stroll in the VR museum, download virtual background images for video conferencing apps, buy some artworks of their choice, and more until 31 December 2020. The website is currently available in Japanese, and an English version will follow later this month. “The Gifted” website:

Kyoto City publishes Kyoto Startup Map

Kyoto City announced on 31 July the launch of Kyoto Startup Map*, available online both in English and Japanese. The map lists 34 startups, including Enishia Inc (Phoenixi cohort 2 fellow Shigeo Kohigashi) and 14 innovation centers, accelerators, and incubators, such as Phoenixi’s toberu. This is part of the city’s effort — in line with a recent national initiative** to the same end — to attract more entrepreneurs from across Japan and the globe by mapping its ecosystem, in turn making it easier to access and contact the business of interest. * Kyoto City: official announcement in Japanese ** Japanese Cabinet Office: “Beyond Limits. Unlock Our Potential. Strategies for creation…

[KyotoU-S&R Foundation webinar invite] Coronavirus: Perspectives from the Kyoto University Community

Please join Kyoto University and S&R Foundation on Tuesday, July 28 from 9:00-10:00AM (Monday, July 27 from 8:00-9:00 pm EDT) for a discussion on the environmental and economic impact of the novel coronavirus and to learn about its implications for the Kyoto University community. This event will be moderated by Ms. Yuki Sako, K&L Gates, LLP and feature remarks by Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa, President of Kyoto University, and Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Executive Vice President of Kyoto University. This webinar is provided free of charge. The main spoken language for this webinar will be Japanese; however, simultaneous interpretation will be provided for English and Japanese. For details and to register:…

KyotoU startup Enishia wins top prize from Japan’s ICT ministry: Award ceremony held 9 July at Phoenixi’s incubator Toberu

Enishia Inc, a Kyoto University tech startup founded and led by Phoenixi’s cohort 2 fellow Shigeo Kohigashi, won the top prize at the 2020 Entrepreneurs’ Challenge held on 5 March in Tokyo. This event was co-organized by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) to help create highly promising ICT startups across the nation. Enishia was also named the recipient of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Award as well as the prizes sponsored by Amazon Web Services Inc, NTT Data Corp, and Microsoft Japan Co Ltd. In collaboration with Kyoto University Hospital, Enishia has been developing Satomi®︎, an AI software…

[For sponsors] Call for applications: Phoenixi incubation program 3rd cohort

Phoenixi is calling for applications from its sponsors for the incubation program’s third cohort, scheduled to run from 5 October 2020 through mid February 2021. For details and to apply: Consult the application guidelines; and Complete the application form. Applications will be accepted from 1 July 2020, 9:00 to 15 July 2020, 23:00 JST. [Related links] Cohort 3 program flyer (PDF: available in Japanese only) Cohort 2 kickoff meeting (pitch event at the start of the program) Cohort 1 final showcase (pitch event at the end of the program)

[For public] Call for applications: Phoenixi incubation program 3rd cohort

SK Impact Fund* is calling for applications for the Phoenixi incubation program’s third cohort, scheduled to run from 5 October 2020 through mid February 2021. For details and to apply: Consult the application guidelines; and Complete the application form. Applications will be accepted from 1 July 2020, 9:00 to 15 July 2020, 23:00 JST. (*SK Impact Fund, represented by Phoenixi co-founder and executive director Dr Sahiko Kuno, engages in impact investing and supports social entrepreneurs across the US and Japan. See also: Related links: Cohort 3 program flyer (PDF: available in Japanese only) Cohort 2 kickoff meeting (pitch event at the start of the program) Cohort 1 final showcase…

Advisory board meeting held: “organizational barriers against innovation” discussed

Phoenixi Co Ltd held its advisory board meeting online on 4 June to gain expert input from the leading figures in business, finance, politics and academia. A total of 24 attendees included Phoenixi’s incubation program selection committee, founders and staff, and Washington DC-based Halcyon Incubator. Moderated by Phoenixi founder Izumi Kobayashi, four program fellows from Tokio Marine Holdings, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, and Kyoto University presented the developments of their business ideas during and after their residency. Following company updates by CEO Yukiko Hashitera, the attendees had a panel discussion on “the organizational barriers against innovation,” based on the questionnaire responses from the program fellows and fellowship coordinators of the program…

Cohort 2 Fellow Anna Kreshchenko’s team launches a crowdfunding campaign for U+Me Pregnancy app

A team led by Anna Kreshchenko, a Phoenixi Cohort 2 Fellow and a Kyoto University law student, launched a crowdfunding campaign on May 26 in a bid to help all pregnant women feel safe in giving birth. As part of its Umenoki: Maternity Care project, the team seeks to raise JPY800,000 over the course of the campaign. The funds raised will be used to expand the functionalities of U+Me Pregnancy, a prenatal care app developed by the team, and scale the implementation. For details and to give, please visit: # # # Follow Umenoki on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Application for the third and fourth cohorts

Application has been closed. Thank you for your interest and application. Applications for the third and fourth incubation programs will be accepted from 10 December. Please check the application and enter the application form. Applications are accepted from 9:00 on December 10, 2019 to 23:00 on December 25, 2019. A password is required to apply. We are also accepting open recruitment from SK Impact Fund, which is represented by our founder Dr. Kuno. Please check the application for SK Impact Fund here before entering.

The second cohort kickoff meeting

We held the second cohort kickoff meeting on November 29th. Eleven fellows presented their business ideas at pitch sessions. They will take shape their own business ideas through a four-month phoenixi program towards a final showcase in March 2020. 2nd term cohort member-> here The panel session will be held after the pitch session. Ayato Susaki, Director Mitsubishi Research Institute Center, and Yoshiko Uneno, Vice President of Uneno Co., Ltd. talked about social issues and entrepreneurship, with our founder Izumi Kobayashi as the moderator.