Startup Weekend Kyoto 2022

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:30 - Sun, 26 Jun 2022 20:00 JST

Kyoto Research Park|Tamari-ba

Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Chudoji Minamimachi, 134 KISTIC 2F

There is room for 29 more people
Early Bird Ticket ¥7,000 prepaid
Registration closes
03 Jun 23:00
Early Bird Student Ticket ¥4,500 prepaid
Registration closes
03 Jun 23:00
General Ticket ¥8,000 prepaid
Registration closes
26 Jun 20:00
Student Ticket ¥6,000 prepaid
Registration closes
26 Jun 20:00
7 Meals Included


Startup Weekend, the 54 hours that will change your life, is back, and for the first time in almost 3 years, we will be hosting this event in person in Kyoto! Come join the worldwide movement, meet aspiring entrepreneurs, and create a startup over the weekend!

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs create a startup in 54 hours. Throughout the weekend, you’ll learn how to turn ideas into something real and experience what it’s like to startup.

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What happens during Startup Weekend?

During Startup Weekend, you and your team will take your ideas from concept to creation within a matter of days!

Starting from day 1, participants will pitch their ideas to form teams, then hit the ground running. Throughout the weekend, you'll be meeting talented and passionate coaches from whom you can get advice, and you'll be provided all the nourishment to keep going.

At the end of day 3, your team will be pitching your idea to a panel of judges who will provide feedback and select the winner!

But Startup Weekend isn't about winning, it's about working on ideas and taking the first step of your entrepreneurial journey. Startup Weekend isn't a Hackathon or a Workshop. There won't be nicely packaged instructions for you to follow, but you will connect with like minded aspiring entrepreneurs.

Many startups have been formed from Startup Weekends and many have found their co-founders to go beyond startup weekend.

See below for a more detailed schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring an idea?
Not at all. If you don't have an idea, you can join another idea and form a team to work on that one.

How should I bring my idea?
Each person will only have less than a minute so slides are a no-go. You can bring props if you want though.

Do I get to work on my idea?
Not necessarily. At the end of day 1, everyone will be voting for ideas and the top ideas will get to form teams. If your idea doesn't get enough votes, you won't be able to form a team around them.

Can I bring an idea that I'm already working on?
No, but well researched and vetted ideas are always welcome.

What's included in the price?
Seven meals (from Friday night to Sunday evening), snacks, a place to work, and all the excitement we can provide. All the organizers, facilitators, coaches, and judges are volunteers and not being paid a cent, so please be nice to them :).

What if I am not available for the whole three days?
To get the full experience, it's best to be available for the whole three days, but in the past, we have had participants who had to miss couple hours because of prior engagements.

Can I sign up with my friend?
Of course. More the merrier. But please do register individually.

The schedule

Day 1 - Friday

  • 18:30 Registrations Begin
  • 19:00 Dinner and Networking
  • 19:30 Pitches Begin
  • 20:30 Idea Voting and Team Formation
  • 21:00 Start Working!
  • 22:00 End of Day

Day 2 - Saturday

  • 9:00 Show up – Breakfast!
  • 10:30 Coaching Session
  • 12:00 Lunch!
  • 15:00 Get out and talk to customer
  • 18:30 Dinner! and check-in
  • 22:00 End of Day

Day 3 - Sunday

  • 9:00 Show up – Breakfast!
  • 10:30 Coaching Session
  • 12:00 Lunch! and check-ins
  • 15:00 Tech Check
  • 17:00 Final Pitches
  • 19:00 Judging and Awards
  • 19:30 After Party!


The awesome people that will do their best to help you be successful.

Philip Nguyen

Philip graduated from UCLA in Earth and Environmental Science and World Arts and Cultures in 2011 and moved to Japan to study radiation safety at Kyoto University. In 2016, after obtaining his PhD, he established his social venture, Gochiso, to support nonprofits and the food industry in Japan. In 2020, he established his new venture, mamoru. mamoru is a service that connects students to exclusive offers from sustainable brands and shops to increase access to sustainable alternatives.

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Anna Kreshchenko
CEO, Flora Co., Ltd.

Anna graduated from Odessa National University in Ukraine in International Relations. In 2017, Anna received the MEXT scholarship and came to Japan. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, Kyoto University and joined the MBA program in Kyoto after. She was selected by the S&R Foundation for the Kingfisher Leadership Program in 2020 and resided in Silicon Valley under this program. After that, Anna was selected for Kyoto’s Phoenixi Incubation Program.

She founded Flora in Japan in order to support women with their physical and mental health after seeing a relative going through pregnancy related depression. In 2022, Anna was awarded the Inspiring Women Leaders Prize at the Kansai Economic and Management Summit in 2022, which was jointly organized by the Kansai Economic Federation and the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives.

(More to be announced soon)


The experts who form the jury on day 3, to decide which is the winning team.

(To be announced soon)


The guy who does a lot of the talking.


Takayuki Minakuchi
After graduating from Doshisha University, Takayuki moved to Tokyo and worked in sales at an advertising agency and at DeNA as a business developer. After 10 years in Tokyo, he returned to Kyoto. Takayuki participated in Startup Weekend Tokyo last year and has been an entrepreneur since April preparing his company. He operates a curation site "COMINCA TIMES" with its purpose of "bringing old traditional houses into the future" and serves as its chief editor.


Sushi Suzuki
Sushi Suzuki is an associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology where he teaches and runs projects based around design thinking, the Stanford-IDEO innovation methodologies. Previously, he co-founded Paris Est while teaching design innovation at École des Ponts ParisTech and was the Executive Director of the ME310 program at Stanford University. Sushi also set up an innovation team for Panasonic Europe, was one of the co-founding members of, a Japanese start-up company that handles antique kimono and accessories online, and a concept developer for Yocondo, a Germany-based semantic product search engine.

Artist by nature, Engineer by training, and Designer by desire, Sushi is always thinking of new ways to do the old things better. Sushi holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Studio Arts from Rice University.


The amazing people behind the scenes who are helping put the event together. Seriously, this would not be possible without them.

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Isao Sawamura
Co-founder and CFO of Quiny Co.
After working for a major city bank for 12 years, Isao worked for a consulting company and then for Kyoto Research Park, where he supported startups. In 2011, he started organizing of Startup Weekend Kyoto. When Isao turned 50, he left Kyoto Research Park to join several startups. In April 2022, he moved to Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture support start activities and invigorate the local community. While living in Nanao City, he continues to organize Startup Weekend Kyoto.

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Masato Inoue
Masato is a member of the Innovation Design Department of Kyoto Research Park (KRP). After working at a government-affiliated financial institution for 5 years in the SME finance field, he joined KRP, where he is in charge of startup support at the incubation floor "TSA", as well as planning and managing the event space "Tamariba." He has organized many events and programs in cooperation with partners both inside and outside of the company, such as co-hosting the social entrepreneur support program "COM-PJ" with taliki.


Tatsuya Tsubuki
Professor at Entrepreneurship Dept. of Musashino University, Former university professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology.

Graduate GLOBIS Management School of Business 2012 (MBA), Background is Overseas sales, Join Startup, IT company After working as an enterprise marketer. Since 2008, Rikkyo University has been in charge of developing and teaching industry-academia cooperation programs (business leadership program) as a part-time instructor. In 2014 BLP Advanced received the Career Education Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Regional society collaboration, development of industry-university cooperation programs, leadership and entrepreneurship education are the core charge areas.

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Thomas Sun
Came to Kyoto from Wuhan, China back in 2016, Thomas finished his master course in Kyoto Institute of Technology and is currently working in a business prototyping studio as an UX designer. He participated in the Startup Weekend Kyoto 2017. To prevent people from wasting coins and help users develop a good habit of saving, his team came up with the Start-up idea “adventure piggy”.


Akira Fukunaga
Akira joined Seiki Corporation in 2013 and helps university students with their career development. From 2015, he is also the director of Japan Edu-Beit Association which promotes career education for students. He currently develops new businesses for Seiki and is also responsible for planning events and campaigns.

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Rio Fujimoto
Rio is a UI designer at DeNA.He participated in Startup Weekend Kyoto in August 2015 as a designer and joined the team "1mile."

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Joji Masutani
Currently studying International Relations at Ritsumeikan University. Participated in Startup Weekend Kyoto 2021, and came up with the idea for an app that teaches about politics, which also promotes voting among young people. At University, helped organize the job hunting seminar with LVMH.


The organizations who were cool enough to support us so you can get more than your money’s worth.

(To be announced soon)

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