Startup Weekend Kyoto Student

Fri, 24 May 2019 18:00 - Sun, 26 May 2019 21:00 JST

The World Lounge Co&Co KYOTO

〒604-8152 京都府京都市中京区中京区手洗水町 手洗水町670番地 京都フクトクビル2F Co&Co KYOTO


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Early Bird (Student) ¥4,000 prepaid
Early Bird (High School Student) ¥2,500 prepaid
Student ¥6,000 at the door
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High School Student ¥5,000 at the door
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Final Presentation Ticket ¥2,000 at the door
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7 Meals Included

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Startup Weekend, the 54 hours that will change your life, is back! Come join the worldwide movement, meet aspiring entrepreneurs, and create a startup over the weekend!

The first Startup Weekend Kyoto of the year is “Student” to celebrate the university town that we are! This means participation is limited to university and high school students. If you don’t qualify, don’t worry, we’ll have more Startup Weekends in the near future.

Also, like many of our Startup Weekends in Kyoto, we will be conducting the event bilingually, so as long as you speak Japanese or English, you can join. Hope you join us!

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.

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 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.

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!



Philip Nguyen

Philip is a social entrepreneur based in Osaka, Japan. After graduating from UCLA in 2011, he moved to Japan to attend Kyoto University where he obtained his Master's and PhD degree. He co-founded Gochiso in 2016, a curated restaurant platform that connects customers to social and environmental projects. By making reservations or checking in through Gochiso, customers can donate 10-20% of their dining bill to social and environmental projects of their choice.


Sachi Noto

Sachi is the director of Kapion Inc., a program designed to support startups raise funding ( Previously, she worked as an Incubation Manager at the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation and the Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center. She is also a business catalyzer at NEDO’s Commercialization Advisory Program for Research and Development Startups, and is a 21C club member. Sachi holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Kasas Art Institute.


Kenta Taki

Founder and CEO, TIMEPACK Inc.
Kenta decided to be a founder while studying macro molecular science and engineering at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. In order to realize his dreams and learn cutting edge AI technology for behavior modification, he continued to the Ubiquitous Computing Systems Lab at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. While in graduate school, he founded TIMEPACK with his friends which provides tools for remote workers and has been selected for an acceleration program by Osaka City. Kenta is currently working on frontend development as an engineer.


Tomohiro Matsui

CEO, Oya No Mikata
Tomohiro started a web production company while he was a student and followed an illustrious career of being a freelancer, ad man, house husband, and in 2014 he founded Oya no Mikata ("Parents' Ally") where he has created a network of over 100 companies and organizations. With his own personal philosophy, he aspires for a slightly different management: "spread many small seeds," "don't be fixed on the methodologies to accomplish the mission," "focus on user acquisition than service development," "don't have any employees or offices," etc. Tomohiro currently lives in Otsu, Shiga and is a father of three.


Isshu Rakusai

CEI, Nota inc.
Isshu was born in 1982 and graduated from the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University. By his motto of making a "human" program, he created a software called Kamicopi when he was a high school student. Since 2007, he has gone to the U.S.A. and established Nota Inc., and he creates apps and web pages. Now, has the most users in the world by its screen shot sharing system. He was certified as Super Creator of IPA and its project in 2003.



Reiko Kondo

Reiko Kondo is the co-founder of Voice4u,Inc.. Along with the 2 co-founders from Silicon Valley, Reiko is developing communication support apps for autism and speaking disorder patients at Voice4u. She aims to develop new product to solve the medical problems for the aging society in Japan. Prior to joining Voice4u, she was the co-founder HATENA, followed by the public relations officer at Kokoro Research Center at Kyoto University.


Sota Nagano

Led a prominent venture company to cross border IPO combined with experience in finance / investment
- Board of Director, CFO., GLM Co., Ltd., an EV startup from Kyoto University
- Raised large amount of capital from Japanese and foreign sovereign/ family office investors.
- Led 1.5B USD cross boarder M&A/IPO.
- Promoted international marketing at GLM
- Vice President at a boutique PE/growth capital fund (Iwakaze Capital)
- The youngest investment banker in the world as a DCM Capital Market Division., Deutsche Securities
- Registered Representatives certified by Japan
- The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business Administration



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 a specially appointed associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology and KYOTO Design Lab 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.



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.


Yuki Sasaki

After working in accounting at Marubeni Corporation, Yuki joined the logistics startup, in sales and marketing. Yuki then worked in Thailand for 1 year before joining his family business, Seiki Corporation. He currently develops educational apps.


Rio Fujimoto

Rio is a senior in the Visual Design Department at Kyoto Seika University. He participated in Startup Weekend Kyoto in August 2015 as a designer and joined the team "1mile." The team is still working together to perfect the local store recommendation app.


Masahiro Hattori

Masahiro lives in Hikone, Shiga and is active in the local community, creating places based around food or supporting teaching kids with roots outside of Japan. He joined Startup Weekend as a student and now helps organize events in both Kyoto and Shiga.


Marcel Takagi

Marcel works as Product Manager at the Kyoto based AI start-up company Hacarus. He started his career as a web developer in Germany back in 1998. Since then he worked in different roles including agile product and project management, system development, concept creation and information architecture for large international customers like Vodafone and Singapore Airlines. Before moving to Kyoto in 2017 he worked for 6 years in Hong Kong.


Thomas Sun

Thomas Sun came from Wuhan, China and participated Startup Weekend Kyoto 2017. To prevent people waste coins and help users develop a good habit of saving, his team came up with the Start-up idea “adventure piggy”. Now Thomas is a master student of Kyoto Institute of Technology major in product design.


Tatsuya Tsubuki

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 is in charge of developing and teaching industry-academia cooperation program (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 program, leadership and entrepreneurship education are the core charge area.


Kenta Hara

Shiga University Faculty of Data Science, Freshman
Kenta joined Startup Weekend Kyoto in 2016 as a highschool student and his team won first prize with the casual Japanese to formal Japanese translation app “Swappy.” He has joined the organization team since the fall of 2017.


Hikaru Inoue

I am a half Japanese half Indian, born in Kyoto and raised in India! Since high school second grade, when I was in India, I started having interest in programming. Currently, I am a second year student at Kansai University of Informatics, studying programming!
Earlier in 2018, I participated in the startup weekend international, where our team worked on a gacha robot that helps tourists spend their time in a more fun way, when they are faced with unexpected free time! Our team won the third place, and since then, I started having lots of interest in startups and the challenges and fun it offers!



Startup Weekend Kyoto 2018に参加し,高齢者の服薬管理補助システム"pitdell"を提案し優勝.

Tomoya Aoki

Tomoya belongs to the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering course, fourth year.
He joined Startup Weekend Kyoto 2018 and won first prize with the idea of ​​the elderly person's medication management assistance system "pitdell".
He is interested in community and group work while learning mechanical engineering.


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