Startup Weekend Kyoto International

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:30 - Sun, 01 Sep 2019 21:00 JST

Kyoto Institute of Technology Notre Dame Building (East Building 3)

East Building No. 3 Matsugasaki Hashikamichō Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-0951


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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! This time, Startup Weekend Kyoto welcomes participants from the Kyoto Startup Summer School coming from around the world. All the sessions will be held in English, a rare occasion in Japan – so come 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.

Why international?

Kyoto Startup Summer School (KS3) is a program at the KYOTO Design Lab that brings together budding entrepreneurs from around the world. Students from KS3 will be joining this edition of Startup Weekend Kyoto and as a result, it will be more international than any other startup weekend in Japan. The sessions will also be conducted fully in English unlike other editions in Kyoto which are often bilingual and other editions around Japan which are entirely in Japanese.

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

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

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 Venue closes?

9:00 Show up – Breakfast!
10:30 Pitch 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.

Sachi Noto
Graduated from Kansas City Art Institute(BFA), USA. Sachi was engaged as an Incubation Manager in the Incubation Office of SMRJ and the Tokyo Metropolitan Small Business Development Corporation for 8 years. Currently, Sachi is a business catalyst in NEDO, and supporting for researcher and technology-based startups. Also, Sachi has been established for Kapion Educations Corporation from 2016 (Director), to providing of startup educational program for High school students.

Tomokazu Morisawa
COO, Filament, Inc.
CEO, The Deck, Inc.
After working for an international pharmaceutical company, Tomokazu received his MBA from the HULT International Business School where he studied leadership, finance, accounting, and design thinking in London, Shanghai, and Dubai. After completing his degree, he joined the newly founded Filament, Inc. where he is active in business matching, new business development support, startup support, and planning various events. Tomokazu actively attends conferences abroad to develop an international network. At The Deck where he is a CEO, he runs a coworking space and a series of events based on manufacturing, corporate partnerships, and hiring international talent.

Martin Heidegger
Martin is a long-time engineer, constantly broadening his skillset. With several years of experience working for companies in Austria, Germany and the US, he arrived in Osaka 2010. Ever Since he worked with media companies, startups and research companies. He also organizes and supports local developer and startup meetups for a few years. He is passionate about communication, distributed technologies, visualization, performance and internationalization.

Mark Lozano
Mark is a Growth Account Manager at Facebook working with some of the top online advertisers in South East Asia in developing and executing full funnel marketing strategies that allow their businesses to scale and expand efficiently across markets. He is also the Founder of One Million Lights Philippines, a non-profit focused on providing clean, safe, and affordable lighting in rural communities across the Philippines.

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.

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

Isshu Rakusai
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 screenshot sharing system. He was certified as Super Creator of IPA and its project in 2003.

Adrian V. J. Sossna
CMO at Hacarus
MBA & Published with Ivey / Harvard Business Press. 5 Years in the Japanese Start-Up space spanning Kansai and Kanto.
Areas of expertise: AI, IoT, Mobility and Cybersecurity.
Academic Background: Doshisha University, Yonsei University, Fudan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Gothenburg.


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

Narimasa Makino
I have started to work for Future Venture Capital since 2005, where I gained experience in private equity. I worked as an incubation manager at ASTEM in Kyoto to support business planning of entrepreneurs from 2009 - 2011, I have joined SunBridge as a business incubation manager of GVH Osaka and also invested startups as a member of Sunbridge Startups LLP. I focused on business incubation of startup within the IT & Service. Then I have started Makers Boot Camp is an acceleration program for hardware startups and set "MBC Shisaku Fund I" for hardware startup on 2017. MBA graduate from Kobe University.

Daniel Kastl
Founder and CEO, Georepublic
Works in Germany and Japan. Daniel is geographer, software developer, FOSS advocate, entrepreneur, founding member of OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan and contributor to Open Source projects.


The guy who does a lot of the talking.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

Masato Inoue
Belongs to Kyoto Research Park Co., Ltd. (KRP). Worked for about 5 years at a government-affiliated financial institution. Then he joined KRP. Support start-up, run incubation floor and event space hangouts.

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!

Eito Yagi
Eito is a senior in the Design and Architecture Department at Kyoto Institute of Technology, majoring in Structural Design. He is the youngest certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials. He joined Startup Weekend Kyoto Student in 2019 and proposed an innovative solution for the diffusion of the career education, which is geared toward students planning to work in society.

Maya Nakagawa
Maya is a freshman in the Applied Chemistry Department at Kyoto Institute of Technology. She joined Startup Weekend Kyoto Student in 2019 and made a proposal for a new project that increase park users. She has worked towards commercialization with the team members.

Soichiro Hosokawa
Soichiro is a senior in the Design,Management,and Engineer Department at Kyoto Institute of Technology. He has a presentation event of a thousand people. He joined Startup Weekend Kyoto Student in 2019 and proposed an innovative solution for the problem of Japanese career education as a leader.

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