Kobe City has been partnering with San Francisco-based venture capital firm 500 Startups since 2016. It has supported 71 startups in total, providing mentorship and funding in excess of ¥10 billion. In light of COVID-19, the accelerator will host its fifth program virtually.
500 Startups is one of the world’s most active early-stage investment firms. Since its inception in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups have invested in over 2,400 companies across more than 75 countries. Through an eight-week practical program that includes one-on-one coaching from a global team of experts, we aim to build a thriving Japanese startup ecosystem in Kobe. This program welcomes startups from all over the world.
Our team is honored to be a part of this program to gain investments and new potential partners.