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Google for Startups Accelerator

Accelerator Class 5 is a program for startups that contribute to the revitalization of the Japanese economy and society through digital technology.

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About the program

Google for Startups Accelerator Class 5 is a program of intensive workshops and expert mentorship designed to help Japanese growth-stage startups learn technical, product, and leadership best practices.

Key benefits

  • Expert mentorship

    Founders will talk with experts from teams including Google Cloud and Google Ads and have the opportunity to take advantage of Google’s technologies, products, services, and professional networks. In addition to sharing best practices, we'll also provide broad strategy support for companies and products.

  • Training program

    Participants can receive training in machine learning, talent acquisition/development, product development management, and other topics to founders and startups grow.

  • Networking and community

    In connecting founders with other founders, VCs, and engineering communities, we help founders grow their professional networks.

Entry criteria

This cohort of this Google for Startups Accelerator is designed for companies using technology such as AI and IoT to solve the world’s biggest social problems. Startups should have existing revenues or funding (6+ month runway) and already have brought a product or service to market. Participating founders need to be fluent in English and excited to be an active part of the global Google for Startups community.

    • Established technical and business teams
    • Teams with a product launched in the market with demonstrated traction and potential for scalability
    • Startups with revenue or funding (6+ month runway)
    • Startups with high potential for scalability and impact
    • Founders who are willing to share knowledge and contribute to the growth of the Campus community and the broader ecosystem
    • Management teams can communicate in English
    • AI/ML technology is being actively utilised
    • Actively using Google's Cloud products and Google Play Store (mobile apps)
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Startups we're looking for

  • Startups in the business of contributing to local community revitalization
  • Startups promoting DX for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Organizations practicing diverse ways of working that are not limited to large cities

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Key dates 2023

  • Deadline for application

    January 31
  • Selection

    February 1–28
  • Selected startups announced

    March 1
  • Program kickoff event

    1st week of April at Campus Tokyo
  • Program

    April–June (sessions/mentoring are bi-weekly)
  • Program graduation

    Last week of June at Campus Tokyo

I felt like every moment of the Accelerator forced me to reflect on why I founded my startup and what I wanted to achieve. By discussing our goals and challenges with Google mentors, reexamining our management style, and adopting the OKR processes from the Founders Lab, we reimagined what our startup could be. These experiences were a driving force behind our adapting to the COVID-19 shock.

Aki Higuchi

Founder and CEO of Selan Inc.

Aki Higuchi