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Google for Startups Accelerator: Tokyo

A virtual Accelerator for startups making a social impact.

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Program Overview

This round of Google for Startups: Accelerator is focused on tech-based startups making a social impact in Japan. We welcome applicants from a variety of fields striving to support Japan’s economy and society. Applications open on September 15, 2020, and the program begins in January 2021.

The Accelerator is for startups with a product or service already brought to market. Applying companies must have potential for market-value growth and scalability. The Accelerator supports startups, providing them with mentorship, networking opportunities, and leadership training to help them solve their challenges and expand their growth potential.

Program Highlights

  • Mentoring from Googlers (including the Google Cloud and Google Ads teams) along with other industry experts
  • Access to Google’s technologies, products, and services
  • Training in machine learning, talent acquisition and development, management, product development, problem-solving, and strategy
  • Founders are connected with each other, venture capitalists, and industry leaders to grow their networks

  • Program Goal

    We believe technology makes society better. So we want to empower startups that are using tech to solve today’s biggest challenges.

  • Key Focus Areas

    • Graying society and a shrinking workforce
    • Energy, environment, and sustainability
    • Rural revitalization
    • Medicine, health, and well-being
    • Education
    • Diveristy, inclusion, and social equity

We’re looking for teams

  • Seasoned technical and business teams who are using tech to address big social issues
  • Startups with a launched product, demonstrated traction, and potential for scalability and impact
  • Companies with existing revenues or funding (6+ months runway)
  • Founders who are interested in being active members of the Google for Startups Campus global community
  • Founders who can speak English and have a Google account

Key Dates

  • September

    15 September 2020

    Application Opens

  • October

    30 October 2020, 6pm

    Application Closes

  • January

    January 2021

    Program Starts

Meet an Alumnae

“Whether we were communicating our ideas, addressing our challenges with mentors, or building our company through OKRs, throughout the program, I was reminded why I got started in this work. As a result, this program has become a powerful driving force during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

– Aki Higuchi, Founder and CEO, Selan Inc.

Selan Inc. offers bilingual instruction to improve children’s educational outcomes and drive women's success.