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startup city sapporo

STARTUP CITY SAPPORO
This city is filled with opportunities and a culture that supports taking on challenges.
That is why we are certain that the innovations created here will amaze the world.
Here, we promote projects that create startups and look into the future.

MISSION

Supporting business growth of startups that are changing the world from Sapporo, Hokkaido

Supporting business growth of startups that are changing the world from Sapporo, Hokkaido

Startup's have the potential to create innovations that can solve the world's problems.
Here, our mission is to support startups that are changing the world from Sapporo, Hokkaido.

VISION

Sapporo, Hokkaido - a new sanctuary of innovation

Sapporo, Hokkaido - a new hotspot for innovation.

Hokkaido, with its vast natural environment, can be home to many startups that can act as the seeds of innovation in agriculture, fisheries, biotechnology, space development, and more.
We are based in Sapporo to make Hokkaido a innovation ecosystem through the power of startups.

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PARTNER

SUPPORTED

  • Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO

Project

PROJECT

SCS Startup School

Targeted at high school students, university students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational school students, and technical college students

This is a community-based program for students to recognize careers in startups and entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial spirit) for pioneering the future through practice.
Through the process of learning about diverse careers active around the world, acquiring ideas
and knowledge to solve problems, and implementing their own ideas into society, the program
will lead to the development of globally active human resources that promote the discovery and incubation of startups.

01.

PROJECT

SCS RESEARCHER’S BOOTCAMP

For researchers

SCS RESEARCHER'S BOOTCAMP is an intensive project planning course for researchers to learn the process of analyzing the value of knowledge accumulated through research activities, conceiving projects, and sharing them with others, for those who wish to return research results to society through collaborations with industry.

02.

PROJECT

SCS STARS Incubation Program

For working adults before and after they start a business

The "SCS STARS Incubation Program," which is targeted at aspiring entrepreneurs and working adults in the initial stages of starting a business, is a series of seminars aimed at increasing entrepreneurial awareness and fostering startups by having participants hear about how to overcome the various barriers that arise when an entrepreneur initiates a startup. The lecturers and fellow participants form a community which also provides support after starting the business.

03.

PROJECT

Local Innovation
Challenge HOKKAIDO

For entrepreneurs (from an early stage)

One of the largest administrative open innovation projects in Japan, in which startups collaborate with 12 municipalities in the Sapporo Collaboration Hub City Region to solve regional and administrative issues. Through demonstration experiments (PoC) with local governments, the project aims to support startups' business growth and at the same time foster innovation in the region.

04.

PROJECT

SCS café
(Consultations for startups)

all stages

The consultation service "SCS café" is open all year round to answer various concerns about startups. In addition to consulting with the secretariat on business and ideas, this service offers a diverse menu of consultation services, including consultations with lawyers, accountants, patent attorneys, and other experts, financial consultations with financial institutions, assistance programs from government agencies, and consultations on corporate entry into new markets.

05.

PROJECT

J-Startup HOKKAIDO

For entrepreneurs (from an early stage)

SCS provides multilateral support in collaboration with "J-Startup HOKKAIDO," which is being promoted by METI's Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry and the City of Sapporo, among others. "J-Startup HOKKAIDO" selects promising local startup companies from Sapporo, Hokkaido that are expected to be active globally and aims for dramatic growth through focused support and collaboration with public-sector institutions and private-sector enterprises.

06.

PROJECT

Exhibits at various events

all stages

We support exhibits at various startup events not only within Japan but also internationally. We provide a variety of opportunities for companies to gain a foothold to expand their business outside of Hokkaido and outside of Japan.

07.

PROJECT

SCS webinars

all stages

We hold webinars on various themes throughout the year on a variety of topics, including the latest information for startups in Sapporo, Hokkaido, pitches, and knowledge content for startups. We also hold social events with the goal of building a community.

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PROJECT

Open Network Lab
HOKKAIDO

For entrepreneurs (seed stage)

SCS supports the business growth of startups in the seed stage in collaboration with "Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO," an accelerator program for the incubation of startups aiming to go global from Sapporo, Hokkaido. The program provides mentoring by senior entrepreneurs and specialists in various fields, and accompanying support from the secretariat to achieve business growth in a short period of time.

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Member

INCUBATION HUB

SAPPORO Incubation Hub DRIVE

SAPPORO Incubation Hub DRIVE is a hub for connecting your "ideas" with society and the local community, housing the SCS office and serving as a support center for startups, with consultation services for starting new businesses and open innovation by companies and local governments in Hokkaido.