Silicon Valley Accelerator Founder Institute To Test-Launch in Kansai

This is a blog article originally posted to Startup Kyoto.

The Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the World’s Largest Startup Accelerator, announced today that it is exploring a new chapter launch in Kansai this Spring 2014.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 55 cities and 34 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,017 companies, which have created over 10,000 new jobs. The company’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

If you’d like to help bring this great program to Kansai, then fill out an Interest Form. If enough people complete this form by Sunday, March 9th 2014, then the Founder Institute will formally launch a Kansai Chapter for the Spring of 2014.

The Founder Institute is also testing a launch in Tokyo; click here to apply to Tokyo.

In the Founder Institute’s four-month, part-time program, promising entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.

In order to test demand in Kansai, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events; 

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Kansai are Ichiro Yasui, Narimasa Makino, and Kenshin Fujiwara.

Ichiro Yasui is the Founder and Managing Director of HIG Associates Ltd, which specialized in the strategic management and investment consulting for early stage companies in Japan and beyond.

“In Kansai, I see three major issues working against startups. First, people don’t know the best practices for building a startup company. Second, there is cultural fear of failure. Third, there is no supporting ecosystem in the city. I believe the Founder Institute can solve all of these problems in Kansai”- Ichiro Yasui

Narimasa Makino is a manager at Sunbridge StartUps LLP, where he invests in IT and service companies.

“With proper education from passionate entrepreneurs, we can improve the situation in Kansai and help realize the city’s potential. I believe we can do it with Founder Institute” – Narimasa Makino

Kenshin Fujiwara is a Venture Partner at Miyako Capital, a university-backed VC fund based in Kyoto, Japan. Kenshin is also a founder of coworking space search engine Coworkify, and a chairman of StartupKyoto.com.

“I’m a Kansai native, and thus I’m passionate about making Kansai the world class startup incubation center. I believe the Kansai Founder Institute can utlize the consumer electronics, semicondutor, gaming, and healthcare skills in Kansai to grow great startups” – Kenshin Fujiwara

 Other successful entrepreneurs who have signed on to mentor founders in the program include:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Genichi Imamura: Owner, Questetra, Inc.
  • Haruhiko Kakigi: Founder & General Manager, Arcadia Intellectual Property Office
  • Ichiro Yasui: Managing Director, HIG Associates Ltd.
  • Ikkei Matsuda: CEO, SARR,LLC
  • Kenshin Fujiwara: Venture Partner, Miyako Capital
  • Narimasa Makino: Manager, SunBridge Global Ventures Inc.
  • Susumu Iwata: Founder and CEO, LOCKON CO.,LTD.
  • クリストファー(久利寿) テイト: CEO, connectFree k.k.
  • 大輔 水田: CEO, 株式会社REVENTIVE
  • And many more to be announced.

Help bring the Founder Institute to Kansai and fill out an Interest Form today.

About The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute (www.FI.co) is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In the Founder Institute’s four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 55 cities and 34 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,017 companies, which have created over 10,000 new jobs. The company’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi.