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What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs create a startup in 54 hours. Throughout the weekend, you'll learn how to turn ideas into something real and experience what it's like to startup. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validate their ideas, practice LEAN Startup Methodologies, and build a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

What is the startup experience?

It's important for a startup to rapidly test their product/service and determine what people want. In a world of abundance overflowing with gadgets and apps, only a truly desired product/service can survive. By rapidly creating prototypes and testing with users, an innovative idea could be developed. In a startup with few team members, each person has both great responsibility and ability to affect the outcome. Everyone from designers to engineers to planners have a say in the ultimate product/service. There will be failures, but learning and growing rapidly from failure is not only necessarily but the allure of being part of a startup. In just three days, Startup Weekends have produced countless, truly valuable products and services. The event has been hosted over a thousand times in 478 cities around the world, and the alumni network is more than 100,000 people strong. If you want to experience the excitement of being part of a startup, come participate in Startup Weekend!

Why "International"?

For the summer 2017 edition, participants from the Rising Entrepreneur track of Kyoto Startup Summer School (KS3) will be joining to make this the most international startup weekend in Japan to-date. KS3 is a summer entrepreneurship program hosted by the KYOTO Design Lab, and participants will be coming from around the world including Canada, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine, Armenia, Kosovo, Vietnam, Turkey, South Africa and more. If you're interested in forming a truly global team for your startup or want to work with and understand entrepreneurs from around the world, this is your chance. As this is a truly international startup weekend, the facilitation will also be conducted in English.



May 12
  • 受付開始 Registration Starts
  • 懇親会 Dinner & Networking
  • ピッチスタート Pitches Start
  • 投票 Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • チームビルディング Teams start forming and discussing ideas


May 13
  • 朝食 Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • 昼食 Lunch
  • コーチセッション Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 夕食 Dinner


May 14
  • 朝食 Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • 昼食 Lunch
  • テックチェック Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • 審査 Judging & awards
  • Go home!
Local Sponsors

澤村 功夫 Isao Sawamura

大手都市銀行で約13年勤務後、コンサル会社を経て2010年10月京都リサーチパーク株式会社へ入社。ベンチャー、スタートアップのサポートを行なう。2011年よりStartup Weekend Kyotoのオーガナイザーを務め、以来6年に渡りオーガナイザーとして活動。

After working thirteen years in a major bank, Isao worked in a consulting company before joining Kyoto Research Park Inc. in October 2010. He supports startup companies and have been an organizer for Startup Weekend Kyoto for 6 years.


牧野 成将 Narimasa Makino

株式会社Darma Tech Labs 創業者・代表取締役 Co-Founder and CEO, Darma Tech Labs Inc.

2005年フューチャーベンチャーキャピタル(株)入社。2009年から(財)京都高度技術研究所のインキュベーションマネージャーを兼務し起業支援を行う。2011年(株)サンブリッジのインキュベーション施設「GVH Osaka」の立ち上げやIT分野のシードステージ企業への投資活動を行う。2015年8月、ハードウェアスタートアップのためのアクセラレーションプログラムを提供する株式会社Darma Tech Labsを共同創業。

Narimasa created Darma Tech Labs Inc. in August 2015 which runs the hardware acceleration program, Makers Boot Camp. Previously he helped create GVH Osaka, the incubation facilities for Sunbridge, and funded seed stage companies in the IT field. Before that he worked at Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto as a incubation manager and also at Future Venture Capital.

畠中 晃弘 Akihiro Hatanaka

株式会社クエステトラ 執行役CTO Director & CTO Questetra, Inc.

大阪証券取引所ヘラクレス(現JASDAQ)に上場。2008年退社ののち、(株) クエステトラ設立。「日常業務を楽しくする」をモットーに、ビジネス向け業務改善プラットフォームの開発に携わる。

After completing graduate school at Kyoto University, Akihiro joined the creation of Yojigen Data, which later merged with Index Digital to become Synergy Marketing which IPO'd on Nippon New Market Hercules in 2005. He then founded Questetra in 2008 with the goal of creating a business process management platform that makes everyday work more enjoyable.


Philip Long Phi Nguyen


Philip came to Japan from California in 2011, after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. He graduated from UCLA with a double major in environmental science and in cultural studies and entered Kyoto University for his Master’s and PhD, studying radiation safety. In 2014, he interned for IAEA in Vienna, Austria and traveled across Europe. After coming back to Japan, he saw the need for entrepreneurship and community cohesion. In 2015, he started project “Gochiso” to help foster innovation and connect people over unique food experiences.

高橋一生 Kazuki Takahashi



Kazuki Takahashi is the co-founder and COO of Livly, Inc. and a student at the College of Information Science & Engineering at Ritsumeikan University. In 2015, he went to the Silicon Valley, Berlin, and Ho chi Minh City by using a study abroad support system offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and experienced a long term internship at an IT startup and a consulting firm. After coming back to Japan in 2016, he co-founded Flamingo, Inc. and worked as the COO in Kyoto and Tokyo. In 2017, he is running new company called Livly Inc., which makes the web platform “Smaichi” for people who want to sell and buy their own phones.

洛西 一周

Nota inc. 代表

「人間味ある」プログラムづくりを掲げて、高校時代紙copiなどのソフトウェアを開発する。2007年より渡米してNota Inc.を設立、世界向けのアプリやウェブの開発を手がける。現在は、Gyazo.comがスクリーンショット共有で世界のトップシェアを持つ。2003年度 IPA未踏ソフトウェア創造事業スーパークリエータ認定。


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タナカ ユウヤ Yuya Tanaka
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