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Room N 304 Building 15, Kyoto Institute of Technology


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.



Sep 1
  • Registration Begins
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Introduction!
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 2
  • Arrive, simple breakfast
  • Morning Mentoring Session - Ask all the questions you can!
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Evening Mentoring Session - Start thinking about the goal line, or hit panic mode and get help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 3
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Tech check! Make sure all your gears are in order.
  • Judging & awards
  • AfterParty
  • Go home!
Local Sponsors

Sushi Suzuki

KYOTO Design Lab でスタンフォード大学・IDEOのイノーべション手法、デザインシンキングを基礎としたプロジェクトを運営している
過去に École des Ponts ParisTech でデザインイノベーションを教え、Paris Est を共同設立する
スタンフォード大学では産学連携プログラム、ME310の運営責任者を務めた。パナソニックのヨーロッパ研究所ではイノベーションチームを設立し、京都のスタートアップである の共同設立を経験、ドイツでもセマンティック商品検索のスタートアップ、Yocondo に携わる。スタンフォード大学で機械工学の修士号取得、ライス大学で機械工学とアートの学士号取得

Sushi Suzuki is a specially appointed associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology and KYOTO Design Lab where he teaches and runs projects based around design thinking, the Stanford-IDEO innovation methodologies. Previously, he co-founded Paris Est while teaching design innovation at École des Ponts ParisTech and was the Executive Director of the ME310 program at Stanford University. Sushi also set up an innovation team for Panasonic Europe, was one of the co-founding members of, a Japanese start-up company that handles antique kimono and accessories online, and a concept developer for Yocondo, a Germany-based semantic product search engine. Artist by nature, Engineer by training, and Designer by desire, Sushi is always thinking of new ways to do the old things better. Sushi holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Studio Arts from Rice University.


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.


Ikkei Matsuda

※Ikkei Matsuda (CEO @ SARR LLC, Project Professor @ KIT)
Ikkei MATSUDA, PhD(Med.) MBA  

Ikkei established SARR. LLC –Science, ART & Research for Reconstruction, in April 2011, after the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami 3.11.
He is one of the founders of Sapporo Biz Cafe established in June 2000 to support ICT ventures in Sapporo Valley, promising ICT cluster with 250 companies and $4 billon turnover. Then Ikkei established Hokkaido VC in 2000, the first regional and independent VC in Japan. At HVC, he spearheaded the IPOs of ICT and biotech. In September 2000, he assisted in the foundation of Genetic Lab Co., Ltd., the first national university spin-off biotech in Japan. Since then, he has been involved in more than 50 start-ups. He has been considered as one of the pioneers on incubation of university spin-offs and technology incubation in Japan.
Ikkei supports NEDO Technology Commercialization Program, and in 2015 established “kizki” Accelerator in Kyoto. Since April 2017, he is serving as Project Professor at KIT. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award: "Earnest Leaders for Local Business Activities." and a committee member of Science, Technology and Academy Board of the Japanese Government and other government entities.
He is also chairman of Soramitsu, a blockchain development company.


Philip Sugai

Dr. Sugai joined the Global MBA faculty within Doshisha Business School as a full-time faculty member in September, 2013 where he currently teaches Marketing, eMarketing, Marketing Research, and Sustainable & Responsible Marketing. Dr. Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015 - 2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr. Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata from January 2002, where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.

Dr. Sugai is the author of two books, The Value Plan and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies on KITKAT Japan, Australia’s AGL, Hatsune Miku and Walt Disney Internet Group, which are all available through Harvard Business School Publishing case study portal.

He received his Doctorate degree from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunications Studies and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.

Mariko Fukui

CEO, Aalto International Group

Mariko worked at a PR firm in the Hakuhodo group and a digital agency in Japan. Afterwards, Mariko was part of the launch of a Japanese company’s business in Singapore, where she engaged in corporate sales and Asia-targeted PR. While in Singapore, Mariko soon founded AALTO International, a consultancy focused on B2B technology firms.
Shortly afterwards, she moved AALTO’s Headquarter to Kyoto, while also opening an office in Germany. Under the mission of “increasing Japanese companies’ presence in the world”, AALTO has developed into a company specialized in proving global development strategy and new business development support in the B2B sector. Furthermore, AALTO is the exclusive provider of Swedish PR platform Mynewsdesk in Japan. She is also studying in Kyoto University Graduate School of Management.

Sabrina Sasaki


Sabrina Sasaki is part of Makers Boot Camp Marketing team. Her mission is to build awareness about Makers Boot Camp's services and find ways to connect to global entrepreneurs during their journey. She believes understanding the “rollercoaster" startups face, with loops of ups and downs, is the best way to support their business challenges, considering current needs and next steps.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sabrina has a degree in International Relations and has worked and traveled around the world, passionate about connecting with people from different backgrounds.

Before joining the startup ecosystem, Sabrina worked as client partner and project manager for agencies such as Publicis Groupe - Digitas and Razorfish, GPA- Casino, French retailer, and WMcCann Brazil, managing initiatives aligned to marketing goals.



Martin has worked as a professional web engineer for more than half of his life now. Over the years he has further gathered
experience in UX, interaction design and advertising.
In the past years, he has worked at several companies and startups in Kansai in various technical functions, before he became active as community organizer for developer and startup related events in Kansai.
Currently he is working with local startups to improve their web services.

Max Krichenbauer

Max worked in the visual effects industry on productions like Captain America, The Avengers, or The Raven, before coming to Japan to research Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality at Nara Institute of Science and Technology. He graduated with a Doctor of Engineering in 2017. Max the the founder and CEO of MARUI-PlugIn(inc), a software technology that allows professional 3D artists to do their work in VR.

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