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Become a VC Startup Scout in Tokyo! Unearth the city's hidden gems and kickstart innovative ideas. Enjoy exclusive networking opportunities and enhance your strategic decision-making skills. Make a difference in the dynamic world of startups today!


The Startup & VC Ecosystem of Tokyo

The startup and VC ecosystem in Tokyo is a dynamic and expansive one. With its dense population, active and innovative citizens, and booming economy, Tokyo is an incredibly attractive place for entrepreneurs and investors alike. One of the major advantages of the city is its low cost of living, which makes it easier for people to take risks and start businesses.

The Tokyo VC community is extremely active, with many key players such as Softbank, Digital Garage, and Rebright Partners. There are a number of other startups that have emerged out of Tokyo, such as Mixi, Mercari, and Line. In the past decade, these companies have gone on to become some of the most successful in Japan, and some of the most successful companies in the world.

In addition to venture capital, the city is also home to a number of accelerator programs, such as Digital Garageโ€™s Open Network Lab, 500 Startups Tokyo, and the Japan Innovation Network. These programs offer mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs and help them to kick-start their projects.

Tokyo is also home to a number of prominent tech investors, such as Gen Isayama and Taizo Son. These investors have invested in a wide range of companies, from early stage startups to market-leading companies, and have earned a reputation for their keen insight and deep knowledge.

The startup and VC ecosystem in Tokyo is constantly evolving. There are a number of initiatives such as โ€œTech Meetup Tokyoโ€ which aim to foster connections between entrepreneurs, investors and industry professionals. These initiatives help to foster a vibrant startup community in Tokyo.

One of the most successful former residents of Tokyo is Masayoshi Son. He went on to become the founder and CEO of Softbank, and has since become one of the most influential figures in the tech industry. He has earned a reputation for his keen insight and investing prowess, and his success has helped to cement Tokyoโ€™s reputation as a hub for startups and venture capital.

Tokyo is a vibrant and exciting city that has played a major role in the startup and venture capital ecosystem. With its low cost of living, active VC community, and many successful entrepreneurs, it is an attractive destination for startups and investors alike.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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