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    2021.07.01

    Funfo Get the First Startup Visa in Kyoto

    Overseas Entrepreneurs’ Path to Start a Business in Japan’s Old Capital We sat down with Qiao Hengyue (CEO and product Manager) and Chang Shunchih (CFO and Product Manager), who founded the startup called funfo. They received the first startup visa in Kyoto, which was launched in April 2020 by Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto City and JETRO Kyoto. Friends who studied together

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    2021.03.16

    Toward a new future of communication through aroma: Interview with Mr. Kim, CEO of Aromajoin

    We had an interview with Mr. Dong Wook Kim from Aromajoin on his business and ecosystem in Kyoto for non-Japanese. He was a researcher at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) before starting his business in 2012. Aromajoin has received numerous awards, and was designated as one of “J-Startup KANSAI” startups. Why did he start his business

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    2021.02.24

    Creating new values by connecting various people from different fields at FabCafe Kyoto

    We interviewed with FabCafe Kyoto, which is one of the most active players in innovation ecosystem in Kyoto! Photo: FabCafe Kyoto What is FabCafe? FabCafe is a creative network with 12 locations around the world. While we started operations in Shibuya (Tokyo) in 2012, FabCafe Kyoto opened its doors in 2017. Of course, it can be used as a café,

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    2021.01.13

    Kyoto Virtual Design Fair featuring with Konkai-Komyoji Temple

    From the Konkai-Komyoji Temple in Kyoto, where you can experience the most beautiful autumn in Kyoto, a virtual trade fair called “Kyoto Virtual Design Fair featuring with Konkai-Komyoji Temple” will be held with 45 companies dealing with products incorporating Kyoto’s techniques, materials and designs, such as interior, tableware, kitchenware and fashion accessories. You can visit and see their products virtually

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    2020.12.18

    Winning an Award at a Hackathon in Japan- Simulacrum

    On September 11th, we interviewed Mr. Ivan Seleznov and Ms. Anna Kreshchenko from Ukraine! Ivan and Anna recently won the award of Startup Capital Kyoto at JapanHackathon held on June 26th to 28th.                                                Anna & Ivan Q:

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    2020.11.25

    Bringing Tech to Traditional Architecture: An Interview with a Canadian Entrepreneur

    We interviewed Mr. Drew Wallin, originally from Canada, who runs a co-working and incubation facility in Kyoto, on September 2nd. Garden Lab Q: What kind of business do you run? A: A complex of co-working spaces, event spaces, and residence in a renovated kyomachiya traditional townhouse. We also hold events such as networking events using the beautiful scenery of the garden as a motif. You can also register your company in the co-working space. Events are held Q: You used

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    2020.09.30

    Starting a company – why Kyoto?

    On September 2nd, we had a chance to interview Paul Speed, a Canadian who is also co-founder and CEO of Kyoto Brewing Co., and listen to the reasons why he started his business in Kyoto! Mr. Paul Speed, Co-founder and CEO of the Kyoto Brewing Co   Q: What kind of business do you run?   A: We produce craft

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    2020.08.21

    Joint Project: Latitude 59×Startup Capital Kyoto Invitation to Startup Online Pitch Contest for Kyoto

    Kyoto has a strong image as a tourist city, but actually it is one of Japan’s leading manufacturing cities, with the long history of traditional industries that have been inherited over the years. There are located many leading global companies such as Kyocera, Shimadzu, Murata, Nintendo, and so on. Starting with Kyoto University, which has many Nobel Prize winner professors,

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