Incubators and Accelerators in Japan with  Erdinç and Yu Li

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This is a special episode of Scaling Japan Podcast as we would like to introduce two guests today, Erdinç Ekinci and Yu Li Shein. They are the co-founders of Openfor.co, a company which helps startups through strategic partnerships, and they are running the Founder Institute Japan chapter as well. Erdinç and Yu Li explain the differences between startup incubators and accelerators, they also introduce what startup competitions are. They further cover support options for startups in Japan. 

This podcast episode is excellent for:

  • Foreign startup owners in Japan
  • Country managers looking to help grow their Japan branch

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Show Notes

(5:14) Difference between startup incubators and accelerators

(7:47) What are startup competitions

(9:35) Start up university and courses

(11:10) What are accelerator programs

(13:07) Incentive of equity

(15:27) What stage do accelerators support

(18:16) Who will benefit the most from an accelerator

(21:49) What industries are in demand in Japan

(24:56) Mentor profiles

(26:16) What accelerators do foreign founders go through in Japan

(29:50) Accelerator in Japan vs other countries

(32:38) Famous accelerators in Japan

(34:35) Corporate accelerator

(35:34) How to choose an accelerator

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