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Startup City Kobe

Startups in Kobe with Yoshi Nishikawa

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In this episode of the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Scaling Japan Podcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, we have Yoshi Nishikawa, he is an innovation specialist for the city of Kobe and he will tell us more today about Kobe city and its approach to startups. He will also share success stories from both local and foreign startups in Kobe This episode is a part of our series on startup cities, and we have interviewed Kobe, Aichi, Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Shibuya.

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Show Notes

(02:54) About Kobe

(05:36) Industries that Kobe is strong at

(11:52) What is Life-Tech KOBE?

(13:21) What type of support Does Kobe offer foreign entrepreneurs?

(17:26) Financial Support From Kobe

(19:41) Success cases of a foreign company / startup in Kobe

(27:47) What is unique about Kobe?

(30:45) How can a startup develop more trust with cities / Japanese companies?

(35:49) Plans for Kobe for the next two years

(37:56) Kobe’s current startup programs

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