SSS Member Nakaya Participates in “7minutes,” a Monthly Pitch Event Hosted by Leap Over, an Accelerator Program

The “7minutes” pitch event, which provides a stage for startups to connect with local government officials nationwide, was held on August 25, 2021, and from Shibuya City Office, Shibuya Startup Support (SSS) member Tsutomu Nakaya participated representing the Global Hub City Promotion Office.

7minutes is a monthly event co-hosted by LEAP OVER, an accelerator program by Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, and the Smart City Institute Japan (SCI-J), an organization aiming to empower Japan’s smart cities.

At the event, four startups selected by LEAP OVER gave a 7-minute pitch presentation followed by a Q&A session. Then the panelists representing the local government offices will show a plaque saying, “Nice!” or “Let’s Connect!”

The officials from the following organizations gathered online to watch presentations, actively asked questions, and made comments:

Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Ota Ward, Tokyo, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Maebashi City, Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Osaka Industrial Bureau, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, and Osaka Prefecture

The following startups gave presentations this time:
・Connected Industries Inc., which promotes the utilization of the underrecognized “sick child care” system by making it more approachable through IT (pitch)
・SWAT Mobility Japan, which uses advanced routing algorithms to provide on-demand and efficient transportation services (pitch)
・CUICIN Corporation, which promotes digital transformations in lodging facilities by innovating inefficient paper-based processes such as check-in procedures with IT (pitch)
・Aki Katsu (Abandoned House Utilization), a company that builds a database of vacant houses in the private sector and promotes effective use in cooperation with local governments (pitch)

Throughout the event, there were times when the pitch struck a chord with the panelists who regularly faced specific local challenges, and many offered the presenter to connect them to local businesses and communities. This kind of matching event leads not only to concrete business conversations but has the potential to generate new ideas and unearth opportunities through dialogue, which is why Shibuya City Office is actively participating in this event.

Monthly Pitch “7minutes” – Goho-Yoshi” (five fronts beneficial) Startups Create a Sustainable Japan! – (2nd session) August 25, 2021)
Speakers (in order of appearance):
・Masaki Sonoda, President, Connected Industries, Inc.
・Masashi Suehiro, President, SWAT Mobility Japan
・Mayumi Yamada, COO, CUICIN Corporation
・Takamitsu Wada, CEO, Aki Katsu (Abandoned House Utilization)

The archived video of the event can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on the “pitch” links above.