Shibuya City and WeWork Japan to collaborate in forming a startup ecosystem and implementing new ways of working

Hello everyone.

Shibuya Startup Support’s goal is to give rise to and develop an international startup community in Shibuya. So, this time, I’m going to talk about the partnership between the Shibuya City Office and WeWork Japan LLC, which will significantly help set the environment for our initiative. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate and collaborate on October 15, 2020.

As you know, WeWork is the largest membership-based coworking space provider and it has it roots in New York City, one of the great startup cities. Here in Shibuya, WeWork has the largest location in Japan with over 3,500 seats across six floors, including the top 45th here at Shibuya Scramble Square. The ideal location it provides and the connections to its members’ international startup community will be a great addition to the Shibuya City Office’s efforts in promoting startups here locally.

We are living in an age where remote communication became a norm due to the pandemic. Still, a particular “empathy” that comes from sharing a “place” or “space” can sometimes be a significant driving force. Even something as simple as face-to-face mentoring, brainstorming, or having a cup of coffee together can be a valuable time. We are planning to co-sponsor events in the future and will share them with you here on this website as soon as we make progress. Please stay tuned.