Shibuya City Establishes Consortium to Further Develop Startup Ecosystem

The purpose of Shibuya Startup Support is to provide concierge-like support to domestic and foreign startups so that they can grow and implement their innovations in society here in Shibuya. In particular, we focus on making the process of establishing a business base for overseas startups as smooth as possible from within the Shibuya City office through our “Startup Welcome Service.”

On the other hand, for established startups to make a further leap forward, they need support that transcends regional boundaries, interaction with a wide range of communities, and mentorship from a higher perspective through collaboration between industry, government, and academia. A consortium, in which players from various backgrounds work together to realize their goals, is well suited for such cross-border initiatives.

Therefore, on November 12, 2020, Shibuya City established the “Shibuya Consortium – Shibuya Startup Deck” as an industry-government-academia collaborative organization to further develop the startup ecosystem in Shibuya City.

Its objectives are to “create a community with mutual aid,” “create a startup-friendly environment,” “help social implementation of new services and technologies,” and “globalization.”

Kan Suzuki, a former bureaucrat of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and a university professor who has mentored numerous talents in the business world and governmental organizations, will serve as chairman, and Ken Hasebe, the mayor of Shibuya City, will serve as vice-chairman.

Ken Hasebe, the mayor of Shibuya City, commented:

“We have finally reached the stage where a startup consortium is taking shape and moving forward here in Shibuya. The name of this consortium has been decided as “Shibuya Startup Deck.” “Deck” is a word associated with skateboarding, as is typical of Shibuya, and I hope that as the name spreads, people will call it “Shibuya Deck” with affection. I hope that the startups born from this consortium will play an active role in creating innovations to solve the problems under the Corona crisis while also cooperating with the government to shape our city.”

About the innovations under the Corona crisis mentioned in the mayor’s comment, I covered it in the recent TOPICS article “12 companies selected for Shibuya Ward Public-Private Collaboration Open Innovation Project.” About 100 companies, organizations, universities, and research institutes have applied for the project (of which about 10 are from overseas companies), currently under development to make a difference as they become ready.

We’re excited that the variety of initiatives, including this one, will mutually connect and bear fruit.