Osaka / Kyoto / Kobe Entrepreneur Guide

Tugi Guenes
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2 min readApr 20, 2018


An overview of selected hubs in the Kansai region of Japan.

Last updated: JAN 2021
Key changes in the area reflected on the graph and in the text. Mainly added new startup support organizations and removed inactive ones.

When I first arrived in Kansai, it was a big challenge to find the right people as well as general information to learn about and engage with the local startup ecosystem. The startup movement in Japan is still in its infancy and communities are few and far between. Therefore, it is important to know where to go for what. The decision tree / list below is to support and guide anyone interested in entrepreneurship in and around Osaka. The graphic does by far not represent all hubs and activities in the area but a selection of well connected and English speaking organisations (scroll further for the full list incl. links).

The Starting Point for Startup People in Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe (Japan) feat. an Overview of Key Startup Organizations.
The Starting Point for Startup People in the Kansai region of Japan

Annual international startup events and contests:

Startup support and investor network:

Monthly entrepreneurship meetups:

Entrepreneurship related content and communities:

Makerspaces with hardware and tools (workshop):

Coworking spaces (long term > 1 month):

Coworking spaces (drop in and short term <1 month):

This is an evolving list. Feel free to reach out for suggestions and feedback.

Watch the Habitat Update Plus video-series for more on the startup ecosystem in Kansai.

Thank you!



Tugi Guenes

Ecosystem Builder | Innovation / Startups | Science / Tech | Storytelling / Photography | ETH Zurich