Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Gathering of 50 Start-ups from Around the Globe! The Recruitment for the 2nd Batch of Founders to Join the Online Entrepreneurship Training Program held by the Partnership of Kobe City and 500 Global!

Press release(2021-9-21) - Japanese ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

In partnership with the American venture capital firm 500 Global (500 Startups), the City of Kobe has begun recruitment for the 2nd Batch of the "500 Founder Academy" program from September 21st. This year, the program has expanded its cohort from 20 companies in previous years to 100 companies so that more startups can benefit from this program.

Kobe City, with the aim to foster the growth of the Japanese startup ecosystem in Kobe, has partnered with 500 Global and launched the "500 KOBE ACCELERATOR" in 2016.

In the past five cohorts, 88 startups were carefully selected out of 1000 companies to receive special training. Participants managed to raise more than 12 Trillion Yen (USD 120 million) in funding. For the 2020 cohort, the program was held virtually as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19; this resulted in the freedom to accept companies regardless of the country of origin into the program.

With the accumulated knowledge to date, this year's program will benefit more startups with potential access to 500 Global's Growth Hacks, giving the participants in the online training program a better chance to succeed. The cohort from previous years (2016-2020) was 20 startups annually and will be increased to 100 for this year. In addition, there will be opportunities to partner with other Kobe City startup support programs, resulting in an environment where a wide variety of startups can grow.

1. Program Outline 

1. Program Name: 500 Founder Academy in partnership with Kobe (2nd Batch)

2 .Program Duration: November 15th (Monday) to December 10th (Friday) 2021

3. Delivery method: Online

4. Qualifications:

  • Founders or aspiring Entrepreneurs, domestic or foreign
  • Seed (MVP built) or Early-stage (PoC, with customers, investors)
  • Recommended for start-ups with a product and team in place

 5. Cohort: 50 teams per batch

6. Program Content:

  • Marketing, Sales, Funding video training from 500 Global's experts in the industry.
  • Q & A sessions with 500 Global Mentors.

Video programs are translated to Japanese. Q & A sessions will be supported by interpreters present. This program is not a funding round from 500 Global.

2. Program Application Period

September 21st to October 15th 2021

Use the link below to apply(applications will be screened by 500 Global and Kobe City):

A Word From Bedy Yang - Managing Partner at 500 Startups

We believe that the best talent resides beyond Silicon Valley, and we have seen such talent active through the programs held in the city of Kobe for the last five years. Through this new program, we hope more founders can benefit from access to 500 Global's curriculum, and we will be happy if we can be part of the growth process of these startups.

3. About the participants from the 1st Batch of the 500 Founder Academy

The 1st Batch of the program held from September 6th to October 1st 2021, it involves 50 start-ups from 22 countries.

<Batch 1 Companies by alphabetical order>








ACKTEC Technologies

Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ


Pafit KK.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Big Ear Games

Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ



Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ


PJP Eye Ltd.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Capital Entreprise ET Plus SAS

Congo ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ



Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ



India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ



Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ


Coonectee Inc.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Smart Tissues

Chile ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ


emol KK.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ


First Brand Inc.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Sunlit Seedlings Ltd.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


susuROBO KK.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ


Swag Learning

India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ



Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ



Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ


Ima-mirai School Inc.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


The Flying Thai Food Coop.

Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ


Infinite Glasses

China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ


Tika Health

Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ


iscream, Inc.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Trambellir Sdn Bhd.

Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ



Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ


Turing Chain

Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ



Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ



Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ


KiKi Social

USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ



India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ


KINESIX Sports Inc.

Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ


Vivax Serviรงos

Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท



Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ



Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ


XenoCode Inc.

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น


Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ


KK. AMDlab

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ


KK. fixU

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Noetic Digital

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต



Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Nona 911

Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช


KK. xCura

Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

About 500 Global

500 Global(formerly 500 Startups) is a venture capital firm that invests early in founders building fast-growing technology companies. We focus on markets where technology, innovation, and capital can unlock long-term value and drive economic growth. 500 Global has backed over 6,000 founders representing more than 2,500 companies operating in 77 countries. Our portfolio includes 33 companies valued at more than $1 billion and 120 companies valued at over $100 million. Our team members are located in more than 15 countries and bring experience as entrepreneurs, investors, and operators from some of the world’s leading technology companies.

500 Global Website: 

Friday, December 25, 2020

Holy Chuck! That's a Good Burger!

 Do you like hamburgers?

If you like it, you should go to HOLY CHUCK!

The shop is a 1-minute walk from St Clair Station.

Look at the appearance of the store. It looks very cute, doesn't it?

Currently, you cannot eat or drink in the store due to the influence of the coronavirus, but you can take out or eat on the patio.

You can see many menus when you enter the shop. The price is not cheap, but if you want to eat a nice hamburger, you may try it.

I was very worried because there were too many menus. In the end, I ordered THE HOLY CHUCK burger and my friend ordered a cheeseburger.

When you place an order, the meat will be grilled right in front of you. The meat was juicy and very delicious, so I will try other types of burgers again!

The size is not so different from Japanese hamburgers. So you will be able to eat everything by yourself.

The bag also has a cow drawn on it and is very cute.

There is also one store near bloom-yonge station. You can order directly at the store, but you can also use Uber.

If you like hamburgers, why don't you go to HOLY CHUCK and try various menus?

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Doors Open Event

Do you know “Doors Open”? This is a big annual event in Toronto.

This is a precious opportunity that our citizens can get a green light to see inside more than 150 of historically, culturally, architecturally and socially significant buildings across the city usually we cannot gain entry.

This is held for two days, 4th Saturday and Sunday in May (some buildings open only one day). You should search for a place where you want to on the website in advance. You do not need to get any special ticket for this event.

All free!!

I visited the old city hall and Toronto’s first post office. 

The old city hall is one of the famous historical buildings built in1899.
This building is used as a court. 

It is possible to enter if you pass a security gate, but usually, it’s not opened to the public.
Toronto’s first office built in 1833 is attached to a museum of the history of this post office.

You can visit the museum, or experience how people wrote a letter at that time.
The picture I posted above the right is what I wrote then.
It was a precious experience because you can hardly have a chance to write a letter with tools used at other times.

For your information, some places have specific rules(ex: cannot use a tripod), so please check it before you visit there,

It’s time to get into buildings that you have been interested in:)

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Art Gallery of Ontario located near Saint Patrick station is one of the famous galleries in Toronto. If you like arts, you should go there!!
This monument design in front of the building is sometimes changed depending on events
(when I went there, it was basketball season).

Good for us, every Wednesday night (6 pm to 9 pm) is free.
Besides, age 25 and under can get AGO annual pass for free.
Visit the website for more detail.

They have a lot of kinds of exhibitions, for instance, modern arts, europian arts, sculptures…almost paintings.
Sometimes they held a special exhibition.
When I went there, the exhibition of “Yaoi Kusama” a famous Japanese artist was held.
If you want to see a special exhibition, you have to register at the entrance beforehand.

The room design is also unique and impressive.

When you visit, a small bag is preferred for taking.
If you have a big bag like a backpack, you have to line up in a big queue for the security check.

Visit AGO to see a bunch of great arts!!!

Japanese Traditional "Noh" World (Japanese, English)



้ขใฏใใฎๅใฎ้€šใ‚ŠใŠ้ขใงใ‚ใ‚Š、่ƒฝใซๆฌ ใ‹ใ›ใชใ„้“ๅ…ทใจใชใ‚Šใพใ™。
ใพใŸไธ€ใคไธ€ใค่ทไบบใŒๅฝซใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใง、ๅŒใ˜็จฎ้กžใฎ้ขใ ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œ้ก”ใŒ้•ใ†ใฎใ‚‚้ข็™ฝใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™。
่ˆžๅฐ่กฃ่ฃ…ใงใ‚ใ‚‹่ฃ…ๆŸใฏ、่บซๅˆ†ใ‚„ๆ€งๆ ผใชใฉใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆ็•ฐใชใ‚Š、ๆผ”ใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๅฝนใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆๆŸ„ใ‚„่‰ฒใŒๅคงใพใ‹ใซๅฎšใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™。
ใใ—ใฆๆฌกใซๆ‰‡ใงใ™ใŒ、ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚‚ๆฌ ใ‹ใ›ใชใ„้“ๅ…ทใฎไธ€ใคใงใ™。
ไธปไบบๅ…ฌใฏๅŸบๆœฌ็š„ใซ่ˆžๅฐใซๅ‡บใšใฃใฑใ‚Šใชใฎใง、ใงใใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ๅฐ้“ๅ…ทใ‚’ๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ™ใŸใ‚ใฎๅทฅๅคซใชใฎใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“。
ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚‚ๆผ”็›ฎใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆๆ—ขใซๅฎšใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใฆใŠใ‚Š、ๅคงใใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใจใŠๅฏบใซใ‚ใ‚‹้˜ใปใฉใฎใ‚ตใ‚คใ‚บใฎใ‚‚ใฎ、
็ญ†่€…ใฏ、่ƒฝใฏ็ฉบ้–“ใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ๆผ”ๅŠ‡ใ ใจๆ‰ใˆใฆใ„ใพใ™。
ใใ‚Œใฏ่ƒฝใฎๆ นๆœฌใŒ็ฅžๆง˜ใซไพ›ใˆใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใฎใ‚‚ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Š、ๆผ”ใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹่ˆžๅฐใŒๆœ€ๅฐ้™ใฎ็‹ญใ•ใงใ‚ใ‚Š、
ๅไบบใ„ใ‚Œใฐๅ้€šใ‚Šใฎๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚Šๆ–นใŒใ‚ใ‚Š、ๆผ”่€…ใฎ่งฃ้‡ˆใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆๅŒใ˜ๆผ”็›ฎใงใ‚‚้ญ…ใ›ๆ–นใŒ็•ฐใชใ‚Šใพใ™。 ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ™ใ˜ใฏๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใใ‚ŒไปฅไธŠใฏๅ„ใ€…ใŒ็”Ÿใฟๅ‡บใ™ใ‚‚ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Š、
ใ‚‚ใฃใจๅคšใใฎๆ–นใซ่ƒฝใฎ้ญ…ๅŠ›ใ‚’็Ÿฅใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„、ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ ใ‘ใงใชใไธ–็•Œใซ็พฝใฐใŸใ、
 Japanese Traditional “Noh” World   
Do you know the word "Noh"?
Noh is one of the traditional Japanese performing arts that has been handed down since ancient times,
and it has been passed down for more than 600 years.
Despite being a historic performing art that was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008,
the details are not widely known even in Japan.
I had not any knowledge of what Noh is like before I met the Noh club at university.
So now, I, was part of the Noh world even for a short period, would like to introduce the truth of this world.
In the first place, the word "Noh" refers to two words, "Kyogen" and "Noh".
On one hand, Kyogen is a play made based on the life of the common people,
and it is like manzai comedy in modern times.
On the other hand, Noh is a play based on mysterious and spiritual things such as myth and paranormal phenomena
and is it easy to understand when explained as a Japanese version of classical opera.
As I learned more about Noh, I was more and more drawn into the world of Noh, which was ever so deep and beautiful art.
The tools mainly used in Noh are masks, costumes, fans, and set pieces.
The masks are a signature tool for this performing art.
Various masks are used depending on the character,
and the expressionless side becomes a mask with a thousand expressions depending on how performers act.
In addition, it is interesting that each facial expression is different even if it is the same kind of mask
because they are made by artisans one by one.
Costumes, which are stage costumes, vary depending on the characters’ status and personality,
and the pattern and color are roughly defined depending on the role in which they are played.
For example, when a young woman is performed, a costume colored bright red is used.
You can enjoy it more deeply if you have such knowledge.
It looks gorgeous, but because they wear many kimonos on top of each other, some of them are heavy and weigh more than 20 kilograms.
The acting of Noh performers who dance gracefully even though they wear such a heavy costume is a masterpiece.
And next, they use a fan is also one of the essential tools.
The pattern is different depending on the role in which the fan is used,
and it becomes property to express various things such as a sake cap or a sliding door.
If you have one fan, you can become any character.
Since the main character is basically on the stage, it may be a device to shed properties as much as possible.
On the other hand, the large tools which are used as the set pieces are called tsukurimono.
This is already defined by a title.
The largest one is the size like a bell in a temple, or there are some titles that do not use at all.
I think Noh is a play that creates space.
It is felt that the root of Noh is for offering to God, the stage in which it is performed is minimally narrow,
and the tool is extremely few and the emphasis is placed on acting.
Creating an infinite space on a narrow stage, more to say is a way of enchanting the audience to feel the space.
If there are ten people, there are ten ways to receive them, and depending on how they are interpreted by the performers.
Even if the synopsis is decided, the other things are produced by each one,
and this flexibility is the reason why it has fascinated people up to now and has been passed down for more than 600 years.
This unintelligibility is a traditional Japanese culture created by the Japanese who are sensitive to abstract things and sensitive stuff.
In this way, it is clear that Noh is not easy to understand,
but when you step into it, you can realize that the world of traditional Japanese theater is really deep and interesting.
However, it is also true that it is still in danger of survival.
I hope that more people will learn about the charm of Noh,
and that the day will come when Noh will spread not only to Japan but also to the world.
I hope that one day it will become one of the most popular plays in Canada.