Makers Boot Camp

We empower IoT entrepreneurs, sharing Japanese monozukuri know-how from small lot prototyping to First Factory Run. We’re always searching for new ways to connect hardware startups to global players!

Our strength comes from our three passionate co-founders with their long entrepreneur background, who are thrilled to share Japanese best practices: fast, trustworthy and always on time.

Mission

Aiming to be the main global IoT gateway to and from Japan, our role is to support hardware entrepreneurs at key growth points from business model to supply chain.

Background

After realizing that many hardware successful crowdfunded campaigns are not able to reach mass production and fail to deliver products on time, our co-founders decided to use Japanese know-how to help hardware startups in crossing the gap of “the valley of death”: Design for Manufacturing.

Where the Craftsmanship Spirit embraces IoT Entrepreneurs

Why Japan?

1. Global perception: Japan is still a leader in Technology – Excellence in Electronics
2. 3rd largest economy with a mature market (5% of world GDP) -Population: 10th in the world.

This means a qualified market to pay your new products.

3. Japanese players are partnering with startups to solve real problems
Customized Hardware Support from Kyoto,
a hotbed of manufacturing craftsmanship.

OUR TEAM

Management
Investment
Management
MAKINO NARIMASA

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Entrepreneur, VC at FVC & SunBridge Global Ventures

Kenshin Fujiwara

CO-FOUNDER

Serial-Entrepreneur, Hacarus CEO & Former Engineer at Sony

Masatoshi Takeda

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

CEO of CrossEffect Inc. & Board Member of Kyoto Shisaku Net

Investment
Mikuni Kimura

PARTNER

Investment and Manufacturing Expert

Nobuhiro Seki

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Founder of FabFoundry

Manabu Kuwahara

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Marketing
Advisors
Marketing
Mari Futagami

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Events & PR

Jonas Marc

MARKETING

Website & Process Automation

Sabrina Sasaki

MARKETING

Business Development & Overseas Partnership

CONNOR KIRK



Resident Technology Nerd

Advisors
Sushi Suzuki

ADVISOR & MENTOR

Associate Professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology

MORI MICHITOSHI

LAWYER

Technical
Interns
Technical
YASUHIRO Morimoto

PROJECT MANAGER

Noriyuki Futagami

PROJECT MANAGER

MASAYA ODA

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Engineer & Entrepreneur. Semi-Conductor Expert

Interns
CHICHIA HUANG

INTERN

TAKUMI ISHIII

INTERN

Access

Address:
680-1 Omandokoro-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Dai 8 Hase Bldg. 2F, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8413 – Japan

Closest Station:
Subway Shijo Station, 1 min walk Southwards from Exit 6

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