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Japan is known for its high quality hardware industry, among many worldwide famous players like Panasonic, Nintendo and Sony, with its own supplier’s network, for the best quality in terms of prototyping and Design for Manufacturing. Now startups can join the best quality for an affordable cost, with special partnerships with local companies. Project Management and Supply Chain are our main expertise.
We offer a tailored-made program: a one-to-one support, in order to fit each startup needs. Once you send us details about your project, we can discuss it individually. We can work on a schedule optimisation to match your availability.
Not necessarily. We do recommend at least one team member to come to Kyoto for the project kick-off and for the rest of the time, depending on specific needs, teams can participate based out of Japan, via conference calls and remote meetings.

For teams looking for hands-on support, local advice, and to take advantage of work space & factory facilities provided by Makers Boot Camp, we highly recommend you to stay in Kyoto for the duration of the project.

Creating a successful crowdfunding campaign, supporting to raise funds from investors, selecting the right contract manufacturer, establishing distribution channels around the world, Makers Boot Camp can support teams any time of the year in many aspects of your IoT project.
Our main expertise is Design for Manufacturing” (DFM), also known as “the valley of failure”, a key point for hardware startups: an optimised method from fabrication, to assembly and tests, in order to assure the best cost, respecting high quality and reliable standards, as well regulatory compliance and safety. DFM saves time and money, so we invited our KSN Experts to guide promising startups to cross this gap.
It all depends on the details of your project: stage, complexity, timeframe, materials, risks, etc. In addition to the project management fee(around USD $2k/month), you will have to cover the industrial fees for prototyping, and it may vary according to your needs. We estimate a range between USD $30-50K for a small lot.
Industrial fees tend to cover the amount of resources used (both professional and machines), meaning the longer your project has to be developed with our team, the more expensive it tends to be.
For startups based out of Japan, the project management fee can be negotiated.
This depends greatly on the type, scale, and complexity of the hardware. We can provide you with a rough estimate. Feel free to ask us.
Startups can send us a proposal and we may consider negotiating the payment deadline, to fit specific needs. Our Manufacturers tend to be flexible.
The final deliverable should be a ready for manufacturing prototype: one step after the Arduino Functional prototype that most DIY FabCafes offer, and one step before mass-manufacturing.

In terms of business, we expect to support startups to develop a sustainable business model that have a long term vision and can gain traction.

Yes, we host monthly meet ups. You can bring a functioning prototype, and our experts can advise you. We also recommend you to interact with our community to get some useful user’s insights.
From the kick-off until a ready for manufacturing prototyping phase, there will be at least a weekly meeting or status conference call, depending on the phase and projects needs. But please note that as any acceleration program, mentors aren’t full-time available for MBC.
Yes, if you have an internal project you are interested in mass-manufacturing or commercializing, write us and we can estimate a quote.
It is possible, but you must meet certain requirements such as having access to funds required for mass-manufacturing prototyping and being able to follow the hardware content (it helps if you have STEM background, worked as an engineer, or built electronics for fun).

Compared to software, hardware requires a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, so we highly recommend building a team before joining.

There is no restriction for our manufacturer’s scope, as long as you can afford the extra hours costs involved. If you want to start prototyping cheap, fast and simple, do it by yourself. Once you reach a working prototype with a proof-of-concept, we can work on a customised Master plan based on your project goals and budget.
We believe defining the BOM is a key part of the work startups should do, in a way to guarantee the product will fit into specific requests and also saves time and hours (= money) from manufacturer’s team.
Making your BOM should also help you to realise if your product is feasible.
We must check all details about your project. All criteria must be validated, according to different standards required for final products (ex. Electrical Appliances and Material Safety Law, UL, CE etc), not only measurement and adjustment, but also review of parts selected, correspondence by cut & try (based on know-how). There are elements that are difficult to estimate without a BOM.
There is no particular restriction on when you do fundraising. It is also possible for Makers Boot Camp to set up a meeting with investors if a prototype is finished up to certain level and there is a clear proof-of-concept.

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