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Japan is known for its high quality hardware industry, among many worldwide famous creative brands like Panasonic, Nintendo and Sony. All Japanese brands have their own supplier’s network, always looking for the best quality in terms of prototyping and Design for Manufacturing. Now startups can work with high precision and Japanese quality for an affordable cost, with a partnership with local companies.
We offer a tailored-made support: a one-to-one customize consulting service any time of the year, 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 optimization to match your availability and project unique goals.
Not at all. 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 makerspaces & factory facilities provided by Makers Boot Camp, we highly recommend visiting Kyoto for a few days during the duration of the project.
Raising funds from investors, selecting the right contract manufacturers and project planning are key points where startups struggle. We can support teams any time of the year, offering a range of services:

  • Validate your project documents to match you with the best manufacturing options
  •  Alignment of mandatory technical details, including recommending the pending specs.
  • Selection of suitable SMEs, according to quality, price, and materials you wish.
  • Connection to the SMEs
  • Support and advise on key project decisions, recommending possible paths
  • Suggestions of a schedule according to your budget and timeline.
  • Project kickoff with MBC, creating a Master Plan
  • Progress Monitoring & Reporting (Weekly Status Calls and Documents)
Our main expertise is Design for Manufacturing” (DFM), also known as “the valley of failure”, a key point for hardware startups: an optimized 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 for your next steps, so we work with our 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 monthly fee, 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.
This depends greatly on the type, scale, and complexity of the hardware. We can provide you with a rough estimate to be confirmed after small lot prototyping. 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 functional prototype that most DIY FabCafes offer (Arduino, Raspberry Pi) and one stage before mass-manufacturing.
In terms of business, we expect to support startups to develop a sustainable business model that has a long term vision and can gain traction in the future rounds of project development, attractive for future rounds of investments.
Yes, we host monthly meet ups. Bring a functioning prototype and our experts can advise you. We also recommend you to interact with our community to get useful user’s insights. Write us if you’d like to pitch at one of our events.
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 consultancy, our team members are only not full-time allocated to startup projects.
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 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 working on a professional prototype.
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 customized masterplan 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 realize 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. Makers Boot Camp could help startups to set up a meeting with investors if a prototype is finished up to certain level and there is a clear proof-of-concept. If you’d like to share your project details, Get Support now.

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