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What is SmartCityX

SmartCityX is a global community of stage-agnostic startups representing numerous geographies and industry categories coming together with iconic Japanese corporate brands and industry thought-leaders -- united by a common vision for helping make cities more livable, resilient, and sustainable.

Why Now?

SmartCityX is reimagining and redesigning the ethos of urban centers, as the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the urgency to implement transformative solutions that bridge socio-economic, demographic and political divides. Commonly referred to as "Society 5.0" in Japan, this places a particular emphasis on developing technologies that foster economic growth and business revitalization, as well as address aging populations, labor shortages and emerging industries. We believe that fully integrated 'smart' solutions need to not only leverage technological innovation, but also incorporate behavioral analyses, social science and strategic objectives.


The Opportunity - The program, which does not require equity participation or relocation, gives startups unprecedented access to revenue-generating opportunities and decision-makers across the public and private sectors, including policy experts and members of academia. Recognizing the importance of growth capital, SmartCItyX will also lean into the investment community -- helping curate 1-1 conversations with leading venture sources that are disrupting the status-quo.


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Project Overview

Scrum Studio Inc.

●Partner Companies:
Japan Airlines Corporation, East Japan Railway Company, Japan Tobacco, Lion Corporation, Suzuki Motor Corporation, TV Asahi Corporation, Woven by Toyota, Inc. (Community Partner), Japan Post Co.(Community Partner), Hakuhodo Inc. (Community Partner)

●Municipal Partners:
Fukui Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Shibuya Ward, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

●Resource Partners:
Amazon Web Services Japan K.K., Government of Catalonia Trade & Investment Office, CIC Japan LLC, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Liil Ventures

●Official Website:

February 2023 to December 2023 (tentative)

●Schedule (tentative):
Startup application period: March 2023 ~ May 2023
Mentoring and business development period: March 2023 ~ November 2023

●Announcement of results:
December 2023

●Four main areas of startups to be recruited for this program:
① Mobility
② Metaverse
③ Community wellness
④ Lifestyle transformation (sustainability, circular economy, etc.)

●Application page:
*Application has closed (as of Dec 2023)

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