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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

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co.,Ltd., Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd, Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. (Community Partner), Japan Post Co., Ltd., NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE WEST CORPORATION, BIPROGY, Ltd., East Japan Railway Company

JCB Co., Ltd., SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.,  JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Hakuhodo Incorporated, Lion Corporation

Partner Municipalities:
Fukui Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Shibuya City, Kaga City, Kashima City, City of Yokohama, The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry ​

Resource Partners:
Amazon Web Services Japan K.K., ACCIÓ Tokyo-Catalonia Trade & Investment, CIC Japan G.K., Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

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Program length: November 2021 to July 2022
・Schedule (tentative) : 
Startup application: November 2, 2021 - December 30, 2021  
Startup selection: January 2022 - February 2022  
Mentoring and business development: March 2022 - June 2022 
Demo Day: July 2022

・SmartCityX places an emphasis on six core verticals:
1) Consumer Product & Service
2) Mobility
3) Smart Building
4) Sustainability & Climate Change
5) Connectivity & Infrastructure 
6) Social Innovation

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