The global community
Since it's inception in 2016, over 100 people from 26 countries have been involved in Kyoto Startup Summer School, the most international program of its kind in Japan.
Come join our community of innovators in the intense two-week program that brings together world-class entrepreneurs and educators.
KS³ Program Modules
While the detailed program for KS³ 2018 is not finalized yet, here are some exciting modules we are planning to incorporate:
Learn the different startup skills and gain the necessary entrepreneurial mindsets.
Sessions covering various relevant must-know startup topics.
Super intense 54 hours to start your entrepreneurial journey with local members.
Interactive sessions with trailblazing entrepreneurs.
Discussions and conversations with some of the most interesting people in the industry.
Check out the high tech companies and startups in the Kyoto region.
2017 Teaching Team
The 2018 teaching team, world-class lecturers and workshop facilitators, is not finalized yet, but many of the 2017 members will be returning. We are also looking to add new members with expertise on topics requested by previous feedback.
Where is KS³?
Kyoto Startup Summer School is based in Kyoto, the city of tradition and innovation in Japan.
Kyoto was once the capital and the largest city in Japan, a vibrant imperial city full of craftsmen, artists, and merchants. While it lost both titles to Tokyo in recent years, Kyoto remains the cultural heart of Japan with over 2000 temples and shrines.
In addition to being the center of tourism in Japan, Kyoto is an important hub for the information technology and electronics industry in Japan. This is the city where along sides traditional craft workshops, one can find world class companies and startups. It is also the home to Nintendo and birthplace of Super Mario and Pokemon. In recent years, the IoT movement is gaining traction, building on the city's existing expertise.
Kyoto is also an university town boasting 37 universities and 140,000 students which creates a dynamic city life. This is the city where you can find some of the best food in Japan from cheap student ramen restaurants to Michelin-starred establishments.
Come Join Us
The application for Kyoto Startup Summer School 2018 is not yet open. If you are interested in applying to the program, please leave your e-mail below!
KS³ was a great opportunity not just to learn about entrepreneurship and creating my first business, but it was also a great opportunity to meet fellow aspiring entrepreneurs and make lifelong friends. The hurdle to starting a company definitely went down after KS³.
KS³ participant 2016
CEO, Kyoto Teahouse
Special thanks to these amazing companies and organizations for making Kyoto Startup Summer School 2017 happen. 2018 Partners will be announced soon.
The Organizing Team
About the KYOTO Design Lab
Since 1899, the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) has pioneered practical education in design and engineering in Japan. Its new KYOTO Design Lab (D-lab) has been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to deliver their strategic vision of educational innovation and excellence in higher education in the fields of architecture and design.
By engaging with and responding to the global problems faced by our world, the KYOTO D-Lab will be a site for social innovation through design and for the exploration of practical design methodologies. D-Lab is the first institute of its kind in Japan to focus on architectural education and research into urban revitalization. D-Lab aspires to tackle such issues as the aging society worldwide and to use design and design thinking to realize its vision. Its core team and the staff of Kyoto Institute of Technology will work with leading international designers and researchers, and a wide range of partners drawn from both the public and private sectors. The aim is to reveal and address contemporary social challenges.