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Kyoto Startup summer School 2018

Come Join the Future Change Makers.

August 19th - September 2nd, 2018

 

The global community

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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:

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Workshops

Learn the different startup skills and gain the necessary entrepreneurial mindsets.

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Lectures

Sessions covering various relevant must-know startup topics.

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Startup Weekend

Super intense 54 hours to start your entrepreneurial journey with local members.

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MIXERS

Interactive sessions with trailblazing entrepreneurs.

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Panel Discussions

Discussions and conversations with some of the most interesting people in the industry.

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Company Visits

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.

AKI SAARINEN CEO, REAKTOR JAPAN

AKI SAARINEN
CEO, REAKTOR JAPAN

ANTTI SONNINEN CEO, SLUSH TOKYO

ANTTI SONNINEN
CEO, SLUSH TOKYO

AJAY REVELS DESIGN RESEARCHER, POLITE MACHINES

AJAY REVELS
DESIGN RESEARCHER, POLITE MACHINES

ANJA SVETINA NABERGOJ LECTURER, STANFORD D.SCHOOL PROFESSOR OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

ANJA SVETINA NABERGOJ
LECTURER, STANFORD D.SCHOOL
PROFESSOR OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

BJOERN EICHSTAEDT MANAGING PARTNER STORYMAKER

BJOERN EICHSTAEDT
MANAGING PARTNER
STORYMAKER

ISSHU RAKUSAI CO-FOUNDER AND CEO AT NOTA INC.

ISSHU RAKUSAI
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO AT NOTA INC.

JAMES RINEY HEAD OF 500 STARTUPS JAPAN

JAMES RINEY
HEAD OF 500 STARTUPS JAPAN

JULIO TERRA DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY OUTREACH, KICKSTARTER

JULIO TERRA
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY OUTREACH, KICKSTARTER

JUSTIN CLUNE SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR CO-FOUNDER OF HOUSECARE

JUSTIN CLUNE
SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR
CO-FOUNDER OF HOUSECARE

KENSHIN FUJIWARA CEO, HACARUS

KENSHIN FUJIWARA
CEO, HACARUS

KYOHI KANG CO-FOUNDER & CEO, ATMOPH

KYOHI KANG
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, ATMOPH

SABRINA SASAKI MARKETING, MAKERS BOOT CAMP

SABRINA SASAKI
MARKETING, MAKERS BOOT CAMP

SUSHI SUZUKI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

SUSHI SUZUKI
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

TIM ROMERO FOUNDER, DISRUPTING JAPAN

TIM ROMERO
FOUNDER, DISRUPTING JAPAN

TRAVIS CARDWELL LEAD DEVELOPER, ASAHI NET

TRAVIS CARDWELL
LEAD DEVELOPER, ASAHI NET

YUJI FUJIMURA EVANGELIST, AUTODESK

YUJI FUJIMURA
EVANGELIST, AUTODESK

Where is KS³?

Kyoto Startup Summer School is based in Kyoto, the city of tradition and innovation in Japan.

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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.

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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!

 
 
 
 
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Testimonials

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.
Shun Tamaki
KS³ participant 2016
CEO, Kyoto Teahouse
 

2017 PARTNERS

Special thanks to these amazing companies and organizations for making Kyoto Startup Summer School 2017 happen. 2018 Partners will be announced soon.

 

Silver Partners

 

Bronze Partners

 

The Organizing Team

SUSHI SUZUKI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

SUSHI SUZUKI
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

TATSUYA TSUBUKI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

TATSUYA TSUBUKI
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

JOEY HO NIHEI MARKETING & RECRUITMENT, KS³

JOEY HO NIHEI
MARKETING & RECRUITMENT, KS³

Naoko Minami ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Naoko Minami
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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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.