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Kyoto Startup summer School 2019

Come Join the Future Change Makers.

August 18th - September 1st, 2019

 

KS³ Program Modules

Kyoto Startup Summer School is composed of different modules taught and facilitated by our diverse teaching team members. While the detailed program for KS³ 2019 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.

Checkout here for our list of past workshops and lectures to get a feel for what you’ll experience in KS³.

The global community

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Since it's inception in 2016, over 200 people from 36 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 this intense two-week program that brings together world-class entrepreneurs and educators.

 

The Awesome Team

In alphabetical order, some of the wonderful workshop facilitators and lecturers who taught at KS³ in the last three years. Many of them will be returning for 2019!

  Ajay Revels  Design Researcher,  Polite Machines

Ajay Revels
Design Researcher, Polite Machines

  Aki Saarinen  CEO,  Reacktor Japan

Aki Saarinen
CEO, Reacktor Japan

  Antti Sonninen  CEO,  Slush Tokyo

Antti Sonninen
CEO, Slush Tokyo

  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

  Anteo Quiroz  Innovation Coach,  Kromatic

Anteo Quiroz
Innovation Coach, Kromatic

  Bjoern Eichstaedt  Managing Partner,  Storymaker

Bjoern Eichstaedt
Managing Partner, Storymaker

  Evgeniia Filippova  Senior Scientist at the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics,  Vienna University of Economics and Business

Evgeniia Filippova
Senior Scientist at the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

  Isshu Rakusai  Co-Founder and CEO,  NOTA INC.

Isshu Rakusai
Co-Founder and CEO, NOTA INC.

  James Riney  Head of  500 startups Japan

James Riney
Head of 500 startups Japan

  Jouni Laitinen  Investor Operations Lead,  Slush Tokyo

Jouni Laitinen
Investor Operations Lead, Slush Tokyo

  Julio Terra  Director of Design and Technology Outreach,  Kickstarter

Julio Terra
Director of Design and Technology Outreach, Kickstarter

  Justin Clune  Serial Entrepreneur Co-Founder,  Housecare

Justin Clune
Serial Entrepreneur
Co-Founder, Housecare

  Kenshin Fujiwara  CEO,  Hacarus

Kenshin Fujiwara
CEO, Hacarus

  Kyohi Kang  Co-Founder and CEO,  Atmoph

Kyohi Kang
Co-Founder and CEO, Atmoph

  Mark Lozano  Digital Marketing Strategist

Mark Lozano
Digital Marketing Strategist

  Maxwell Weiss  Managing Partner,  Millennium 7 Capital

Maxwell Weiss
Managing Partner, Millennium 7 Capital

  Naoko Minami  Assistant Director,  KYOTO Design Lab , Kyoto Institute of Technology

Naoko Minami
Assistant Director, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

  Phillip Seiji Vincent  Managing Partner,  Plug and Play Japan

Phillip Seiji Vincent
Managing Partner, Plug and Play Japan

  Sabrina Sasaki  Marketing,  Makers Boot Camp

Sabrina Sasaki
Marketing, Makers Boot Camp

  Satoshi Kabasawa  Chief Habitat Officer,  Sunbridge Global Ventures

Satoshi Kabasawa
Chief Habitat Officer, Sunbridge Global Ventures

  Shin Yamashita  Technical Staff,  KYOTO Design Lab , Kyoto Institute of Technology

Shin Yamashita
Technical Staff, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

  Sushi Suzuki  Associate Professor,  KYOTO Design Lab , Kyoto Institute of Technology

Sushi Suzuki
Associate Professor, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

  Tom Foley  Founder and CEO,  Silver Egg Technology

Tom Foley
Founder and CEO, Silver Egg Technology

  Tomohiro Inoue  Technical Staff,  KYOTO Design Lab , Kyoto Institute of Technology

Tomohiro Inoue
Technical Staff, 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

  Tugi Guenes  Storyteller / Community Manager,  Sunbridge Global Ventures

Tugi Guenes
Storyteller / Community Manager, Sunbridge Global Ventures

  Yan Fan  Co-Founder & CTO,  Code Chrysalis

Yan Fan
Co-Founder & CTO, Code Chrysalis

  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 alongside 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 a 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!

Applications for 2019 coming soon

Kyoto Startup Summer School 2019 applications will open in early January 2019. If you want to be notified when the applications open, please leave your e-mail below and we'll let you know.

Also, be sure to check out our FAQ section.

 

Testimonials

 

If you always dreamt of starting up but lack the confidence or skills, you’re in the right program. KS³ will push you out of your box, test your boundaries, hone your skills while creating new ones, and allow you to innovate freely. You'll be surrounded by people from different walks of life with different pains and passions but with the same entrepreneurial mindset. Good luck, have fun and welcome to the best entrepreneurial program of your life!

Vikki Daet
KS³ participant 2017
Philippines

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If you are looking to expand your horizons or want to start up your own business and you are not quite sure how to go about it, KS3 is the perfect program for you. It is a game changer; a key to unlock potential you may not have realized you had.

Anders Haugland Pedersen
KS³ participant 2018
Norway


 

Whether you want to start your own journey into entrepreneurship or just like the way they get things done and want to try they're techniques for yourself, KS³ is well worth your time! Not only will you learn skills that you can incorporate into any business situation, but the people you meet and the setting you'd be working in will fill you with an energy that makes you ready to take on the world!

Jamie Evans
KS³ participant 2017
United Kingdom

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When people say startups, people always think about Silicon Valley, but there are so many other activities happening around the world, and KS3 helped me understand the entire process from the ideation to making the company actually happen.

Siva Subramanian
KS³ participant 2018
India


 

KS3 is a wonderful opportunity for any aspiring entrepreneur to learn and practice the most essential skills and mindsets of entrepreneurship — all in a condensed timeframe of two weeks. On top of that, they get to meet people from all around the world which broadens your horizons and helps in facilitating innovation.

Anja Svetina Nabergoj
KS³ workshop facilitator 2017
Lecturer, Stanford d.school
Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Ljubljana

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Our 2018 PARTNERS

Special thanks to these amazing companies and organizations for making Kyoto Startup Summer School 2018 happen. 2019 partners will be announced soon.

 

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

KYOTO Design Lab (D-lab) is the platform for Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) to facilitate collaborations in the fields of architecture, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Since its inauguration in 2014, the D-Lab has played the role of incubator where various areas of expertise come together to discover and solve social problems through ground work research and development.

D-lab bases the project execution on participatory learning approach and aims for societal implementation of innovation through international programs such as workshops and joint projects with prominent researchers, designers, architects, and entrepreneurs from all over the world.

D-lab’s location makes it the natural incubator for innovation across disciplines. The ancient capital’s deeply rooted networks of traditional makers with their centuries-old knowledge and skills base sit alongside those focussed on Kyoto’s more contemporary aspect as the home to new technology-based industries and start-ups.

Backed by the research excellence of the Kyoto Institute of Technology, D-lab facilitates this crucial meeting of both worlds to ensure that hands-on innovation can take place.