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Kyoto Startup summer School

Come Join the Future Change Makers.

Thank you to everyone who was involved with KS³ 2019! Details and applications for the 2020 program will be announced in early January 2020.

 

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 is not finalized until few weeks before the program, you can get a sense of what the program looks like by checking out our detailed 2019 program. Also, checkout here for our list of past workshops and lectures across all years of KS³ since its inception.

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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.

The global community

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Since it's inception in 2016, over 250 people from 45 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 2019

In alphabetical order, the wonderful workshop facilitators and lecturers who taught at Kyoto Startup Summer School 2019. Many of them will be returning for 2020!

Aki Saarinen  Co-Founder & CTO,  Day One Tech

Aki Saarinen
Co-Founder & CTO, Day One Tech

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

Arnaud Bonzom   Co-Founder,  Map of the Money

Arnaud Bonzom
Co-Founder, Map of the Money

Benjamin Davoult   Industrial designer / Maker,  crossEffect

Benjamin Davoult
Industrial designer / Maker, crossEffect

Bjoern Eichstaedt  Managing Partner,  Storymaker

Bjoern Eichstaedt
Managing Partner, Storymaker

Isshu Rakusai  Co-Founder and CEO,  NOTA INC.

Isshu Rakusai
Co-Founder and CEO, NOTA INC.

Joris Lam   Design & Technology Outreach Lead Asia,  Kickstarter

Joris Lam

Design & Technology Outreach Lead Asia, Kickstarter

Jouni Laitinen  Investor Operations Lead,  Slush Tokyo

Jouni Laitinen
Investor Operations Lead, Slush Tokyo

Kani Munidasa  Co-Founder & CEO,  Code Chrysalis

Kani Munidasa
Co-Founder & CEO, Code Chrysalis

Kenshin Fujiwara  CEO,  Hacarus

Kenshin Fujiwara
CEO, Hacarus

Li Jiang  Head of  Stanford AIRE

Li Jiang
Head of Stanford AIRE

Machi Takahashi  President & CEO,  Stroly Inc.

Machi Takahashi
President & CEO, Stroly Inc.

Mark Lozano  Digital Marketing Strategist

Mark Lozano
Digital Marketing Strategist

Mark Wang  Japan Country Manager,  Shopify

Mark Wang
Japan Country Manager, Shopify

Marymoore Patterson  Design Researcher and Strategist

Marymoore Patterson
Design Researcher and Strategist

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

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

Paul Speed  Co-Founder and CEO,  Kyoto Brewing Co.

Paul Speed
Co-Founder and CEO, Kyoto Brewing Co.

Phillip Seiji Vincent  Managing Partner,  Plug and Play Japan

Phillip Seiji Vincent
Managing Partner, Plug and Play Japan

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

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

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

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

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 in 2020!

Interested in being part of the movement? Learning from the best? Meeting fellow aspiring entrepreneurs? :eave your e-mail address below and we’ll let you know when the applications open for 2020.

Also, feel free to check out our FAQ section!

 

Testimonials

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Participating in Kyoto Startup Summer School 2019 is one of the best decisions I have made and I won’t trade it for anything else in this world. In only two weeks, I learned how to start a business from scratch plus visiting startups and places where innovation and creativity happen. KS3 is the best choice for anyone who dares to become a future entrepreneur with a warm heart and strategical mindset.

Monika Vu
KS³ participant 2019
Vietnam


The coolest thing about Kyoto Startup Summer School was the internationality, it's really wonderful to get to know so many people from all around the world. There were great teachers from great universities and cool companies, and it was an amazing learning experience. Thank you KS3 team!

Benedikt Mayer
KS³ participant 2019
Austria

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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


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

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 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


 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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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, 2018, 2019
Lecturer, Stanford d.school
Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Ljubljana

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

SHOKO KOBAYASHI  PROGRAM MANAGER,  KYOTO DESIGN LAB , KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

SHOKO KOBAYASHI
PROGRAM MANAGER, KYOTO DESIGN LAB, KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Our 2019 PARTNERS

Special thanks to these amazing companies and organizations for making Kyoto Startup Summer School 2019 happen!

 
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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.