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:
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.
The global community
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!
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 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.
Come join us!
KS³ Regular Application
Regular applications for Kyoto Startup Summer School 2019 is now open!
Eligibility (you must satisfy one of the following criteria):
Current University Students (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Recent University Graduates (Graduated in 2016 or later)
Working for a Startup (Company younger than 3 years and less than 25 people)
Freelancers with the intent of creating a startup
If you don't fit the eligibility criteria but still would like to apply, please e-mail email@example.com
Tuition: 50,000 yen (approximately 460 USD or 400 Euros) + Startup Weekend fee (see FAQ)
Deadline: April 30th
KS³ Early Application
Early applications for Kyoto Startup Summer School 2019 has now closed. Thank you to everyone who have applied early.
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!
KS³ participant 2017
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
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!
KS³ participant 2017
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.
KS³ participant 2018
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
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
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.