In the U.S., over half of the startup companies valued at $1 billion or more (unicorns) were started by immigrant founders, and nearly two-thirds of billion-dollar unicorns were founded or co-founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Their unique experiences and diverse perspectives have transformed this society with technological aspects.
However, in Japan, many international founders and potential founders (including students) are facing challenges in building connections and starting businesses due to language and cultural barriers.
That's where Kyoto Prefecture come in with Asu Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with the theme of Japan to Global to collaborate on this special community meetup, “HIBANA” @ Kyoto to mingle international founders with Japanese founders and supporters who have an international background.
HIBANA is a community hosted by Asu Capital Partners, where we mingle international founders, Japanese founders, and those interested in startups or technologies, to create the “HIBANA” spark from this community.
The first kick-off event in Shibuya Tokyo has successfully invited over 60 international founders and Japanese founders with international backgrounds, as well as our supporters of the community.
The second event will be hosted in Kyoto in collaboration with Kyoto Prefecture, in this home for 16,000 international students, which is the highest ratio in Japan, to make Kyoto the hub where global talents thrive in the startup community.
Please join us on this special occasion, and looking forward to meeting international founders who aim to go global from Kyoto!
HIBANA is a community hosted by Asu Capital Partners*, where we mingle international founders, Japanese founders, and those interested in startups or technologies, to create the “HIBANA” spark from this community.
Kick-off event (2023/10/5)
*Asu Capital Partners（外部リンク） is a venture capital firm with the theme of "Japan to Global" based in Tokyo. We aim to become the capital partners of tomorrow's (明日, Asu) innovators, by providing support to seed stage founders who aim "Day 1 Global" - to branch out their products to the global market from Day 1 of its establishment.