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500 Startups Kobe Accelerator
for COVID-19 Emerging Technology

@Online From September 7 to October 30, 2020
* Application is now closed. Thank you for your application.

Why COVID-19
Emerging Technology?

The spread of COVID-19 has not only taken a toll on human health, but has also wreaked havoc on economies and disrupted social life. This raises the need to develop solutions to mitigate the widespread consequences of the pandemic, including preventive health tools, accurate tracking of infections, remote medical care, remote work and study, and efficient food distribution, among others.

The fifth 500 KOBE accelerator program will focus on supporting startups in their quest to solve these pressing issues.

We believe that the technology that comes out of this program will set a new standard as we prepare for the post-pandemic world.

Startups

Pandemic Solutions

  • Telemedicine Support
  • Disease testing solutions
  • Emergency information transmission and false information detection
  • Solutions for personal hygiene, disinfection and public safety
  • Geo-tracking during a disaster
  • Safe food supply and delivery technology etc.

Post-Pandemic Solutions

  • Remote Work and e-Learning Support
  • Online event management and operations
  • Medical data sharing and privacy protection solution
  • Health Management Support
  • Automation and sensor technology etc.

ABOUT
THE PROGRAM

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500 Startups

Kobe City has been partnering with San Francisco-based venture capital firm 500 Startups since 2016. It has supported 71 startups in total, providing mentorship and funding in excess of ¥10 billion. In light of COVID-19, the accelerator will host its fifth program virtually.

Our first, second and third programs have focused broadly on technology, and healthtech was the theme of our fourth program. This year the focus will be on startups and technologies that are tackling the many challenges that have become apparent in the disruption caused by COVID-19.

500 Startups is one of the world’s most active early-stage investment firms. Since its inception in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,400 companies across more than 75 countries. Through a eight-week practical program that includes one-on-one coaching from a global team of experts, we aim to build a thriving Japanese startup ecosystem in Kobe. This program welcomes startups from all over the world.

Online Program

Online Program

Though participants were needed to stay in Kobe in the previous batches, all programs will be conducted online this year! You can participate from anywhere in the world.

We are creating our own program taking advantage of nature of the virtual program.

  • Lecture videos created by 500 Startups for this program
  • 1-on-1 online mentoring sessions considering a time difference
  • Community building through video conference

OUR IMPACTS

Total Applicants
833
Total Participants
71
Total Fundraising
$110Million+

WHAT DO
STARTUPS GET

Knowledge

You'll get access to mentors from the 500 Startups global team and partners. Mentors will be available for 1:1 meetings and can share wisdom from the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial experience.

Lectures

Lectures from members of the 500 team and notable guests on marketing, monetization, product design and more.

Community

Work with your team as part of a carefully selected community of awesome startups!

500 KOBE 2020 STARTUPS

AESOP Technology

AESOP Technology

Country
Taiwan
Business model
B2B
  • HealthTech

AESOP Technology focusing on using innovative approach to reduce medication error and save unnecessary cost for healthcare provider/payors. Our first product, Medguard, which is a machine learning based prescription error prevention system based on 1.3 billion prectiptions, has 10X the accuracy of traditional rule-based AI for identifying medication errors. Medguard is currently been used in five teaching hospitals, and we just completed a validation research with one of the Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, which showed positive result. AESOP Technology is also a selected team at Harvard Innovation Labs and venture-backed by UC Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we observed an increading number of medication errors in the hospitals, which might be due to the increase workload and stress on the physician side. We believe our technology is valuable to the patient and physician alike, especially during this pandemic.

Brain Navi Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Brain Navi Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Country
Taiwan
Business model
Both
  • HealthTech
  • High Tech Medical Device

Brain Navi Biotechnology is a startup high tech medical device company from Taiwan. We have just finished the Beta stage last June. Brain Navi Biotechnology is mainly focusing on developing and researching innovative neurosurgical navigation system. With the outstanding doctors, researchers and developers in Taiwan to combine technical and clinical application experience, developing products driven by demand. By using NaoTrac, doctors can discuss the possible pros and cons to patient with AI, identify the position and anatomy with computer vision and the deliver the procedures delicately with robotic arms. Now, Brain Navi developed Nasal Swab Robot (NSR) to fight the COVID-19 with the world.

Chezuba

Chezuba

Country
India
Business model
Both
  • Impact Tech

Chezuba is a global impact platform facilitating skilled professionals from 100+ countries to assist NGOs in 60+ countries through skill-based online volunteering

Dream Drive K.K.

Dream Drive K.K.

Country
Japan
Business model
B2C
  • Tourismtech

Dream Drive is building a hotel on wheels by converting vans unit driveable hotel rooms and building an ecosystem of places to explore and park in nature.

Health Sensei

Health Sensei

Country
India
Business model
B2B
  • Impact Tech

Health Sensei is a single platform for doctors to remotely monitor patients in hospital ICUs, isolation wards and quarantined homes

Humaxa

Humaxa

Country
United States
Business model
B2B
  • Future of Work

Humaxa's AI Assistant for the remote workforce chats with employees, predicts which actions will help them perform their best, and offers to initiate those actions.

Kalkul

Kalkul

Country
Japan
Business model
Both
  • Audio Augmented Reality

Kalkul is an augmented audio company. We are enabling a new presence by blending your digital and physical world through spatial sound.

Langualess Inc.

Langualess Inc.

Country
Japan
Business model
B2B
  • PetTech

When you were little, did you ever think, "If only I could talk to my pet"? We are creating products that make such dreams come true. We have developed the world's first sensor that can easily capture the heartbeat of an animal even through its fur. We have developed an algorithm that analyzes their condition in real time, making the creatures happy and SOS. We have successfully delivered it to pet owners

LearningPal Inc.

LearningPal Inc.

Country
United States
Business model
B2B
  • Enterprise Tech

LearningPal helps enterprises to reduce 80% of manual document processing with AI.

Meracle Pte Ltd

Meracle Pte Ltd

Country
Singapore
Business model
Both
  • HealthTech

Meracle is a Medtech startup that seeks to improve the management of chronic respiratory conditions by increasing the efficiency of medication delivered into the lungs while tracking intake data to augment the assessment of treatment outcomes.

Osana Salud

Osana Salud

Country
Argentina
Business model
B2C
  • HealthTech

Osana provides affordable subscription based primary care (in-presence and virtual) in LATAM.

Pocket Passport, LLC

Pocket Passport, LLC

Country
Japan
Business model
Both
  • EdTech

Pocket Passport: The teacher tool that inspires lifelong learning by making ordinary English lessons extraordinary. Effortlessly create lessons with drag-n-drop resources and help your students achieve English fluency with fast, fun learning experiences.

SenzeHub

SenzeHub

Country
Singapore
Business model
Both
  • HealthTech

SenzeHub vital signs solution is already deployed and monitors the well-being of multi-users on a large scale for early alerts

Sportip,Inc

Sportip,Inc

Country
Japan
Business model
Both
  • HealthTech

Sportipは動作解析AIを提供する筑波大学発ベンチャーです。Sportip Proは、フィットネスクラブ・整体向けに指導の効率化を図るサービスです。またコロナの状況を受け、オンラインで個人が適切な指導をAIとトレーナーから受けられるSportip Meetの提供も予定しています。幅広いトレーニングと有名なトレーナーから低価格で指導を受けられ、AIによるフォームサポートやランキングなどのコミュニティ機能も備えています。

Telemedizip

Telemedizip

Country
Philippines
Business model
Both
  • HealthTech

We are a telemedicine platform for healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and local government health centers. We are unique because we centralize and share medical records within entire facilities, as well as manage appointments for fleets of doctors and departments.

Yondo

Yondo

Country
Australia
Business model
B2B
  • Video Ecommerce
  • Ed Tech

Yondo is an All-In-One Video Ecommerce Solution for Offering Live Online 1-to-1 and Group Video Sessions and Video On Demand and Online Video Courses

Zenu, Inc.

Zenu, Inc.

Country
Japan
Business model
B2B
  • RestaurantTech

Zenu is a lightweight digital menu platform for F&B shops to utilize digital orders, payments and data analysis. Customers use their own phones to order take-out/ dine-in providing a contact-less and safer environment

MEET THE MENTORS

Ajay Chainaniy

Ajay Chainani

Resident mentors

Ajay is a software engineer with years of experience helping to build and advise startups in the United States and Japan. He specializes in iOS development and has helped build multiple award winning mobile applications, including Spring, which was recognized by Apple as one of the “Best Apps of 2014” and Sonar, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2011 and won second place in the Startup Battlefield Competition.

Marcus Sandberg

Marcus Sandberg

Resident mentors

Marcus has been involved in several 500 Startups programs around the world: Entrepreneur in Residence in Riyadh, Mentor in Mexico City, Industry Expert & Bootcamp Manager in Miami, and Accelerator Manager in Kobe last year. Prior to 500, Marcus founded Hexa/Proleads, a sales development platform for modern B2B sales teams. He went through 500 Startups in 2015 and the Alchemist Accelerator in 2016 in San Francisco. His startup was acquired in 2018.

Charu Sharma

Charu Sharma

Resident mentors

Charu Sharma is a Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur, startup investor and board member. In 2019, Charu was named the AI entrepreneur of the year by VentureBeat and a Top 10 Woman in Cloud by Sheryl Sandberg and Cloud-now. Charu has mentored 100+ startups worldwide on fundraising, product and growth, and runs an angel syndicate where she co-invests in startups with other LinkedIn/Microsoft alums and executives. Outside of tech, Charu enjoys writing and traveling.

An excellent team of 500 Startups will be also on hand! Details will be announced soon!

Special Mentor

Masayo Takahashi
Masayo Takahashi M.D., Ph.D.
President, Vision Care Inc.

The city of Kobe loves state-of-the-art initiatives, and no matter how outlandish I say something, they always work hard to find a way to make it come true. My dreams of the world's first regenerative medicine and the unique eye care multi-functional facility "Eye Center" have come true in Kobe.
Kobe City seems to be planning to expand globally and try to do newer initiatives through 500KOBE.
I believe that such challenges should encourage the creation of new businesses. I'm excited and looking forward to seeing what kind of attractive startups will be born.

  1. 2019- Present President, Vision Care Inc.
  2. 2018- 2019 Project leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan
  3. 2012-2018 Project Leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
  4. 2006-2012 Team Leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
  5. 2001-2006 Associate professor, Team Leader of retinal regeneration project, Translational Research Center, Kyoto University Hospital
  6. 1995-1996 Post-doc in Laboratory of Genetics, the Salk Institute, (Prof. Gage)
  7. 1992-2001 Assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Kyoto University Hospital
  8. 1992 Obtained Ph.D., Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan
  9. 1986-1987 Ophthalmology, Kyoto University Hospital
  10. 1986 Obtained M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

OUTLINE

Program
All programs will be conducted online.
Team
About 20 teams

SCHEDULE

Application period
  • Due to popular demand, Deadline Extended!
1st half of program
Guided Coaching Period
  • We are planning to hold “KOBE Week” in this period
2nd half of program
Online Demoday
  • Schedule will be finalized to best meet the needs of the participants and is subject to change.

PR Partner

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