Week 1: Sales

  • B2B and B2C sales sessions.
  • Shortening their sales cycle.
  • Scaling techniques.
  • Fine tuning revenue goals.

Week 2: Growth Marketing

  • 500 is excited to bring in some of its world-class experts in startup growth and distribution for a week focused on growth hacking.
  • Sessions will focus on introduction to marketing techniques used by the 500 distribution team. Email and digital marketing will be discussed in-depth by mentors, as well as sales and scaling, pricing and market positioning, and retargeting/remarketing.
  • Office hours will be held for the startups to discuss and work with the mentors.
  • Fireside chats and lunch talks with the mentors will be open to the public and happen throughout the week.


  • These weeks will give the startups in the Kobe Accelerator a chance to revisit their goals and incorporate what they have learned from the mentors, talks, and their fellow startups and into their companies.
  • Each startup will have experiments to implement from the Growth & Distribution sessions and this recess will provide a good opportunity to schedule a variety of tests and their effect on their target market.
  • This is also a great time to schedule meetings that may require travel, and the co-working space will remain open for the duration of these two weeks.

Week 5: Fundraising

  • Capital raising.
  • Discuss best practices, tactics, and strategies for fundraising in Japan and worldwide.
  • Mock investor interviews.

Week 6: Pitch Prep

  • Preparation sessions for Demo Day.
  • Creating a compelling pitch.
  • Learning how to reiterate why your company is a great investment.

Week 7: Demo Day

  • On December 10 the startups will have a chance to present their companies to investors and guests from 500's network at the Demo Day!

* Schedule will be finalized to best meet the needs of the participants and is subject to change.