Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH) is the Osaka City government-backed startup community. We serve as your business concierge and gateway to Osaka’s innovation ecosystem.
Our focus on international startups, media, investors and incubation/acceleration programs which want to venture into this vibrant city of entrepreneurship. Engaging with OIH will help you gain local trust and expand your network in and around Osaka, Japan.
10 Facts about OIH & Osaka
150+OIH organizes 150+ events, including 50+ pitch events per year.
900+OIH's network includes 200+ businesses and 700+ individuals.
Silicon ValleyOIH has a satellite office in Silicon Valley.
Mega eventsOsaka hosts international startup events like Hack Osaka and Get In The Ring.
Expo 2025Expo 2025 in Osaka under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.
Nation's KitchenOsaka is famously called: “City of Merchants” “Nation’s Kitchen” “Comedy Mecca”
Most livable cityOsaka is the third most livable city in the world after Vienna and Melbourne. (The Economist: Global Liveability Index 2018).
Fastest-growingOsaka has been the world’s fastest-growing visitor destination since 2009 (Mastercard: Destination Cities Index 2017).
$50million$ 50 million raised through Osaka Seed Accelerator Program.
Startup VisaStartup Founder Visa is now available in Osaka.
What OIH Offers
One-stop Information Concierge
Whether you want to pitch at our events, write about Osaka’s startup scene, invest in innovative companies or start your business here, OIH can provide the necessary information and connect you with the right people and organizations.
For the latest news and media history, visit Press page.
Curious about our pitch events?
Watch this video to get a feel: Get In The Ring - Highlight
Collaboration with Partners
With our perfect location and established network, OIH collaborates with partners from around the world to help them spread their message through events and meetups as well as exchanging up-to-date information.
If you think we can be mutually beneficial, bringing synergy to both of our communities and networks, we would love to hear from you.
Find out more about why and how to partner with OIH.
Let us answer your questions
Who runs Osaka Innovation Hub?
OIH is a public project funded by Osaka City and operated by Osaka Business Development Agency. Meet our people here.
Are there any cool startups in Osaka?
Oh, boy! You’ve gotta find out about these companies NOW. There are great startups in and around Osaka and the list keeps growing rapidly.
Why is Osaka becoming a startup hotspot?
For so many reasons! A historically entrepreneurial culture, great universities and prominent companies as talent pools, technical excellence in various industries such as manufacturing and pharma, rapidly increasing attention from investors, etc. Find out more in Why Osaka.
Does OIH partner with overseas organizations?
YES, absolutely. Why & How to Partner with OIH walks you through the topic. Kansai (West Japan) Innovation List will also be helpful for you to find a perfect partnership in the region.
Does OIH offer any support for startups and entrepreneurs?
Yes, we do. Services for Entrepreneurs tells you exactly what we offer for startups and future founders. Also, Kansai (West Japan) Innovation List will give you the whole picture of Osaka’s innovation ecosystem.
For inquiries, please contact us here. We’ll do our best to help you out.