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FAQ

Terminology

What is a Project?

OIH defines a Project as any endeavor at a stage where entrepreneurs can disclose prototypes, conclude confidentiality agreements or contracts regarding joint research with others, and carry out fundraising activities.

What is Mentoring?

With Mentoring, entrepreneurs can consult regarding business problems with senior entrepreneurs who have experience with IPOs, or experts who have special skills, so as to remove bottlenecks and accelerate their businesses. They can improve motivation by consulting with people who experience the same problems.

What is Accele?

It stands for Acceleration Program. This program is for entrepreneurs to grow into leading companies by receiving intensive support for a short period from accelerators, senior entrepreneurs, and mentors.

What is Networking?

It involves opportunities not only to exchange business cards, but also to find partners by talking about your areas of expertise, plans, and problems you presently face.

What is Innovation Exchange?

Large companies present their seeds, while venture companies and SMEs suggest their ideas and technologies, in order to generate new products or services. OIH holds these events four times a year.

What is a Hackathon?

It is a portmanteau word, coined from Hack and Marathon. This is a kind of development contest where participants place their development of services, systems, or applications in competition for a short period (from about a day to a week) while teaming up with engineers, designers, planners and marketers, bringing together their respective technologies and ideas under a given theme.

  

To use OIH

How much will it cost to hold an event?

It is free to use OIH, as it is not a rental facility. However, we screen users’ events to determine whether they aim to create projects. OIH staff members are involved in project planning together.

When is OIH open?

In principle, it is open from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. It is also open on Saturdays and Sundays when events are held.

Why is it free?

It is free because OIH is operated by Osaka City, which aims to create innovation communities. However, some minimal fees are charged for some programs.

  

About OIH membership

What are the advantages of OIH membership?

We offer the Innovation Base, a co-working space, for members to use, and provide advance information about pitch events. In addition, we offer various information and networks at OIH to strategically help members’ projects accelerate.

What sort of screening for admission takes place?

We interview applicants about their passion to create projects and the basis of their technologies.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit.