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Support Program for Overseas Startups Expanding into Osaka!

Osaka Springboard

Osaka Springboard is an Osaka / Kansai expansion support program for overseas startups consisting of two main pillars.

The first is to provide individualized support in the form of business consulting and legal advice for startups entering the Osaka and Japanese market.

In addition, each specialist will provide introductions to administrative support in Osaka, and guidance on "startup visa" procedures.

Secondly, we provide opportunities for business matching (individual business meetings) with Japanese companies.

Utilizing the Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH), and its network of startup support organizations, we will match innovative startup products and services with the needs of Japanese companies.

This program will support both market and business development in Osaka, and provide opportunities for collaboration & new business creation with Japanese companies in the Kansai region
(Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe).

OIH arranges one-to-one meetings between overseas startups supported by OIH and Japanese companies, while also connecting them with any aforementioned experts as is necessary.

Additionally, Osaka Springboard provides information on various startup support organizations, events, and programs in the Kansai region.

Please take advantage of our broad network of Osaka / Kansai and international events!

It’s a great business “jumpstart" here in Osaka!

Eligible Participants

・Overseas startup companies
(Must be less than 10 years old, and willing to base their activities in Osaka.)

*Companies that are already operating in Japan are also eligible.

Support Programs

1.Business Matching

・Arranging initial online meetings

2.Individual Support

・Business consulting
・Legal advice
・Introduction of Osaka city’s services
・Introduction of the Startup Visa Process

Program Time Frame

October 21st 2022 – February 28th 2023 
※The application is closed .

If you are eligible and interested in this program please apply from below "Application Form" link.

Experts for individual supports

  • Tadamichi Hirai

    1.Business Consulting & Advice

    Tadamichi Hirai

    He worked as an engineer at a major foreign robot manufacturer, in industrial machinery sales at a domestic trading company, and in sales at a foreign materials manufacturer, where he was responsible for solution sales targeting large and small companies based on manufacturing. Later, he was in charge of planning, designing, and operating open innovation programs at a domestic accelerator.

    Currently, at Global DX, he supports overseas startups entering the Japanese market and is responsible for new business creation, from strategy development to idea conception and validation.

  • Naoki Yokomuro

    2.Legal Advice

    Naoki Yokomuro

    Uruma Law offices Legal Professional Corporation

    Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University, and the Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University. After working at a law firm in Tokyo, he was seconded to LINE Co., Ltd. and was in charge of new business legal affairs. Currently, at Uruma Law offices Legal Professional Corporation, he mainly deals with the collaboration between startups and listed companies and new business legal affairs. The Auditor of Kotaeru Trust Co., Ltd., which handles trust-type stock options (2021 ~ present post).

  • Noma Sogawa

    3.Startup VISA Concierge

    Noma Sogawa

    Osaka Business Development Agency
    Osaka City Startup Visa Application Desk

    After graduating from Hiroshima University in 2004, joined a professional baseball team operating company and engaged in signing a contract with non-Japanese players and in supporting their visas, living in Japan, etc. Have been working in Osaka Business Development Agency since March 2020. In charge of the start-up visa helpdesk as a project of the city of Osaka

  • Pham Trung

    4.Introduction of Osaka city Business Support

    Pham Trung

    Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka)
    Investment Promotion & Overseas Business Planner, Chief

    He is originally from Vietnam and was educated in the USA and Australia. He has a master’s degree in business field and working experience in several manufacturers. As investment promoter, he is in charge of supporting foreign companies to enter Japan/Osaka market. With his international background and profound understanding towards Japan, he will help foreign companies to find out the most effective way to launch business here.

  • Nagisa Matsuba

    5.Introduction of Osaka city Business Support

    Nagisa Matsuba

    Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka)
    Investment Promotion & Overseas Business Planner

    Born in Osaka, she has been involved in promotion to attract companies to Osaka and supporting foreign companies to locate in Osaka since 2017, helping many companies start their businesses in Osaka.

Partners & Events

- Partner Organizations -

Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry 画像

Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka) 画像

Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka)







- Events -

Global Innovation Forum Osaka 画像

Global Innovation Forum Osaka

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Hack Osaka


Osaka Innovation HUB(OIH)

7th Floor, Grand Front Osaka Tower-C,3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0011 Japan


(Monday to Friday,10:00-18:00, *except holidays and New year period)