Startup Ecosystem

05. Osaka Start-Easy Guide

You may know Osaka for its famous castle, cheap but delicious food such as Takoyaki, or tourist landmarks including Dotonbori or Universal Studios Japan. Less well known, however, is that in recent years startup growth in what was historically a business-oriented city has rocketed at incredible speed.

This guide summarizes the startup communities and support programs backed by Osaka Prefecture and/or City. Startups that are considering expanding into Osaka or those future entrepreneurs who are thinking of founding their company here will benefit from this basic but invaluable info package.

So – let’s delve in and explore the Osaka startup ecosystem!

5 Facts that
You Should Know about
Osaka as Startup City

    Fact #1
  • The OIH Seed Acceleration Program alone has raised over $42 million (4.8 billion yen)in total, in three and a half years.
  • Fact #2
  • Large-scale global startup events such as Hack Osaka and GET IN THE RING are held annually
  • Fact #3
  • Startup Visas are available in Osaka City for international startup founders for up to one year
  • Fact #4
  • Osaka is Asia’s most livable city and ranked 4th globally according to The Economist
  • Fact #5
  • Expo 2025 spearheads Osaka’s efforts to become a Smart City; focused on mobility and digital government


Business Support

Co-Working Spaces

Support for Startups
(provided by member organizations of Osaka Startup Ecosystem Consortium)


Startup Ecosystem, International Division, Osaka Business Development Agency

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