Speaker at Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global Demo Day

On September 29, 2022, Director Ikeda participated in a startup pitch at the Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global “Seed Program” Demo Day. https://www.pref.aichi.jp/press-release/500seed-damoday2022.html

◯About Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global

 The following three programs will be implemented for the purpose of “creating successful role models for startups in Aichi Prefecture” and “attracting excellent overseas startups to Aichi Prefecture and promoting open innovation among business companies in the prefecture”.

(1)Seed Program

Accelerator program for seed and early-stage startups in Japan, with a focus on our prefecture

(2)Landing Pad

Program to support startups, mainly overseas growths, who are looking to expand into the Japanese market, through open innovation with companies in the prefecture.

(3)Corporate Innovation Program

A program for business companies to learn about open innovation with a view to getting involved in the Seed Program and Landing Pad, with the first session held on Thursday, August 25, 2022, and scheduled to be held once a month until March 2023.

○About 500 Global

One of the world’s most active venture capital firms supporting early stage companies. In addition, they are active in startup acceleration.

・Established 2010

・ Location San Francisco, U.S.A.

・ Startup Support


 Invested in more than 2,500 companies in 77 countries since inception

【Accelerator Program】

More than 60 growth and accelerator programs for over 1,500 startups worldwide in partnership with governments, foundations and corporations


More than 300 mentors on staff

【Support Achievements】

Developed more than 20 unicorn companies from startups we have supported in the past

(Major Unicorn Companies)

 Grab、Credit、 Karma、Canva、Talkdesk、Intercom、GitLab、Bukalapak、SmartHR、Paidy