Startup Accelerator Program

We help launch the next generation of seed-stage science and technology startups

To support the startup and innovation ecosystem in Okinawa, OIST has launched the Innovation Square Startup Accelerator Program.

Teams accepted to the accelerator program will work with the OIST Technology Development & Innovation Center (TDIC) and its network of mentors based around the world to bring their product to market with funding from the Okinawa Prefectural Government.

As the first startup accelerator program aiming to recruit entrepreneurs from around the world to locate in Okinawa, we believe we can help innovative startups and founders build next generation solutions to meet local and global markets and realize Okinawa’s potential as a regional center for innovation in science and technology.

Innovation Square Startup Accelerator Program Cohort, Shoreditch-son and EF Polymer have successfully launched their company in Okinawa and continue to expand their business globally!

The first Accelerator Program graduate, Shoreditch-son, is providing compact technology solutions for nutrition supplement companies and expanding their business into new areas using their scientific expertise.

The second startup of this program, EF Polymer, is attracting attention from all over the world by proposing innovative and sustainable solutions based on science and technology for agriculture that suffers from drought and soil pollution.

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