English Circle Company Interview vol.1Plug&Play Japan

Focus on: Plug&Play Japan


Ayumi O. (iU student)


Plug&Play Japan

Ms. Haruka Takamori, Venture Capitalist

About Plug&Play Japan

This company is an accelerator and VC from Silicon Valley. It was founded at about the same time as the establishment of Y Combinator in the 2000s. Plug&Play Japan is one of the oldest accelerators and VCs in Silicon Valley. It now has more than 40 offices around the world, and established Plug&Play Japan Tokyo in 2017. The following year, the Kyoto office was established, followed by the Osaka office in 2008, bringing the total number of locations in Japan to three.

Three Business Domains

  1. Acceleration Program
    Bringing startups into the program for a certain period of time and connecting them to major companies. Provide support so that collaborations can be created between major companies and startups
  1. Corporate Innovation
    A business domain that connects startups individually to the special needs of major companies.
  1. Venture Capital
    Investment team that invests in startups in Japan. An acceleration Program, Corporate Innovation, and Venture Capital as well.