Tokyo-headquartererd Fujitsu, one of the world’s leading IT services providers, is looking for targeted startups that are willing to drive business in the Japanese market.
The Japanese multinational information technology equipment and services company is putting out a call-to-action for its ninth Fujitsu Accelerator. But hurry: Applications are open now and the deadline is next Wednesday, Sept. 30.
In addition to wanting to enter the Japanese market, the program is geared toward startups that have an existing product and are early to middle stage.
On its website, Fujitsu says the accelerator’s goal is to “provide new values to the world.” It will do so by combining innovative tech and products with Fujitsu’s own products and solution services—the accelerator’s program office will facilitate a matching process between startups and Fujitsu Group’s business divisions.
Startups can apply in 15 different categories, from finance and retail to 5G and automation. Each Fujitsu business division will submit its specific needs that could potentially be solved in collaborating with startups.
From there, the office recommends potential matches, and if the business division agrees, an online interview session will commence to understand more about the startup and its potential.
Per Fujitsu, the program will allow startups and business divisions teams to plan and execute a proof of concept (PoC) with a Fujitsu customer.
If the PoC proves successful, the joint team will present during the Fujitsu Accelerator’s Season 9 Demo Day taking place next April. (For startups that operate outside of Japan, participation in Demo Day is optional.)
After that, Fujitsu considers which startups it could invest in.
The Fujitsu Accelerator program will be held online this year, so there’s no need to be physically present in Tokyo.
Keith O. Sanders, the assistant director of Business Development at JETRO Houston, encourages startups in North Texas to apply. JETRO is a trade and investment promotion organization funded by the Japanese government.
“The goal of this program is to match foreign startups with Fujitsu’s business units which collectively have one of the largest B2B customer bases in Japan,” he told Dallas Innovates. “For Texas B2B startups, the program is an opportunity to expand their business with the world’s fourth largest IT services provider.”
Startups and established companies that want more information on establishing a presence in Japan can contact JETRO. Sanders also says you can contact him for more information on the accelerator program.
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