Nice to meet you! I'm Alexa Huth, writer and editor for Fukuoka Startup City.
If you’re already here, then you probably know a bit about the exciting startup community based in Fukuoka, Japan. This site will give you more insight into creating a startup in Fukuoka as well as helpful advice from founders and mentors who’ve been through the process. You’ll also find information about our great startup events and details about the wonderful city of Fukuoka (I may be biased - but I think it’s pretty amazing here). Take a look around and feel free to email us if you have any questions!
Fukuoka residents know that the city is one of the best kept secrets in Japan. Perfectly located in the center of East Asia, Fukuoka boasts a strong economy and easy access to some of the nation’s top universities and R&D centers.
There are so many reasons this city is an excellent place to start a business that we can’t possibly list them all. We tried to pick our favorites, (trust us – it was hard) so click here to learn why you should found your company in Fukuoka.
Did you know?
96% of Fukuoka’s residents think it’s a pleasant place to live. Business people chose Fukuoka as the most livable city in Japan.
Did you know?
Fukuoka’s average weekday commute time is just over 30minutes.
Did you know?
Cherry blossom season begins early in Kyushu! Since the island is located far south and west, spring starts early and blooms in late March.
“Fukuoka is giving a boost to budding entrepreneurs.”
Meet the founders
The heart of Fukuoka's startup community is our dedicated and passionate founders. These trailblazers have helped refine the to refine the startup process in the city. They work tirelessly to launch their businesses and work together to create a strong startup environment in the city.
You're probably wondering just how they developed their businesses in Japan, and luckily they were kind enough to share some insight. Be sure to thank them for paving the way for startups in Fukuoka next time you see them!
Our city is dedicated to ensuring that startups succeed. A big part of this is giving new businesses all of the tools and resources they need, right from the beginning.
Fukuoka City offers entrepreneurs incredible financial incentives, networking opportunities, staffing assistance, and individualized consulting services. Starting a company in Fukuoka will give you the keys to unlock your company’s full potential.
Fukuoka knows how important it is to experience all that the city has to offer while you establish your business. That’s why it is the first city in Japan to offer the progressive Startup Visa.
A Startup Visa gives foreign entrepreneurs six-months to live and work in Fukuoka before applying for a Business Managers Visa. Click here to learn more about this unique visa!
16 DEC 2017
A report from Global Challenge’s San Francisco tour, including guest speakers from San Francisco.
at FUKUOKA growth next 2-5:50pmView Details
19 DEC 2017
Global Business Lecture 2017
Hosted by Fukuoka Foreign Trade Association. Session 10 in a series on conducting business globally.
at Fukuoka Foreign Trade Association 7pmView Details
20 DEC 2017
Growth Next Camp
A half day startup event. Startup pitches, panel discussions, Guest speakers from Tokyo will be speaking.
at FUKUOKA growth next 1:30-7:30pmView Details
Come say hi!
We love meeting new entrepreneurs! Drop by the Startup Café now and get started making connections and learning the best way to found a business in Fukuoka.
The Startup Café is open every day (unless it’s a holiday) from 10:00‐22:00.
Why wait? Contact the helpful Global Startup Center concierge staff today and begin the process of founding your company in Fukuoka.
Global Startup Center
Fukuoka City has everything you need to establish your startup and begin on to the path to success. One critical piece of this puzzle is our Global Startup Center (GSC), which is staffed by fluent English speakers who are ready to help you in every step of establishing your startup. Read on to learn more about how the GSC can help you with everything from opening a local bank account to getting advice from seasoned startup founders.