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Touring Fukuoka’s Startup Websites

Check out our guide of Fukuoka's startup websites.

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Accessible Care for Elderly Patients

Fukuoka Smart East is building pathways to help our city’s elderly residents access the medical support they need.

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Engineer Friendly Fukuoka

Building a community of global innovators takes thought and dedication. With so many startups choosing to found their companies in Fukuoka, we knew the next step would be to draw top-talent to work in these pioneering businesses. Learn more about how Fukuoka is attracting engineers from around the world to help spark Fukuoka’s age of innovation.

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Catching up with the Global Startup Center

Helping global startups launch in Fukuoka, Japan.

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Calling All Innovators

If you are interested in becoming a part of Japan’s largest smart city, then now’s your chance! Due to the Smart East Proof of Concept (PoC) Program, innovators from around the world are applying to be selected for this distinguished opportunity. The December 2019 deadline for applications is fast approaching, so be sure to send your proposal soon.

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Designing Fukuoka Smart East

Fukuoka Smart East is poised to be the smart city of the future where innovation and comfortable living meet.

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Enhancing Fukuoka Growth Next

Taking Fukuoka’s startup hub to the next level.

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Fukuoka Smart East

Creating the world’s most liveable smart city.

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Nordic Mission 2019

Fukuoka's startups visit Estonia and Russia.

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QueQ Does the Waiting for You

Learn why this startup has decided to create a Fukuoka branch and when you can expect the QueQ app to hit the virtual stores.

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Fukuoka city Startups Prepare for Russia & Estonia

In March, multiple startups vied for the chance to participate in the upcoming trip to Russia and Estonia.

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Unveiling the New Startup Visa

In a huge vote of confidence for Japan's startup movement, the Startup Visa program in Fukuoka will not only continue – it's getting even better.

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Turning Reclaimed Wood into Works of Art

Junnö Designs was founded in 2017 by Anton Nöffke of South Africa and Junn Chee of Malaysia. After receiving Fukuoka’s Startup Visa, the founders began to build their company with the help of Fukuoka’s startup resources. With assistance from the Global Startup Center, the team was able to obtain financing from banks to grow their business. 

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Oxford Researcher Studies Fukuoka’s Startup Ecosystem

Being included in academic research is a profound sign that the startups and surrounding ecosystem within Fukuoka have hit upon something significant. I interviewed Oxford researcher, Agata Kapturkiewicz, while she was in town collecting data to get her thoughts on Fukuoka's startup ecosystem.

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Global Innovators Meet in Fukuoka

This month, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) held their annual innovation conference in Fukuoka. The event was attended by innovators from around the globe who met to discuss issues impacting both business and life in our rapidly advancing society.

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Transform Your Commute with Stigo Bikes

I’m excited to introduce a new startup that’s making a splash in Fukuoka - Stigo bikes. These electric bikes fold up in mere seconds and are extremely portable making them ideal for commuters.

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New Connections with Barcelona and Taiwan

Fukuoka’s global startup community keeps growing!

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Our MoU with Thailand and the Upcoming WARAKU SUMMIT for Startups

Fukuoka city and the Thai National Innovation Agency signed an MoU to support startups this past June. We are also looking forward to the WARAKU SUMMIT on September 15th and 16th. Read this article to find out more about the MoU and the upcoming startup summit.

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WARAKU SUMMIT Recap

An opportunity to showcase global startup concepts in Fukuoka.

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Startup Team Fukuoka's Global Connections Grow

It’s always great to see startups from different communities visiting Fukuoka and sharing their experiences with our teams. I’m excited to share that we’ve recently gained even more global ties.

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How Coffee Pixels is Breaking into Japan’s Coffee Scene

How did a Latvian Startup team up with a local Fukuoka coffee shop to bring edible coffee bars to the Japanese market? Find out now!

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Fukuoka and Estonia – Partners in Innovation

If you’re interested in startups, then you have probably heard that Estonia’s popular startup conference, Latitude59, is this month. The event will be held on May 24th & 25th and several of Fukuoka’s startups will be attending.

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growth next's first anniversary

The forces behind growth next have created an inspirational space where innovators, entrepreneurs, and the community can mingle and learn from each other. Since its inception, Fukuoka's startup community has grown stronger but more than that, the Fukuoka community as a whole has begun to get involved.

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Startup Team Fukuoka @ Slush

Missed out on Slush 2017? Here’s what happened!

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Road to Slush Helsinki 2017

Which Fukuoka-based startups will be attending this year's event?

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Startup City and ACE Singapore

Startup City Fukuoka Forms Another Exciting MoU with ACE Singapore.

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Deciding to Call Fukuoka Home

Considering launching your startup in Fukuoka? The city's appeal goes well beyond our incredible startup community. Alexa Huth, American expat and Head of Content for local startup Qurate, explains why she recently chose to return to Fukuoka. Keep an eye out for future articles written by Alexa as she gives you her perspective on what makes Fukuoka and its startup scene so unique.

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Fukuoka Award Granted at Latitude59

Fukuoka City granted its Startup Award at this year's Latitude59 and joined over 270 companies at this year’s InnoVEX, with about a thousand attendees visiting the city’s booth. Learn about these events and why local startups are so enthusiastic to participate.

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A Space For Innovation

Fukuoka is taking its startup scene to the next level by unveiling a new startup hub in a converted former elementary school. It’ll change the way you look at founding a business in Japan.

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Global Startup Center

Are you an entrepreneur who wants to found their company in Fukuoka? First of all, may we say you’ve made a great choice! 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.

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Fukuoka and Bordeaux: An Exciting Partnership

2017 has been a memorable year for these sister cities, who have held the designation for the past 35 years. In order to strongly promote the unwavering support for startups that both Fukuoka city and Bordeaux city provide, they developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for startups this past May. The MoU was signed by four organizations including Fukuoka city, Bordeaux Metropole, Fukuoka Directive Council and Techno West.

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The New Fukuoka City and Auckland Council MoU

On July 17th, Fukuoka and the Auckland Council reaffirmed their commitments to an MoU that allows them to work together and increase support for their already thriving startup communities. This latest agreement comes after decades of support, sports, and a special connection between the two cities.

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Alexa Huth

Writer/Editor for Fukuoka City

Alexa is a communications specialist currently living and working in Fukuoka, Japan.

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