Startup Factory Kansai

JOHNAN Corporation

Area of support

  • Electronic devices
  • Robot automation, intelligent devices
  • Medical devices

Area of specialty

  • Support technology

    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Software
    • Others
  • Support Stage

    • Business Design
    • Specifications examination
      (requirement analysis)
    • Prototype design/
    • Design for mass production
    • Mass production manufacture/
      (small lots okay)
    • Product testing
  • Products assisted

    • IoT/
      Information technology
    • Robots/
      industrial machinery
    • Medical and welfare
    • Aerospace
    • Others

Display example

  • Has track record
  • Able to assist
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  • Company profile
    Under our brand vision, “To accelerate Your Business”, we have established the framework for the manufacture of development prototypes, prototypes for mass production and mass production manufacturing in a variety of fields, including electronic components and equipment, film processing, automation and energy-saving equipment, healthcare equipment, environmental safety and life support services. With eight bases in Japan and three overseas we have developed a support network to make us the best choice among customers both in Japan and overseas and customers looking to enter the global market. More recently, we are also working in the field of robot automation and intelligent devices.
  • Overview of support
    JOHNAN provides the workshops and machining equipment, electric/electronic equipment, product performance testing robots and other testing equipment required by startups to create prototypes and shared booths that form business bases. We also hold meet-up events attended by local government venture support divisions, funds, prototype networking companies and mass production EMS companies and fund procurement pitch contests. JOHNAN also works with leading AI venture firms in the US, assembling in Kyoto AI personnel in the top of their fields around the world from Silicon Valley to create models by introducing AI image detection technologies into the quality inspection process for mass-produced products to provide a range of contents in relation to product design for the mass production of AI related products.



English Support Level
Telephone/Mail support
Sales / Concept meeting
Technical meeting

Takashi Kobayashi

Professional background/Areas of support, etc.

  • From 2017 served as manager of the corporate planning office and headquarters
  • From 2016 served as director and general manager of JOHNAN Environmental Protection Technology (Dalian) Co., Ltd.
  • From 2015 served as company director of MRO products company

Message to startups

JOHNAN has 50 years experience contracting mass production projects from leading manufacturers that compete on the global stage. Over this time, we have accumulated extensive know-how in the area of product planning and development to mass production, enabling us to provide appropriate advice for low-cost mass production to startups, etc. to assist them to quickly become cost competitive. We also fund a program at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, “Kyoto Monozukuri Valley”, enabling us to offer support in a variety of areas, including investing in medical equipment venture funds, providing management advice and fund procurement etc. We have extensive experience providing support to startup firms, including firms from the US, so please feel free to contact us.