Startup Factory Kansai

Uryuyama Academic Foundation, Kyoto University of Art and Design /
X-tech Management, Ltd.

Area of support

  • Support for production processes using Fab Labs (IoT/IoE products, web services and other industries including traditional crafts)
  • Assembling and putting to effective use the knowledge held by large companies and research institutions and matching with investors

Area of specialty

  • Support technology

    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Software
    • OthersTraditional craft products
  • Support Stage

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

    • IoT/
      Information technology
    • Robots/
      industrial machinery
    • Medical and welfare
    • Aerospace
    • OthersTraditional craft products

Display example

  • Has track record
  • Able to assist
  • Unable to assist
English Support Level
Telephone/Mail support
Conversational(Prefers to be contacted by email)
Sales / Concept meeting
with an Interpreter
Technical meeting
with an Interpreter

About

Profile

  • Company profile
    The Kyoto University of Art and Design has continued to evolve over the years, founding the College of Arts in 1977, building on this to establish a four-year educational system under the Kyoto University of Art and Design in 1991, establishing an online education program in 1998 and establishing the Gaien Campus in 2010 and is currently the largest university dedicated to the arts in Japan, enrolling 10,663 students (current as of May 2017). As an educational institution, we are proactively working toward education to foster human qualities with the aim of “societal implementation of arts education” under the spirit of creating an “artistic nation”.
  • Overview of support
    We promote open innovation (research→prototype→testing→unveiling) between corporations and research institutions by providing support for production processes using Fab Labs. We give design value to the technology and sensing data held by corporations to develop models for new creative industries. Through the Startup Factory project, our aim is to provide both support and funding for startups and to serve as a platform for new creative industries.

Contact

Contact/Representative

Daisaku Yoshida

Professional background/Areas of support, etc.

  • April 2004: Joined Uryuyama Academic Foundation
  • April 2015: University Secretariat Director General, Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • To present

Message to startups

The identification of issues and proposing multi-faceted solutions, the creation of projects and presentations to generate empathy and the visualization of processes and appeal is one area that the field of art and design excels in. Universities also serve as a hub for people to come together that transcends the boundaries of government, industry and academia. Through the Startup Factory project it is my hope that we can see the birth of new startups in Japan, now and into the future to drive innovation.

Hajime Sota

Professional background/Areas of support, etc.

  • January 2011: Joined Uryuyama Academic Foundation
  • Uryuyama Academic Foundation, Planning & Public Relations Office Manager, IR Office Manager
  • To present

About

Profile

  • Company profile
    X-tech Management brings together top creators, business development professionals, communication creators and evangelists in the field of IoT to provide support for product development with the aim of creating new products, technologies, services and IP, etc, and corporate matching. Further, once a new product is released, we provide support for a comprehensive range of marketing activities to ensure your products and services grow into ones that gain “empathy” in society.
  • Overview of support
    The workshop at the Kyoto University of Art and Design equipped with machining equipment for the development of IoT products, etc. allows us to provide support for the development of new technologies and services and release new products through matching activities with corporations looking to develop new business areas. Further, bringing together and using the knowledge held by large corporations and research institutions and matching them with the right investors, is also important in order to offer support to startups and we play a coordinating role in this area as well.

Contact

Contact/Representative

Makoto Kitamura

Professional background/Areas of support, etc.

  • X-tech Management, Ltd., Representative Director
  • To present

Message to startups

One characteristic of X-tech Management is that we possess an extensive network of advanced technical expertise. We have incorporated the perception of “empathy” demanded by consumers today into the manufacturing of IoT devices, etc. that was often a “just make it and be done with it” process to focus on true innovation through technology combined with design coupled with consumer empathy. We provide matching to support up and coming startups, helping them to bring their ideas to fruition and solve problems.