Startup Factory Kansai

Darma Tech Labs Inc.

Area of support

  • Startups that need hardware and business support including IoT (IoT, robotics, AI, computer vision, healthcare, medical devices, nursing, lifestyle, agriculture, environment/energy, etc.)

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
    We work with small to medium-size enterprises to provide support to startups in the area of prototype development and investment, and also operate Kyoto Makers Garage, a manufacturing space.
  • Overview of support
    We have established the framework to make the road to prototyping for mass production easier through the whole manufacturing process, from planning to development right through to the mass production phase.



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

Makino Narimasa

Professional background/Areas of support, etc.

  • Joined Future Venture Capital in 2005.
  • From 2009 provided support to startups while serving as incubation manager of the Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto.
  • In 2011, he launched “GVH Osaka” an incubation facility of SunBridge Global Ventures Inc. and provided investment for seed-stage startups in the IT field.
  • In August 2015, he launched Darma Tech Labs Inc., an organization that runs Makers Boot Camp, a support program to help hardware startups develop prototypes and make it to the stage of mass production.

Message to startups

I started Makers Boot Camp in Kyoto in 2015 in order to establish Japan as a hub for manufacturing and IoT startups from all over the world. In the time following, we established the MBC prototype fund to provide support to startups both in Japan and overseas to develop their prototypes, provide the necessary funding and help them make it to the stage of mass production. The aim of our participation in the Startup Factory is to provide support to develop the framework for multi-product low-volume production that can make the transition from the idea phase to prototyping and ultimately mass production. It is our ultimate aim to be able to offer the best possible solutions together with our partners in the Kyoto, Hamamatsu and Morioka regions. I look forward to talking with you.

Connor Kirk

Professional background/Areas of support, etc.

  • Conner is a designer and artist from Atlanta. He moved to Kyoto in 2012 after studying etching technologies, such as copperplate etching and lithography.
  • There, he turned his hand to digital tools, including 2D and 3D design software, 3D printers and laser cutters, etc.
  • In 2016, Conner put on a solo exhibition, “Survival Blanket” a collection of paper houses, planes and cars designed in illustrator and cut out with a laser.