Plug and Play is a global VC / accelerator headquartered in Sillicon Valley. We have 33 locations worldwide with 2 locations (Tokyo and Kyoto) in Japan.
Plug and Play Ventures, the Venture Capital arm of Plug and Play, is recognized as one of the most active investors worldwide. We have a solid track record of making investments in multiple unicorns and co-investing with top-tier VCs around the world. We invested in total of 222 startups worldwide in2018 and we annnounced our first investment in Japan in 2019. In Japan, startups do not need to be selected into our Accelerator Program to be considered for investments.
We run our Accelerator Programs in 30 locations and select over 1,000 startups worldwide.
Industry-specific Acceleration Program
Twice a year per vertical (industry-specific accelerator), selected startups to participate in our 12-week Program. Each program is called a Batch. In Japan, we have 6 verticals: 5 verticals in Tokyo and 1 vertical in Kyoto. The chart below depicts each vertical, and diverse group of startups are selected for each program.
You can find the full list of our startups here.
We partner with over 400 companies worldwide and support their innovation initiatives by bringing together startups, investors, and blue-chip corporations. As of December 2019, we have 36 official corporate partners (Please refer to above).
During the program, we accelerate the growth of the startups businesses through collaboration with our corporate partners.
Corporate partners for each of the verticals are shown below. However, selected startups will have the opportunity to collaborate with any of the corporate partners within different verticals.
Plug and Play Japan's Corporate Partners
We leverage our network of 33 international offices to support global expansion of our startups through introduction to programs in various locations, Corporate Partners/VCs, etc.
Mentors from VCs and consulting firms work together with us to support startups with various financial and strategic needs.
Selected startups in Tokyo will be able to use Plug and Play Shibuya open space free of charge from during the program with the cooperation of Tokyu Land Corporation (up to 2 people from each company). Selected startups in Kyoto will be able to use engawa Kyoto open space free of charge from during the program with the cooperation of Dentsu (up to 2 people from each company).
After application form is submitted, preliminary screening will be conducted by Plug and Play and our Corporate Partners. If you pass the screening process, you will be invited to our final screening process to pitch directly to our Corporate Partners.
Plug and Play program is stage-agnostic. We provide contents that fits the needs of individual stages.
*We do not ask our startups for fee or equity to participate in our program
*Startups that has participated in our program in the past can re-apply, as long as the application is not for the same geography AND vertical.
Playbook is Plug and Play's database that connects startups to global blue chip corporations / VCs. Once registered in Playbook, startups will have the opportunity to be invited to individual meetings with Corporate Partners / VCs, when there is a match in needs.