Financial Services Technology

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Accelerator Program “FinTech Program: Asia meets Tokyo” Now Accepting Applications

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) formulated the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision with the aim of making Tokyo an unrivalled global financial center, and one of its primary focuses has been nurturing the FinTech industry.

This fiscal year, as part of this initiative, we have launched the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Accelerator Program “FinTech Program: Asia meets Tokyo” for FinTech startups in Asia.

This program is targeted at foreign startup companies (hereinafter “foreign companies”) in the FinTech industry doing business in Asia, providing them with mentoring from leading companies in Japan, as well as business matching with companies in Tokyo.

This program aims to implement the following three initiatives together in a short period of time:

(1)     Accepting applications from companies possessing the latest FinTech technologies and business models to apply. Then, selecting the participants for the program from the applicants.
(2)     Provide an opportunity for selected foreign companies to pitch their business plans to Tokyo-based investors, companies, etc. at an online event (TMG will call separately for investors and audiences to participate in the event).
(3)     Provide support for the creation of business plans through mentoring sessions between selected foreign companies and Tokyo-based mentor companies.

1. Overview for Applicants
Eligible companies:
Foreign companies which have headquarters registered in Asia and possess the latest FinTech technologies and business models, but which have not yet established any business operations in Japan (for details, please see the website below, which includes application requirements)

2. Schedule (Planned・JST)
November 27: Applications open
Early January: Selected participants announced (approx. 5 companies)
January 18, 2:00 pm: Business Plan Pitch Event (open to the public)
  *The business plan will be available for on-demand viewing until January 25, 11:59 pm
  *Registrations to attend the business plan presentations as an audience member are also accepted via the above website, starting from today
Mid-January: Mentoring/business matchings

Shumiya (Mr.)
Special Zone Strategic Projects Promotion Section,
Strategic Projects Division, Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion,
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
TEL: +81-(0)3-5388-2117