500 Global Landing Pad Program Open Call - International Growth Stage Startups

500 Global Landing Pad Program Open Call - International Growth Stage Startups

Here's What You Can Expect

The Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global Landing Pad program is designed to help international startups develop a customised Japan-focused go-to-market business plan and growth strategy.

We’re Looking For Startups That Meet The Following Criteria:

  • Growth-stage global startups ready for market expansion

  • Committed to exploring expansion into Japan through the Aichi Prefecture

  • Able to commit at least one (1) key team member for the duration of the program who will be focused on expansion plans

  • Providing tech-enabled solutions from the sectors listed below

  • Willing to be physically present in Nagoya, Aichi for Phase 2 of the program (at least 4 weeks)

    Please note that this is a non-investment program

    Phase 1 (4 Weeks, Virtual)

    Understanding the Japan Market and GTM Strategy

    This 4-week phase 1 will be conducted virtually.

    Startups will understand and learn how to navigate business expansion in Japan from our pool of expert mentors.

    Startups will also develop their Japan-specific go-to-market strategy and roadmap learn sales and marketing best practices suitable for Japan, and refine product-market fit for your solutions.

    Phase 2 (4 Weeks, In Person)

    Japan Market Immersion & Exploration

    This 4-week phase 2 will be held in person in Japan.

    Startups will focus on running experiments, talking to Japanese customers and will have the opportunity to connect with Japanese corporate partners and ecosystem stakeholders through curated networking events and sessions.

    In addition, startups will learn how to develop an effective presentation to Japanese audiences and work with assigned mentors to refine your capital attraction strategy.

    (Optional) Post-Program Support (4 Weeks, Virtual Or In-Person)

    Mentorship for Monitoring & Assessing

    Each startup who attended Phase 2 will get 1 hour per week with their mentors (optional) for them to continue their expansion plans by getting the support from their mentors.

    This can be done in person or virtually,
    depending on whether the team members choose to stay on in Japan.

    We're Looking For Startups in the Below Sectors


  • Carbon capturing/measurement

  • Gas or fuel purification

  • Waste management / recycling

  • Power generation tech (energy conversion, efficiency, storage)

  • Renewable energy tech

  • Lab grown meat or aquaculture technology


  • Facilities or land management (inspection, communication, data)

  • Optimising manufacturing or production processes

  • New materials, new technologies

    Mobility/Smart Cities

  • Spatial design

  • Autonomous vehicle tech/enhancement

  • Future of work (virtual)

  • Disaster prevention

    HealthTech / MedTech


    Applications Open: 18 October 2022

    Applications Close: 4 November 2022

    Program Duration: 21 November 2022 – 16 Feb 2023

    Important dates

  • Online Phase 0: Onboarding & Discovery

    14 – 18 Nov 2022 (1 week)

  • Online Phase 1: Market Education and

  • 21 Nov – 16 Dec 2022 (4 Weeks)

    Online Holiday Break

  • 16 Dec 2022 – 15 Jan 2023 (4 Weeks)

    In-person Phase 2: Market Immersion & Exploration

  • 16 Jan – 10 Feb 2023 (4 Weeks)

    In-person Demo Day

  • 16 Feb 2023 (1 day)

    In-person or Online Post Program Support (Optional)

  • 20 Feb – 17 Mar 2023 (4 Weeks)

    How to Apply

    Applications open on 18 October

    Review - The 500 Global team will review all applications carefully.

    We will reach out to schedule an interview if there is a potential fit.

    Decision - We will respond with a decision prior to launching the Landing Pad Program.

    For more information and job application details, see: 500 Global Landing Pad Program Open Call - International Growth Stage Startups

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