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OPT Tokyo

Startup Weekend Tokyo International will be like a usual Startup Weekend ( in Tokyo.

Just one difference: we’ll do it *all in English*

This weekends theme will be the Global Startup Battle, which means this weekend will be interconnected with the hundreds of other startup weekends happening in different cities all over the world. See for more information.

Bringing together diverse people

With this event we are aiming to bring together people from various countries and cultures, to work on their ideas in diverse, multi-cultural teams during the event.

Our coaches and judges will also be from various countries.

Requirements for the participants

Nothing special, if you have basic English communication skills you’ll be fine.

For the Friday night pitches, if you’d like to pitch your idea, you will have to prepare your pitch in English.

Any cancellation after 11/7 24:00 will not be refunded.

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Nov 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 15
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 16
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Venue Sponsor

Shota Takase

Shota Takase is passionately involved in Startup Weekend, and has a large interest in fostering entrepreneurship in Japan by connecting different communities and nationalities.
He is currently working as an IT consultant as well as advising venture companies and NPO's. Shota is always looking for something new and interesting.

His current challenges are Venture Loft Japan (
and BBT probono network (

Good Sponsor

Akira Shibata

CEO&Founder of Shiroyagi

Akira Shibata is the CEO of Shiroyagi Corporation.
They provide an app called Kamelio, which is a theme-based news reader that collects news for your specific interests.
He has been a consultant for Boston Consulting Group where he spent an year at their Strategy Institute in New York.
As a post doctoral researcher at New York University, he was involved in the LHC project at CERN in the hunt for the Higgs -or "God"- particle.
He likes music, mountain climbing and cycling.

Shin Iwata

Japanese Partner of Atomico

Shin leads Atomico’s operations in Japan and is based in Tokyo. He works closely with Atomico’s portfolio companies and partners, using his network and deep experience to help them scale both inside and outside Japan.

Prior to joining Atomico, Shin was President of Skype Japan K.K. where he developed crucial relationships in Japan with local partners. He was an integral part of establishing key global partnerships as a local window to Panasonic VIERA and Sony BRAVIA for TV integration. Companies including SmartNews, Rovio, Gengo and Supercell now benefit from his experience as they scale their operations in Japan.

Before Skype Shin was involved in the establishment of a technology venture company, Ariel Networks, Inc. There, he managed the overall development of peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, from planning, to design and development, and wrote numerous articles and gave lectures on P2P technologies and applications.

Nicolas Loeillot

Nicolas Loeillot, founder and CEO of LM3LABS brings 20 years of expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship in Japan. Nicolas has spent the last decade inventing interactive technologies for Fortune 100 companies. He is used to worldwide “firsts”. He recently launched the first TV program recognition technology for smartphone. In 2010, he founded the Tokyo Interaction Center, a private incubator, in central Tokyo, focused on early stage technologies. Nicolas Loeillot received an engineering and business education (MBA). In his earliest career years, he pioneered in R&D departments of companies like Accenture or Nortel Networks preparing the digital world we do enjoy today.


Paul McMahon

Doorkeeper Representative Director

Paul is originally from Vancouver, Canada. He's been living in Tokyo since 2006.
His background is in software development and he has wide experience working with web technologies and SaaS type businesses. To follow a more entrepreneurial path, he started his own company in 2008.  In July 2013 he co-founded Doorkeeper Inc to focus on the Doorkeeper service.
He's also writing about being a foreign developer in Japan on his blog Tokyo Dev.

Yuna Kim

CEO&Founder of Locaruu

Yuna is the Founder and CEO of Locaruu, a social networking community & marketplace that connects people with locals of their interested cities. Prior to Locaruu, Yuna was a Marketing and Advertising Sales professional in various international companies in Japan, like Eurosport, Google (YouTube) and Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal). Besides Locaruu, she runs several groups like Tokyo Startup Events, Fun in Japan, and 英語でオシャレ女子会 on Facebook.

Mitsutaka Hamada

OPT Incubation Manager

Mitsutaka Hamada Graduated Pepperdine University in 2008. Worked as an internship in NY for a year and Joined in 2009. After joining, worked mostly in both domestic and global business development. In 2011, Founded PlayMined, Inc., Stylepick Taiwan, Pikajob, Inc. and has launched websites mainly focused on commerce and media. Also, supported few startups as an advisor and a consultant. As of Oct 2014, joined Opt,Inc. and currently playing a role as an investor.

Masahiro Hiramitsu

Founder of ただ肉 and Sportier, LLC.

Masahiro Hiramitsu was born in Hiroshima in 1984. He is a Keio University graduate. He founded multiple businesses (Sportier LLC, Knowledge Database Ltd, Media Index Ltd).

After experiencing, Startup Weekend Tokyo he started the company "tadaniku". Currently, he is working as a business development adviser teaching a variety of skills to the team members at Pasona Career Company.

Tim Romero

Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based innovator, author, and entrepreneur who has started several companies since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago.
He is deeply involved in Japan's startup community as an investor, founder and mentor, and believes that entrepreneurship is already beginning to fundamentally change Japan for the better. Tim is currently Representative Director of Engine Yard, K.K., writes a bilingual blog and hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast.

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