The best path for
scaling and global expansion.

Rakuten Accelerator POWERED BY techstars

The goal of this program is to create innovative products and services by leveraging new solutions of startups and assets of Rakuten group. The program will be held in Singapore for 13 weeks with the support of Techstars.
This program is open for startups in the early stages. Rakuten Capital and each business unit in Rakuten work together to enable strategic investment and business collaborations. MORE

WHY RAKUTEN ACCELERATOR

Various values can be provided through the
business collaboration with Rakuten.

#01

Access to Rakuten
Ecosystem


Access to knowledge and assets useful in global business expansion can be obtained through the program.

#02

Funding


Funds will be provided for the selected companies. (Approximately USD120,000 by taking 6 - 10% equity. Details will be discussed after the offer.)

#03

Mentoring


Experienced mentors in various fields from both Rakuten and Techstars will provide mentoring.

#04

Office


Working space in Singapore will be provided during the program.

THEME

The future of communications,
data marketing and commerce.

We are looking for startups which have innovative technologies and services
to create the best customer experiences together.

  • Communication

    Messaging
    Apps which make communication even more convenient, enjoyable and safer.
    Communications
    Infrastructure
    Innovative communication technology leveraging Cloud, AI and Big Data solutions.
  • Data Marketing

    Media
    Attractive contents and technologies such as streaming to enhance customer engagement.
    Ad Tech
    Technologies which provide Ad with the best contents, timing and location in both online and offline.
  • Commerce

    Ecommerce
    Commerce services such as open EC and service EC which are beyond traditional EC concept.
    Logistics
    Technologies such as robotics and IoT that enable optimization and efficiency of logistics.

SCHEDULE

  • Jan.7 2019

    Applications Open

  • Apr.7

    Applications Deadline

  • Mid April
    to Late May

    Reviews and interviews

  • Jul.15

    Start of the Program
    (13 weeks program in Singapore)

  • Mid
    October

    Demo Day

The goal of this program is to create innovative products and services by leveraging new solutions of startups and assets of Rakuten group. The program will be held in Singapore for 13 weeks with the support of Techstars.

TEAM & MENTORS

  • Hiroshi Takasawa

    Hiroshi
    Takasawa

    RAKUTEN ASIA PTE. LTD.
    CEO

  • Takuya Hosomura

    Takuya
    Hosomura

    Rakuten Capital
    Senior manager

  • Haruna Tanaka

    Haruna
    Tanaka

    Rakuten, Inc.
    Global Innovation Group

  • Dhritiman Hui

    Dhritiman
    Hui

    Techstars
    Managing Director

  • Dennis List

    Dennis
    List

    Techstars
    Program Manager

  • Masaya Mori

    Masaya
    Mori

    Rakuten Institute of Technology
    Global Head

  • Toshikazu Ogawa

    Toshikazu
    Ogawa

    Rakuten, Inc. Investment and Incubation Company
    CTO

  • Paulo Fernando

    Paulo
    Fernando

    Rakuten, Inc. Global Technology Supervisory Department
    General Manager

  • otherMENTOR

    Mentors from other
    various business
    divisions are scheduled
    to participate.

POWERED by

This program is supported by Techstars®, the world's leading accelerator and is operated by Rakuten Capital, which is Rakuten's corporate venture capital, and Investment & Incubation Company, which covers new business development in Rakuten.

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techstars
Techstars is an accelerator program for early stage startups and supported more than 1,000 companies globally. Total capitalization of its portfolio companies is over USD 10 billion.
The program runs from New York, Cape Town, London, Los Angeles to their headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and is implemented in every place of the world.
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FAQ

How does the program work?
The program will be held in Singapore for 13 weeks. With the mentoring by experts in Rakuten and Techstars, startups will work for service development and POC (Proof of Concept).
What business areas will be applicable?
Areas which have synergy with Rakuten's business. Please refer to "Theme" section above.
Will non-profit businesses be applicable?
Non-profit businesses will not be applicable.
Businesses in what stage can apply?
The program is open for startups having launched service and clear traction. Applications with idea basis or by individuals are out of scope.
How many companies will be selected for the program?
Up to 10 startups will be selected from all over the world.
What is the details of funding in the program?
Investment will be approximately USD120,000 by taking 6 - 10% equity. Details will be discussed after the offer.
Will it be necessary to stay in Singapore during the program?
Yes, whole program will be held in Singapore for 13 weeks.
What are the differences between this accelerator program and investment by Rakuten Capital?
This program covers early stage startups, while Rakuten Capital generally invests in later stage ones. Please refer to Rakuten Capital's website for details.