Inno異能vation program From Japan

We’re seeking individuals with technology ideas that may cause “disruptive change” or projects with the potential to “create new values throughout the globe.”

The program aims to support people who are known in Japan as 異能=Inno,” Japanese sometimes call it “Hen” which means weird or crazy. The social norm in Japan is that a person who is different from a group is considered an outcast, 'the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.' This program will seek out those who have innovative ideas, a “different” from the normal, and hope to help progress their originality.

The Inno異能vation program was established in 2014 supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan to promote breakthrough, global-scale and new value for the ICT field.

Over the course of human history, it has always been the ones whom we call “Inno異能” that have created breakthrough products. They do this by unconstraining their imagination from existing boundaries, and having the courage to challenge themselves with ambitious ideas. The Inno異能vation program was launched on the basis of the belief that these people and their innovative solutions should be given the opportunity and support to bring their concepts to fruition, as they are the key to creating a strong future for Japan.

Supervisors & Program Advisors

Program Advisors provides general advice on the program and Supervisors assesses applications to the Disruptive Innovation Segment.

Program Advisors

  • Joichi Ito
    Director, MIT Media Lab
    Joichi ITO
  • Shinichi Nakasuga
    Professor University of Tokyo
    Shinichi NAKASUGA
  • Hitoshi Hokamura
    Scrum Ventures Partner First Compass Group
    Hitoshi HOKAMURA
  • Takeshi Miike
    Film Director
    Takeshi MIIKE

Supervisors

  • Gaku Ueda
    CEO, MODE, Inc.
    Gaku UEDA
  • Erika Ogawa
    President, Guinness World Records Japan
    Erika OGAWA
  • Tetsuya Kawanishi
    Professor, University of Waseda
    Tetsuya KAWANISHI
  • Katsuya Takasu
    President, Takasu Clinic
    Katsuya TAKASU
  • Tomotaka Takahashi
    CEO, Robo Garage Co. Ltd
    Tomotaka TAKAHASHI
  • Hiroshi Harada
    Professor, University of Kyoto
    Hiroshi HARADA
  • Tomoe Makino
    Country Manager,Trip Advisor LLC
    Tomoe MAKINO
  • Yukihiro Matsumoto
    Chairperson,Ruby Association
    Yukihiro MATSUMOTO

There are Two Segments

Disruptive Innovation

Support technical challenges that will be a source of disruptive innovation

The confirmed candidates will boldly challenge existing problems in the ICT field and bring major reforms or changes in society or a certain industry. They will be supported in their R&D process and / or research process with monetary assistance of up to 3 million yen, for up to one year.

Generation Award

Carry out the award by cooperative partners

・A small, but an interesting idea that nobody had thought of

・A special and excellent technology you do not know how best to use

・A theme that you found and want to achieve

Number of Entries

The Inno異能vation program has seen a substantial boost in entries last year, and has steadily gained more entries since its fiscal year in 2014.

The major boost in entries in 2017 is from the introduction of the Generation Award Segment.

To our future worldwide partners,

Currently, there are 164 Japanese cooperative partners in this project.
We have given the chance of matching innovative idea with partners to become a feasible business benefit.
We now expand this opportunity to worldwide partners to share valuable information and technology as follows.

(1) The sharing of technological ideas of the candidates who would like to expand their ideas for worldwide. 
(2) The sharing of localizing technologies for foreign partners who are planning to expand their business in Japan.

※ For more details, please see “Disruptive Innovation Segment Confirmed candidates examples” on page 3, inside of this brochure.

We hope that our future worldwide partners will be able to build a win-win relationship through this program.

Cooperative Partners

164 Japanese cooperative partners as of January 2019

  • Association of Media in Digital.
    • ASATSU-DK INC.
    • AspireVision Inc.
    • Asmik Ace, Inc.
    • ALCHEMIA,INC
    • Imagineer Co.,Ltd.
    • INFOCITY,INC
    • Impress Holdings, Inc.
    • NHK ENTERPRISES, INC.
    • NHK Global Media Services, Inc.
    • NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    • NTT Plala Inc.
    • Obic Business Consultants Co.,Ltd.
    • KADOKAWA DWANGO CORPORATION
    • KADOKAWA ASCII Research Laboratories, Inc.
    • GEEK PICTURES INC.
    • Capital Partners
    • Google LLC
    • GREE, Inc.
    • CREEK & RIVER Co., Ltd.
    • KDDI CORPORATION
    • Kodansha Ltd.
    • KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    • Sammy NetWorks Co., Ltd.
    • Gzbrain Inc.
    • Silicon Studio Corporation
    • SUPERSTATION, Inc.
    • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
    • SOTSU CO., LTD.
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    • SoftBank Corp.
    • Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.
    • TSUTAYA Co.,Ltd.
    • Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
    • DeNA Co., Ltd.
    • DMM GAMES LLC
    • T-Gaia Corporation
    • T.Y.Entertainment Inc.
    • TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION
    • transcosmos inc.
    • Dolby Japan inc.
    • Nihon Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    • Nippon Television Network Corporation
    • Nextware Ltd.
    • Netflix, Inc.
    • Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
    • DIGITAL HEARTS Co.,Ltd.
    • BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.
    • Fields Corporation
    • Fujitsu Limited
    • Fuji Television Network, Inc.
    • BookLive Co., Ltd.
    • FURYU CORPORATION
    • Premium Platform Japan ,Inc.
    • Voyager Japan,Inc
    • Secure Broadcasting Authorization and ResearchCenter
    • Marvelous Inc.
    • The Foundation for MultiMedia Communications
    • The Bank of Yokohama,Ltd.
  • IACE TRAVEL Co.,LTD.
  • Access Trade Center Co,Ltd
  • ALCommunication, Inc.
  • Ametrine,Inc
  • WILLER,Inc.
  • Win Medics Co.,Ltd.
  • WALL MATE REAL ESTATE inc.
  • AJIS Research & Consulting Co.,Ltd
  • atacLab Inc.
  • HRH Inc.
  • HRK Inc.
  • S-style Inc.
  • S & B Foods Inc.
  • NTS,Inc
  • NTT DATA Corporation
  • FM AICHI BROADCASTING Co.,Ltd.
  • FM ISHIKAWA BROADCASTING Co., Ltd.
  • FM OSAKA Co., Ltd.
  • FM OSAKA MUSIC PUBLISHING Co., Ltd.
  • MJG Inc.
  • M Data CO.,LTD
  • Area Life CO.,Ltd
  • OSAKA MULTIMEDIA BROADCASTING CO.,LTD.
  • Obun Printing Company,Inc.
  • OKUMURA CORPORATION
  • Catalyna
  • Kahoku furusato mirai
  • Karananote Inc.
  • KISULI Inc.
  • Guinness World Records Japan K.K.
  • QB capital LLC
  • Kyoto Research Park
  • KUBIREYA Inc.
  • CLOUDs Inc.
  • CLOUDIAN KK
  • CLASSE CAPITAL PARTNERS Inc.
  • k-style Holdings Inc.
  • CASE OCLOCK
  • Queserser & Company
  • Code For Japan
  • 360Channel, Inc.
  • szív inc.
  • Cell and Genetic Laboratory
  • Shiojiri city ( Nagano)
  • Sharp Corporation
  • Japan Multimedia Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
  • Syncline Co., Ltd.
  • Stretchyasan Inc.
  • Seibu Holdings Inc.
  • General Foundation All-Japan Information Learning promotion association
  • Sosu Company Limited.
  • Masason Foundation
  • Tao Inc.
  • TimeWorld Co.,ltd.
  • Daiwa House Industry Company, Limited
  • davinci-brains
  • Medical social welfare corporation Takasu hospital
  • T-ARTS Company,Ltd.
  • Takayama Patent and Trademark Office
  • DMM.com LLC
  • Digital Garage, Inc.
  • Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd
  • PHILIPS
  • JAPAN MULTIMEDIA BROADCASTING CO., LTD.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corporation
  • toaster inc
  • Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
  • Nagano Prefecture
  • KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL
  • NICHIEI KAKOH CO., LTD.
  • The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
  • Research Institute for the Future of Society
  • Neos Corporation
  • Nextwel lnc.
  • HUNDRED DIRECTION lnc.
  • Beatrobo.Inc
  • Bties INC.
  • Bizsoft Co., Ltd.
  • Human Academy Co.,Ltd.
  • FOR YOU,INC
  • Fukuoka city ( Fukuoka prefecture)
  • Five Season co.,ltd
  • FreeStyle Inc.
  • Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
  • Preferred Networks, Inc.
  • S.MATSUI & ASSOCIATES
  • MAXSTONE INC.
  • mixi, Inc.
  • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Research Institute,Inc.
  • Mito city ( Ibaraki prefecture)
  • mirai works Inc.
  • Maincast, Inc.
  • MotionGallery Inc.
  • Mode,Inc.
  • MONOBEMIRAI Inc.
  • Mobile Internet Capital, Inc.
  • Yahoo Japan Corporation
  • Piloti Inc.
  • LIFULL Co., Ltd.
  • LIMON Co Ltd.
  • Recruit Executive Agent Co.,Ltd
  • Loftwork Inc.
  • ROBO GARAGE