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Studio Programs

Scrum Studio is reinventing the traditional accelerator — taking a stage-agnostic approach in connecting best-in-class startups with leading Japanese corporations. Our most recent program, SPORTS TECH TOKYO, which was executed in partnership with Dentsu, established the largest global sports tech community, including 159 startups from 33 countries and over 120 industry mentors — representing leading brands, teams, leagues, properties and venture firms. 

We execute multiple programs every year that are developed in collaboration with our corporate partners. While some are stealth, others are truly global in scale with a unique focus and scope.


Food Tech Studio – Bites! is Scrum Studio’s newest global program for startups of all stages who share a common vision of solving key challenges plaguing our food supply chain today, such as safety, waste reduction, and health. The program will facilitate lasting relationships between a range of global food tech entrepreneurs, iconic Japanese food corporations, and industry thought leaders seeking to rebuild a resilient food future.  The program targets founders who are mission-driven, sustainability-focused, and can benefit from the program’s strong network and global expertise.

Program partners include Fuji Oil, Nissin, Itoen, Juchheim, Nichirei, and the Otsuka Group.

SmartCityX is a global community of best-in-class, stage-agnostic startups from around the world with a common vision of redefining the way we live, learn, and work. Placing an emphasis on six core verticals, SmartCity X connects startups with leading corporations and industry thought-leaders to foster growth opportunities in Japan and around the world while also facilitating lasting relationships that enable cities to become more livable, resilient and sustainable.

Our program partners include leading corporations such as Toyota Research Insitute, MS & AD Insurance Group, Unisys, Hakuhudo, Japan Railway East, and Idemitsu.

Dentsu and Scrum Ventures launched SPORTS TECH TOKYO, a global mentor-driven accelerator program for sports-related startups from around the world. Opening on October 2, 2018, the one-year program takes place in Japan and San Francisco with mentoring, networking and pitching opportunities with industry professionals.

159 startups from 33 countries were selected to participate in the program that led to 12 finalists. In August 2019, World Demo Day was held at San Francisco’s Oracle Park where 8 of the 12 finalists announced partnerships created through the program.

Press Release:  Scrum Ventures and Dentsu Launch Global Sports Tech Accelerator Program

2019 Achievements Timeline: ACHIEVEMENTS in the First Year

World Demo Day recap blog post: SPORTS TECH TOKYO World Demo Day

Panasonic and Scrum Ventures created a joint venture in March 2018 called BeeEdge to invest in Japanese startups developing Panasonic technologies.

BeeEdge supports the startups to accelerate bringing technologies to market. Products thus far include a specialized hot chocolate machine, Inifini Mix by Mitsubachi Products and an appliance that softens food for the elderly by Gifmo.

Press Release: Panasonic and Scrum Ventures Announce a Joint Venture to Foster Innovation


Scrum Ventures is a seed-stage venture firm investing across a range of industries in the U.S. and Japan. Based in San Francisco with extensive experience and networks in both Silicon Valley and Japan, Scrum Ventures accelerates portfolio companies with global opportunities and helps corporations innovate. Scrum Studio is a platform that connects global corporations with startups.