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.
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.