Kobe City is always being reborn and revitalized. With the help of initiatives like Urban Innovation Japan, we're making sure Kobe can continue to achieve our goals by allowing entrepreneurship and startups to lead the way.
Collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential to solving these problems and to better serve the people of Kobe, and it’s our mission to set the stage.
Urban Innovation Japan is Kobe City’s initiative to partner with startups and collaboratively solve real issues. UIJ teams up with startups that have innovative ideas for solutions, then helps make those solution into realities, and once established, works to launch the startup nationally and around the globe.
Governments are responsible for solving many kinds of local, societal, and administrative issues. Given such wide purview, government officials don’t always have the expertise to solve the problems they’re tasked with solving. When the people responsible for creating solutions don’t understand the root causes of an issue, their solutions will inevitably be temporary fixes and stop-gap measures.
Unlike traditional partnerships between businesses and cities, UIJ is ultimately a philosophy for supporting grassroots initiative. From planning methodology to implementation, startups can work alongside the city, mutually collaborating to plan the way to success.
Until now, the government system has only been accessible to corporations with a great magnitude of achieved results. With Urban Innovation Japan, the door is open to anyone who can produce truly important work. In other words, things that people can actually use, or systems that can bring people happiness.
Hearings and customer verification are based on proof-of-concept, rather than specifications. Projects selected for Urban Innovation Japan are implemented for the general population, as well as the city hall. After months of experimental success, we immediately begin moving towards practical application.