In the region of Kyoto and Osaka, over a hundred SMEs specialized in healthcare, IoT or industry 4.0 and big companies such as Nintendo compose the Monozukuri ecosystem (Monozukuri = manufacturing).
Despite this bustling industrial environment, as Japan is a high risk-adverse country, entrepreneurs and start-ups struggle to get funding and to succeed their design for manufacturing (DFM).
That’s how Makino, Kenshin and Masatoshi decided to create in 2015 “Makers Boot Camp” (MBC). First hardware accelerator, then Corporate Venture Capital (CVC); MBC grows foreign and Japanese IoT based start-ups and accompany them to face the “Valley of Death”: the Design For Manufacturing.
Besides supporting startups, Makers Boot Camp decided to create its own makerspace: Kyoto Makers Garage (KMG) in September 2017 to give the entrepreneur mindset to the students of their region. In Japan, once you’ve finished your studies, it’s almost too late to become an entrepreneur as you’ve most likely started your career path in a big company. That’s here that Kyoto Makers Garage intervenes: their objective is to coach junior high school and university students who want to become an entrepreneur, a maker.
Both a makerspace and a co-working space, KMG wants people to be focused on IoT products and product design.