DMM.Make AKIBA

Shaping your ideas with your hands!

〒101-0022 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Neribeichō, 3, 富士ソフト秋葉原ビル, Japan

Makerspace Coworking space

Space size 2000 m²

Opened in June 2014

Structure type Private Company

Explored in October 2017


DMM.make AKIBA is a comprehensive facility supporting development of hardware, consisting of Base and Studio. DMM.Make AKIBA Base is a shared space for office work and for many kind of events. DMM.make AKIBA Studio is equipped with professional machines/tools, which enables members to make hardware prototypes.

Main interests

Entrepreneurship Community Technology - machines & tools Electronics Design VR/AR

This workshop is great for:

Entrepreneurs Large companies Students

Interview & guided tour

Meet someone from the team & discover the space by yourself!

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

Created in 2014, DMM.Make AKIBA is a giant co-working and maker space located in the heart of Tokyo electronic center Akihabara. Over 2 floors, rooms full of cutting edge machines leads to a 200 square meter co-working space. This place is the result of a collaboration between an entrepreneur who wanted to help Japanese hardware startups and a giant Japanese company.

DMM.Make AKIBA is dedicated to provide machines and technical support to hardware startups from idea to prototype and soon to manufacture. Moreover, the lab creates meetings between its startups and big companies to foster collaborations and the launch of innovative products.

If you pass by the shelves, you will see the lighting shoes of Orphe or Primesap ,fitness products for ageing people, all members of the lab.

Since its creation, DMM.Make AKIBA gathered more than 1700 members, using the facilities or the co-working space. 40% are startup teams, 40% big companies using facilities or working with startups, and 20% are students, working on university projects. 95% of the users are Japanese.

Most of the startups are joining the lab for its impressive diversity of machines put at their disposal, the 24h/7 availability of the facility, which always includes the presence of engineers ready to help. Big companies are joining mostly to organize events, and collaborate with the startups on the development of innovative products.

For one year, startups are also looking to join the acceleration program, developed by DMM and other big companies like Intel or Orix.

The place was funded by DMM group, for an initial investment of 10 million USD, including the facility and the machines.

Today, 40% of the revenues come from membership fees, 15% from workshops to companies, 15% from the prototyping as a service activity, and 10% from events created for companies. The last 20% are coming from partners sponsoring the makerspace (big companies).

The main challenge for the lab is to adapt its processes and services to each startup. In hardware, every startup has different needs, and they need a customized service to help them, far from the standard approach that can be used for software.

After having built an acceleration program to help startups from idea to prototype, the lab is now working on developing a manufacturing service, to accompany startups “from idea to market”. This new service should be launched early 2018.

DMM.Make AKIBA gathers a team of 65 people, including 25 “mentor engineers”. This number ensures the run of the facility 24/7.

Every week, workshops are delivered on machine uses, prototyping, 3D printing, sensors… They are available to anyone (even non members). Companies are also allowed to set up their own workshops, to present and train startups on the use of their technology for example.

The basic membership provides access to the co-working space and makerspace. Based on demand, DMM.Make provides consultancy, especially in the field of Design for Manufacturing. Workshops are also dedicated to introduce big companies the potential of Internet of Things.

In 2016 an acceleration program has been launched for IoT based hardware startups. Startups are selected based on their technology and business plan. It’s a 3-month program during which entrepreneurs will get free access to the co-working space, develop their prototype and have mentorships from big companies like Intel, Orix… At the end, they participate to a DEMO day in front of investors. In October 2017 18 startups did benefit from this program.

DMM.Make AKIBA organizes many events for its partners. Companies like L’Oreal organized hackathons to work on “Beauty and IoT”. It also creates international partnerships, with “La French Tech” for example. In 2017, DMM sent 6 startups to the SIDO event in Lyon.

Documentation of projects is never mandatory for startups. If they are part of the acceleration program, those latter have to present their advancement once every two weeks to their team of mentors, in order to ensure that they reach their objectives within 3 months.

Workshops and events are documented internally and shared only with the team of the lab.

Created in 2014, DMM.Make AKIBA is a giant co-working and maker space located in the heart of Tokyo electronic center Akihabara. Over 2 floors, rooms full of cutting edge machines leads to a 200 square meter co-working space. This place is the result of a collaboration between an entrepreneur who wanted to help Japanese hardware startups and a giant Japanese company.

DMM.Make AKIBA is dedicated to provide machines and technical support to hardware startups from idea to prototype and soon to manufacture. Moreover, the lab creates meetings between its startups and big companies to foster collaborations and the launch of innovative products.

If you pass by the shelves, you will see the lighting shoes of Orphe or Primesap ,fitness products for ageing people, all members of the lab.

Since its creation, DMM.Make AKIBA gathered more than 1700 members, using the facilities or the co-working space. 40% are startup teams, 40% big companies using facilities or working with startups, and 20% are students, working on university projects. 95% of the users are Japanese.

Most of the startups are joining the lab for its impressive diversity of machines put at their disposal, the 24h/7 availability of the facility, which always includes the presence of engineers ready to help. Big companies are joining mostly to organize events, and collaborate with the startups on the development of innovative products.

For one year, startups are also looking to join the acceleration program, developed by DMM and other big companies like Intel or Orix.

The place was funded by DMM group, for an initial investment of 10 million USD, including the facility and the machines.

Today, 40% of the revenues come from membership fees, 15% from workshops to companies, 15% from the prototyping as a service activity, and 10% from events created for companies. The last 20% are coming from partners sponsoring the makerspace (big companies).

The main challenge for the lab is to adapt its processes and services to each startup. In hardware, every startup has different needs, and they need a customized service to help them, far from the standard approach that can be used for software.

After having built an acceleration program to help startups from idea to prototype, the lab is now working on developing a manufacturing service, to accompany startups “from idea to market”. This new service should be launched early 2018.

DMM.Make AKIBA gathers a team of 65 people, including 25 “mentor engineers”. This number ensures the run of the facility 24/7.

Every week, workshops are delivered on machine uses, prototyping, 3D printing, sensors… They are available to anyone (even non members). Companies are also allowed to set up their own workshops, to present and train startups on the use of their technology for example.

The basic membership provides access to the co-working space and makerspace. Based on demand, DMM.Make provides consultancy, especially in the field of Design for Manufacturing. Workshops are also dedicated to introduce big companies the potential of Internet of Things.

In 2016 an acceleration program has been launched for IoT based hardware startups. Startups are selected based on their technology and business plan. It’s a 3-month program during which entrepreneurs will get free access to the co-working space, develop their prototype and have mentorships from big companies like Intel, Orix… At the end, they participate to a DEMO day in front of investors. In October 2017 18 startups did benefit from this program.

DMM.Make AKIBA organizes many events for its partners. Companies like L’Oreal organized hackathons to work on “Beauty and IoT”. It also creates international partnerships, with “La French Tech” for example. In 2017, DMM sent 6 startups to the SIDO event in Lyon.

Documentation of projects is never mandatory for startups. If they are part of the acceleration program, those latter have to present their advancement once every two weeks to their team of mentors, in order to ensure that they reach their objectives within 3 months.

Workshops and events are documented internally and shared only with the team of the lab.

Technologies & processes available

Electronics 3D printing Laser cutting Metal working tools Wood working tools

Services offered

Workshop memberships R&D missions Prototyping Residency programs Talks & conferences Classes & workshops Coworking space Coffee shop Coaching & project mentoring Startups & projects incubation / mentoring Startups & projects hosting

Our best practices

The inspiring things we do here to run our collaborative space

Creating bridges between startups and big companies

What is it?

DMM.Make AKIBA is connecting startups and big companies that have the potential to work together and co-develop innovative products

In concrete terms?

The lab encourages startups and big companies that have common areas of interests to collaborate. For example Intel provides technical support to some startups that can develop interesting solutions using their technology. They work together in the space until the end of the prototyping phase.

Why it’s interesting?

This process empowers the development of new products by playing on the strengths of both entities (agility for the startup, and execution power for the company). The lab also provides the environment and process to help big companies and startups to work together efficiently.


Our makers projects

Get inspired by the DIY projects of our team & members

VAQSO - bring scent to virtual reality

VASQO VR is a device that adds to the VR experience. By syncing up VR scenes or action, it is possible to smell in virtual reality. By adding scent to VR, we add reality to the user experience. You can place up to 5 different scent cartridges that are easy to place and remove. All scents last roughly one month. The band of the device uses an adjustable velcro strap which allows it to be compatible with any HMD.

(Release date: 2018)


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