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Outer Space Entrepreneurs: Business Matching Platform, "S-Matching," Launched for Encouraging Investment in Space Industry

On May 31, 2018, the Cabinet Office (CAO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched a web platform called “S-Matching” exclusively for business matching to encourage investment in the space industry.” The platform will provide smooth business-matching opportunities between individuals, venture businesses, and other entities having new ideas on the space industry (hereinafter referred to as “space business entrepreneurs”) and investors or business entities (hereinafter referred to as “space business investors”).

Through this website, CAO and METI will call for new business ideas and support business matching between entrepreneurs and investors.

1. Purpose

On February 13, 2018, CAO and METI established a business matching platform for encouraging investment in the Japanese space industry called “S-Matching” to provide smooth business-matching opportunities between space business entrepreneurs and space business investors, aiming to create and foster venture businesses involving space-related initiatives, including utilization of data on space.

CAO and METI hereby announce that they have completed preparation for operation of the website and, accordingly, will launch it and a call for new business ideas from space business entrepreneurs.

Through this website, space business entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to directly call the attention of space business investors to their business ideas throughout the year, while space business investors will also be able to quickly catch up with new business ideas in a variety of technical phases. Through this effort, CAO and METI will strive to enhance smooth business matching between such entrepreneurs having new business ideas and investors and will further promote vitalization of space business in Japan.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will serve the operation of the website. In addition, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will support technical aspects of initiatives to be conducted on the S-Matching platform.

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Release date

May 31, 2018

Division in Charge

Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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