July 22, 2022
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is supporting new "temporary-secondment start-ups" created by human resources at large companies who launch start-ups themselves by raising external funding or via other methods, all without leaving the companies they work for. The ministry decided to support four new temporary-secondment start-ups.
1. Summary of this issue
For the purpose of increasing the number of new business entrepreneurs, METI is supporting new "temporary-secondment start-up" businesses that human resources at large companies, etc. launch and run themselves by raising external funding or using their personal assets, all without leaving the companies they work for. This is done through a subsidy program.1
METI has adopted seven businesses (four of which are new ones) after conducting a public call from May 11 to June 17, 2022, followed by a review by an external review committee.
2. Adopted businesses
|Adopted businesses3||Business description||Host company|
|Prediction Inc.||B2B marketing platform business utilizing in-office signage||Konica Minolta, Inc.|
|brightvox Inc.||A business revitalizing real spaces using 3D imaging system metaverse technology||Ricoh Co., Ltd.|
|verbal and dialogue Inc.||SaaS service for digital construction site photo compilation data for the plant industry||Kogi Corporation|
|Striemo, Inc.||A micro e-mobility business giving people a new way to move and putting users' peace of mind first||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
3. In order of application
|Adopted businesses5||Business description||Host company|
|EMOSHARE, Inc.||Business hosting a platform for communities of fans that includes an official fan club feature and more||Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.|
|LAWN, Inc.||Business hosting a platform for tennis players||Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.|
|eyeForklift Co., Ltd.||Implementation of the IoT in forklift operations in paper industry warehouses, etc.||Fujitsu Limited|
5. In order of application
3. Business descriptions and details about the adopted businesses
For more information, please refer to the website of the executive body of this project: “Subsidies for Temporary-Secondment Start-Ups ” (in Japanese) You can also access it via this QR code.
4. Information on the second public call
As of today, the second public call for companies to apply for subsidies for temporary-secondment start-ups has begun. The deadline is September 30 (Fri.), 2022. For more information, please refer to the website above.
Overview of the subsidies for temporary-secondment start-ups1:
These subsidies cover part of the costs for "temporary-secondment start-ups" created by human resources at large companies who launch start-ups themselves by raising external funding or using their personal assets, all without leaving the companies they work for. One condition is that the newly established start-up is not a subsidiary of the host company (the host company of the seconded person must not own 20% or more of the start-up's share). For more information, please refer to the website above.