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May. 31, 2018
Announces 3rd Round ‘SoftBank Innovation Program’ Winners - SoftBank press release
Nov. 14, 2017
Launches 3rd SoftBank Innovation Program - SoftBank press release
Oct. 6, 2016
SoftBank press release - Press Release (Japanese)
Sep. 16, 2016
The entry period was extended from September 30th to October 14th.
Aug. 26, 2016
Published news - Robot Start Part3 (Japanese)
Aug. 24, 2016
Published news - Robot Start Part2 (Japanese)
Aug. 23 2016
Published news - Robot Start Part1 (Japanese)
Aug. 10, 2016
Published news - WirelessWire News (Japanese)
Aug. 8, 2016
Published news - Tech Crunch (Japanese)
Aug. 4, 2016
Published news - Social VR Info (Japanese)
Aug. 4, 2016
Published news - ZDNet Japan (Japanese)
Aug. 4, 2016
Published news - CNET Japan (Japanese)
Aug. 3, 2016
Published news - finews.asia
Aug. 3, 2016
Published news - Telecompaper
Aug. 3, 2016
Published news - FinSMEs
Aug. 3, 2016
Launches 2nd SoftBank Innovation Program - SoftBank press release
Mar. 18, 2016
Published news - Tech Crunch (Japanese)
Mar. 18, 2016
Published news - Mynavi news (Japanese)
Mar. 18, 2016
Announces SoftBank Innovation Program 1st Round Winners -SoftBank press release
Feb. 12, 2016
Published news - WISDOM (Japanese)
Sep. 25, 2015
Published news - Mynavi news (Japanese)
Aug. 19, 2015
Holding of a Guidance session - WirelessWire (Japanese)
Aug. 18, 2015
Holding of a Guidance session at Israel - RRTIMES (Japanese)
Jul. 31, 2015
Launches SoftBank Innovation Program - SoftBank press release

ProgramWhat SoftBank Innovation Program is trying to do

SoftBank Innovation Program can help create a great fusion of your company's innovative and creative solutions and SoftBank's technology and resources. The result could be a whole new value proposition.

To make people happier through an information revolution driven by innovation, SoftBank welcomes partners from all corners of the world.

Entry

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Thank you for your application.

Categories

AI as a Service

AI as a Service

Innovative services that use artificial intelligence.

keyword

Image recognition / Data analytics / Knowledge discovery / Voice recognition / Data classification / Content generation / Sentence comprehension / Environment recognition / Language recognition / Movement recognition / Translation / Action plan...

Disrupt

Disrupt

Innovative services that use cutting edge technologies to ​change a game and challenge an incredible paradigm shift in diverse industries.

keyword

Sharing economy / CtoC / PtoP / Blockchain / Token services / Personalize / Subscription / On-demand / Utilize vending machine, ATM, etc… / Vitalizing local economy / Agriculture / Civic tech / Space tech...

EdTech

EdTech

Innovative services that provide wonderful opportunities to learn new things for wide generations from kids to elderly.

keyword

Programming / Gamification / Educational robots / Lifelong study / Intelligent study / Individual learning / Study with smartphone...

Home

Home

Innovative services that make indoor space such as house and office comfortable.

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Personalize / Home automation / Housekeeping / Energy / Communication / Interior / Security camera / Pet / Electronic devices / Security / Room space performance / Mobility coordination...

AR / VR

AR / VR

Innovative services that help to spread AR/VR.

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Entertainment / Real estate / For retail / Travel / Construction / Employee training / Telepresence / Education...

Overview

Eligibility

  • A broad range of companies from startups to big corporations are eligible.
    Individuals are not eligible.
  • Eligible entrants must be equipped with the technology and system that can turn their innovation into actual products, services, or solutions.
    Note that eligible entries must be in the form of an actual product, service, or solution, and not a concept.
  • To participate in the Program, entrants must agree to the Program Entry Rules.
Program Entry Rules(183KB)

Benefits

1.Development cost for prototype 2.Test marketing 3.Partnership, Business collaboration consideration 4.Joint press release 5.Considering investments  ※only promising company

Schedule

Entries must be submitted by January 16, 2018 (JST).

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FAQ

Does entrant grant rights to use ideas such as business models available free of charge to SoftBank at a point of application?OpenClose
No. However, SoftBank may use, copy, modify, reproduce, or publicly display all or part of your entry materials in a press release, or announcements that SoftBank issues to its affiliates or partners for informational purpose, as required for SoftBank to organize the Program. See the Program Entry Rules(183KB) for details.
Does SoftBank invest to the entities entering the Program?OpenClose
The primary objective of this program is for the business development. We may sometimes invest in promising companies in order to support commercialization in Japan.
What action is needed by an entrant after an entry?OpenClose
Winner entries will be informed by late February, 2018 after Selection phase. Here, SoftBank may contact you for additional information about your entry during the selection.
How should a prototype be developed?OpenClose
A prototype will be developed by using SoftBank's resources and entrant's products, services, or solutions together.
Who will be the owner of rights associated with a developed prototype?OpenClose
The ownership of the rights is subject to mutual discussion between SoftBank and an entrant after 1st Round.
Does SoftBank cover costs of prototype development?OpenClose
Yes. The granted cost will be determined by each case of prototype development.
How will Test Marketing be done?OpenClose
Test Marketing will be held within SoftBank's channels and customers to get feedback for prototype.
Is it allowed to discuss the ideas or technologies contained in the program materials with any third party?OpenClose
Yes.
However, SoftBank will deliberate about the entries separately that passed the selection.
Does SoftBank accept entry files exceeding 5 MB?OpenClose
No. SoftBank accepts only entry files that comply with the size limitation set forth in the Program Entry Rules(183KB).
For additional submissions responding to SoftBank's requests following an entry, SoftBank will specify a file size.

Submit Entry

Submissions File format and size (PDF or ZIP / Up to 5 MB)
Language Japanese or English
Required fields 1 Background and the issue addressed
2 Solution, strategy, innovation, and originality
3 Target population
4 Business model (Business model or revenue structure)
5 Release date
Others See Program Entry Rules

Entry

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Archive

1st Round CategoriesOpenClose

Smart Homes

Smart Homes

Smart houses - Innovative products, services, and solutions that bring security, joy and conveniences to our everyday life.

Connected Vehicles

Connected Vehicles

Cars and transportation - Innovative products, services, and solutions that try to help drivers and improve road safety.

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

Web data and marketing services - Digital marketing service proposals with innovative ideas and technologies that bring together data sourced from the Internet, real time information, and offline data (deleted 'together').

Healthcare

Healthcare

Goods and tools part of the everyday - Innovative services and solutions that provide added value or help people for a long time.

2nd Round CategoriesOpenClose

Smart Homes

Smart Homes

Smart houses – Innovative product, services, and solutions that bring conveniences to work offices and our everyday life.

Connected Vehicles

Connected Vehicle

Connected Car – Innovative product, services, and solutions that improve road safety, driving convenience, and/or load reduction of the environment.

Healthcare

Healthcare

Healthcare – Innovative services and solutions of precaution and health that extend health life expectancy.

FinTech

FinTech

Financial Technology – Disruptive FinTech services that utilize Big Data and/or Artificial Intelligence.

VR/AR/MR

VR/AR/MR

Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality – Innovative and required solutions, services, and devices to spread through our everyday life.

Drone

Drone

Drone – Innovative services and solution that leverage the combination of network that is advantage of SoftBank.

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