Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global

Corporate Innovation

Program Overview

The Corporate Innovation Program is designed with the goal of driving open innovation for corporations with a head office or base in Aichi Prefecture. The program aims to provide insights, case studies, and recommended best practices on topics including, value propositions to startups, startup recruitment, corporate value creation, and running Proof of Concepts (PoC).

Corporations will have the opportunity to directly connect with a curated selection of startups looking to partner and expand in Aichi and Japan in the months following the program. 

The program will consist of 3 non-consecutive days of workshops for corporate innovation teams and business units, and a 1-day workshop for corporate managers and executives.

Corporate Innovation Programは、愛知県に本社または拠点を置く事業会社のオープン・イノベーションを推進することを目的としています。このプログラムは、バリュー・プロポジション、スタートアップの選定、企業価値の創造、PoC(概念実証)の実施などのトピックについてのインサイト(洞察)、ケーススタディ、および推奨されるベストプラクティスを提供します。



Program Details

Day 1, August 26

  • Introduction to Open Innovation 
  • Uncovering Business Opportunities 
  • Working With Startups and Creating Innovation Proposition

Day 2, September 1

  • Introduction to Proof of Concepts (PoC)
  • PoC Scoping and Metrics
  • Running Effective Test Phase

Day 3, September 8

  • Creating Lasting Value for the Company 
  • Other Innovation Formats, including Intrapreneurship

Day 4, September 15  “Executive Workshop”

  • Open Innovation as a Competitive Advantage
  • Organizing Teams for Buy-In and Strategic Success


  • There will be two networking sessions (potentially in-person). Exact dates are to be determined.
  • All sessions except for networking sessions are currently planned to be delivered virtually.
  • The sessions will be conducted in English with Japanese translation.
  • The sessions for each day are expected to start at 9:30am JST and run for a total of about 3 hours. The end time may change slightly due to breaks, etc.


  • オープンイノベーション入門
  • ビジネス機会の発掘
  • スタートアップとの協働とバリュー・プロポジションの構築


  • PoC入門
  • PoCの範囲とメトリクス
  • 効果的なテストフェーズの実施


  • 企業の永続的価値の創造
  • イントラプレナーシップ(社内ベンチャー)等を含むその他のイノベーションのフォーマット


  • 競争優位性としてのオープンイノベーション
  • 戦略的に成功するためのチーム編成


  • ネットワーキング・セッションが2回あります(場合によっては対面)。日程は未定です。
  • ネットワーキング・セッションを除き、セッションはすべてオンラインで配信されます。
  • 言語は英語で、日本語の通訳が入ります。
  • 各日 開始時間は9:30am、約3時間の予定です。終了時間は途中休憩等により多少前後する可能性があります。
Why Apply
World-class curriculum
500 Global has worked together with leading corporations to accelerate corporate innovation activities. Participating corporations will have access to tangible content and have opportunities to interact with 500 Global ’s corporate instructors directly.

500 Globalは大手企業との協働により、企業内のイノベーション活動を加速させてきました。参加企業は実績のある、具体的な世界レベルのコンテンツにアクセスでき、500 Globalのコーポレートインストラクターと直接対話する機会もあります。
Global insights & best practices
This program aims to provide a window to global innovation insights and best practices in corporate innovation, allowing corporations to structure both their local Japanese innovation strategy and international innovation plans, particularly in partnering with international startups.

Connect with local & global startups
Participating corporations will have opportunities to meet with local and international startups participating in the two startup programs (Growth Program and Landing Pad) under Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global.

参加企業は、Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global の2つのスタートアップ向けプログラム(Growth ProgramおよびLanding Pad)に参加している国内および海外のスタートアップに出会う機会があります。


Applications Open

19 July 2021

Applications Close

We continue to accept applications.
Depending on when you apply, you may not be able to attend workshops.

Regardless of whether you are able to attend workshops or not, we will send you the recording of each session after all the sessions are completed.

Program Starts

26 August 2021

Program Ends

15 September 2021










The following conditions must be met:

  • Corporations that have a head office or base in Aichi Prefecture
  • Corporations with annual sales of approximately 50 billion yen or more (this condition is preferred, but not a strict requirement)
  • Corporations open to meeting startups selected for the Accelerate Aichi by 500 Global programs (Growth Program and Landing Pad)

The following points will also be considered:

  • Corporations that have partnered with or are looking to partner with startups to advance open innovation activities
  • Professionals (e.g. head of business units or innovation teams) who are responsible for open innovation strategy
  • Business units that are responsible for sourcing and conducting PoCs with startups
  • Innovation teams who are responsible for corporate-wide startup partnerships


  • 愛知県に本社または拠点を置く企業
  • おおむね年間売上500億円程度以上の企業(必須条件ではありません)
  • Accelerate Aichi by 500 Globalによるスタートアッププログラム(Growth ProgramとLanding Pad)でスタートアップとのコンタクトを希望する企業


  • オープンイノベーション活動を推進するためにスタートアップと提携したことのある、または提携を検討している企業
  • オープンイノベーション戦略において意思決定できる人材(新規事業開発チームやイノベーションチームの責任者など)
  • スタートアップとの調達やPoC(概念実証)の実施を担当する新規事業開発チーム
  • 全社的なスタートアップとのパートナーシップを担当するイノベーションチーム
Application Process

Applications open on 19 July 2021. We continue to accept applications.



The 500 Global team reviews all applications. There will only be application screening without interviews.

審査:500 Globalが全応募者を審査。応募選考のみで面接はありません。


This is rolling-based admission so we expect to respond with a decision as soon as applications are reviewed.



If you have any questions, please contact us via email. ご質問等がある場合は、こちらまでメールでご連絡ください(
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