Welcome to Startup Grind Osaka!

Osaka is the heart of the historic Kansai region, the 2nd biggest economy in Japan, and plays a key role as the gateway to Asia. Winning the 2025 World Expo, Osaka will become a showcase of innovation for future society, to a global audience.

Our mission is to interconnect local, domestic, and global members, to help Osaka & Kansai become a truly global startup ecosystem.

Centrally located with excellent access to the rest of Japan, the Kansai region with its 20+ million population is one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, with a GDP comparable to the Netherlands. Osaka, with its rich history, high (and relatively low-cost) quality of life, strong GDP, the largest tourism boom in history, and the upcoming 2025 World Expo, is an ideal stage for startups to test & demonstrate their technologies in a region of the Japanese market with relatively low-competition, make key partnerships to assist their expansion, and gain domestic & international attention.

We invite various entrepreneurs, country managers, investors & startup ecosystem supporters to share their wisdom, successes and failures, to help startups navigate a successful market entry in key markets globally.

Startup Grind originated in Silicon Valley, and is characterized by its "Fireside Chat" format, which involves a casual and open atmosphere.

Startup Grind Osaka is held in Osaka each month (held online until further notice).

Upcoming events

Jun 13, 2023

Virtual Event (Free)

【web3スタートアップの経営・投資・EXIT】 web3 起業家(兼)エンジェル投資家の 田中 昌明氏に聞く | Startup Grind Nagoya #3

シリコンバレー発世界最大規模のグローバルスタートアップエコシステムを支えるStartup Grindの名古屋チャプター Startup Grind Nagoya主催のオンラインイベントです。 株式会社ルーラ ファウンダー/COO、合同会社iU Z investment パートナーの田中 昌明氏をスペシャルゲストスピーカーとしてお招きし、SGFディレクターのJohn Kojiro MoriwakaとFireside Chat(暖炉の前のおしゃべり)を行います。web3スタートアップの経営・投資・エグジットなどについてお伺いさせていただきます。

Jun 14, 2023

Virtual Conference

Product & AI Summit

Join us at Product + AI Summit on June 14th, 2023 to explore the ever-changing, uberly-important role of AI in product development and what it means for startups.

Past events

Virtual Event (Free)

【Web3と福岡の可能性に迫る】Animoca Brands 最高投資責任者、福岡市Web3投資・誘致アドバイザーの岡澤 恭弥氏に聞く | Startup Grind Fukuoka #19

Virtual Event (Free)

Workshop: Market Expansion Beyond Singapore

Virtual Event (Free)

Maximizing Your Productivity with ChatGPT

Virtual Event (Free)

ココナラ創業からIPO、CVC運営を南 章行氏に聞く: Startup Grind Nagoya


Meghan Bridges

Chapter Director
Rainmaking Innovation Japan

Brian Lim


Kazuki Nishigaki

Event Host