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Step one is to apply via our online portal. Once started, your application can be saved, edited, and revisited at any time. Once completed, we’ll review and let you know whether we’ll move forward with an interview.

HAX Tokyo program runs in batches, where every startup admitted starts the program at the same time. Application for the first batch ends at the end of August.

stage 0


Tokyo is a place to learn the basics of start-up management and match "technology seeds" with "business needs". Startups are provided with hardware-focused office space and can receive advice from the world's leading experts in business and product development. They also have the opportunity to collaborate with Japanese partners such as Sumitomo Corporation.

stage 1


Shenzhen is a stage where we’ll focus on rapid iteration of prototyping in many forms. This includes physical models, technology iterations, user interaction studies, volumetric studies, marketing messaging, business plans and launch strategies. With the help of our full-time staff, mentors, partners, and startup community, we’ll also work with you on developing a scalable business plan.

stage 2

San Francisco

After you’ve prototyped in Shenzhen and are ready to take your product to market, you’ll head to San Francisco, where we’ll work with you on business development, fundraising, and growth. This stage emphasizes introductions to corporates, investors, partners and press. It also focuses on helping teams secure their first round of funding, as well as gain first-revenue and partnership traction.


1.How do I apply for the HAX Tokyo program?
Please apply from "apply for HAX Tokyo" on our web portal.

2.What are the application requirements?

1) Startup companies issuing stocks that aim to go IPO or M & A.
2) At least  two people from the company can participate (only one person is not allowed).
3) The product being developed is hardware (robotics, IoT, etc.).
4) If Stage 0 (Tokyo) is completed, proceed to Stage 1 (Shenzhen) screening, and if adopted, participate in the program.
However, sponsored events (exhibition sessions, hackathons etc.) is open to public.

3.What are the features of HAX Tokyo compared to other accelerators?
HAX Tokyo is a part of HAX, which is the first and largest hardware accelerator program in the world. By participating in HAX Tokyo, startups not only get access to HAX's global resource, but can also collaborate with some biggest corporations in Japan to gain traction and get business validation from day 1.

4.What is the flow of the entire HAX program (Tokyo, Shenzhen and San Francisco)?
After the HAX Tokyo program (concept making, 3 months), selected startups have a chance to participate in the Shenzhen program (prototyping, 4 to 8 months) and the San Francisco program (fundraising, 2 to 3 months).

5.What happens at HAX Tokyo?
The HAX Tokyo program is mainly focusing on concept settings such as business planning, design of use cases and establishment of basic prototype.

6.Can we apply for multiple business plans?

Yes, but there is a possibility to narrow down to one business plan after being adopted.

7.Does the business need to be in line with the business of the Sumitomo Corporation Group company?

Although it is preferable if the area is close to the business of the Sumitomo Corporation Group companies, there are no restrictions on the application because its business is diverse.

8.Do we need to speak Japanese (or English)?

You need to be able to speak either English or Japanese. Communication with Shenzhen HAX members will be in English (conversation or email).

9.Must I use a dedicated working space (MIRAI LAB PALETTE) during the program period?

If you already have an office, you do not have to use a dedicated working space. However, our regular meetings and mentoring sessions will be held in the working space.

10.Can we join other accelerator programs at the same time?

Participation of other companies in the program is prohibited in order to concentrate on this program.

11.Can we receive funding?

We will consider investing in participating companies as necessary in the HAX Tokyo program. (※ We do not promise to invest)
 if you are adopted for Stage 1's Shenzhen program, up to $ 250,000 will be invested from HAX.