As optimistic as it sounds, current VC trends in the US bring light to a crisis that appear to be shorter and less dark than expected back in April — at least for early stage startups. It might be still too early to come up with final conclusions, but a recent survey in the US with VCs point to startup's recovery on the rise, as companies who managed to adapt quickly to customer's needs in the ‘new normal’ era are already back to business (almost) as usual.

2015/2016 x 2020: perception and maturity stage

Working alongside our portfolio of hardware startups and monitoring the investment scenario's challenges…


A cidade de Quioto (Kyoto, em japonês 京都, que significa capital )- antiga sede imperial e destino turístico mais popular por aqui - é conhecida por preservar o gosto tradicional do Oriente. E otras cositas mas…

Esse é meu 2o post sobre o Japão, então dá uma olhada nas dicas para sua 1a vez por aqui.

Como residente, comecei uma série de dicas pra amigxs e nunca publiquei, então dessa vez deixei a preguiça de lado e resolvi dividir com outros viajantes algumas ideias sobre o Japão. (na verdade, quero convencer mais amigxs a virem me visitar antes que eu me vá de vez…)

Uma das partes mais locais de Quioto: o rio Kamo (Kamogawa). Fotos: Tugi Guenes (Série: Fall in love with Kyoto)

Na 1a vez pelo Japão, parece que todo viajante decide conhecer todos os lugares ao mesmo…


For the 4th consecutive year, the most International Hardware pitch competition in the US brings opportunities for entrepreneurs — more than just a USD 50,000 prize. See what you’ve missed this year!

Winners of@AlphaLabGear #HWCup2018. 1st Place, @SomaticLabs. 2nd, @wearlilu. 3rd, @lumirlight. Photo Credits: Foo Connor and Jekko.com

As a hardware startup supporter, I’ve been following AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup since 2016, when FabFoundry (NYC) invited us to co-organize a domestic version of the event. The idea was not only to select a Japanese candidate to go to Pittsburgh (where the global event happens), but also to identify gaps & opportunities in our ecosystem to foment local entrepreneurs.


For the 4th consecutive year, the most International Hardware pitch competition in the US brings opportunities for entrepreneurs — more than just a USD 50,000 prize. See what you’ve missed this year!

Winners of@AlphaLabGear #HWCup2018. 1st Place, @SomaticLabs. 2nd, @wearlilu. 3rd, @lumirlight. Photo Credits: Foo Connor and Jekko.com

As a hardware startup supporter, I’ve been following AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup since 2016, when FabFoundry (NYC) invited us to co-organize a domestic version of the event. The idea was not only to select a Japanese candidate to go to Pittsburgh (where the global event happens), but also to identify gaps & opportunities in our ecosystem to foment local entrepreneurs.


Desde que me mudei pra terra do sol nascente, notei a falta de informações mais baratas e acessíveis em português. Ficam aqui minhas dicas pras 4 estações, após esses anos vivendo aqui — pra quem planeja visitar a terrinha, comecem a pesquisar passagens já. Vem, gente!

Tokushima (Shikoku), onde o interior japonês é uma aventura. Foto: Kazuo Sasaki.

Primavera chegou, e com ela o FERVOR!

Eis que chega março, o mês mais movimentado no Japão! E com ele a debandada de turistas do mundo todo, que lotam vôos e todos os espaços no país, com seus smartphones e equipamentos topzera (leia-se self-sticks e todo tipo de câmeras GoPro oficial ou genéricas). …


We’re back with our Monozukuri Hub Meetup series, this time debuting at our brand new Kyoto Makers Garage. In this new hub, aiming to celebrate all kinds of makers, we invited two Japanese startups brave enough to break the silence and share their stories about their failures in the land of robotics!

One of the most important points in any community is the mutual collaboration, including sharing lessons and mistakes. But as I’ve noticed since started working in Japan, there’re still some taboos even in the startup ecosystem, specially when it comes to the “F” word. …


NYC-based startup introduces a personalized exercise & rehabilitation experience, optimizing human performance through robotics and data analytics.

Boston Biomotion is working hard to bring 21st Century innovation to a key industry that hasn’t gone too far in the last decades.

The American startup brings a SaaS business model that improves both injury recovering and performance results for healthcare professionals & athletes — and we’re thrilled to support such a promising project.

Think about Greece — what has changed in the world since the first Olympic Games?

Since 2015, when we started considering ways to support hardware startups, we learnt that only Project Management and Manufacturing expertise, our core business, wouldn’t be enough to empower IoT…


NYC-based startup introduces a personalized exercise & rehabilitation experience, optimizing human performance through robotics and data analytics.

Boston Biomotion is working hard to bring 21st Century innovation to a key industry that hasn’t gone too far in the last decades.

The American startup brings a SaaS business model that improves both injury recovering and performance results for healthcare professionals & athletes — and we’re thrilled to support such a promising project.

Think about Greece — what has changed in the world since the first Olympic Games?

Since 2015, when we started considering ways to support hardware startups, we learnt that only Project Management and Manufacturing expertise, our core business, wouldn’t be enough to empower IoT…

Sabrina Sasaki

World-citizen. Currently in Europe. Bachelor International Relations, Corporate Development Manager @Monozukuri Ventures. Passionate about cultures & people.

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