Elevate Your Startup Ideas into a Tech-Charged Explosive Trajectory!

Where Your Ideas Meet Groundbreaking Technology

Are you ready to turn your visionary ideas into reality or take your startup to the next level? Elev X! is here to empower entrepreneurs like you. Our cutting-edge technology, experienced and dedicated team, and network of prominent industry figures are poised to help you meet real-world customer needs and drive societal progress.

Application Deadline: December 17th, 2023

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Elev X!

Elev X! is a venture studio program that exists to bring your ideas to fruition faster and with higher quality. The program provides funding, mentorship from industry leaders, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, our globally top competitive technology and human resources of researchers with entrepreneurial spirits.

Two ways to support depends on your phase.

Elev X! Ignite

Shape your ideas into business together with us

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Customer Discovery

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Customer Validation

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Launch

  • For entrepreneurs and founding teams in the ideation or prototyping phase
  • 6-9 months intensive program of Customer Discovery and Validation
  • We become your co-founder and first investor to create a scalable product from ideation to seed-ready startup
Elev X! Boost

Enhance your team and scale your business

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Product Development

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Launch

  • For pre-seed and seed startups looking to scale their product
  • 3-6 months custom program to validate a strong product-market fit
  • We support product development and business scale with top technology researchers

What We Provide

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Technology

  • World-class technology including AI/ML, analytics and more
  • Collaboration with NEC researchers
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Product Engineering

  • Product development and engineering resources available
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Funding

  • Up to $400k for up to 25% equity *Deals may vary
  • In-kind investment for business and product development
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Network

  • Access to the network of ecosystem partners such as Alchemist Accelerator, SVG Ventures | THRIVE and NEC group companies
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Hands-on Support & Mentorship

  • Co-working with experienced innovators
  • Mentorship by industry experts
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Workshops & Learning Contents

  • World-class coaches and industry leaders
  • Structured online sprint with domain experts and technical researchers

Our Team

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Shintaro Matsumoto

President & CEO

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Naoto Mizuguchi

CFO

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Nobu Morita

Director of Innovations

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Ryo Kaneko

Director of Innovations

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Ryoko Hirano

Director, Venture Studio and Marketing

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Shayan Ali Bhatti

Engineering Project Manager

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Alfonso Samano

Product Manager Lead

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Mai Takeuchi

Program Manager, Venture Studio and Community

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Yaeko Kon

Office Manager

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Portfolio

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FAQ

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Can we pitch the idea we have already been working on?

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We offer hybrid programs. Most of the group sessions and daily communications are virtual. However, some important workshop sessions are scheduled to be in-person in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Can we pitch the idea we have already been working on to apply for Elev X! Ignite?

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Yes, during the application process, we will inquire about the current status of your idea and determine the best path forward if you are accepted.

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We are raising a Series A round. Can we join Elev X! Boost and license NEC's technology?

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It really depends on a variety of factors. We are open to discussing your individual situation.

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Do you focus on a specific industry?

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No, we are industry agnostic. However, we possess greater expertise in agrifood, public safety, and enterprise software solutions, especially in marketing and advertising.

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Do you focus only on enterprise / B2B?

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No, we are open to both B2B and B2C ventures. However, in our past batches, we've seen more B2B businesses selected and succeeding within a short timeframe.

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