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Tokyo Start-Up Ecosystem

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2021-09-01
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2021-09-01
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This report analyzes the start-up ecosystem in Tokyo and the greater surrounding area in Japan in the transition of the innovation model to a hybrid of traditional public sector-university-corporation research and development (R and D) combined with start-up agile innovation. It first introduces the role of a start-up ecosystem in contributing to the development of global cities, and thus to the wider national economy. It then takes a country-level view of Japan’s innovation system, within which the metropolitan region operates, in the transition to the innovation-start-up ecosystem. This description is followed by an analysis of the specifics of the Tokyo start-up ecosystem - which consists of investment, support infrastructure, and skills infrastructure - factors that merit close inspection and deep analytics. And finally, the report ends with conclusions - what can be done better or differently to exploit opportunities within Tokyo - but also wider lessons for other global cities.
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Mulas, Victor; Astudillo, Pablo; Riku, Takashi; Wyne, Jamil; Zhang, Xin. 2021. Tokyo Start-Up Ecosystem. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/36462 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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