Startup Weekend Manazuru Dec8-10 @Satoumi Base

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:50 - Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:00 JST

Manazuru Industrial vitalization Centre(Satoumi Base)



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Ticket ¥5,000 prepaid
Ticket + Sleeping Domitory (Male) ¥7,000 prepaid
Ticket + Sleeping Domitory (Female) ¥7,000 prepaid
7 meals during the session included. ※ Dorm Room : Female / Male separated


■ Hack Manazuru! Hack in Manazuru!! - Manazuru to the World

The event , spread in over 700 cities and towns around the world, now comes BACK to Manazuru !!!

To the World... Yes! This time is really one opportunity to access global level. We will have this in "Global Startup Weekend". This means, winning team or teams qualified with Sponsor's requirements will have chance to be veted online afterwards in order to proceed to Startup Weekend's global level competition.

Hack ... "With the word Hacker, you might imagine some bad guys intruding your computers. However, among engineers, it means to fix something or to work on something in order for new creation."
(by Mr. Joi ITO - director of the MIT Media Lab  reference [in Japanese lang only...])

We had honor to be the very first to hold this event among Town size or smaller regions in Japan and we will be back! We would like to welcome you all on board here in Manazuru to "hack" new business ideas. To the 54-hour journey on one weekend.

Please don't mess this chance to challenge toward Global Startup Battle from Manazuru.
We will have a warm welcome to your curiosity and challenging spirits!

【 About Manazuru Venue 】

  • We have dormitory tickets available (7 Female dormitory tickets & 6 Male dormitory tickets)
Dormitory Room (Female) Dormitory Room (Male) Shower Room
  • Other than above, please arrange necessary hostel services by yourselves
       (Manazuru Tourist Information Centre will support you for arrangement.)

Hostel Info reference:
Manazuru Town Tourist Information Centre
(They accept telephone inquiry tel: 0465-68-2543 For Mail inquiry:

※ We noticed English assistance on the site is not well-provided.

 Please contact us if you need assistance.
* We plan to serve some local cuisine

  • Sunday Last Train to Tokyo Shibuya, Shinagawa, Shinjyuku 22:44 departing JR Manazuru STN

■ What do I do in Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend (SW) is a "start-up experience event" in order to create new business model.

In this one weekend, you will get to experience the whole process that you would face when you sail out to launch a start-up.

(From pitching your business ideas to someone, make them connected emotionally, form a team, etc. to create actual objects, acquire customers and sell your products or service. We make you challenge those things in this one weekend.)

SW begins with 1 minute business idea pitch on Friday evening. Then form teams with people declaring his/her roll as either Hustler / Hacker / Designer.
Each team prepares a UX (User Experience) featured MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and business model by Sunday evening.

Roughly explaining, a Hustler takes a roll of management and customer development, Hacker - function development, Designer features user friendly designs.
(To see more precise definitions of these 3 rolls, please check the last section of this notice - "SW FAQ" along with basic rules of SW.
Hustler - "one who measures" / Hacker - "Visualizer by making things" / Designer - "learner to apply")

Important message from us is that with these 3 days, just the event is over. But for future entrepreneurs it is beginning of your journey. Please come and feel the vibe by yourselves! We will try hard to prepare a "stage" that will be unforgettable for you. However, what to "perform" on the stage is up to you.
We look forward to seeing you all in Manazuru!!

Time Table

18:15 Venue opens 9:00AM Day2 begins
 (breakfast provided)
9:00AM Day3 begins
 (breakfast provided)
19:00 Opening Party
 "Pizza & Beer"

 Ice breaking time among participants over meal & drinks.
9:30AM MVP creation and user testing
 (Your first target is "to acquire the very first customer"
12:00PM Lunch
19:30 Mini Game
 (As a warm-up for 1-min idea pitch and team building)
12:00PM Lunch 15:00 Tech Check toward Your Final Presentations
 (plug your devices to the devices provided at the venue and check)
20:00 60 sec idea pitch by participants 14:00 Consultation by Coaches
 (Consultation Tables will be provided)
20:45 Vote to Ideas 18:30 Dinner 18:45 Judging&Awards
21:15 Team Building & Self-introductions 21:00 End of Day2
22:00 End of Day1 19:00 Wrap-up Party
21:00 End of Day3 Let's go home!


Sylvain Pierre Photo
Sylvain Pierre Officience and Le Wagon Tokyo co-founder
Sylvain is the co-founder of Officience and Le Wagon Tokyo.He left France for Vietnam at age 23 to co-found Officience, a 200-employee IT outsourcing company.He relocated in Japan in August 2016 to open the representative office of its Vietnam-based company, and to launch the very first English programming bootcamp in Japan, Le Wagon Tokyo.Sylvain regularly coaches startups, and is specialized in product launch, growth and development.

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For cancellation, please contact us until 18:00 on Monday September 12th.
We will have 100% reimbursement.
Contacts after that, we cannot accept requests for reimbursement.
Thank you for your understanding.


  • There is no rule in Startup Weekend. - Except ;)
    (No rule is the rule.)

  • You are coFounders. Not employers and employees.

  • Who is The Idea Man? Hacker, Hustler, Designer, Anyone!

  • Hustler: Measure. Test the value of your visualized idea.
     Measure the value of products and services, measure customer needs.
     Talk, "exploit" or "hustle" etc. and bring out customers' real feelings.
     Feedback your measured results to your team. Sell. Experiment.
     !) Hustle not with your team
     but with your customers and users.

<Note: Hustler>
Originally as defined in dictionaries. →

It can never be a permitted act to deceive someone for fund-raise. However, hustling is a necessary act when you intend to bring out customers' real feelings that they have not even realized by themselves.

  • Hacker: Visualize. Make your ide visible with any means - Hardware, Software, using Papers, anything.
     Putting value aside, make something in order to visualize.
     Prioritize Visualization most - visualize your hypothesis, visualize the value of your products or services.
     Do start-up now and here, Don't do hackaton.

  • Designer: "Lerner". UX not UI. Adding values which you've found or learn out of the data from Hustler.
     To where? Things your team produces: Ideas & Products.
     Fine-tune the value of your products or services.

  • Pitch is ? Not to explain your ideas to others but to make them get connected to your ideas. Motivate them to act in order to give your idea a shape!

  • Pitch 1min -> 1st Discussion 10min for preparing vote -> Vote 3min -> Pitch Winners' 2nd pitch 30sec -> 2nd Discussion 15min for fixing teams.

  • Startup Weekend is not about winning.
     SW creates not Startups but Entrepreneurs

  • Startup Weekend is not Hackathon.

  • Startup Weekend is not Event company.

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