Kansai Innovation Initiative(KSII)


J-NEXUS:NEXt University-Society open innovation initiative(Approved project by METI Government of Japan to promote industry-academia collaboration)

Industry-academia-government-financial group gather in Kansai Japan. Building up a New Innovation Ecosystem of industry-academia fusion.

Kansai Area

“Kansai” means the area consisting of 6 prefectures.
  - Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo (Kobe), Nara, Wakayama   

Outline of Main Activities


・ forms a network of co-creation in Kansai region that   transcends prefectural boundaries.

・ supports the commercialization of seeds and the growth of university-originated startups that solve social issues.

・ promotes the matching between the startups originated from university and  Enterprise, supports the Proof of Concept and so on by leverage KSII’s network.  

Vision for the future

KSII will:

・ realize an industry-academia fusion hub and run a self-sustaining business after the subsidy period end (FY2024).

・ connect the network and functions of the industry-academia  fusion hub to the innovation facilities in the “Umekita 2nd  project”, and contribute to making Kansai  a major center of innovation.


University and National Research Institute

Kyoto University

Osaka University

Kobe University

Shiga University of Medical Science

Kyoto Institute of Technology

Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Nara University of Education

Nara Women’s University

Wakayama University

The University of Shiga Prefecture

Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

Kyoto Prefectural University

Osaka Metropolitan University

Nara Medical University

University of Hyogo

Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology

Kyoto Seika University

Kyoto University of the Arts

Kyoto University of Advanced Science

Doshisha University

Ritsumeikan University

Ryukoku University

Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University

Setsunan University

Osaka Institute of Technology

Kansai University

Kindai University

Kwansei Gakuin University

Konan University

National Institute of Technology, Nara College

Banks, investment companies and Economic organization etc.

Kansai Economic Federation

Kansai Association of Corporate Executives

The Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Development Bank of Japan Inc.

Japan Finance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

MUFG Bank, Ltd. 

Mizuho Bank, Ltd. 

Resona Bank, Limited

Bank of Kyoto, Ltd. 

The Senshu Ikeda Bank, Ltd.

Kansai Mirai Bank, Limited

Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank


Osaka Shinkin Bank 

The Osaka City Shinkin Bank 

Osaka Shoko Shinkin Bank

Kyoto University Innovation Capital Co., Ltd.

Osaka University Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd.

Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd. 

Resona Capital Co., Ltd. 


Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology

Osaka Business Development Agency

Advanced Science,Technology & Management Research Institute of KYOTO

KYOTO Industrial Support Organization 21

Kyoto Chiesangyo Sozonomori

Keihanna Research-Complex project

Academic Industry Research Inc. (AIR)

Kyoto Research Park Co., Ltd. 

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC

National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training(INPIT)

Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Osaka

Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Kyoto

Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Kobe

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation

Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation

Plug and Play Japan Co., Ltd. 

Monozukuri Ventures Co., Ltd.

Nippon Venture Capital Co., Ltd. 

Rainmaking Innovation Japan GK


Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute

Kansai Innovation Center

The New Industry Research Organization


Shiga Prefecture

Kyoto prefecture

Osaka prefecture

Hyogo prefecture

Nara Prefecture

Wakayama Prefecture

Kyoto City

Osaka city

Kobe City

Sakai City

Union of Kansai Governments

Area support organization

Urban Innovation Institute