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Concept of the JA Accelerator Program

We support startups that will solve social issues related to food, agriculture, and life.

OUR THEME

What is the JA Accelerator Program?

The JA Accelerator Program has the slogan "Create the Future of Food, Agriculture, and Life" as it looks for and selects startup companies with innovative ideas and technologies, offers support for intensive growth in a short period, and helps them develop new businesses and services.
By leveraging the strengths of the JA Group, such as relationships with customers and farmers, and various infrastructures, including stores, the program aims to solve a variety of social issues related to foods, agriculture, and life to nurture the seeds of future innovation.

FOCUS AREA

Focus Areas

In addition to the areas stated below, the program will call for a wide range of new ideas and technologies that are not bound to existing businesses.

01

AgTech

Agricultural fields have different issues, including labor shortages. We would like to cultivate food culture by achieving streamlining and enhancement of agriculture through innovation. The program widely looks for innovations that solve challenges in primary industry fields other than agriculture, as well.

02

FoodTech

While the world faces the challenges of climate change and population growth, innovative technologies that lead to stable food production and supply are needed. The program will call for innovations in every area from food production to processing to distribution and delivery to consumers.

03

LifeTech

くらし

As the population ages, health is an important issue in people's lives. In addition, the program will call for ideas that will bring convenience and abundance to daily life, such as tourism and information dissemination.

04

FinTech

金 融

The JA Group has a wide range of assets in the financial sector that includes banking and insurance. We would like to establish a new service that uses cutting-edge technology in this sector.

05

Local revitalization

地⽅創⽣

The Group is looking for products and services that will lead to the revitalization of local communities, as well as innovative business ideas that span multiple areas by fully utilizing the assets of the JA Group.

06

Others

サステナビリティ/その他

The Group widely calls for business ideas that will lead to the solution to a variety of social issues such as SDGs and sustainability.

Please use the following dedicated website for program details and application information.
(Applications are typically accepted between January and March each year.)

Results

Records of Chosen Companies

Results of
JA Accelerator

Batch 4

2022.5

2022.5

No. of application

179

Chosen startups

Batch 3

2021.5

2021.11

2021.5 2021.11

No. of application

211

Chosen startups

Batch 2

2020.5

2020.11

2020.5 2020.11

No. of application

161

Chosen startups

Batch 1

2019.5

2019.10

2019.5 2019.10

No. of application

192

Chosen startups

Results of
JA Accelerator Plant & Grow

2020.11

2021.3

2020.11 2021.3

No. of application

Nominated

Chosen startups

* We also run Plant & Glow, a nomination program, in addition to the open-call JA Accelerator.

Companies chosen for the JA Accelerator Program

[Companies in the third batch] Biotech venture company from Kumamoto that utilizes photosynthetic bacteria

Ciamo is engaged in research, development, and sales of kits for mass cultivation of photosynthetic bacteria that can be cultured in shochu (Japanese style aclohol) lees. It is working with the JA Group to utilize those bacteria for agriculture and fisheries.

COMPANY

Ciamo

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Movie

At the result presentation for the third term JA Accelerator