Japan-bound Smart City Startups navigate COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many companies and startups around the world, Mapxus from Hong Kong, an indoor mapping technology platform that provides state-of-the-art indoor map services for global applications, and Travellofrom Australia, a global social network for travelers with an in-destination booking platform and unique solution for travel companies to connect and communicate with their audience, have been adapting to the new landscape and keeping their projects going, ready for a post-COVID-19 world.

“To handle the COVID-19 situation, we have worked from home since the end of January. We developed different remote working software and cloud services to facilitate the co-working of indoor map building between our staff and partners. We believe the market will re-bloom after COVID-19 as the consumptive power is currently frozen, we are preparing to support different building owners / solution providers to develop location-based applications (for example loyalty programs or mall navigation, etc). We were recently featured in HK NowTV regarding this, as our objective is to drive the right person to the right place in the smart city maze.”, were the words of Ocean Ng, COO and Co-founder of Mapxus.

Mark Cantoni, the Australian COO and Co-Founder of Travello shares some of these same challenges,

“The Covid-19 Crisis has obviously severely impacted the travel industry worldwide, with the closure of borders and basically all tourism activities. We forecast that International Travel won’t rebound until well into 2021. As such, we predict Domestic and Hyper Local tourism will start to get traction relatively soon as Government restrictions are slowly wound back both here in Australia and overseas. We see a huge opportunity here and with the social element of Travello and the in-destination live booking capabilities on the platform, Travello is in a really good position to capitalise on this opportunity.”

As the challenges the business world and startup ecosystems across Asia face require new solutions, another company, Rainmaking Innovation Japan, the facilitator of Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka, has been working on new and alternative ways to support Japan market entry for promising ventures. Both Travello and Mapxus are graduates of the program and as a result have several Proof of Concept projects under their belt in partnership with large Japanese conglomerates they connected with during the program. Along with the Japanese Government’s recent push in innovation and new projects, Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka has opened their applications for their second cycle, working to tackle the new challenges the world faces in its needs for Smart City solutions in the everchanging world. Applications are open to all startups around the world with technologies related to Smart Cities. The program will be run either partially or completely remotely beginning late November this year.

Applications for Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka are open now; interested scaleups can learn more and apply here: https://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/scale-osaka/ 

The next FastTrack Webinar taking place on 24 June 2020 is currently accepting registrations here: https://www.startupbootcamp.org/events/fasttrack-webinar-2-scale-osaka/