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Office and Residential Rent Subsidy Program for Foreign Startups (FY2018)

Subsidy Program (345kbyte)pdf

1. Objectives and Outline

Fukuoka City Government will provide financial aid towards rental costs for residence and/or business office to foreign entrepreneurs in Fukuoka City. The objectives of this subsidy program are to make Fukuoka a global startup city that attracts entrepreneurs from around the world, to promote business startups by foreigners, and to support businesses that are attractive to the city.


2. Eligible Person

Foreign entrepreneurs who will or are planning to, establish a business in Fukuoka City on or after April 1st, 2016 and meet all of the following requirements are eligible for the subsidy.

  1.  Must acquire the “Business Manager” residency status. (Startup Visa holders also may submit an application for certification of their business, but must have changed their residency status to “Business Manager” to apply for the subsidy.)
  2. Must be intending to operate a long-term business in Fukuoka City.
  3. Must reside in Fukuoka City.
  4. Must not be delinquent on any payments of municipal tax.

3. Eligible Industries

Businesses that fall under one of the five industries listed below, have been certified to be a leading business, and are expected to strengthen Fukuoka’s international competitiveness and improve the employment rate, are eligible for the subsidy.

  1. Knowledge Creating Industries (Semi-conductors, software development, content production, robotics, etc.)
  2. Health, Medical, and Welfare Industries (Pharmaceutical development ventures, medical technology development, regenerative medicine, welfare equipment development, etc.)
  3. Environment & Energy Industries (Clean energy development, next-generation power storage technology, global information systems, etc.)
  4. Logistics Industries (Global SCM services, 3PL services, international delivery, drone logistics development, etc.)
  5. Trade Industries (Businesses investing in international market opportunities for goods made in Fukuoka, or utilizing Hakata Port and/or Fukuoka Airport, etc.)
    Note: Businesses in the trade-related industry must be new or greatly contribute to the growth of other firms within the city.

4. Applicable Expenses

The subsidy is to be used for renting a residence and business office (including common service and maintenance fees) that are required to launch the new business. The expenses must meet the following requirements:


Requirements
① Documentation that shows necessary expenses, and proves that the payments associated with them were made.
② The expenses covered by the subsidy program are those generated after the application for business certification is submitted, from the day the business is founded and the rent contract is finalized.


5. Subsidized Amount and Eligible Facilities

See the chart below for eligible residences or business offices and the subsidy amounts. (Consumption tax, parking, security deposit, key money, real estate commission, insurance, guarantor fee, and other initial expenses are not covered by the subsidy).


        Residence       Business Office
Eligible Facilities Private-sector apartmentsPrivate-sector offices and incubation facilities
Monthly Subsidy  Limit ¥70,000 / Month ¥50,000 / Month
Subsidy Rate Up to 50% of the Monthly Rent
Duration of Subsidy Up to 12 Months (from the Start Date of Subsidy Provision to March 31th, 2019)

(※1) Subsidy provision will begin from April 1, or the date the business is founded and the rent contract is finalized, whichever is later. However, this date MUST be the first day of a given month. In the event that it is not, subsidy provision will begin on the first day of the following month.
* Entrepreneurs who combine their residence and office also may be eligible to receive the subsidy. In this case, the monthly subsidy limit is the sum of the limits for residence and business office.


6.Scheme of the Program


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※ Note: Applications for the subsidy (⑤) are limited to applicants whose Startup Business Certification application has been approved. The deadline for Subsidy Application is the end of December 2018.


7. Approved Number of Applicants

Approximately five applicants


8. Screening Process

Applicants will be selected and their businesses certified through the screening of their application documents as well as interviews (by the screening panel).
The screening panel will carrying out its reviews through interviewing applicants whose documents have passed the screening process. The date, time, and venue of the review will be relayed to the eligible applicants after the screening process is completed.

≪Standards for Screening≫

  • Originality and excellence-in-field
  • Feasibility
  • Profitability
  • Sustainability
  • Funding plans, employment plans
  • Ripple effect on the local economy

9. Required Documents

The documents listed below must be submitted in Japanese.


  1. Startup Business Certification Application (Form 1) Form 1 (25kbyte)doc
  2. A copy of the applicant’s Residence Card (applicant must also have acquired a “Business Manager” status or a Startup Visa)
  3. New Business Implementation Plan (Form 1-2) Form (146kbyte)doc
  4. Applicant’s CV/Resume (Form 1-3) Form (64kbyte)doc
  5. Other Required Documents (applicants may be requested to submit additional documents)
    ※Please note that the submitted documents will not be returned. Documents and information will only be used for the purpose of screening for this subsidy program.

10. Deadline and Submission

(1) Deadline and Method of Submission
Applicants must submit all required documents by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at the location shown below.


(2) Place of Submission
Business Startup & University Collaboration Section, Economy, Tourism & Culture Bureau, Fukuoka City
14F, 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-8620
Persons in Charge: Matsuo, Hashimoto
Phone: 092-711-4455


11. Schedule


  By May 15th, 2018②  Submit Application for Startup Business Certification
  Around June 2018③  Screening of New Business Implementation Plan
  From July 2018④  Notification of Screening Results
⑤  Accepting Subsidy Application
  Around December 2018⑤  Deadline of Subsidy Application
  Around February 2019⑥  Subsidy Provision Confirmation
  Around April 2019⑦  Performance Report
⑧  Inspection
  Around May 2019⑨Request for Subsidy
⑩Payment of Subsidy