Web3 Incubation Program by Sony Network Communications and Astar
Utilizing Sony Network Communications' resources and Astar's expertise, the two companies will jointly nurture Web3 projects through an incubation program.
Sony Network Communications Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Jun Watanabe, hereinafter referred to as Sony Network Communications), will collaborate with Startale Labs Pte Ltd (Singapore, CEO: Sota Watanabe, hereinafter referred to as Startale) and jointly host the Web3 Incubation Program Powered by Sony Network Communications and Astar. The program will run from the middle of March until the middle of June this year.
What is the Web3 Incubation Program by Sony Network Communications and Astar?
Startale is a company that develops dApps and infrastructure on Astar Network and provides business consulting services based on its expertise in multi-chain protocols. The company supports support a large community of developers, enterprises, and entrepreneurs to build financial products, NFT projects, and benefit from decentralized technology.
Sony Network Communications, an operating company of the Sony Group, established Sony Network Communications Singapore Pte. Ltd. in Singapore in April 2022 to conduct contracted development and consulting business related to NFT (Non-Fungible Token) products.
Sony Network Communications will co-host an incubation program specializing in Web3 with Startale and provide business strategy/tech support to participants by leveraging Astar’s development, past consulting and R&D business expertise. The program will start accepting applications on February 17.
The program invites participants from around the world, regardless of their Web3 startup phase. The incubation program, which will begin in March, will include sessions from global VC firms and Web3 companies, as well as business and technology strategy sessions. In June, an offline demo day will be held in Japan during Japan Blockchain Week.*
The program will also include the following features:
- Direct connections and feedback with world-class web3 companies such as Web3 Foundation and Alchemy, as well as free access to informative sessions.
- You will not only have access to the resources of Sony Network Communications and Astar, but you will also be provided with tech support and financial assistance. Promising companies will be considered for investment from Sony Network Communications.
- After the incubation program, there will be product demonstration sessions with Sony Network Communications and product growth support with the Astar team.
To participate in the program, please visit this page and submit your application:
*Blockchain events that will be held intensively in Japan in June.
Comment from Sota Watanabe, CEO of Startale Labs
We are pleased to launch the Web3 incubation program with Sony Network Communications, an operating company of the Sony Group, which has been involved in the NFT sector and other Web3 initiatives within the Group. We hope to share the knowledge and resources of both companies to provide value to the participants selected for the program and create new use cases and projects.
What is Startale Labs?
Startale Labs is a Web3 tech company developing multi-chain applications and infrastructure. We will also conduct R&D and incubation activities based on the experience and connections we have cultivated with Astar Network. In addition, a subsidiary, Startale Labs Japan, was established in Japan on January 31, and will provide Web3 business development and consulting services in Japan, leveraging the strengths of public blockchain from Japan.
About Astar Network
Astar Network is a dApps platform and Japan’s first public blockchain that serves as a smart contract hub for the multi-chain era. Backed by the world’s top investors such as Polychain, Binance, and Coinbase, it is the world’s third public blockchain to connect to Polkadot in 2021.
About Sony Network Communications
The Sony Group operates a variety of businesses such as Game & Network Services, Music, Pictures, Entertainment Technology & Services, Imaging & Sensing Solutions, and Financial Services. As a business company of the Sony Group, Sony Network Communications is involved in the communication business, IoT business, AI business, and solution service business, and promotes new businesses by utilizing assets within the Sony Group. In April 2022, Sony Network Communications established Sony Network Communications Singapore Pte. Ltd. in Singapore to engage in NFT related development outsourcing and consulting businesses.
Company Name: Sony Network Communications Inc.
Headquarters: 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan
President and Representative Director: Jun Watanabe