We are pleased to announce that Lipper Corporation has passed the first round of the WAVES (WAVES, operated by eiicon Co., Ltd.) start-up business plan competition organised by Shizuoka Prefecture, and has advanced to the final round.

WAVES Final Judging

The 10 companies that pass the document screening, including Lipper Corporation, will now go through business mentoring and make their pitches at the final screening to be held at GRANSHIP (Shizuoka Convention Arts Centre) on 26 March 2024 (Thursday).

The pitches will be judged from six perspectives (target/problem, solution, regional affinity, business model, feasibility and planning) and the 1st to 3rd Grand Prix will be selected.

Grand prizes

1st: JPY 10 million / 1 company

2nd: JPY 5 million / 1 company

3rd: JPY 3 million / 1 company

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WAVES Overview

In September 2023, Shizuoka Prefecture formulated the ‘Shizuoka Prefecture Start-up Support Strategy’ in order to clarify its commitment to supporting start-ups, which could become the future drivers of employment, income and finances in the prefecture, to build momentum for start-up support and to promote collaboration with relevant organisations.

This year, based on this strategy, the ‘Shizuoka Prefecture Start-up Business Plan Contest WAVES’ is being organised, which aims to implement start-up businesses in the region.

Supporting outstanding start-ups that solve local problems

This business plan competition invites local problem-solving ideas from start-ups from within and outside the prefecture, and aims to grow and implement new businesses in the region that will revitalise the whole of Shizuoka Prefecture through an overall programme of brush-up/follow-up and other activities.

Operating entity

  • Organised by: Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Operated by: eiicon Ltd.
  • Regional supporter:


Ito City, Iwata City, Kikugawa City, Kosai City, Shizuoka City, Shimada City, Numazu City, Fukuroi City, Fuji City, Fujieda City, Makinohara City, Mishima City, Yaizu City

Supporting institutions and related organisations:

SHIP, Fujieda Station co-working space in front of Fujieda Station, FUSE/ Hamamatsu Iwata Shinkin Bank, Mishima Chamber of Commerce and Industry.