Tokyo Otaku Mode wins first The Bridge/CNET Japan Startup Awards


See also our coverage in Japanese.

The Bridge and CNet Japan are proud to jointly announce the winners of the Japan Startup Awards. 20 startups were nominated, which we have featured over the past few days in our nominee rundown.

Among the nominees, the winners were chosen based on over 10,000 votes from readers of The Bridge and CNet Japan.

Top award winner

Supplementary prize: 500,000 yen in cash (about $4840)

tom-iconTokyo Otaku Mode (See our past coverage of them here)

Tokyo Otaku Mode curates content about Japanese otaku/geek culture and presents it to a global audience. It has now more than 14 million likes on its Facebook fan page.


The CNet Japan Award winner

Supplementary prize: 300,000 yen in cash

retty-logoRetty (our past coverage)

Retty is a Tokyo-based startup providing social restaurant recommendation where users can find the best restaurants according to their social contacts.

The Bridge Award winner

Supplementary prize: 300,000 yen in cash

MONOCO (our past coverage)

What began as Flutterscape has shifted gears to become a B2C service called Monoco. It sells designer interior products to a global market.

Photo courtesy: Monoco CTO Ari Awan

The winners of the Japan Startup Awards were announced at CNet Japan Live 2013, CNet Japan’s annual showcase event. The awards were made possible by sponsorship from NTT Docomo Ventures and KDDI, as well as cooperation from Japanese startup-focused marketing agency Value Press.

The following investment firms and incubators cooperated in selecting nominees for the awards:

Anri, Beenos, CyberAgent (investment unit), CyberAgent Ventures, Global Brain, Globis Capital Partners, Gree Ventures, iMercury Capital, Industrial Growth Platform, Infinity Venture Partners, Itochu Technology Ventures, KDDI, Klab Ventures, Lead Capital Management, Movida Japan, Skyland Ventures, YJ Capital, Samurai Incubate, and Venture United.