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THE GEAR: KAJIMA'S GLOBAL INNOVATION HUB

We are building an open and collaborative ecosystem that brings together the best startups and industry players in the built environment.

OPEN INNOVATION HUB

A collaborative workspace located in Changi Business Park with world-class

innovation testbed and cutting-edge laboratories to test and develop new solutions.

STARTUP RESIDENCY PROGRAMME

An acceleration program for best-in-class resident startups developing solutions to accelerate validation to transform the built environment.

COLLABORATIVE ECOSYSTEM BUILDING

An ecosystem that brings together top startup talents, universities, corporations, and governments in the built environment  to foster the co-creation of new solutions that solves industry’s biggest challenges and shape the future together.

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STARTUP RESIDENCY PROGRAMME

We believe in the power of collaborative ventures combining the best of corporate strength and startup agility.

The GEAR Startup Residency Program, powered by Rainmaking, is a 6-month accelerator program that supports early-stage startups to accelerate solution and business validation in a live testbed environment and opportunity to solve real business challenges and co-create new solutions with Kajima.

The GEAR program provides
startups exclusive access to the wider built environment network to amplify your connections and impact the industry.

UNIQUE PROGRAMME FEATURES

Accelerate your solution validation in a world-class innovation testbed with live building data and R&D facilities

De-risk and speed up your business desirability and viability validation through structured methodology and iterative approach

Close collaboration and insights exchange with Kajima business leaders

Expand your network with exclusive access to tight-knit community of likeminded startups, local and Japanese partners

KEY THEMES

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REVOLUTIONISING THE
FUTURE OF WORK

Focus areas:

  • Occupant behaviour tracking and ways of working 

  • Space visualisation and optimisation

  • Collaboration & Productivity tools

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INTEGRATION OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN BUILDINGS

Focus areas:

  • Occupant health and wellness tracking

  • Data analytics & insights 

  • Personalised health services 

  • Wellness based interior design

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TRANSFORMING THE
FUTURE OF SERVICES

Focus areas:

  • Service robotics hardware and software

  • Augmented and virtual reality technology

  • Operations design and optimisation

  • Data analytics and service personalisation

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ADVANCING CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

Focus areas:

  • Digitisation and workflow management

  • Construction Robotics

TIMELINE

APPLICATIONS
OPEN

SELECTION

PROGRAMME
KICK-OFF

PHASE 1 : FUNDAMENTALS OF VALUE PROPOSITION DESIGN

PHASE 2 : BUSINESS
MODEL & SOLUTION VALIDATION

PHASE 3 :
PITCH & ROADMAP DEVELOPMENT

19 Jun - 11 Aug 2023

Click here to fill up the application 

Aug 2023

Shortlist and selection of startups

Sep 2023

Programme orientation and objective setting sessions

Sep - Nov 2023

Nov - Dec 2023

Jan - Mar 2024

  • Dedicated workshops by experienced startup builder

  • 1:1 deep dive coaching and mentoring sessions

  • Co-creation discussions with Kajima

  • Curated built environment events

  • Demo Day

FAQ

1. What is The GEAR?
2. Who is Kajima Corporation?
3. Who is Rainmaking?
4. What is Rainmaking’s role?
5. Who can apply?
6. What is the application process like?
7. How many startups will be selected for the programme?
8. What is the geographical scope of the programme?
9. What facilities are made available during the accelerator programme?
10. When will I be informed that I’m selected for the programme?
11. Will KD or RMI take any equity in the selected startups?
12. What is the level of commitment for the programme?
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