TechShop Tokyo’s second big advantage lies in the diversity of its membership base, which is rapidly approaching 1,000 in number. Having proved very popular with corporate clients, such now comprise one-third of the total membership. In that a corporate membership requires that at least five individuals register to use the TechShop Tokyo facilities, the workshop now has numerous big businesses on its books. These members have joined for various purposes, such including the fleshing-out of new business ideas, the prototyping of new products, and for networking opportunities among the growing TechShop Tokyo membership community. Meanwhile, membership has also proven very popular among start-ups, businesses backed by venture capital, university research laboratories, and groups of students exploring business ideas, etc. Additionally, across various domains, in looking towards the future, TechShop Tokyo is hoping to focus more closely on efforts to support both business-incubation and development activities.
TechShop Tokyo’s third big advantage lies in the events that it conducts. As corporate occasions, it provides a venue for open-innovation discussions where people can get together to work with one another to develop new businesses and formulate new ideas. Meanwhile, among its membership of roughly 1,000 highly-creative and positive minds whose background stretches right across the manufacturing sector, both individuals and groups can also use full-function machine tools to turn out high-quality prototypes at organised events. It is this ability to plan, manage, implement and provide such events in which TechShop Tokyo’s excels.