On July 21, Shueisha’s new business development department and the editorial department of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that they have launched the “Manga Tech 2020: Shueisha Startup Accelerator Program.” The program seeks idea submissions from those who want to “change the future of manga,” “accelerate the evolution of manga,” and “update the manga industry.”
The program seeks new business proposals from startup companies and individuals for the manga, character licensing, and publishing industries. The program is accepting ideas until September 30, with a screening of submissions taking place from late October to late November.
The winning submission will receive 1 million yen to assist in implementing the proposal, while the first and second runner-ups will receive 500,000 yen and 100,000 yen respectively.
Those who are eligible for the program will be able to receive entrepreneurship and management support from the Weekly Shonen Jump editorial department and new business development department.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web