Startups, Scale-Ups, and Research Teams Are Invited To The Launch of A New Initiative for Innovators in the Hardware Space

TOKYO, Japan & Sofia, Bulgaria – For the first time, Murata expands its flagship Kumihimo Tech Camp outside of Japan. Murata Manufacturing, a global leader in advanced electronic materials, components, and high-density modules, has partnered with the Bulgarian office of Endeavor, the leading global entrepreneurial organization, to foster innovation by collaborating with promising startups, scale-ups, and research teams based in Bulgaria.


Kumihimo Tech Camp in Bulgaria is open to companies of all sizes and sectors, which use Murata products or have innovative ideas on how to use them. These companies can leverage Murata’s products and technological capabilities to increase their chances of successfully commercializing their ideas or establishing partnership opportunities with Murata Manufacturing. Additionally, research teams affiliated with universities and institutes are encouraged to join, offering them the unique opportunity to translate their innovative concepts into commercial reality.


On May 13, Kumihimo will be officially launched at the Orientation Day event, welcoming entrepreneurs, ecosystem leaders, and academics interested in learning more about the initiative. Orientation Day will kick off with Murata presenting their visionary insights and the driving force behind Kumihimo, setting the stage for an enlightening panel discussion on Technology Transfer. The esteemed panelists will include the Mayor of Sofia, Vassil Terziev, Milena Stoycheva, former Minister of Innovation and Growth, Hiroshi Iwatsubo, Senior Executive Vice President of Murata, and H.E. Mr. Hisashi Michigami, Ambassador of Japan in Bulgaria.


With a rich history of designing and supplying cutting-edge solutions across various sectors, such as communications, automotive, healthcare, and consumer electronics, Murata has a distinguished track record of technological advancement. Headquartered in Japan, the company operates globally across six continents, showcasing its commitment to driving innovation on a global scale.


Initiated in 2022, Kumihimo Tech Camp is a testament to Murata’s dedication to innovation. The project seeks to leverage Murata’s hardware expertise by collaborating with forward-thinking organizations and individuals. As the project expands to Bulgaria, Murata invites all startups, scale-ups, and research teams to explore the potential of integrating Murata’s hardware into groundbreaking products and solutions.


Takayuki Kaneko, Director of Strategic Marketing at Murata Europe

“KUMIHIMO Tech Camp with Murata” is a new project in which Murata Manufacturing provides our unique and advanced electronic components and modules to partner companies. Co-CREATION is the keyword for this project. Murata would like to complement each other’s shortcomings and create new business scenarios and make it happen. We are looking forward to seeing new advanced ideas with Murata components from Bulgaria. “


Simona Nikolova, Entrepreneurs Experience Director at Endeavor Bulgaria:


“Partnering with Murata Manufacturing is a natural extension of our everlasting mission and vision – empowering founders to scale their ideas into global companies by supporting them through their entrepreneurial journey. We are proud to bring Murata’s products and approach to innovation to the Bulgarian market and will relentlessly back those founders who can change entire industries by leveraging hardware in a groundbreaking way.”


For more information on Kumihimo Tech Camp and how to participate, please visit