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Company History

Nov 2019
Launched DOKOCHA, a digital platform for Japanese Tea locations and experiences in Japan with our first Tea Business Partners: Satén Japanese Tea, Mixology Salon, Nakamura Tokichi, Tagashira Chaho, Chakas Japanese Tea & Onigiri, Senchado, and TsujiriHei Honten
Dec 2019
Founder & CEO, Cyrielle Thomas, received approval for a Startup Visa and an invitation to start business in Fukuoka City
Feb 2020
Yamamotoyama Fujie Sabo, OIL by Bijutsu Techo, and Ippuku&Matcha joined the DOKOCHA platform
Mar 2020
Founder & CEO, Cyrielle Thomas, moved from France to Fukuoka with support from Fukuoka City
May 2020
First QR code menus became available on DOKOCHA for Tagashira Chaho. These menus give Tagashira Chaho's teas more accessibility and visibility to foreign tourists and ex-pats
Jul 2020
DIGITOMENU was created to provide QR Code Menu technology to local businesses
Sep 2020
Founder & CEO, Cyrielle Thomas, was interviewed by JJ Walsh in the "Inbound Ambassador" podcast series, #seekingsustainabilitylive
DIGITOMENU and DOKOCHA were featured on the TV Show "Support Local" Fukuoka Connection News on J:COM and in the PR section of our Business Partner, Kawaya in Fukuoka
Dec 2020
Released a promotional campaign for Yamecha (Yame Teas) on DOKOCHA in partnership with Ikkyu, and with the support of Fukuoka Prefecture and the Yame Tea Association. (“YAME: THE SECRETS OF THE HIDDEN TEA VALLEY” has 4 episodes to watch)
Established DOKOJAPAN K.K., the Japanese entity which holds the two brands/products: DOKOCHA & DIGITOMENU
DOKOJAPAN K.K. received Fukuoka Startup Certification
Mar 2021
Secured pre-seed fundraising from KYOTO VISTA GLOBAL Ltd. directed by Patrick Ryan, an Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor, and Vice-President of Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC)
DOKOJAPAN K.K. selected to appear on Fukuoka City's MATCHUP website
Jul 2021
New platform launched for DIGITOMENU with updated design and features
Implemented DIGITOMENU QR code menus at Kawaya (Kego, Otemon, Shirogane)
Sep 2021
DIGITOMENU certified as a Fukuoka City Excellent Trial Product
Oct 2021
Implemented DIGITOMENU's QR code menus at Broadway Burger + Cafe, Broadway Cafe Bayside, and Broadway Cafe Marizon
Nov 2021
DIGITOMENU was selected to be listed on J-GoodTech, an online business matching platform operated by SME SUPPORT JAPAN (a Governmental Organization recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) of Japan)
Feb 2022
DIGITOMENU was selected by Fukuoka City to participate as an online exhibitor at the Yokohama Tech Show
Mar 2022
Implemented DIGITOMENU's QR code menus at Café Rassembler located in the Fukuoka Zoo
DIGITOMENU selected to participate in a Fukuoka City Hall exhibition
Secured seed fundraising from KYOTO VISTA GLOBAL Ltd.
Started an SDG partnership with One Tree Planted to plant trees around the planet for new QR code menus created on DIGITOMENU #MenuForGood
Implemented DIGITOMENU's QR code menus at Kawaya Gion
Apr 2022
DIGITOMENU appeared in Fukuoka City's PR video on the website: Startup City Fukuoka
DIGITOMENU was featured in the new Catalog of Products & Services of Fukuoka City
DIGITOMENU was certified by Fukuoka Prefecture as a Multilingual Service Provider for Restaurants (Inbound Solution) and listed in their catalog
DIGITOMENU became a member of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. View the introduction page and welcome announcement from the Chamber here
Jul 2022
DIGITOMENU featured on Love FM's radio show: Goodness☆Business
Sep 2022
DIGITOMENU selected to participate in a Fukuoka City Hall exhibition
Oct 2022
CEO & Founder, Cyrielle Thomas, was selected by Google for Startups and Startup Lady to participate as a speaker for the event, "Story Night", and share her entrepreneurial journey in Japan and business activities at DOKOJAPAN K.K.
DOKOJAPAN K.K. accepted as a member of Google For Startups Japan.
Nov 2022
DOKOJAPAN K.K. invited to join Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima and his delegation in Bordeaux (France) to participate in the 40th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities as a success model for startups and as a symbol of the connection between the two cities.
DIGITOMENU selected by the Cabinet Office of Japan to be featured in the TV program "The Project Japan - A Regional Renaissance Powered by Digital Technologies" on Channel JAPAN by Nikkei, broadcasted on CNBC Asia and Nikkei CNBC. Part of the initiative "Digital Garden City Nation" led by Prime Minister Kishida.