Startbahn, Inc.

  • CEO:
    Taihei Shii



The realization of society where art is democratized and becomes more familiar and valuable as property and culture

With the evolution of technology, Quality of Life will be more and more important in the future as we are transitioning from society that focuses on labor.

In such a future, we expect that people’s creativity will have greater role in advancing not only their culture but also economy

In order to help creating such a society and build an infrastructure for it, we take initiatives to bridge the gap between technology and art.

For instance, Startbahn is developing “Art Blockchain Network (ABN)” as a core product which enables recording, tracking, and sharing information of artwork by utilizing blockchain technology. We also develop API for making a better use of ABN and our own and jointly managed art-related web services.



(Taihei) Shii, a contemporary artist and a graduate of the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, was concerned about the lack of technological infrastructure in the field of art although many technological infrastructures had already been developed in other fields. So, he founded Startbahn with the aim of bridging the gap between technology and art.


Startbahn has acquired related patents in Japan and the US, and there is little competition in the Blockchain x Art field.
Our team has deep knowledge of this field, so we are in a position where we can make proposals regarding active changes in it.
Startbahn is highly recognized as a leading company in Art x Blockchain initiative in Japan.
Startbahn has technical expertise in blockchain application design and development based on its continuous effort to develop and improve ABN.

UTEC value up

UTEC's investment in Startbahn shows a global-level trust in our commitment to blockchain technology. This is crucial because neither legal procedure nor social credential of blockchain technology is established yet globally.

  • Art Blockchain Network (ABN),”developed by Startbahn, designed to be an infrastructure for art industry utilizing blockchain technology.

  • Web service “B-OWND”,developed jointly by Tanseisha and Startbahn, on which Japanese traditional craft works are sold with ABN blockchain certificates.

  • Web service “startbahn.org”, managed by Startbahn, on which artists and galleries sell their artworks and issue blockchain certificates online.