Southeast Asia's blockchain-powered fintech company OmiseGO, in collaboration with Japanese VC firm Global Brain, has announced that it will open its inaugural blockchain co-working space Shibuya in Tokyo later this year. Christened Neutrino, the initiative aims to assist the growth of the blockchain community in Japan, and also to connect innovators and projects to the global ecosystem. The Neutrino community will be putting heavy emphasis on building an active and inclusive culture, a critical component that will contribute to the success of blockchain startups. Members will benefit from Neutrino’s mentorship opportunities, exclusive events and co-working space. Several technology, government, business and community partners have been invited to participate in this initiative.

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Jun Hasegawa, CEO and Founder of OmiseGO, said: "Today, if you were curious to know how you could adopt the blockchain technology in your business, or keep up with all that is going on in the space, who or where would you find your answer?" "Among the many initiatives we are working on to grow this ecosystem and push blockchain out of the cyberspace, and in to the real world, we decided to launch a blockchain focused co-working space, where tech entrepreneurs, business people and regulators can interact," he added. Yasuhiko Yurimoto, President and CEO of Global Brain, said: "In addition to a strong culture, having an ecosystem to support projects is of equal importance. Key components which contribute to the success of blockchain startups are the opportunities to share and collaborate on ideas with the world’s cutting-edge projects, learn the best practices and business development strategies from them, and being able to apply the technology to real business use cases." Neutrino plans to expand throughout Asia and other parts of the world.

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Omise is building the OmiseGO network, a public Ethereum-based financial technology that enables real-time, peer-to-peer value exchange and payment services agnostically, across jurisdictions and organisational silos, and with both fiat and decentralised currencies. OmiseGO, with an additional contribution from Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin, is donating the equivalent of US$1 million in OMG tokens to refugees living in extreme poverty. GiveDirectly, an NGO that enables donors to send funds directly to people living in extreme poverty, will deliver the funds to the beneficiaries.