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TECH PLANTER in Singapore 2022 Demo Day Announcement

TECH PLANTER in Singapore 2022 Demo Day Announcement

In order to help bring deep technologies into society, TECH PLANTER ASEAN has again started a new season this 2022, and the third Demo Day will be held in Singapore.


This year, 9 finalists out of 34 applications were selected to pitch and compete in the Demo Day for the title of “TECH PLANTER in Singapore  2022 Grand Winner”. The finalists will be coming together on-site to present the technologies they are developing with a passion to solve different deep issues that are encountered in the Philippines and even globally. 



Team Name



Satellite based IoT connectivity for remote areas


Quality Fueling Business


Crysalis- AI base decentralized model of using green energy


Making cell cultures affordable.


Nanocellulose in Reduction of Fat Absorption


Vertical Farming – Reinvented for Urban Cities


StratifiREY Radioembolization CDx


Diagnostic platform for women's health


Sustainable solution for the toughest to-treat industrial wastewater

The finalists will be judged by representatives of government agencies, technology business incubators and companies from the Singapore and Japan. 



Mr. Shohei Maekawa, Director, Leave a Nest Singapore.

Mr. Maekawa is the President of Leave a Nest UK. He was born in the USA and raised in Europe. He studied Zoology for his undergraduate degree and Evolutionary Anthropology for his postgraduate degree, both at University College London. With experience abroad and passion towards advancement of science and technology, he joined Leave a Nest in 2013. He became the Director of Leave a Nest Singapore Pte. Ltd. from May 1st 2019 with the vision to interconnect various industry partners for global development.


Dr. Anjali Shijo, Senior Manager, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd

The Mitsui Chemicals Group is constantly pursuing innovation and growth to be a chemical company with a strong global presence. Dr. Anjali has been part of the research group at Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre since 2009, with special focus on value creation in the biotechnology arena. In line with Mitsui Chemicals’ vision of creating innovative products and services that are in harmony with the society and environment, she is scouting for new business opportunities from the Asia Pacific region using open innovation platforms and partnerships with start-ups, companies and research institutes.


Ms. Miyuki Nakamura, Director of Global Business Division, BIPROGY Inc.

Joined BIPROGY Inc. in 2008. Since 2013, she has engaged in overseas business. From 2014 to 2015, she joined Singapore Rep. Office of BIPROGY USA, inc. (formerly NUL Systems Services Corporation), a group company of BIPROGY Inc. in US, as a representative for market research. After her returning to BIPROGY Inc., she is in charge of business planning in Southeast Asia, as a part of global business team.




Mr.Kenji Minefuji, Manager at Business innovation & DX Strategy Div., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Kenji Minefuji has led various open innovation activities with his business strategy and venture finance expertise. Since 2016, he has provided hands-on support for many startups in over 10 countries as a mentor. During his communication with startups, he developed novel collaboration schemes/concepts between startups and multinational corporations.

He started his career as a research scientist of optical communication technology at the Information Technology R&D Center. In his mid-career, he planned the R & D strategy of the R&D center, and was in charge of resource allocation and project management, too. His deep understanding and experience of both cutting edge science & technology and business strategy made him launch unique open innovation activities with startups at the Center for Future Innovation. He plays a key role in running “ME Innovation Fund” established as a CVC fund in 2022.



Mr. Norio Asahara, Regional R&D Director, Ezaki Glico Company, Limited

Glico manufactures not only confectionery and ice cream, but also a wide range of food categories such as beverages, dairy products, processed foods and baby milk powder. Mr. ASAHARA is the director of research and development in Glico Asia Pacific. He is looking for new research partners as well as technical support, investment and opportunities for various collaborations such as buying of new ingredients. He is responsible for new business in Asia Pacific.



Mr. Akiyori Fujiwara, Strategic Design Division, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co.,LTD.

Akiyori joined to Rohto as a formulator for cosmetics and quasi-drugs. Mainly responsible for sunscreen, deodorant products, lipstick, etc.  From 2013 to 2018, he managed Rohto Indonesia R&D team as an R&D manager. After returning to Rohto Japan, he managed Global R&D division ,Development Planning division, and Skincare Development division. Now he is working for Strategic Design Division.




Mr. Kenji Yamamoto, Director, Real Tech Holdings Co., Ltd.

Kenji is Director of Real Tech Holdings Singapore and manages deep tech VC investments in the Southeast Asia region. Prior to his position, he has had over 10 years of experience in equity investments across Asia, US and Africa. He has served as Principal at TPTF, US-APAC tech VC, and as Deputy General Manager of the investment division for an international mining/materials company. He started his career as a co-founder of a startup in Japan as leading sales & marketing and finance functions. He earned his MBA from INSEAD and majored in nuclear engineering in the University of Tokyo.


Mr Fabian Tan, Regional Director Enterprise Singapore

Mr Fabian Tan is the Counsellor (Commercial) at the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo and is also the Regional Director in the Northeast Asia and Oceania Group at the Enterprise  Singapore (ESG). ESG is the government agency championing enterprise development.  Fabian works with government agencies, trade associations and corporate partners to drive the internationalization of Singaporean companies in Japanese markets. He is also active in engaging Japanese incubators and  accelerators, VC and PE funds to anchor their presence in Singapore, as part of building the Singaporean startup ecosystem. Fabian graduated with a BA in Economics (Honors) from the University of Chicago in the  USA and an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge in the UK under the  EDB Scholarship. He also completed Japanese civilisation studies at Kyoto University,  under the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS). Fabian is fluent in Japanese  and Korean, and has basic proficiency in German. 


Mr John Cheng, Founder and Managing Director, Innovate 360

John Cheng is the 3rd generation family business owner of Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory, a 75-year-old established sugar manufacturing company in Singapore. In 2008, he founded Innovate 360, a food innovation hub and Singapore’s first food incubator with facilities. Innovate 360 is recognized by APEC as a food technology partner in food security and by the Singapore Government. It is an Accredited Mentor Partner helping startups scale and go to market. John is also Chairperson of Feed 9 Billion, which co-launched the Good Food Startup Manual: Singapore Edition. He is entrepreneurship head of SMF’s Youth Committee, and EXCO of SCCI’s Youth Business Affairs Committee.


Mr Anton Wibowo, CEO Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre

Anton Wibowo has more than 12 years of diverse business, management, and investment experience in the Singaporean biotechnology and agribusiness communities. As the operations director and former business development director at Biomax, an award-winning biotech company involved in recycling waste into fertilizer, Anton led the company’s technical and sales teams, served on the investment committee, and was a key contributor to a successful multi million fundraising effort involving institutional and individual investors. Today, Anton is CEO of the Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre (a subsidiary of The Trendlines Group), which manages the Singapore-based Trendlines Agrifood Fund and is responsible for the development of innovation-based agri food tech companies that improve the human condition.


Ms CHNG Tyng Tyng, Assistant Vice President, Investments, ST Engineering Ventures Pte.Ltd.

ST Engineering Ventures is the corporate venture capital fund of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (“STE”). She is scouting for new business opportunities globally with technology start-ups that are developing new technologies or creating innovative solutions complementary to the STE Group’s strategic capabilities in high-growth areas, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics, communications, IoT, cloud, autonomous technology and other emerging technologies.


In addition to the 9 finalists, 6 teams were selected to be Lightning Talk speakers on the Demo Day. They will be given the opportunity to pitch their technologies for 3 minutes outside of judging. 




Lightning Talks  
Team Name Theme
Aliena Accessible state-of-the-art Earth observation data through satellite from very-low-Earth-orbits (VLEO)
Sungreen H2 Novel high performance Alkaline and PEM electrolyser components and modular AEM electrolyser system.
Accupredict Machines Run Forever-Wire less, more informative preventive maintenance
Nutculture Using simple ingredients nutrients to provide healthy plant based food
Umami Foods Sustainable seafood. Cultivated, not caught.
Vitality Foods Aiming to improve muscle maintenance and reduce the risk of metabolic ailments in the elderly population.
Event Details:
May 28, 2022 | 13:00 – 18:00 (SGT/MYT/PHT, +1 for JPT)
The Meeting Point, 73B Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139966.

Programme overview


(in SGT/MYT/PHT; +1 for JPT)



12:30 – 13:00



13:00 – 13:30

Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks

Keynote Speech

Introduction of Judges and Criteria

13:30 – 14:20

Presentation Round 1


7 minute Presentation +

5 minute Q&A per team

14:20 – 14:30

10-minute break


14:30 – 15:20

Presentation Round 2


7 minute Presentation +

5 minute Q&A per team

15:20 – 15:30

10-minute break


15:30 – 16:20

Presentation Round 3


7 minute Presentation +

5 minute Q&A per team

16:20 – 16:30

10-minute break


16:30 – 17:30

Judging Time

Lightning Talk &

Panel Discussion

3-minute Presentations 

for Lightning Talk;

Panel Discussion

17:30 – 18:00

Awarding & Closing Ceremony



For any inquiries about TECH PLANTER DEMO DAY in Singapore 2022, please contact: [email protected] (attention Siva or Ravi)