Looking forward to hearing from you in coming year.

Demo Day

15th May 2021

Application Deadlines

26th March 2021
(17:00 PH time)

What is TECH PLANTER and why we do it?

TECH PLANTER is an acceleration and pitch competition focusing on Deep Tech (we call it Real Tech). We conduct this program to provide startups with mentoring, fundraising and market expansion opportunities in Asia, especially in Japan. Winners will receive a trip to Singapore or Japan to pursue angel investment and corporate partnerships. Leave a Nest’s science communicators works with founders each and every day. We leverage our experience of launching a science and technology into business forms to ensure your team executes well every step along the way.


Early stage startups and pre-startup researchers’ team in Robotics, IoT, Hardware, Biotech, Healthcare, Food and Agriculture and more real technologies

Judging criteria

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1. Novelty 2. Practicability 3. Whether it could bring about change to the world 4. Passion


Grand Winner 3,000 SGD
Joining TECH PLANTER ASIA FINAL in Singapore


and more..

Snapshots from 2020 DEMO DAY

2021 DEMO DAY Awardees

The Grand Winner:

Team: Anihan Technologies
Theme: Smart Nanotech-Integrated Sensor System for Post-Harvest/Supply Chain Applications


Judges for TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2021

  • Dr. Yevgeny Aster DullaManaging Director, Leave a Nest Philippines, Inc.

    Yev was born and raised in Iloilo City, Philippines. He graduated with a degree in BS Chemistry from the University of the Philippines – Visayas, after which he worked as an instructor at the University of the Philippines – Manila. He came to Japan in 2013 to pursue graduate studies where he acquired his Masters in Health Life Sciences and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2020, he joined Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. and is currently under the Frontier Development Division. He is also a Balik Scientist Awardee for 2020~2021, and is the Managing Director for Leave a Nest’s newly opened Philippine subsidiary.

  • Mr. Masahito YanoSenior Project Manager, New Business Development Division, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd.

    Mr. Yano had served as a project coordinator to Japanese S&T funding agency for 7 years in Singapore and joined Mitsui Chemicals in 2017. Currently he is working at Singapore’s R&D Centre to explore new business opportunities based on R&D in Asia Pacific Region. One of his current challenges is to transform the R&D centre to an innovation engine.

  • Mr. Daiki Kumamoto Global Fund Manager, Real Tech Holdings Inc.

    Daiki is the youngest capitalist of the deep-tech startup ecosystem in Japan and is the growth manager of Real Tech Fund, the No.1 VC in Japan focusing on deep-tech / real-tech startups. He is specialized in supporting startups, especially that bring solutions to care / welfare and is also the head for global strategy. Before joining Real Tech, he was the president of the largest NPO in Japan that commits in supporting young entrepreneurs globally. He graduated from Keio SFC University with a bachelor in management.

  • Mr. Akira TakahashiPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Canal Globe, Ltd. (Nihon Unisys Group)

    Since joining Nihon Unisys, Ltd. in 1989, Mr. Takahashi held various positions selling IT systems to ministries and government bodies in Japan. He was assigned to the company's Global Business Division in 2016. He established Canal Globe, Ltd. and became its first President & CEO in 2017. After being stationed in Indonesia for two years, Mr. Takahashi returned to his role as President & CEO of Canal Globe in 2021.

  • Mr. Ken TaokaActing General Manager, Marketing Department, Marketing Division, Ebara Corporation

    Mr. Taoka specialized in high-tech marketing from large-sized companies to startup companies, evaluating the company's real technical value and contributed creation of "one of a kind" enterprises in the past years.He has been engaged in marketing for over 20 years at TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, one of the world's leading-edge semiconductor equipment companies, and stationed in Silicon Valley from 1993 to 2001.He has also been a co-founder / COO of WELCON INC, a technical startup company in Niigata, Japan.Currently, at EBARA CORPORATION, developing new businesses in the "Corporate Marketing Department" to establish a new business for the company.

  • Dr. Enrico ParingitExecutive Director, Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)

    Dr. Enrico C. Paringit started as the executive director of DOST-PCIEERD in December 2018. An outstanding engineer, he led game-changing programs and projects in land surveying, remote sensing and geographic information system, environmental monitoring, and disaster risk assessment and management. One of these is the Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation-Light Ranging and Detection Technology or DREAM LiDAR, which addressed the effects of flooding disasters in the Philippines through accurate national terrain elevation maps and training of LiDAR and flood mapping experts.

  • Mr. John Christopher ClavesillasAssistant Vice President, Bank of the Philippine Islands

    John Christopher "Topher" Clavesillas is the Financial Control Officer of the bank, overseeing Financial Planning, Controllership, MIS, and Business Intelligence. Mr. Clavesillas is a member of BPI Family Savings Bank’s Real and Other Properties Acquired (ROPA) Committee and Asset & Liability Committee. Prior to joining BPI Family Savings Bank he was under BPI’s Marketing Group as a Segment Manager for Preferred Banking handling innovation and marketing programs for the bank’s VIP retail clients. Mr. Clavesillas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics as a U.P. Presidential Scholar from the University of the Philippines, Visayas in 2011. Currently, Mr. Clavesillas is completing his Master in Applied Business Economics from the University of the Asia & the Pacific. He also holds an Innovation Associate Certificate from the Global Innovation Management Institute from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Ms. Katrina Rausa ChanDirector, QBO Innovation Hub / IdeaSpace

    Kat serves as the Director of QBO, a Philippine innovation hub and startup platform. QBO is the first of its kind public-private partnership initiative in the country specifically geared to accelerate the growth of Philippine startup ecosystem and support startup ventures. Kat is also the Director at IdeaSpace, the Philippines’ largest private startup accelerator, and draws on prior experience working with senior management in corporate development, capital markets and process engineering positions.Kat completed her undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University, obtaining a B.Sc in Materials Science and Engineering, with a double major in Business Administration. Kat is a Filipina millennial that advocates for spurring innovation and technopreneurship as an engine for driving economic growth and global competitiveness in emerging economies.

  • Mr. Carlo CalimonPresident/Co-Founder, StartUp Village

    Carlo Calimon is the co-founder of StartUp Village, a startup enabler based in the Philippines. Carlo is a serial entrepreneur and a startup advocate. He has been working on the development of entrepreneurs and startups in the Philippines for the past 15 years. He is an educator and a mentor through various organizations including Google and AWS. His forte includes among others, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, product development, marketing and innovation.

  • Mr. Rayjand GellamuchoGeneral Manager, Kwadra TBI

    Rayjand serves ISAT U as the General Manager of the Kwadra Technology Business Incubator, a DOST funded Technology Business Incubator specializing in nurturing deep technology startups in the Philippines for inclusive growth & sustainable development. He currently serves as a private sector member of the Regional Development Council Region VI, was a past curator of the Global Shapers Iloilo Hub, which is part of the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum), an Executive Director of Youth First Initiative Philippines Inc.. and one of the startup community champions of the Department of Information and Communications Technology. He was also the former General Manager of the Green Technology Business Incubator of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) and Project Development Officer III of DOST TBI Network Portal.

Finalists from 2021 Season

  • Kolitis

    Amaranthus spinosus leaf meal as potential protein source for Nile Tilapia

  • Team PoWTS

    Potable Water for All

  • ParrotFishNet

    ParrotFishNet Seamaster Vessel Monitoring System

  • B-FLEX

    BFLEX, short for banana floral apex tissue culture technology

  • PhilGari

    Ready-to-eat granulated cassava

  • Malipayon

    Active Packaging Films from Calamansi (Citrus microcarpa) Peels and Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Pods

  • AniTech (Anihan Technologies)

    Smart Nanotech-Integrated Sensor System for Post-Harvest/Supply Chain Applications

  • Synerflight

    Autonomous Guided Agriculture Drone

  • Instalimb Philippines, Inc.

    Super low-cost 3D-printed prosthetics using AI for everyone in need