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Demo Day

25th July 2020

What is TECH PLANTER and why we do it?

TECH PLANTER is an acceleration and pitch competition focusing on Deep 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 to pursue angel investment and corporate partnerships. Leave a Nest’s science bridge 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 other deep 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
Flight ticket and accommodation to join TECH VENTURE MEETUP ASIA FINAL in Singapore for 2 members

Corporate Partner Awards 2,500 SGD

Snapshots from 2019 DEMO DAY

DEMO DAY Awardees

The Grand Winner:

Team: Advance Materials for Environment
Theme: Sustainable method to obtain silica from rice husk


Below are the judges for 2020

  • Mr. Shohei Michael MaekawaDirector, Leave a Nest Singapore Pte. Ltd.

    Mr. Maekawa is the director of Leave a Nest Singapore. He was born in 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 aboard and passion towards advancement of science and technology, he joined Leave a Nest in 2013.

  • Dr. Eiji WatanabeGeneral Manager, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd.

    The corporate mission of Mitsui Chemicals Inc. is to contribute to society by providing high-quality products and services to customers through innovations and the creation of materials and products. Dr. Watanabe is scouting new ideas and technologies related to Mitsui Chemical’s five business domains; Mobility, Health Care, Food & Packaging, Next Generation Businesses and Basic Materials. He has a strong desire to create new businesses in Southeast Asia by integrating the new innovative technologies and Mitsui Chemical’s wide variety of products.

  • Mr. Akitaka Wilhelm FujiiPresident, Real Tech Holdings, Inc.

    As President of Real Tech Holdings, Mr. Fujii drives the company’s mission to solve societal and environmental challenges through innovative deep-tech technologies. The company has four venture capital funds under management, with one specifically focusing on South East Asia. Prior to joining Real Tech Holdings, Mr. Fujii worked for EIT Climate-KIC, EU’s largest organization fostering climate innovation. He was involved in setting up several business units, led a company-wide change management program focusing on people management and managed the company’s effort to assess its climate impact. Mr. Fujii holds a Master's degree in International Studies from the University of Tokyo.

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ta Minh ThanhRelationship Manager in Sun* Startups, Sun* Inc.

    It has been shown a strong belief of Dr. Thanh in Vietnamese IT young talents during his career path. Dr. Thanh joined Sun* Inc. in 2015 as a Section Manager and got his best business environment to turn his belief into action by helping startups, not only in education but also in technical mentoring. Currently, he has worked as a Leader of R&D group in their innovation research and a Relationship Manager who ensures Sun* Startups’ ecosystem be prospectively expanded in Vietnam, bringing startups more opportunities to reach success.

  • Mr. Huynh Kim TuocDirector, Startup & Innovation Hub of Ho Chi Minh City (SIHUB)

    Mr. Huynh Kim Tuoc is an investor and a policy maker in the field of innovation, technology transfer and renewable energy. He has participated in establishing and developing many companies and organizations operating in this field, especially focusing on International Cooperation and Private - Public Partnership. Mr. Tuoc is a founding member and the Director of the Startup and Innovation Hub of Ho Chi Minh City (SIHUB), under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology (DOST). This is the focal center assisting the City in developing strategies and implementing its policies and programs for the development of the startup and innovation ecosystem, especially in building strategic partnership and alliances with global partners. He is the founder and director of the first Energy Conservation Center (ECC-HCM) in Vietnam under HCMC DOST, and is also the founding partner of Red Sun Energy JSC (solar energy solution provider) and VietESCO (energy consultancy and investment corporation). He is also the Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Environment Industry Association (VEIA) and the Vietnam Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Association (VECEA).

  • Ms. Huong NguyenCo-Founder, Entrepreneurs Hub

    Ms. Huong Nguyen is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs Hub, which support startups to develop, raise fund and expand market. Ms. Huong has background in IT with 12 years experience in software outsourcing, then she founded an Edtech startup, and become ecosystem builder which support several techh startups in Vietnam. She often mentor startups and be jury in startup competitions in Vietnam and ASEAN region.

  • Ms. Minh Nguyen Dang TuanChief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, KisStartup

    Ms. Minh Nguyen Dang Tuan is the CEO & co-founder of KisStartup Innovation Consulting.Coaching.Mentoring (www.kisstartup.com). Ms. Minh is among 16 woman leaders from 13 countries in the world selected to join Fortune - U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. She is one of 12 Innovation Coaches (www.ipp.vn) certified by Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. With 13 years of experience working and researching in entrepreneurship, business development, management and digital enterprise management and startup. Ms. Minh is also an author of the book “Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Mindset and Tools”.

  • Mr. Tanveer GillFounder, RT Capital

    Mr. Tanveer Gill has 15+ years of work experience spanning Venture Capital, Private Equity and Equity Research across US, Singapore, India & Vietnam. He is also the founder of RT Capital, Investor and mentor to multiple early stage start-ups in South East Asia.

Finalists from 2019 Season

  • FO - tech

    Modify FO membrane and design reusable FO bags for flood water treatment

  • SH5

    Wastewater treatment by using biotech corporated with ECF


    Bioplastic synthesised from organic materials

  • Bio-coating

    Edible coating for fruit preservation

  • GNDStation

    Satellite Ground Station

  • Drone Pro Vietnam jsc

    Smart delivery drone system for people live in apartment building & skyscraper

  • Locofu camera

    Portable and convenient device to capture the retinal images

  • Rhoditech

    Nano Essential Oil Antibacterial Spray for Face Masks

  • Biomass Lab

    Super material and potentially wide-use material from waste slurry