Demo Day

12th October 2019

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


7th September 2019

How to apply

Please acess (https://lne.st/TPworld2019)

Judging criteria

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


Grand Winner 300,000 JPY
Flight ticket and accommodation to join Hyper-Interdisciplinary Conference in Tokyo for 2 members

Company Award 200,000 JPY


Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.


Entry open: 1 December 2018

Application Deadline: 7 September 2019

1st Screening: Mid September 2019

2nd Screening: Late September 2019

Demo Day: 12 October 2019

Snapshots from 2018 DEMO DAY

Judges from 2018 Season

  • Dr. Yukihiro MaruFounder and CEO, Leave a Nest Group

    Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. is a leading knowledge based platform company in Japan. The company is comprised of Mastersʼ and Doctorate degree holders. Leave a Nest works on extensive projects relating to Science and Technology. Dr. Maru has great experience in supporting startups. One of the startups he was supporting called Euglena Co., Ltd. was listed in the First section of Tokyo Stock exchange. He is expert in advising young entrepreneur in business development and venture spirit.

  • Dr. Taku NakaharaDirector, Glocalink Inc.

    Dr. Nakahara is worked for Nagahama Bio and Hokkaido U as an Assist. Prof. Then he served Director of Bioinformatics in Ezose Sciences Inc., a glycomics startup in USA. Then, he joined JT in 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Science from Hokkaido U. and an MBA from Rutgers Business School.

  • Mr. Mitsuru IzumoCEO, euglena Co., Ltd.

    Mitsuru Izumo is a founder and CEO of euglena Co., Ltd., the world’s first biotechnology company that succeeded in outdoor mass cultivation of microalgae Euglena in 2005. Company now established US$100 million Euglena market in Japan by offering functional food and cosmetics, and is working to supply bio-jet fuel for the first time in Japan in 2020. Company also distributes nutrition-rich biscuits containing Euglena to children in Bangladesh as a first step to achieve his mission.

  • Dr. Devang ThakorFounder and Principal Consultant, Anioplex, LLC.

    Received PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA. After which he did postdoctoral fellowships at Kyoto University and Harvard Medical School. His research areas were regenerative medicine, stem cells, gene therapy, biomaterials, pain, and spinal cord injury. He incorporated Anioplex, LLC, which advises companies of all sizes and also university departments on business development, research design, publication, and funding. Now he also works as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he currently makes patentability decisions and grant patents in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and cosmetics.

  • Mr. Daisuke IkehataCEO, SOMPO Digital Lab Inc.

    Daisuke, “Dan”, Ikehata joined The Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. (Current: Sompo Japan NipponKoa Insurance Inc.). After his serving at Planning Development Department, he moved to Sompo Seguros S.A. / Brazil from 2010. Since 2016, he has lead digital transformation of SOMPO group from Silicon Valley.

  • Ms. Masumi NishizawaAssistant General Manager, Corporate R&D Department, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

    Masumi Nishizawa has served material development in Dai Nippon Printing (DNP). DNP as a leading printing companies in japan, challenges to create new businesses beyond just printing. With her synthetic organic chemistry research background, now she leads open innovation strategy of DNP head quarter to make new business happen.

Finalists from 2018 Season

  • neuroFit

    The eyes are windows into health

  • VerifEye

    Authenticity for All Merchandise

  • Fiat Lux Labs

    A Revolutionary IoT Enabled, Biosensor Platform

  • Raydiant Oximetry

    Better fetal monitor to improve outcomes for mothers and babies

  • WellBrain

    Digital Chronic Pain & Disease Management

  • OneSkin

    Reversing skin aging

  • Pheronym

    Nemastim and Pherocoat

  • Vibe Imaging Analytics

    Trusted Platform For Grain and Seed Quality Analysis and Grading

  • Finless Foods

    Sustainable Seafood, Without the Catch