Demo Day

Fri, 11th October 2019
@Triple Ring Technologies

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 Tokyo Japan to pursue angel investment and corporate partnerships. Leave a Nest’s science communicators work 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.


Triple Ring Technologies
Address: 39655 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560

Judging criteria

<Judging Criteria>
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.

Snapshots from 2018 DEMO DAY

2019 Partners

Time line of DEMO DAY on Oct 11th

Venue: Triple Ring Technologies
Address: 39655 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560

12:00-13:00 Venue Opens
13:00-13:40 Opening Talks
13:40-14:20 Finalist Presentation (Team 1~3)
14:20-14:30 Break
14:30-15:10 Finalist Presentation (Team 4~6)
15:10-15:20 Break
15:20-16:00 Finalist Presentation (Team 7~9)
16:00-17:00 Judging time + 3 min short pitches
17:00-17:30 Ceremony
17:30-18:00 Networking Time

Below is the info from 2018 DEMO DAY

Judges of 2019 Season

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

    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.

  • Mr. Toshiharu KurisuDirector, Glocalink Inc.

    Mr. Kurisu joined NTT Docomo in 2005. After engaged in planning and development of new services / functions in the Consumer Business Division, he transferred to NTT Docomo Ventures Silicon Valley. Succeeded in discovering multiple Silicon Valley startups and collaborating with the head office, he joined Glocalink, a Japanese startup incubator/angel investor company. as a director from 2018.

  • Mr. Sophian Abdul RahmanCEO and Co-Founder, Delightex Pte Ltd.

    Delightex Pte Ltd, a venture builder that seeks out innovative ways of capturing Delightful Moments. Before heading up Delightex, Mr. Sophian had served as the Director of Strategic Planning, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions at SGX-listed Cordlife Group Limited, and CEO of its Bursa Malaysia-listed subsidiary Stemlife Berhad. He has also include a myriad number of roles in Singapore’s CapitaLand Group and Singapore Government’s Ministry of Trade & Industry agencies.

  • Mr. Akira ItoCEO, Aerodyne Japan

    With his unique career in a TV and Marketing industry for over 10 years, Akira has started his first startup specializing marketing consultation in Singapore. He has met Aerodyne through his job and immediately became a member of Aerodyne Group. Currently, he is a CEO of Aerodyne Japan and partnering with Japan Infra Waymark, NTT’s latest subsidiary focusing on drone solution provider.

  • Mr. Tomohisa MoriVice President, SOMPO Digital Lab

    Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Spent childhood days in Indonesia, Tokyo, Chicago, and New York. Graduated Keio University in Tokyo with a BA in Law. Former member of Sepak Takraw Japan National Team. Spent 16 years working for a global Japanese insurance company, primarily serving in sales, marketing, and strategic planning roles. Spent 5 years working for a venture capital firm in San Francisco, as a partner and entrepreneur. Currently working for SOMPO Digital Lab as VP of operations, responsible for overall management of the company and new business development. U.S.CPA.

  • Ms. Aya Takeuchi Senior Researcher, New Market Development Team, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

    Ms. Takeuchi joined Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. Mitsui Chemicals has New Generation Business section and 3 main business segments, Mobility, Health Care and Food & Packaging. With her chemical background, she develops healthcare products and is in charge of technology scouting.

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

    Dr. Devang received PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA. Also have a career in Postdoctoral fellowships at Kyoto Devang Thakor is the founder and president of Anioplex, LLC, a global strategic, business, and technical advisory firm in Silicon Valley. For more than a decade, he has worked closely with startups, multinational corporations, venture capital firms, and universities to enable their development and deployment of groundbreaking "deep" technologies. He previously developed gene therapy, stem cell, and biomaterial technologies at Harvard Medical School, Kyoto University, and UCLA.

  • Mr. Nobu MoritaDirector of Innovation, NEC X

    NEC X is a startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley, designed to fast-track startup companies selected from inside and outside NEC Corporation. NEC X creates the next breakout product and service innovations by blending the strengths of those corporate assets and startup’s disruptive ideas. Nobu Morita, a Director of Innovations at NEC X, has experience of business development and product management in US, Japan, and Asia, and is now supporting startup projects based in Silicon Valley.

  • Dr. Brian WilfleyChief Scientist, Triple Ring Technologies

    Dr. Wilfley has 35 years of experience leading development efforts for medical device and instrumentation companies. He has held senior scientific and managerial positions with Resonex, Inc., Park Scientific, Inc., Signature Bioscience, Inc., and NexRay, Inc. combining a broad theoretical background with a highly developed experimental sense, Brian has experience across the full range of challenges encountered in developing complex measurement-based products. His experience ranges from magnetism to x-rays, and includes a broad array of applications including biotech instrumentation, medical imaging, and optical inspection.

  • Dr. Joe WeberVice President, Strategic Markets, Triple Ring Technologies

    Joe has a PhD and MS in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a BS in chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, and attended an executive management program at INSEAD in France. He’s worked in a variety of roles in product and process development, technology management, and product and project management for large companies as well as startups in Silicon Valley. After his career at Raychem, he moved to SanDisk. Prior to joining Triple Ring, he was VP of Operations and Product Management for NovaTorque, a startup developing high efficiency electric motors.

Finalists from 2018 Season

  • Guided Clarity

    Next Gen "Food as Medicine" for Functional Aging

  • Aromyx

    Digitizing Taste and Scent

  • Epixego Inc.

    AI, Machine Learning application in Education

  • OptoCeutics

    Advancing non-invasive light technologies to stimulate the brain

  • BrainKey

    Neuroscience and AI

  • CytonSys

    PhotoBioModulation for Improving Cognitive Function

  • Squishy Robotics

    Life-Saving, Cost-Saving Information in Real Time

  • Coreshell Technologies, Inc

    Coreshell Nanolayer Battery Electrode Coating

  • Oakbio Inc. doing business as NovoNutrients

    Food from CO2