Demo Day

Fri, 8th November 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 October 2019

How to apply

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

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.


Application Deadline: 5 October 2019

1st Screening: Early October 2019

2nd Screening: Mid October 2019

Demo Day: 8th November 2019

Snapshots from 2018 DEMO DAY

Time line of DEMO DAY on Nov 8th

Venue: TBD

12:00-13:00 Venue Opens
13:00-13:30 Opening Talks
13:30-14:10 Finalist Presentation (Team 1~3)
14:10-14:30 Break
14:30-15:10 Finalist Presentation (Team 4~6)
15:10-15:30 Break
15:30-16:10 Finalist Presentation (Team 7~9)
16:10-16:30 Break
16:30-17:10 Judging time
17:10-18:00 Ceremony
18:00-19:00 Networking Time

Below is the info 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. Heʼ s expert in advising young entrepreneur in business development and venture spirit.

  • Ms. Savitri TanAssociate, Isomer Capital LLP

    Savitri Tan is an experienced startup advisor and operator. She is currently working with Isomer Capital, an investor in London and has worked with over 600 founders in her former role as Head of the Company Building Programme at Entrepreneur First, where she helped to devise, implement and scale a programme to help 200 individuals a year start a tech company from scratch. Prior to this she worked in marketing and branding and also for the UK government.

  • Mr. Satoshi YamanakaSenior Manager, Exploring Group, Centre for Future Innovation, Mitsubishi Electric

    Mr. Satoshi Yamanaka received his M.S. degree from Osaka City University. He specializes in Electrical Engineering. He had developed high quality picture technologies for Mitsubishi Electric products such as TV and Diamond Vision in Advanced Technology R&D Center for thirteen years. He moved to the department driving open innovation three years ago and exploring new technologies to upgrade their products and services for future market.

  • Ms. Jialin WangManufacturing Engineer, Rolls-Royce Plc

    Jialin Wang receives her MSc Degree from University of Bristol. She joined Rolls-Royce plc in 2014 and did four rotations at Production Test Facility, National Composites Centre, Engine Repair and Overhaul, and Design& Make Bristol office during her Manufacturing Graduate Scheme. Now she is a capability acquisition manufacturing engineer at Experimental developing new technology for Development engine and UltraFan®.

  • Mr. Jack WrattenFounder, BLOOM.SPACE

    Founder of BLOOM.SPACE and The Bloom Incubator, both part of London’s tech and startup ecosystem. 10 years working in enterprise education and support. Scaled CitrusSaturday.org from pilot to 16 countries across Europe and Africa. UK Director for Japanese life science and engineering accelerator Leave a Nest. Ex-biochemist at UCL. Strong knowledge of social enterprise and incubating smaller SME’s.

  • Ms. Santa AstratovaHead of Talent, Deep Science Ventures

    Ecosystem Development Manager at Deep Science Ventures. Previously business mentor at Australia's leading business incubator, Cicada Innovations. Worked with over 70 advanced tech start-ups in areas of customer development, capital raising and business growth. Managed a med-tech commercialization training program helping 9 companies raise over $13M in private and public investment over two years.

  • Dr. John L CollinsCommercial Director, SynbiCITE

    Commercial Director of the UK National Centre for commercialising Engineering Biology based at Imperial College London, SynbiCITE (www.synbicite.com). SynbiCITE is tasked with growing industry based on using the engineering of biology to ‘do useful things and make useful stuff to heal us, feed us and fuels us’. John helps turn ‘upstarts into start-ups and start-ups to become grown ups’ through business incubation and acceleration programmes designed specifically for SynbiCITE.

  • Mr. Timothy BarnesFounder, The Rain Gods Ltd.

    Tim is the founder of the Rain Gods, a consultancy focussed on helping universities and governments develop support for start ups and entrepreneurs, which currently manages four incubation and acceleration programmes. He holds visiting posts at Loughborough and Cambridge universities, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion.

  • Mr. Antonio SainzFounder, Executive President, European Institute for Entrepreneurship

    Antonio Sainz is a theoretical physicist and also founder of architectectual firm. He has founded over 50 companies in various sectors such as real estate and hostelry. In 2013 he founded the European Institute for Entrepreneurship (EIE) where he currently acts as both founder and Executive President.

Finalists from 2018 Season

  • Agrosight

    Early detection of deadly diseases in Palm Oil and Citrus plantations


    GREEN GROW BIO-POLYSTYRENE Novel Myco Products Eco-alternatives to Polystyrene

  • Beta Bugs

    Creating new breeds of commercially farmed insects

  • Spyras

    Detecting life-threatening conditions from patient’s breath using paper sensors

  • Flomics

    Flomics – discovering the disease before first symptoms appear

  • eScent

    eScent Wearable Technology

  • InfiGear

    New design of the gear that allows more power and less mechanical wear

  • Remora Marine

    Energy-generative systems to clean up rivers and oceans from plastic waste

  • H24E Innova

    For a low-carbon society: on-site, affordable hydrogen generation on demand