Demo Day

1st June 2019
Successfully done!

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 300,000 JPY
Flight ticket and accommodation to join TECH PLANTER in Singapore for 2 members

Company Award 200,000 JPY

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


Judges from 2019 Season

  • Dr. Kihoko TokuePresident, Leave a Nest Singapore Pte. Ltd.

    PhD in Science (Behavioral Biology), Rikkyo University MSc in Science, University of New England BSc graduated with Magna Cum Laude, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was born in Tokyo, raised in Singapore & Thailand. Educated in the US and Australia. She has working experience in Thailand as a researcher and lecturer at King Mongkut’s Technology Thonburi. She joined Leave a Nest in 2011, founded Leave a Nest Malaysia in 2013, ane became Leave a Nest Singapore president from 2016. Her dream is to build Leave a Nest Asia as leading global leader hub for bringing “Advancing Science and Technology for Global Happiness”.

  • Dr. Toru Sumita 2019 Season TPGlobal web update 2019 Season TPGlobal web update 100% 11 General Manager, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd. Screen reader support enabled. General 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. Sumita is scouting new ideas and technologies related to Mitsui Chemical’s five business domains; Mobility, Healthcare, 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. Sophian Abdul RahmanCEO and Co-Founder Delightex Pte Ltd.

    Mr. Sophian Abdul Rahman is the CEO and co-founder of Delightex Pte Ltd, a research and business development firm that seeks out innovative ways of capturing Delightful Moments. Before heading up Delightex, Sophian had served as the Director of Strategic Planning, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions at SGX-listed Cordlife Group Limited, as well as the CEO of its Bursa Malaysia-listed subsidiary Stemlife Berhad. His other experiences include a myriad number of roles in Singapore’s CapitaLand Group and Singapore Government’s Ministry of Trade & Industry agencies. Sophian graduated with a Master of Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

  • Dr. Trung Xuan NgoResearch Scientist, Basic Research Development Division, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

    Rohto Pharmaceutical is one of the most famous companies in Eye Drop (V-Rohto), Skin Care (HadaLabo), and is taking new challenges on regenerative medicine, agriculture and food. Dr. Ngo has studied and worked in Osaka University, Japan for 7 years, focusing on tissue engineering and computational simulation. Since 2016, he has been working as a research scientist at Rohto Basic Research Development Division with special focus on development of skin care and regenerative medicine.

  • Mr. Nguyen Ngoc TuanManager, Sun* Startup Studio Vietnam

    Sun* is digital creative studio located in 6 cities, 4 countries since the foundation in 2012. Sun* has many experiences in startup stage therefore we can form the team optimally with various experience and knowledge (engineering, design, marketing, recruitment, etc) and build startup and support their growth. Mr. Tuan is now a manager of Sun* startup studio in Vietnam.

  • Dr. Henry TranCTO, Focustech Ventures

    Dr. Henry is an engineer at heart with strong passion for technology and entrepreneurship. His breadth of expertise spans from software, hardware & firmware development to mesh networking, medical device & async chip design. Previously a lecturer at the Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering in Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), Dr. Henry brings years of academic research & development experience to the startup world, having served at a VC funded surgical robotics company, co-founded a prop-tech & a food-tech startup, as well as launching a Vietnam-based venture builder. He previously honed his skills at Main-board listed Trek2000, helping the company set up & lead their offshore R&D operations in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Ms. Huong NguyenCo-Founder of Entrepreneurs Hub, Saigon Innovation Hub

    Huong Nguyen is currently Managing Partner of Entrepreneur Hub and CEO of Color Pencils, an EdTech startup she founded in 2014. She has been working as an ecosystem builder since 2016. Huong has organized many startup events to support startups in Vietnam and connected them with startup ecosystems in ASEAN countries. Huong has also mentored startups and helped many of them to connect with investors to raise fund. With Entrepreneur Hub founded recently with 2 co-founders from Malaysia and Singapore, Huong is making more efforts to help more startups to expand to the region.

  • Mr. Linh HoangCo-Founder and CEO, CirCO

    Linh is an entrepreneur with a strong passion in building and scaling business. Prior to CirCO, Linh has 5-year professional experience in developing real estate project at big scales. He’s also an activist in helping young startups grow by connecting them with the right resources. CirCO is a shared workspace and a startup platforms for high-growth companies. CirCO is growing itself at a pace of 2x (2018) and expected 4x (2019). CirCO is a well-known startup community in Vietnam, where it hosts a lot of events and partnership programs curated for its members.

Finalists from 2019 Season

  • Fresh Water

    Smart desalination machine for fishing boat

  • VGU Electrochemical Treatment

    Fabrication of textile wastewater treatment unit with electrochemical method


    MPBR technology for wastewater treatment coupling with production of biomaterial

  • Mycorrhizal Fungi

    Mycorrhizal Fungi for soil health assessment and improvement

  • IAmV

    Enhancing black garlic quality with increasing functional benefits

  • Advance Materials for Environment

    Sustainable method to obtain silica from rice husk

  • PRIF

    Compact revolutionary Personal Air Vehicle (PAV)

  • Biomass Lab

    Making commercial honey without destroying its nutritional quality

  • Irisian

    Development of an Artificial Intelligence system for eye disease diagnosis