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Demo Day

11th July 2020

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 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 2020 DEMO DAY

DEMO DAY Awardees

The Grand Winner:

Team: IQmed Innovation
Theme: Beating heart in a box


Judges from 2020 Season

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

    Dr. Tokue is Managing Director of Leave a Nest Singapore, and Founder of Leave a Nest Malaysia. She was born in Tokyo but raised in Southeast Asia, studied bachelordegree in America and then moved to Australia for Master and PhD degree carrying out field work. Currently she is creating platform in ASEAN to nurture the nextgeneration innovators, startups involving business development partners from industry. Her dream is to one day bring a change to a world with advancement of science and technology with true understanding and appreciation for nature.

  • 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, 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. 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.

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

    Mr. Satoshi Yamanaka joined Mitsubishi Electric in 1998. 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 four years ago and exploring new technologies to upgrade their products and services for future market.

  • Dr. Tortrakul WattanavorakijkulActing CEO, Innospace Thailand

    Dr. Tortrakul is currently working as an acting CEO of InnoSpace (Thailand) which is a private company. The company works in a strong collaboration with government and academic partners to fulfil national aspirations to become a technology-driven country by supporting a startup that develops localised deep technologies to offer innovations and solutions. He has more than ten years of experience in energy technology and sustainable development from work and education.

  • Ms. Kamonphan MinjoyDirector, Yusarn Audrey IP Services (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

    Kamonphan is a director and Thai patent agent of Yusarn Audrey, an enterprise law firm with a specialization in IP and transactions. Kamonphan works with a wide range of clients, ranging from researchers and university spin-outs to local companies, handling matters relating to chemistry, material science and biotechnology. In each of these areas, she has experiences in patent drafting, patent prosecution, Freedom-to-Operate, patentability analyses, patent landscape and patent infringement analyses for clients. Kamonphan professional proficiency also extends to trademark and copyright registration.

  • Mr. Amarit CharoenphanCo-founder, HUBBA

    Amarit is the ASEAN Director of Impact Collective (IC), a community-driven investment and acceleration project for impact-driven startups focusing on opportunities in Asia. IC invests in, supports, and connect startups that are solving global challenges to accelerate the positive impact in the world. He is best known as the Co-founder and Former CEO of HUBBA, Thailand’s first coworking space and community that is the only Google for Startups Partner Hub in Thailand. He is also Chief International Officer and Cofounder of Techsauce, one of Southeast Asia's leading technology media and events company. His passion for the startup community and to help entrepreneurs grow has led him to angel invest in many of the top Thai startups and actively coaches over 1000+ different startups founders over the past decade. He is also a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF), and has been named as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology, and Thailand Startup Enabler of The Year 2016.

  • Mr. Archawat ChareonsilpEnvironmental Sustainability Policy and Innovation Director, Asia Pacific at PepsiCo

    Archawat ‘Ohm’ Chareonsilp, a veteran corporate executive, turned angel investor and subsequently Southeast Asia’s Startup and Innovation Ecosystem Builder. Ohm started his career in Washington DC at the turn of the century. From the world most powerful government on Capitol Hill to the world most admired brand Coca-Cola, Ohm is an economist by training. He led corporate teams of regional public affairs professionals to implement successful advocacy and brand programs across Southeast Asia. Fascinated by the pace and impact of technologies, Ohm left Coca-Cola and joined HUBBA, Thailand-based ecosystem builder, as its first Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Innovation Director. At HUBBA, Ohm helps large corporations to make sense of the fast changing world, effectively innovate to remain relevant, and grow. He aspires to build a thriving innovation ecosystem that is accessible for EVERYONE. Ohm have lived and worked in Washington DC, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Bangkok.

  • Dr. Patcharaporn WongsaBiotech Ventures Expert, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (public organization) or TCELS

    Dr. Patcharaporn started her career as a Research Scientist in the field of Biotechnology for over 10 years. She joined TCELS in 2016, working mainly on life sciences startup program development and technology transfer. Recently, she has been designated as RTTP, the international standard for Technology Transfer Professional.

  • Mr Vichian SuksoirDeputy Executive Director (Innovaton Development), National Innovation Agency

    Graduated from Chulalongkorn University with Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Mr. Vichian Suksoir is now a Deputy Executive Director in Innovation Development of National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand. He has worked on strategic planning and formulating new financial support mechanisms to promote innovation project for more than 10 years and undertaking a leading role in driving new innovative development in industries, including ethanol production from agricultural waste and lean automation with international collaboration.

  • Mr. Yosavee NiranvicvhaiyaManager, Deep Tech Partnership, Siam Cement Group

    Deep Tech Partnership manager at SCG, which is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Thailand with more than 100 years history covering three main business units, Chemicals, Building Material, and Packaging. My team is responsible for two main tasks. 1) Deep Tech corporate venture capital and 2) Start-up partnership. We are actively looking for direct investment in early stage deep tech start-up globally in the sector that is related to SCG’s business. Beside investment, we are eager to work& partner with promising start-ups to help them grow and at the same time strengthen SCG’s business.

Finalists from 2020 season

  • IBL-STEAM platform

    Theme: Production of Microcrystalline Cellulose with zero waste and low emission. Issues: Lack of green product in biorefinery & waste materials from sugar cane burning causing environmental issues. Solution: Novel microbes and enzymes for development of greener production processes. Uniqueness: Green production technology which allow to yield 90% of Multicrystalline Cellulose.

  • Thilium

    Theme: Silica Aerogel: A High-Performance Multifunctional Material Issues: Devising more effective energy saving materials (thermal insulation) Solution: Aerogel structure consisting of >90% air, which is a very good property for heat and cold insulation. Uniqueness: Method of Silica Aerogel forms spherical-shaped particles which increases reflection of light and heat from coated Surface.

  • IQmed Innovation

    Theme: Beating Heart in a Box Issues: Issue of damaged heart (in terms of the condition) when preserved in cold storage. Solution: Portable active heart transportation based on Langendroff method. Uniqueness: heart is still beating in the box. Smaller in size and less complicated, sensors to track vitality of heart

  • Fling

    Theme: Drone as a service for unmanned inspection and delivery. Issues: Eliminate Manual Error, Increase Safety for workers Solution: Drone and software to fly autonomously around a warehouse scanning pallet tags, drone deliveries (first and only co in thailand) Uniqueness: System uses ultra wideband.

  • Factorium CMMS

    Theme: Factorium CMMS, a next generation of machine maintenance with mobile application and industrial IoT. Characteristics: Issues: Difficulties in maintenance and management of equipment and operations in factories result in profit loss Solution: Development of a mobile app and machine vibration tracker IoT with AI system to predict machine failure for factory 4.0 Uniqueness: Strong engineering team


    Theme: Solar power hybrid aerator Issues: Energy requirements for waste water treatment Solution: UB SAVE Multi-blend air into wastewater to double the transfer efficiency of oxygen for wastewater treatment. Uniqueness: The injection of oxygen 50% more efficient and cheaper compared to competitors, working with physics, not against.

  • HydroZitLa

    Theme: Innovative medicinal beverage HydroZitLa for preventing kidney stone disease Issues: Kidney stone disease is very painful and even though the population of people is only 17% in Thailand, anyone in the world could get it. Moreover, this disease can be prevented. Solution: Functional drink for preventing kidney stone formation (FDA approved as functional drink Uniqueness: Unique formulation combining both traditional and modern medicine to block the chemical reaction that forms kidney stones in the body.

  • TEAnity

    Theme: Bio-adsorbent product for environment Characteristics: Issues: Heavy metal ion content in waste Solution: Microfiber from pineapple leaf and also the technology for fiber modification Uniqueness: technology to extract fibre from pineapple leaf and to modify according to the needs of final product.

  • Eden Agritech Co., Ltd

    Theme: The natural way to maintain Freshness Characteristics: Issues: Over-ripening of fruits during transport Solution: Edible film formulated from natural ingredients for coating fresh produce. Uniqueness: The formation of film on the fruit surface when it touches air.