Demo Day

12th May 2018

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

Snapshots from 2018 DEMO DAY

Judges from 2018 Season

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

    Founder of 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.

  • Dr. Yutaka KurokiDirector, Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Japan Tobacco Inc.

    Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) is a leading international tobacco company that is also actively present in pharmaceuticals and processed foods. He earned Ph.D. in Agricultural study from the University of Tokyo. He has played various roles in Japan Tobacco Inc.; such as a Researcher, R&D Strategy Manager, and Human Resource Director before joining the business development team.

  • Dr. Toru SumitaGeneral 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. Noor Amal MoradSenior Vice President, Strategic Planning Department Malaysian Technology Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MTDC)

    Mr. Noor Amal joined MTDC in 2005 as the Senior Manager of the Research and Information Department; and prior to assuming his current position, Noor Amal held various positions at MTDC including as SVP & Head of the Ecosystems & Technology Advisory Department and the Vice President (VP) for several venture funds focusing on the life-sciences & biotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing sectors. He has vast experience in strategic management, developing seeds and start-up ventures.

  • Mr. Rizal NainyDeputy Chief Executive Officer, SME Corporation Malaysia (SME CORP)

    Mr. Rizal graduated from Imperial College, University of London in Mechanical Engineering with first class honours, and then obtained the master degree in Business Administration from Charles Sturt University, Australia. His primary responsibility is to drive the strategic SME development with respect to SME Master Plan and SME Integrated Plan of Action, internationalisation of SMEs, business and entrepreneurship development, coordinating the National SME Development Council (NSDC) as well as strategising the economic policies pertaining to SME development which will ultimately increase Malaysia's GDP, exports and job creation.

  • Mr. Irfan AwangHead of Patent, PRO IP Sdn. Bhd. / Exco Member, ITMA

    Mr. Irfan has had prior experience in engineering and technical support fields as a chemical engineer, having been exposed to one of main palm oil milling, refining and processing companies. His advice on identification of patentable inventions, drafting of patent specifications, and prosecution of Malaysian and overseas patent applications are sought after by clients and colleagues alike. Mr. Irfan’ s opinions on patentability, infringement, IP audit and valuation, IP commercialization, freedom-to-operate and validity have played a key role in clients’ decision-making process for launch of their products into the Malaysian and foreign market.

  • Mr. Ja’afar b. OthmanChief Executive Officer, Micro Precision Machining Sdn. Bhd. (MPM)

    A very experienced, dynamic, independent and self-motivated Director with excellent knowledge in overall aspect of managing MPM Sdn. Bhd. due to his underlying interest and persistence. His professional expertise in precision industry and his undivided commitment has lead MPM Sdn. Bhd. as one of the leading company in this field. He also has experience of training future engineers from Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara, German-Malaysian Institute and other institutions involved in mechanical industry. Due to his experience, he was invited by MARA for upgrading the syllabus for technical studies. He is also an External Advisor for Industrial Business Unit.

Finalists from 2018 Season

  • TB Nanosense

    Economic and sensitive electrochemical immunosensor device to diagnose Tuberculosis (TB) infection in human.

  • Lipidware

    REMDII Ultra Sensitive for deep reaching non-steroidal cream for dry skin conditions.

  • SecuraLips

    Development of Harmless and Halal Lipsticks Product from Bacterial Pigment.

  • Lignas Bio Synergy PLT

    Nano-based Tiger Milk Mushroom for Local Transdermal Therapy of Breast Cancer

  • Ino-Peptida

    Production of Antifreeze Peptides for Frozen Food Application

  • Precision Agriculture Robotics Sdn.Bhd

    Aerial & Ground Sensors for Precision Agriculture

  • RumATech

    Subcritical Water Treated Agro-Waste to Quality Ruminant Feed


    A novel synthetic wood utilizing palm oil biomass

  • PakarGo Green Sdn Bhd

    Biomass Microwave Carbonizer (BMC) to produce Biochar

  • NanoMag Sdn.Bhd.

    Waste oil to Smart Fabric


    Nano-magnetic adsorbent composite

  • Shark Technologies

    Integrated Suspended Growth Biological Reactor