Demo Day

26th 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

    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.

  • Mr. Toshiharu KurisuManager, Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Japan Tobacco Inc.Inc.

    Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) is a leading international tobacco company that is also actively present in pharmaceuticals and processed foods. He has 10+ year experience of Project Manager of Business Development teams in NTT DOCOMO, Japanese predominant mobile phone operator. Also 3-year experience in NTT DOCOMO's VC arm in Silicon Valley. He has achieved several business developments between NTT DOCOMO and startup companies in US, also was in charge of investment to those promising startup companies. As from 4/1 2018, he has joined JT.

  • Dr. Nie YuntongResearch Scientist, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd.

    Mitsui Chemicals Inc. is one of the diversified companies in Japan and providing wide variety of chemicals and polymers globally. It will help build a better future society across five business domains, Mobility, Health Care, Food & Packaging, Next Generation Businesses and Basic Materials. Mission of MS-R&D is to develop new business from Asia Pacific. We are looking for new business opportunities making best use of open innovation in connection with Mitsui Chemicals’ proprietary technologies.

  • Mr. Rene “Butch” MeilyPresident, QBO Innovation Hub

    Rene “Butch” Meily heads QBO Innovation Hub, a public private partnership launched to mentor startups. Butch is also the President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), a private sector disaster management organization that includes many of the major business groups in the country. Moreover, Butch is the President of IdeaSpace Foundation, the startup innovation arm of the PLDT and Metro Pacific group , and of Pacific Global One, an aviation firm of P LDT .

  • Mr. Artie LopezCo-Founder & Startup Coach, Brainsparks

    Mr. Lopez is a start-up coach, and co-founder of Brainsparks, the first and only "founder-focused" incubator in the Philippines. Brainsparks’ vision is to "Turn Dreamers into Founders". He has over a decade of experience in the tech industry and is a passionate advocate of using technology and innovation to improve people’ s lives. Through Brainsparks, #StartupCoachArtie has supported countless startups develop their ideas, accelerate their growth, and raise seed funding from investors globally. In his spare time, he likes to mentor small businesses and social enterprises that support local communities.

  • Mr. John Carlo PullanMarketing Communications Strategist, IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

    Currently, the marketing communications lead for Ideaspace Foundation. Co-founder and former VP of Brand and Digital Marketing at Fetch Valet. Worked as a marketer for different multinationals and advertising agencies in Manila.

  • Mr. Marrione CamachoManaging Director, Nexus Innovation Labs, De La Salle Lipa

    Marrione Camacho is the Managing Director of Nexus Innovation Labs at De La Salle Lipa and a contributor to the Washington Technology Industry Association. He is an impact-driven business development professional with 9 years of experience in program management, partnership development and corporate communications. He fell in love with startups and the tech industry during his time in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington and has been passionate about helping them scale, especially those that create social impact.

  • Mr. Jacinto AsuncionCenter Manager, University of the Philippines Enterprise

    Mr. Jacinto Asuncion or commonly known in the industry as “Jhaze” , the current Centre Manager of UP Enterprise Centre for Technopreneurship, University of the Philippines - Diliman Incubator and Accelerator. He is a Co-Founder of a number of StartUp Ventures, an experienced entrepreneur as independent business owner of nationally distributed and traded Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and a travel company. His corporate experience was also a Business Development Manager and an Export Staff at Avalon Edunet and Monde Nissin Corporation respectively. Jhaze does not only have an exceptional background with handling local clients and markets but has absolute confidence in taking on the international route.

  • Mr. Kazuyuki OritaDirector, Head of Business Solution Center, NSENGI (Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd.)

    Mr. Orita has more than 30 years experiences in equipment technology, plant engineering and facility maintenance in Nippon Steel Corporation. In 2015, he joined NSENGI, which provides engineering solutions all over the world, such as steel plant, waste to energy, marine construction, pipeline and building steel structure, and is now responsible for Technology Center, ICT and Business Solution Center.

Finalists from 2018 Season

  • ACTICon

    ACTICon, a biocontrol agent against Panama Disease of Cavendish Banana

  • MykoPlus

    MykoPlus plant growth promoter

  • Fruit Coating Research Group

    Development of fruit coating for shelf life extension of fresh fruits

  • TechnoGeeks

    TapTrack: IoT device to track the agri field worker

  • Tactiles Corporation

    IQube Lego for Circuits

  • MOVO

    Wearable Morse Code Communication Aid

  • Wela School Systems

    IoT for Parent-Student Monitoring

  • HeartSmart Philippines

    HeartSmart: system to detect heart disease

  • ASIn

    Design and Implementation of Automated Filtering of Saltwater to Usable Water.

  • Senti

    Senti: data analysis of local language

  • sQuaRe

    ROBIN: Recycle On-demand BIN

  • OneWatt

    OneWatt EARS : AI and IoT device to analyse engine sound