A BIG THANK YOU to all those who applied !

Demo Day

8th August 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

Snapshots from 2019 DEMO DAY

DEMO DAY Awardees

The Grand Winner:

Team: nanolabLRC
Theme: Nanomaterials electrode for electrochemical energy storage applications


Judges for TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2020

  • 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. Masahito YanoSenior Project Manager of New Business Development Division, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd.

    Mr. Yano had served as a project coordinator to Japanese S&T funding agency for 7 years in Singapore and joined Mitsui Chemicals in 2017. Currently he is working at Singapore’s R&D Centre to explore new business opportunities based on R&D in Asia Pacific Region. One of his current challenges is to transform the R&D centre to an innovation engine.

  • Mr. Daiki Kumamoto Global Fund Manager, Real Tech Holdings Inc.

    Daiki Kumamoto is the youngest capitalist of the deep-tech startup ecosystem in Japan and is the growth manager of Real Tech Fund. He is specialized in supporting startups, especially that bring solutions to care / welfare and is also the head for global strategy. Before joining Real Tech, he was the president of the largest NPO in Japan that commits in supporting young entrepreneurs globally. He graduated from Keio SFC University with a bachelor in management.

  • Mr. Daisuke NishidePhilippine Branch Manager , Sun* Inc

    Started tech career at LIFULL Co. Ltd., and involved in the product development for “HOME’S” which is one of largest real estate portal websites in Japan. After that first career, supported several startup products especially in the seed stage. Joined Sun* Inc. in 2016, and is currently in charge of management of the Filipino branch both for software development and tech talent development.

  • Mr. Jacinto Asuncion Jr.Business Development Consultant of DOST-UPSCALE Innovation Hub

    Mr. Jacinto Asuncion Jr. or better known as “Jhaze Asuncion” in the industry is currently the Biz Dev Lead of DOST-UPSCALE Innovation Hub of the University of the Philippines - Diliman. An entrepreneur and a startup Co-Founder himself, a mentor in the ecosystem who help launch a number of ventures. He connects the industry challenges to the academe capabilities and government resources assistance. Prior to this startup world, his corporate experiences include international business development for interactive online education services and outsourcing. He also came from the Filipino Food Exports Industry with 45 countries worldwide market. A graduate of BSBA- Major in Exports Management of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Polytechnic University of the Philippines. His research interests are Waste to Energy, R&D Commercialisation, Fintech-ICOs and Food Innovations.

  • Ms. Katrina Rausa ChanDirector, QBO Innovation Hub

    Kat serves as the Director of QBO, a Philippine innovation hub and startup platform. QBO is the first of its kind public-private partnership initiative in the country specifically geared to accelerate the growth of Philippine startup ecosystem and support startup ventures. Kat previously served as Head of Growth and Strategy at IdeaSpace, the Philippines’ largest private startup accelerator, and draws on prior experience working with senior management in corporate development, capital markets and process engineering positions.Kat completed her undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University, obtaining a B.Sc in Materials Science and Engineering, with a double major in Business Administration. Kat is a Filipina millennial that advocates for spurring innovation and technopreneurship as an engine for driving economic growth and global competitiveness in emerging economies.

  • Mr. Carlo Calimon President / Co Founder, StartUp Village

    Carlo Calimon is the co-founder of StartUp Village, a startup enabler based in the Philippines. Carlo is a serial entrepreneur and a startup advocate. He has been working on the development of entrepreneurs and startups in the Philippines for the past 15 years. He is an educator and a mentor through various organizations including Google and AWS. His forte includes among others, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, product development, marketing and innovation.

  • Ms. Maria Raudres DarioDirector, Challenergy Philippines Inc

    With a Bachelors of Science degree from Kyushu University in Japan, Ms Dario has more than 20 years of experience in simultaneous programmes for Japanese government technical assistance, requiring coordination with regional government offices, provincial and municipal government, farmers’ cooperatives, industry associations and the private sector. Ms. Dario concurrently serves as Director of several other companies engaged in the fields of construction, renewable energy development, international trade, where she is mainly responsible for technology assessments and business development. Recognizing the innovative technology and its suitability in the Philippines of the world’s first Magnus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, Challenergy Philippines, Inc. was born from Ms Dario’s strategic alliance with Challenergy Inc of Japan. She is also concurrently a Director of the Center for Emerging Technologies and Innovations of the Philippines, Inc. where she conducts joint research and feasibility studies in the fields of ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT (solar, biomass, waste to energy), renewable resources and technologies ASSESSMENT.

Finalists from 2020 Season

  • Amazon Dots

    Plant Food (nutrition for plants)

  • NanoluminaX

    Photoluminescent metal nanoclusters as virus/bacteria tracer/detector.

  • Aumento Eterno

    Innovations in the field of Laparoscopic Surgery.

  • HydroPEC

    Advanced photo-electrocatalytic wastewater treatment.


    Disaster Risk Reduction Management Technologies.

  • Nanotronics Inc

    High-Strength Biodegradable Nanomaterial polymer for Various Industry Applications


    Waste plastics as raw material for housing construction

  • Domestiks

    Use of single-use plastic waste to construct disaster shelters and fish pods

  • Po-lite Technology

    Innovative green materials for buildings/ construction