Demo Day

21st July 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


Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.

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, GLOCALINK Inc.

    Glocalink is one of the unique initial seed investment companies in Japan. They help to network people and technology to create advancement of society for better world with greater value. Dr. Yutaka Kuroki is one of the directors for Glocalink. He is interested in supporting startups and business development.

  • Dr. Hongbo WangResearch Scientist, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd.

    Dr. Hong Bo has been part of the research group at Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre since 2012, where he focused on the ,? development of new healthcare products. Now he is responsible to create innovation through new combinations of MCI Group's knowledge with local needs, and explore new business opportunities from the perspectives of both pre-marketing and technology through collaborations with local partners.

  • Mr. Tsuyoshi IshiiDeputy Division Manager, Basic Research Development Division, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

    Mr. Ishii has been working as a scientist at ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd. (Rohto) for 20 years of which he spent more than 10 years in the basic research and technology development for cosmetics applications in skincare and anti-aging. Another area of scientific research which he engaged in as his research challenge was in stem cell related research such as manufacturing process, cell specs, pre-clinical studies and research for understanding of Mode of Action (MOA).

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

    Mr. Satoshi Yamanaka received his M.S. degree from Osaka City University. He specializes in Electrical Engineering. 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 three years ago and exploring new technologies to upgrade their products and services for future market.

  • Mr. Makoto YamaguchiGeneral Manager, R&D Centre, IHI ASIA PACIFIC PTE. LTD.

    IHI Corporation is one of the leading engineering companies. IHI have wide range of business area such as Aero Engine, energy power plant, social infrastructures, turbo chargers and so on. IHI seeks to solve the various environmental, industrial, social, and energy related problems to "Realize your dreams" . Mr. Yamaguchi is General Manager of R&D Centre in IHI Asia Pacific, regional head quarter of IHI Corp., and responsible for R&D in the Asia Pacific Region.

  • Mr. Kelvin OngCEO, Focustech Ventures Pte. Ltd.

    With over 15 years of experience in precision engineering, Kelvin was the Executive Director of Focus-Tech Holding, leading shareholder of HDD component maker Seksun. He is also the CEO of FocusTech Ventures & founding partner of TNB Ventures, an early stage VC fund. An active angel investor & entrepreneur, Kelvin serves as Technical Advisor for National Research Foundation's Central Gap Fund and Accredited Mentor Partner under Enterprise Singapore's StartupSG Founder scheme.

  • Dr. Virginia ChaProfessor-in-Residence, Platform E

    Dr. Virginia Cha is a highly sought-after professor of innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore with multiple appointments at Singapore's leading tertiary education institutions: Professor-in-Residence at Platform E (a member of SIM), Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, Adjunct Professor at NUS Business School and other adjunct appointments at SMART and Lean LaunchPad @Singapore.

  • Mr. Malcolm ChuaHead of Incubation lnnosparks, an ST Engineering Open Lab

    Malcolm Chua is currently the head of incubation programme at lnnosparks-an ST Engineering Open Lab. Malcolm holds a Masters of Engineering(M.Eng) (1st Class) from Imperial College, London and is a CFA charter holder. Prior to this appointment, Malcolm was the founder of 2 start-ups and had over a decade of leadership and commercial experience across both aerospace and infrastructure sectors in both SM Es, Multi-Nationals and Government Agencies. Malcolm consults frequently for companies and is a highly regarded speaker, panelist and guest lecturer for various private and public organisations.

Finalists from 2018 Season

  • Salus Nanotechnologies

    Anti-staining & highly transparent coatings for energy efficiency & aesthetics.

  • CV lndobot

    lndobot Ana mi Robot - a basic multi-functional education robot to reduce the level of game addiction in children

  • Red Dot Drone Pte. Ltd.

    Sports aerial video delivery - utilizing computer vision, Al and loT with drones

  • Advance Water Treatment Technology

    Development of New Submerged Direct Contact Membrane Distillation (DCMD) Process

  • Team Republic

    Plastic Heat Sink to Prevent Devices From Heat Related Failures

  • Fifthsense

    All Natural Innovative Functional Nutraceuticals

  • Bug Detect

    Development of a bioelectrochemical E. coli detector

  • iVET

    iVET Pet Health Solution: a holistic healthcare system for pets

  • Precision Medical Pte. Ltd.

    Project GATOR is an integrated joint sensor, with an enhanced ability to measure joint dynamics.

  • NDR Medical Technology Pte. Ltd.

    Al surgical robotics for Automated Needle Targeting

  • SinFooTech

    Biotransformation of tofu whey into fermented beverages

  • Biotrampil PLT

    Plant based burger patties as fast food healthier alternative

  • NMacom lnnotech

    N-MACom: Nano-Magnetic Adsorbent Composite

  • Fruit Coating Research Group

    Development of fruit coating for shelf life extension of fresh fruits

  • Fytosol Pte. Ltd.

    Wetting and water-retaining agent to improve plant survivability