Demo Day

3rd August 2019

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


28th June 2019

How to apply

Please acess (https://lne.st/TPworld2019)

Judging criteria

<Judging Criteria>
1. Novelty 2. Practicability 3. Whether it could bring about change to the world 4. Passion


Grand Winner 300,000 JPY
Flight ticket and accommodation to join Hyper-Interdisciplinary Conference in Tokyo for 2 members

Company Award 200,000 JPY


Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.


Entry open: 1 December 2018

Application Deadline: 28 June 2019

1st Screening: Early July 2019

2nd Screening: Mid July 2019

Demo Day: 3 August 2019

Snapshots from 2018 DEMO DAY

Judges and Finalists in TECH PLAN DEMO DAY in Singapore 2018

Judges for 2019 Season

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

    Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. is a leading knowledge based platform company in Japan. The company is comprised of Masters 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. Heʼs expert in advising young entrepreneur in business development and venture spirit.

  • Mr. Yoshikazu UeharaManaging Director, 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. Mr. Uehara is charge of new business development from Asia Pacific. He is looking for new business opportunities making best use of open innovation in connection with Mitsui Chemicals' proprietary technologies.

  • Mr. Sophian Abdul RahmanCEO and Co-Founder, Delightex Pte Ltd.

    Mr. Sophian Abdul Rahman is the CEO and co-founder of Delightex Pte Ltd, a venture builder that seeks out innovative ways of capturing Delightful Moments. Before heading up Delightex, Mr. Sophian had served as the Director of Strategic Planning, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions at SGX-listed Cordlife Group Limited, as well as the CEO of its Bursa Malaysia-listed subsidiary Stemlife Berhad. His other experiences include a myriad number of roles in Singapore’s CapitaLand Group and Singapore Government’s Ministry of Trade & Industry agencies. Mr. Sophian graduated with a Master of Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

  • 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.

  • Mr. Shun KimuraResearch Scientist, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology

    Mr. Kimura is the research scientist of Rohto Pharmaceutical CO., Ltd. and visiting researcher of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (BDR). His mission is a contribution to health and beauty through the development of next-generation skin anti-aging therapeutic strategy, based on scientific evidence. He has contributed to development of Japanese anti-aging cosmetic active ingredients and items. Simultaneously, he has contributed to basic research in the developmental biology and tissue engineering through the development of technologies of skin equivalent models.

  • Mr. Norio AsaharaRegional Research & Development Director, Glico Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

    Glico manufactures not only confectionery and ice cream, but also a wide range of food categories such as beverages, dairy products, processed foods and baby milk powder. Mr. Asahara is the director of research and development in Glico Asia Pacific. He is looking for new research partners as well as technical support, investment and opportunities for various collaboration such as buying of new ingredients. He is responsible for new business in Asia Pacific.

  • Mr. Hadi OgawaManager (Corporate Planning), Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. Singapore Branch

    Toppan is a leading global provider of integrated solutions in the fields of printing, communications, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics. Mr. Ogawa is in charge of new business developments for the company, actively scouting for new innovative opportunities with start-up companies in the ASEAN and India market. As an experienced business strategy manager skilled in M&A and Post Merger Integration, his current key roles include the establishment of effective communication channels among Asian start-ups, Toppan group companies and the customer base. He possesses a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Nagaoka University of Technology (Japan).

  • Mr. Satoshi WashiyaChief Operating Officer & Board Director, Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory

    Mr. Washiya graduated with a M.S. of Architecture from Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University. He served both domestic and multinational companies in corporate wide transformation project at Tokyo and Stockholm office of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Washiya joined ACSL in July 2016.

  • Mdm. Lau Kum YeeRepresentative, Platform E

    Mdm Lau Kum Yee obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of California at Berkeley followed by a Master degree from Cornell University under the discipline of Food Science. She worked in the Asia Pacific HQ of Kraft General Foods International based in Hong Kong for a few years before returning to Singapore. She has been teaching since 2001 and was the Course Managers for the Diploma in Food Science & Technology and the Diploma in Nutrition, Health & Wellness in Singapore Polytechnic. Her interest is in development of healthy food products specifically low Glycemic Index foods.

  • Mr. Björn LindforsTechnology Partner, Antler

    Mr. Björn heads up all things in the region for Antler, helping and consulting both the Antler team and Antler founders on better-using tech to foster business. Mr. Bjorn is an experienced Chief Technology Officer as well as an entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Before joining Antler, he founded LANZAR, a product and growth agency that uses an iterative approach to validate and scale business. He also served as CTO for Gumbuya, a world first application development platform based entirely on a semantic graph architecture, reducing cost and time to market to build and deliver web and mobile apps.

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

    With over 15 years of experience in precision engineering, Mr. 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, Mr. Kelvin serves as Technical Advisor for National Research Foundation’ s Central Gap Fund and Accredited Mentor Partner under Enterprise Singapore’s StartupSG Founder scheme.

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

    Mr. Malcolm is currently the Head of Incubation at Innosparks - an ST Engineering Open Lab. Innosparks boasts innovative product lines and invests/incubates early stage intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, translating technology to value across multiple business units. Prior to this appointment, Mr. 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 SMEs, Multi-Nationals and Government Agencies. He is also a highly regarded speaker, panelist and guest lecturer for various private and public organisations in the field of innovation and start-ups. Mr. Malcolm holds a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) (1st Class) from Imperial College, London, is a CFA charter holder as well as a certified coach.

  • Mr. John ChengFounder of Innovate 360 and Director Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory Pte. Ltd.

    Innovate 360 is Singapore's first incubator with manufacturing facilities and co-working space focused on food. It is a government recognized incubator and accredited mentor partner. Backed by Cheng Yew Heng, Singapore’s oldest and only sugar manufacturer since 1947, Innovate 360 taps on the company’s long established networks, partners and channels to help companies develop their business in the food space. Mr. John has been in the food industry for more than 10 years and has been a key driver in the company’s transformation and in helping build up a food innovation ecosystem.

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