Welcome to TECH PLANTER San Francisco

2018 DEMO DAY event will be held on Nov 10th (Sat) at San Francisco

Registration is OPEN!!
Extended deadline of application: Oct 26th (Fri).

Please e-mail to [email protected] (attn: Ryuta Takeda) if you have any question or any inquiry)

This showcase event is focusing on early stage deep-tech startups


  • In the field of Biotech, robotics, agri-tech, healthcare, IoT, nanotech
  • In the stage of Seed~series A round, but pre-startup team is always welcome to join!

Prize for the Winner

  • Invitation to visit Tokyo Japan in Mar 2019 to attend our conference to pitch in front of directors from Japanese large corporations & VCs
    • Air tickets for two members & accommodation fee will be covered
    • We will set up a series of meetings with our partner big companies in Japan.
    • We will also bring you to our partner factories (best-in-class factories in the world) in Tokyo.
  • 2,000 USD for the Award

 Travel award to Tokyo Japan & Other awards will be given, too!


  • TECH PLANTER is a unique international seed acceleration program for deep-tech startups. We open a series of showcase DEMO DAY type pitch events around the world. This is the 3rd DEMO DAY we opened in Silicon Valley area.

Who should be the applicants of this DEMO DAY event?

  • Any deep tech based early (seed~series A) startups & even pre-startups who have desire to bridge to Japanese market. We can set up a series of mtg with Director~ CXO level persons in Japanese big companies.
  • Ones who have had hard time in difficult prototyping. We have strong connection to best Japanese factories in many fields.


Program Description & Key Dates

Program Description

The program is composed of 3 parts


  • We will select 12 teams from the applicants to pitch out in front of local VCs, accelerators, and Japanese big corporations. This is the showcase of your technology and service.

Mentoring session for the trip to Japan

  • The winner and some awardees will get a ticket to come to Japan in Mar 2018. We will host your visit and will set up the mtg with Japanese big corporations and VCs. After the competition, we will have communication to maximize your visit to Japan.

Visit to Japan

  • We will host your Japanese visit and set up a series of mtgs. Some of our alumni teams got a deal based on this session (deal includes the start of research collaborations, start of strategic partnerships & etc)

Key Dates

  • Application deadline date: Oct 26th 2018
  • 12 finalists will be selected based on submitted proposals: By the end of Oct, 2018
  • Web based presentation coaching session: Oct 27th~Nov 2rd (Tentative)
  • Pitch event date: Nov 10th 2018

About DEMO DAY on Nov. 10th

Schedule of the Event

Nov 10th (Sat), 2018

7min presentation & 7min Q&A is the format for the pitch

  • Venue opens at 12:15


  • 13:00-13:30  Opening remarks & Keynote presentation
  • 13:30-14:30  4 companies’ pitch (Team 1~4; 7min presentation & 7min Q&A)
  • 14:30-14:45  BREAK
  • 14:45-15:45  4 companies’ pitch (Team 5~8; 7min presentation & 7min Q&A)
  • 15:45-16:00  BREAK
  • 16:00-17:00  4 companies’ pitch (Team 9~12; 7min presentation & 7min Q&A)
  • 17:00-17:30  Networking time/ Time for the judges to discuss the winner!
  • 17:30-18:00  Award Ceremony
  • 18:00            Event closes
  • 18:00-19:00  Networking time
  • 19:00            Venue closes


Hotel Nikko San Francisco

222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Partners & Organizer



Alumni Teams