PHILIPPINES

TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024

Discovering and nurturing Real Tech seeds
and entrepreneurs in the Philippines
ABOUT
Purpose
The TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024 is a pitching competition joined by teams of researchers and/or deep technology startups with a passion to bring change and impact to the world. However, the pitching competition itself is just one aspect of the whole initiative, as Leave a Nest also pushes the collaboration between ventures and big companies to create new businesses.

This program has been running in Japan since 2014, and it will be the 8th year to implement it in the Philippines this 2024.
Target
  • Pre-startup researchers in the different science and technology fields, even if they only have the idea so far.
  • Early stage startups, research teams or individuals in real tech field.
  • Mature startups or SMEs seeking collaborators, even if they are close to mass production or PMF establishment.
  • Visionaries that aim to change the world and/or their own country to a better place using science- and technology-based seeds.
  • Those who are interested in the Japanese market or collaboration with Japanese corporations.
Categories of the TECH
Bio, Eco, Med, Food, Agri, Marine, Deep
Application Period
2024/1/8 (Mon)~2024/3/10 (Sun)
Judging Criteria
A panel of judges consisting of Leave a Nest and its partners will evaluate each of the following items.
  1. 01NOVELTY
  2. 02PRACTICABILITY
  3. 03IMPACT TO
    THE WORLD
  4. 04PASSION
Awards
Grand Winner: Php 50,000
Leave a Nest Award
and more Corporate Awards (monetary and non-monetary)
(Monetary amount TBA)
PARTNER
Global Partners
Local Partners
Strategic Partners
ASSET
  1. ASSET01Leave a Nest Communicator
  2. ASSET02Japanese Partner Companies
  3. ASSET03Local Partners
  4. ASSET04Super Factory Group
SUPPORT
  1. SUPPORT01Organizing the vision your business
  2. SUPPORT02Brushing up your presentation
  3. SUPPORT03Opportunities for collaboration with Japanese corporates
  4. SUPPORT04Support for R&D and prototype development
  5. SUPPORT05Support for Knowledge and IP Strategies
  6. SUPPORT06Investment and support for finance
DEMO DAY
Name of the DEMO DAY
TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024
Place
Auditorium, 21st Floor, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Building, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila City
Date & Time
2024/5/11 (Sat)12:00-18:00 in Philippine Time
Application Period
2024/1/8 (Mon)~2024/3/10 (Sun)
Eligible Participants
Deep Tech Startups and Research Teams
Organizer
Leave a Nest Philippines
Timeline
@Philippine Time
12:30~13:10
Opening Ceremony & MOA Signing (Leave a Nest Philippines and University of Santo Tomas)
13:10~16:10
Finalist Presentations
16:10~17:25
Judging, Lightning talks & Poster presentation
17:25~18:00
Awarding & Closing Ceremony
JUDGE
  • Dr. Yevgeny Aster Dulla
    Managing Director, Leave a Nest Philippines, Inc.,
    Human Development Division, Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. Japan
    Dr. Yevgeny Aster Dulla
    Yev was born and raised in Iloilo City, Philippines. He graduated with a degree in BS Chemistry from the University of the Philippines – Visayas, after which he worked as an instructor at the University of the Philippines – Manila. He came to Japan in 2013 to pursue graduate studies where he acquired his Masters in Health Life Sciences and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2020, he joined Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. and is currently under the Human Development Division, and is part of the Kansai/Osaka office, as well as the Group Creation Division. He is also a Balik Scientist Awardee for 2020~2021, and is a co-founder and the Managing Director for Leave a Nest’s Philippine office, their newest subsidiary.
  • Atty. Javier P. Flores
    Partner, The Law Office of Flores & Ofrin
    Atty. Javier P. Flores
    Atty. Flores was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1999. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1994 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 1998, both from the University of the Philippines. He is heavily into litigation and corporate law practice as well as intellectual property law. He has successfully litigated cases involving construction disputes before the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission; intra-corporate disputes under the Interim Rules of Intra-Corporate Controversies; and proceedings before the regular courts involving injunctive relief, property, and family law. He has developed expertise in projects involving power, ecological solid waste management, and real estate development. He is the Corporate Secretary of various companies and industry associations including the Philippine Travel Agencies Association Inc. and the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society.
  • Dr. Enrico Paringit
    Executive Director, Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry,
    Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)
    Dr. Enrico Paringit
    Dr. Enrico C. Paringit started as the Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD in December 2018. An outstanding engineer, he led game-changing programs and projects in land surveying, remote sensing and geographic information system, environmental monitoring, and disaster risk assessment and management. One of these is the Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation-Light Ranging and Detection Technology or DREAM LiDAR, which addresses the effects of flooding disasters in the Philippines through accurate national terrain elevation maps and training of LiDAR and flood mapping experts.
  • Ms. Dara Ever Juan
    Ms. Dara Ever Juan, Head, Innovations Lab & Ecosystem Partnerships (Innolab), PLDT Inc.
    Ms. Dara Ever Juan
    Dara is the Head of PLDT Innovations Lab and Ecosystem Partnerships or Innolab, focused on co-creating and co-innovating breakthrough solutions with innovators. Dara inculcates a culture of innovation in PLDT Group by designing and organizing open innovation activities such as MVP Geek Olympics (an MVP group-wide hackathon) and PLDT & Smart Startup Innovation Challenge to create a sustainable collaborative environment. She manages PLDT’s co-working laboratory in Makati where solutions testing, prototyping and client POCs happen. She acts as an advocate to drive collaboration and community initiatives and execute a roll-out strategy for potential business opportunities with startups in PLDT Enterprise. She is also an alumna of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellow for Economic Empowerment.
  • Mr. Jay Fajardo
    Mr. Jay Fajardo, Executive Director, QBO Innovation
    Mr. Jay Fajardo
    Jay is a serial venture builder who has founded many startups over the years and is an advocate of innovation from the grassroots. With roles as co-founder and adviser in various tech startups, he is considered to be one of the pioneers and shapers of the Philippine tech startup ecosystem. He is currently the Executive Director at Manila-based VC and accelerator IDEASPACE/QBO. He is also the founder and CEO of agile development firm PROUDCLOUD, deploying agile product development teams to startups, scaleups, and tech enabled enterprises.
  • Mr. Ryo Inori
    Business Creation Department, Focus Systems Corporation
    Mr. Ryo Inori
    Ryo Inori joined Focus Systems Corporation in 2015. He is responsible for the sales of information security products such as data encryption for the financial industry, as well as content security products such as copyright protection for still and moving digital data. He has been promoting information security products such as data encryption for the financial industry, as well as content security products such as copyright protection for digital data of still and moving images. He is also engaged in the promotion of services in the manufacturing and medical industries. Currently, in parallel with his product sales activities, he is also working with startup companies and university research laboratories.
  • P. Magaling, CPA, MBA
    Finance and Accounting, Sohbi Kohgei (Phils.), Inc.
    P. Magaling, CPA, MBA
    Mr. Magaling is a dynamic CPA armed with an MBA from the Lyceum of the Philippines. Over the past 8 years, he’s made his mark by beginning his career as a department head and swiftly rose to the position of Assistant General Manager for Administration at Sohbi Kohgei (Phils) Inc (SKPI). SKPI, a company registered under PEZA, is a recognized leader in manufacturing high precision metal stamped parts, assembly units, parts and components for electronic and automotive products. Recently, the company has diversified to penetrate the manufacturing of metal parts for motorcycles.
  • Mr. Norio Asahara
    Regional R&D Director, Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.
    Mr. Norio Asahara
    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 collaborations such as buying of new ingredients. He is responsible for new business in Asia Pacific.
FINALIST
  • LITHOS Manufacturing OPC
    Eleanor Olegario, President and Founder
    Natural zeolite and bentonite processing team  with clay nanotechnology applications in the field of wastewater, veterinary and animal feeds and aquaculture.

    Theme:
    Natural zeolite and bentonite processing team with clay nanotechnology applications in the field of wastewater, veterinary and animal feeds and aquaculture.

  • Filrobotics Technologies, Inc.
    Dr. Anthony James C. Bautista, Founder and Faculty Researcher
    Developed a navigation system compatible for automating  agricultural tractors with GPS

    Theme:
    Developed a navigation system compatible for automating agricultural tractors with GPS

  • Abacawesome Burger Patty
    Ms. Joycee France D. Usero, Founder
    Using of waste abaca core for meat patty (alternative protein)

    Theme:
    Using of waste abaca core for meat patty (alternative protein)

  • Dali Innovative Solutions, Inc
    Mr. Joseph Valdez, Chief Operations Officer
    Using AI for analyzing weather and natural disaster indicators while doing power generation

    Theme:
    Using AI for analyzing weather and natural disaster indicators while doing power generation

  • Tacteam
    Ms. Learni Javier, Science Researcher
    Using piezoelectricity for sustainable electricity by converting kinetic energy to electricity

    Theme:
    Using piezoelectricity for sustainable electricity by converting kinetic energy to electricity

  • HESS
    Engr. Adel Soccoro Parungao, Researcher and Assistant Professor
    Home intelligent energy management and storage system with AI, ML

    Theme:
    Home intelligent energy management and storage system with AI, ML

  • Jeremake
    Jeremy C. De Leon, Founder
    Low-cost, single-lens keychain microscope that magnifies samples from 125 to 400 times. By attaching it to a smartphone or tablet camera, users can explore the microscopic world without expensive equipment

    Theme:
    Low-cost, single-lens keychain microscope that magnifies samples from 125 to 400 times. By attaching it to a smartphone or tablet camera, users can explore the microscopic world without expensive equipment

  • BellyBond
    Engr. Allain Jessel Macas, Faculty (Electronics Engineering, USTP)
    Developing a local fetal heart rate monitor

    Theme:
    Developing a local fetal heart rate monitor

  • Bambuhay
    Mr. Mark Sultan Gersava, CEO and Chief Innovations Officer
    Developed Plantable Toothbrush after use  to addressed plastic pollution, deforestation and poverty in line with circular economy principles.

    Theme:
    Developed Plantable Toothbrush after use to addressed plastic pollution, deforestation and poverty in line with circular economy principles.

LIGHTNING TALK
Team Theme Representative
Protego Alternative Protein Tech Processing of soybean and rice proteins into textured meat analog Dr. Floirendo Flores, Professor
Kakawan Cacao Processing framework for Small Scale and Village-Level Engr. Lynet C. Alto
ETox Research Team POCT Device detecting toxins and biomarkers in emergencies. Vital for quick diagnosis and treatment in poisoning cases, especially in resource-limited settings. Dr. Ailyn M. Yabes, Associate Professor 4
Nanobeads Polymeric nanocomposite beads for wastewater treatment Dr. Edgar Clyde R. Lopez, Instructor IV
Eyes at Sea Eyes at Sea addresses the safety of lives and security of small vessels at sea Engr. Bryx William C. Garcia
SESSY E-Boat SESSY E-Boat addresses the reduction of air pollution on marine transport using clean energy. Engr. Febus Reidj G. Cruz
PHILIPPINES5/11
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