TECH PLAN DEMO DAY in Singapore 2022

Discovering and nurturing Real Tech seeds
and entrepreneurs in Singapore
At universities, research institutes, and corporate laboratories, the "seeds" of science and technology are being born, and it takes a lot of time and effort before they sprout into practical applications. The "TECH PLANTER" organized by Leave a Nest with its partner companies is an ecosystem that aims to discover these seeds and serve as a planter to turn them into businesses. Our program in SINGAPORE aimed at discovering and nurturing Real Tech seeds and entrepreneurs.
  • Early stage startups and pre-startup researchers’ team or individual in Real Tech Field
  • Mature startups or SMEs seeking collaborators are also welcome, 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 based on the science and tech based seeds
  • Those who are interested in the Japanese market or collaboration with Japanese corporations.
Categories of the TECH
Manufacturing, robotics, IoT, AI, agri-tech, bio-tech, healthcare, med-tech, food-tech, care-tech, marine-tech, ecotech, and etc.
Application Period
2021/12/21 (Tue)~2022/4/2 (Sat)
Judging Criteria
A panel of judges consisting of Leave a Nest and its partners will evaluate each of the following items.
  1. 01NOVELTY
  3. 03IMPACT TO
  4. 04PASSION
The Winner: 3,000 SGD
Corporate Awards: 2,000 SGD (Several of them)
Global Partners
Local Partners
  1. ASSET01Leave a Nest Communicator
  2. ASSET02Japanese Partner Companies
  3. ASSET03Local Partners
  4. ASSET04Super Factory Group
  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
Name of the DEMO DAY
TECH PLAN DEMO DAY in Singapore 2022
The Meeting Point, 73B Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139966 (hybrid implementation)
Date & Time
2022/5/28 (Sat)13:00-18:00 in Singapore Time
Application Period
2021/12/21 (Tue)~2022/4/2 (Sat)
Eligible Participants
Closed, pre-registration required (finalists, partner companies, local supporters)
Leave a Nest
@Singapore Time
Opening Ceremony
Finalist Presentations
Judging, Lightning talks & Panel
Awards & Closing
  • Mr. Shohei Maekawa
    Director, Leave a Nest Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Mr. Shohei Maekawa
    Mr. Maekawa is the President of Leave a Nest UK. He was born in the USA and raised in Europe. He studied Zoology for his undergraduate degree and Evolutionary Anthropology for his postgraduate degree, both at University College London. With experience abroad and passion towards advancement of science and technology, he joined Leave a Nest in 2013. He became the Director of Leave a Nest Singapore Pte. Ltd. from May 1st 2019 with the vision to interconnect various industry partners for global development.
  • Dr. Anjali Shijo
    Senior Manager, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, Pte. Ltd.
    Dr. Anjali Shijo
    The Mitsui Chemicals Group is constantly pursuing innovation and growth to be a chemical company with a strong global presence. Dr. Anjali has been part of the research group at Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre since 2009, with special focus on value creation in the biotechnology arena. In line with Mitsui Chemicals’ vision of creating innovative products and services that are in harmony with the society and environment, she is scouting for new business opportunities from the Asia Pacific region using open innovation platforms and partnerships with start-ups, companies and research institutes.
  • Ms. Miyuki Nakamura
    Director of Global Business Division, BIPROGY Inc.
    Ms. Miyuki Nakamura
    Joined BIPROGY Inc. in 2008. Since 2013, she has engaged in overseas business. From 2014 to 2015, she joined Singapore Rep. Office of BIPROGY USA, inc. (formerly NUL Systems Services Corporation), a group company of BIPROGY Inc. in US, as a representative for market research. After her returning to BIPROGY Inc., she is in charge of business planning in Southeast Asia, as a part of global business team.
  • Mr.Kenji Minefuji
    Manager at Business Innovation Group & ME Innovation Fund, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Mr.Kenji Minefuji
    Kenji Minefuji has led various open innovation activities with his business strategy and venture finance expertise. Since 2016, he has provided hands-on support for many startups in over 10 countries as a mentor. During his communication with startups, he developed novel collaboration schemes/concepts between startups and multinational corporations. He started his career as a research scientist of optical communication technology at the Information Technology R&D Center. In his mid-career, he planned the R & D strategy of the R&D center, and was in charge of resource allocation and project management, too. His deep understanding and experience of both cutting edge science & technology and business strategy made him launch unique open innovation activities with startups at the Center for Future Innovation. He plays a key role in running “ME Innovation Fund” established as a CVC fund in 2022.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Akiyori Fujiwara
    Strategic Design Division, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Mr. Akiyori Fujiwara
    Akiyori joined to Rohto as a formulator for cosmetics and quasi-drugs. Mainly responsible for sunscreen, deodorant products, lipstick, etc. From 2013 to 2018, he managed Rohto Indonesia R&D team as an R&D manager. After returning to Rohto Japan, he managed Global R&D Division, Development Planning Division, and Skincare Development Division. Now he is working for Strategic Design Division.
  • Mr. Kenji Yamamoto
    Director, RTHD Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Mr. Kenji Yamamoto
    Kenji is Director of Real Tech Holdings Singapore and manages deep tech VC investments in the Southeast Asia region. Prior to his position, he has had over 10 years of experience in equity investments across Asia, US and Africa. He has served as Principal at TPTF, US-APAC tech VC, and as Deputy General Manager of the investment division for an international mining/materials company. He started his career as a co-founder of a startup in Japan as leading sales & marketing and finance functions. He earned his MBA from INSEAD and majored in nuclear engineering in the University of Tokyo.
  • Mr. Fabian Tan
    Regional Director, Enterprise Singapore
    Mr. Fabian Tan
    Mr. Fabian Tan is the Counsellor (Commercial) at the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo and is also the Regional Director in the Northeast Asia and Oceania Group at the Enterprise Singapore (ESG). ESG is the government agency championing enterprise development. Fabian works with government agencies, trade associations and corporate partners to drive the internationalization of Singaporean companies in Japanese markets. He is also active in engaging Japanese incubators and accelerators, VC and PE funds to anchor their presence in Singapore, as part of building the Singaporean startup ecosystem. Fabian graduated with a BA in Economics (Honors) from the University of Chicago in the USA and an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge in the UK under the EDB Scholarship. He also completed Japanese civilisation studies at Kyoto University, under the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS). Fabian is fluent in Japanese and Korean, and has basic proficiency in German.
  • Mr. John Cheng
    Founder and Managing Director, Innovate 360
    Mr. John Cheng
    John Cheng is the 3rd generation family business owner of Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory, a 75-year-old established sugar manufacturing company in Singapore. In 2008, he founded Innovate 360, a food innovation hub and Singapore’s first food incubator with facilities. Innovate 360 is recognized by APEC as a food technology partner in food security and by the Singapore Government. It is an Accredited Mentor Partner helping startups scale and go to market. John is also Chairperson of Feed 9 Billion, which co-launched the Good Food Startup Manual: Singapore Edition. He is entrepreneurship head of SMF’s Youth Committee, and EXCO of SCCI’s Youth Business Affairs Committee.
  • Mr. Anton Wibowo
    CEO, Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre
    Mr. Anton Wibowo
    Mr. Anton Wibowo has more than 12 years of diverse business, management, and investment experience in the Singaporean biotechnology and agribusiness communities. As the operations director and former business development director at Biomax, an award-winning biotech company involved in recycling waste into fertilizer, Anton led the company’s technical and sales teams, served on the investment committee, and was a key contributor to a successful multi million fundraising effort involving institutional and individual investors. Today, Anton is CEO of the Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre (a subsidiary of The Trendlines Group), which manages the Singapore-based Trendlines Agrifood Fund and is responsible for the development of innovation-based agri food tech companies that improve the human condition.
  • Ms. Chng Tyng Tyng
    Assistant Vice President, Investments, ST Engineering Ventures Pte. Ltd.
    Ms. Chng Tyng Tyng
    ST Engineering Ventures is the corporate venture capital fund of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (“STE”). She is scouting for new business opportunities globally with technology start-ups that are developing new technologies or creating innovative solutions complementary to the STE Group’s strategic capabilities in high-growth areas, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics, communications, IoT, cloud, autonomous technology and other emerging technologies.
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