OSAKA, JAPAN, July 23, 2021 - Plug and Play Japan KK (Japan office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Phillip Vincent, Hereinafter "Plug and Play Japan") has selected eight startups from Japan and overseas for the accelerator program that promotes Smart Cities open innovation operated by their Osaka office, Plug and Play Osaka. In the Batch 2 program, Plug and Play will work with nine corporate partners for approximately four months from July to November 2021.
About the Plug and Play Osaka Smart Cities Program
Plug and Play Osaka launched an innovation creation program in the Smart Cities area in December 2020. In their first program, Batch 1, they focused on innovation in these four areas: (1) Smart Life & Construction, (2) Travel & Experiences, (3) Urban Mobility & Clean Tech, (4) Hospitality & Health, and selected 14 startups that provide various technologies and solutions.
As a result of the program, a variety of co-creation projects announced include PoCs (Proof of Concept) and joint development in which technology verification is conducted by corporate partners and startups, or collaboration projects between startups for product development.
In the Batch 2 program, Plug and Play Osaka has set four focus areas: Sustainability, Experience, Clean Tech, and Smart Life―aiming to support co-creation with startups for the development of the cities with sustainable added value. In addition to sustainable cutting-edge technologies such as carbon dioxide separation technology and new materials that reduce the environmental burden toward the realization of a carbon-free society, Plug and Play Osaka has also selected a startup that enhances purchasing experiences by fully using the potential of the five senses.
Furthermore, in order to explore the maximum value of the program, Plug and Play Osaka will independently extend the adoption period and program implementation period. The company has also started to increase dialogue opportunities with corporate partners and startups. Through the continuous process of trial and error, Plug and Play Osaka aims to generate optimal matchings and better programs for future business support and co-creation support.
Batch 2 Selected Startups (alphabetical order)
Be Bridge Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Providing solutions that utilize the xR (AR / VR / MR) platforms
Bergen Carbon Solutions (Norway)
Manufacturing and provision of carbon nanofiber (CNF)
Carbon Clean Solutions (UK)
Carbon dioxide (CO2) separation technology for industrial and gas processing applications
Development of an audio navigation app
FlaVR Labs (USA)
Development of digital taste
Locating leaking pipes using AI and satellite imagery
Scenery Scent Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Producing scent spaces that create a "memory" of dreams and/or excitement
Serendious Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Providing "SERENDIOUS", a matching service between artists/creators and exhibition/sales spaces
Batch 2 Program Participating Company Partner List
Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Kintetsu Group Holdings, Inc.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
Resona Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kubota Co., Ltd.
Toyobo Co., Ltd.
■ Program period: July 21, 2021 (Tuesday) - November 10, 2021 (Wednesday) JST
■ Batch 2 EXPO (Achievement presentation): Wednesday, November 10, 2021 JST
* If you would like to participate in the results presentation, please contact Haruka Ichikawa.
About the Accelerator Program of Plug and Play Japan
The program is aimed at creating new innovation in nine areas (IoT, Fintech, Insurtech, Mobility, Brand & Retail, Health, Smart Cities, New Materials, Energy) by connecting Plug and Play Japan's corporate partners with domestic and overseas startup companies. Through this program, corporate partners will be able to match with domestic and overseas startups that can add value and accelerate their internal innovation. Also, startups have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of major companies. At the end of the program, the "Summit" will be held to announce the results. In addition to being able to obtain the latest information on innovation that cannot be obtained in Japan alone, this program provides unique opportunities that transcend industry boundaries.
* Please see the press release below for the status of selection of this term's programs in other fields:https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000099.000028153.html
About Plug and Play Japan
Plug and Play Japan was established in 2017 as a subsidiary of Plug and Play, the Global Innovation Platform. Our major strength is to provide "Consortium-type Programs", "Global-level Accelerator Programs", and support startups through "Venture Capital Investment".
By working closely with 40+ official corporate partners, Plug and Play Japan supports Japanese and international startups to scale their businesses and to enhance collaboration with industry-leading corporations.
About the Accelerator Program in Plug and Play Japan
Plug and Play Japan provides accelerator programs across 9 verticals (IoT, Fintech,
Insurtech, Mobility, Brand & Retail, Health, Smart Cities, New Materials, and Energy) to accelerate innovation by connecting Plug and Play Japan's corporate partners with Japanese and international startups. Through these programs, corporate partners are able to connect with participating startups with technologies and services that could accelerate their innovation activities. For startups, they have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of major corporations.
Summit (also known as Demo Day) is the final step of the accelerator program in which startups give pitches outlining their results from the program. It is a unique opportunity to get the latest updates on innovative technologies, meet cutting-edge startups, and develop new business partnerships.
Company：Plug and Play Japan KK
Address：Shibuya Center Place 3F 1-16-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Contact Information: Haruka Ichikawa
Plug and Play Japan KK