Open Innovation
Challenge
in Japan
Regional Business Conference 2020
Deadline: 2020/12/16 17:00(JST)

BOSAI-TECH

ABOUT

BOSAI-TECH Open Innovation Challenge in Japan -
is an online program led by Sendai City and Fukushima Prefecture. The investment project is to inspire innovation in BOSAI related industry and the recovery support from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Sendai City and Fukushima Prefecture are seeking innovative solutions through online pitch events and provide business matching opportunities through this investment project.
What is BOSAI-TECH?
“BOSAI” is a convenient and traditional Japanese term which encompasses a comprehensive concept from disaster risk reduction to reconstruction and recovery.
“BOSAI-TECH” - an initiative that tries to achieve the wishes from all the stakeholders in our living environment, aiming to develop BOSAI concept with leading-edge technologies.
About Sendai city
Sendai is the political and economic center of the Tohoku (Northeast Japan) region with a population of over one million, being known as a modern city in harmony with nature.

As a city where the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”, an international guideline for disaster risk reduction until 2030, was adopted, Sendai has been continually devoting to developing the ecosystem of disaster prevention-related industries and to contributing to international disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction.
About Fukushima prefecture
Fukushima Prefecture, located in Japan’s Tohoku Region is blessed with natural beauty.

Although the prefecture suffered severe damage from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident in 2011, the prefecture is progressing steadily towards revitalization.

The prefecture has set up the "Fukushima Robot Test Field" as a state-of-the-art research and development base. Fukushima Prefecture has been working to promote the industry.
Programs
PROGRAMS
Programs
Open Innovation Pitch Event
You will pitch your solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Business Matching Event
You will be preparing another video to introduce your business to local Japanese high-tech companies and then seek for future opportunities.
You will pitch your solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Open Innovation Pitch Event
You will be preparing another video to introduce your business to local Japanese high-tech companies and then seek for future opportunities.
Business Matching Event
You will pitch your solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Open Innovation Pitch Event
You will be preparing another video to introduce your business to local Japanese high-tech companies and then seek for future opportunities.
Business Matching Event
Innovative solutions,
Leading-edge technologies
Companies, startups specializing in innovative solutions or leading-edge technologies that can apply to disaster risk reduction related fields.
Japanese market
expansion
Companies, startups interested in doing business in Japan and take part in business matching events.
Who we are looking for
WHO
WE ARE LOOKING FOR
— 9 —
Tech Companies will be selected from all over the world
9 Tech Companies
will be selected from all over the world
Why you should apply
Benefits
Opportunity to partner with Japanese leading corporations and high-tech businesses.
Chances to visit Sendai and Fukushima after the program if the collaboration has made progress.
Full Support from JETRO for business expansion in Japan.
*Support from Sendai city and Fukushima prefecture can be expected.
* Visiting schedule might be adjusted due to the COVID-19
* The supports from JETRO will start after the matching is progressing.
All events will be held online. You can attend from anywhere.
Learn more about the potential and attractive market environment in Sendai and Fukushima.
Promote your business to the Japanese Market.
BENEFITS
Challenge
Deadline: 2020/12/18
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Participants will pitch their solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Business matching between startups and Japanese companies.
CHALLENGE
Predict and Prepare for a disaster:
Maintain quality of life in case of disaster:
5G solutions and social implementation for a disaster:
Analyze a damage caused by earthquakes to buildings in real time during a disaster:
Tokio Marine Nichido
NTT DOCOMO
Dai-ichi Life
Mitsui Knowledge Industry
"Prepare" - Assess and Mitigate the risk of the catastrophe.
"Predict" - Collect satellite data and Analyze the impact of the catastrophe.
Provide citizens with necessary information before a disaster.
Provide citizens with appropriate instructions for actions to be taken in the event of a disaster.
Locate people in need of rescue during a disaster.
Helping citizens to maintain their health on a daily basis and become more resilient in the event of a disaster.
Providing mental health care support in sheltered areas.
Monitoring and supporting the elderly from daily life to disaster.
Expand the analyzing service to infrastructure facilities such as utility poles, steel towers, overpasses, and tunnels.
Add new functions to the service to provide a comprehensive disaster prevention solution.
Timeline
Deadline: 2020/12/18
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Participants will pitch their solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Business matching between startups and Japanese companies.
TIMELINE
Apply
Apply
Step 1. Filling the form
Step 2. Record video pitch
— 5 minutes
—15 slides (16:9, PDF)
Selection
Selection
Acceptance result announcement
— End Dec. 2020
Program Kickoff
Program Kickoff
Pitch Video Preparation
- Mid Jan. 2021~ End Feb.2021

Open Innovation Pitch Event
Open Innovation Pitch Event
Early Mar. 2021
Business Matching Event
Business Matching Event
Mid Mar. 2021
PITCH-RECORDING
You can record pitch for the application after filling the form from the current page
is supported by the platform
SAMI VIDEO PITCH
You can learn how to record pitch before filling the application here
Organizers
Deadline: 2020/12/18
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Participants will pitch their solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Business matching between startups and Japanese companies.
ORGANIZERS
Partners
Deadline: 2020/12/18
Apply Now
Participants will pitch their solutions to leading Japanese corporations through pitch video and have an online discussion session.
Business matching between startups and Japanese companies.
PARTNERS
GET IN TOUCH
You can fill in the contact form through the link below
BOSAI-TECH Open Innovation Challenge in Japan
Regional Business Conference 2020

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Application Form
Company Name*
Site URL*
Name of Applicant*
Title*
E-mail*
Country*
Address of Headquarter*
Name of CEO/President*
Business started year*
Number of Employees*
Annual Revenue*
Name of solution or product*
Please describe your solution or product in one sentence*
Please describe your solution or product in detail*
Target Challenge*
Do you have Japanese partner and/or office?*
Future prospects of business activities in Japan*
Basic strategy and current status in Japan/Overseas operations*
Experience doing business with Japan*
Do you have Japanese potential collaboration partners in mind we could help connect you with, or specific kinds of expertise you would need in addition to yours for doing business in Japan?*
Which language do you use for RBC events?*
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Terms and Conditions

Introduction

The program’s goal is finding companies which have innovative solutions for disaster risk reduction related fields and facilitating these companies expanding to Japanese market and collaborating between these companies and Japanese companies. For this purpose, key Japanese corporations (“Partners”) will issue their challenges in these fields for the Participants to solve them.

The program is organized by Sendai City, Fukushima Prefecture, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Skylight Consulting Inc. and SAMI LLC. (“Organizers”) 

The program’s consists of two events: one is a private pitch event for Partners and second is an open business matching event with Japanese companies.

The duration of the program is from December 2020 to March 2021.



Participation Conditions
  • Companies or startups that provide innovative solutions for disaster risk reduction related fields or leading-edge technologies can apply to the program.
  • Applicant shall be interested in doing business in Japan or collaborating with Japanese companies.
  • Participant will be selected by Partners and Organizers. The terms of the screening process as well as reasons of rejection shall not be disclosed.

What participants shall do
  • Partners may provide further information about their challenges by creating specific videos (called “reverse pitch”). If Partner provide reverse pitch, Participant shall watch the videos and plan the solution according to the task subject of the video. Participant can ask Partners about their challenges by e-mail or video meetings several times.
  • Participant shall attend the private pitch event for each Partner and make a presentation related to the subject.
  • Participant also attend the open business matching event with Japanese companies which are openly invited.
  • For the both events, Participant shall make a video presentation of the presented solution of the challenge through the VIDEO PITCH system produced by SAMI. For that, Participant shall agree with SAMI Terms of service (https://video-pitch.com/terms_of_service).

Intellectual Property
No pre-existing intellectual property rights (“Intellectual Property Rights”) of the parties shall be transferred under these Terms. Intellectual Property Rights means any and all rights in any patents, trademarks, service marks, registered designs, applications (and rights to apply for any of those rights), trade, business and company names, internet domain names and email addresses, copyrights, database rights, know-how, trade secrets, rights in designs and inventions; rights under license, consent, orders, statute; and other similar rights or obligations whether registerable or not in any country.

Participant retains all Intellectual Property Rights to all documents, information, items and materials it provides to Organizers and Partners (“Participant Materials”). Participant acknowledges and agrees that materials it supplies to Organizers and Partners may be used by Organizers and Partners for evaluating Participant’s performance and in internal communications.


Organizers and Partners shall retain all Intellectual Property Rights to the Program materials. Participant may use the program materials for the sole purpose of participating in the program. Program material refers to any documents, information, items and materials in any form, which are provided by Organizers and Partners to Participant in connection with the program.


Reference Rights and Publicity

In case Participant is selected to the program, both Participant, Organizers and Partners may use Participant’s participation in the program as a reference. The parties acknowledge that only public information of the program may be disclosed as part of such reference. Participant understands that its team members and their activities in the program might be photographed and recorded, and that Organizers, Partners, media, or other third parties may use and publish such photo and video footage.


Confidentiality

Each party undertakes to maintain in confidence any Confidential Information (“Confidential information”) received in any form from the other party, and not to disclose such information or materials to a third party or to use Confidential Information of the other party for purposes unrelated to the program.


Confidential Information means any information and materials in any form that have been marked confidential or that are to be considered trade secrets or otherwise confidential information of a party, including technical, commercial and financial information.


Receiving party shall grant access to the Confidential Information to only those of its employees, representatives, subcontractors and advisors to whom such access is necessary for the purposes of the program. Receiving party shall ensure that these persons are bound by a non-disclosure obligation equivalent to obligations set forth in these Terms. Upon the written request by the disclosing party, the receiving party shall return to the disclosing party all Confidential Information of the disclosing party and any copies thereof, or where instructed by the disclosing party, destroy any copies thereof. The non-disclosure obligation is effective as of the disclosure of the Confidential Information and remains effective for a period of 3 years after the end of the program.


Participant Guarantees that:

It has used its best efforts to ensure the accuracy of the Participant Materials.

It has all necessary rights to disclose and submit the Participant Materials to Partners and Organizers for the purposes of the program.

The disclosure and submission of the Participant Materials do not breach any contract or obligation between Participant and a third party.

The Deliverables do not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights of third parties.

The Participant Materials do not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, harmful code or any other elements that are malicious or damaged.


Cancellation

The organizers has the right to disqualify Participant from the program at any time by their sole discretion, for example due to an inappropriate behavior at the program; failure to prepare a video pitch for both private pitch and business matching event; breach of the rules of the program or these Terms; or due to the wish of Partners. Organizers and Partners is not responsible for any damage or inconvenience caused by a cancellation or suspension of the program or Participant’s disqualification.


Limitation of Liabilities

No party shall be responsible to the other party for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages, whether in contract, warranty, tort, negligence, strict liability or otherwise, including, but not limited to, loss of profits or revenue, or claims of customers of any of them or other third parties for such or other damages loss of revenue or loss of contracts. For any remaining contractual liability, a party’s aggregate liability towards the other party shall be limited to the amounts payable by Organizers to Participant under the Terms. The limitations of liability under this section do not apply to any damage caused by the liable party’s willful misconduct, gross negligence, breach of confidentiality obligations or infringement Intellectual Property Rights.


Governing law and disputes

These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms, or the breach, termination or validity thereof shall primarily be settled through negotiation between the parties.

If the matter cannot be resolved amicably it shall be finally settled by arbitration in accordance with the rules of procedure of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association. The place of the arbitration shall be Tokyo, Japan.





Established on 6 November 2020

Sendai City

Fukushima Prefecture

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)

Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

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