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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Winners of the Award for Academic Startups 2016 Program Selected A commendation ceremony will be held to recognize the winners

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected the METI Minister’s Award winners under the Award for Academic Startups 2016 program.

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, a commendation ceremony will be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo.

1. Outline of the Award for Academic Startups 2016

Since its inauguration in FY2014, the Award for Academic Startups program has been honoring promising university-oriented startups that are selected from venture businesses that make use of the research outcomes developed by universities and other institutions (national universities, private universities, colleges of technology, research and development institutions under the national government and local governments, national research and development agencies, and non-profit corporations including public interest corporations). This program also honors universities, companies and other entities that have made particular contributions to the growth of such startups.

This program aims to encourage startups to re-double their efforts, further promote the establishment of start-up businesses that make use of R&D outcomes developed by universities or other entities and encourage universities and companies to support university-oriented startups.

METI and MEXT called for applicants for the FY2016 program from May 9 (Mon.) to June 20 (Mon.), 2016, and 44 entities applied. In response, the Screening Committee of external experts for the Award for Academic Startups (Appendix 2) examined application documents and held interviews with the applicants. Following this screening, METI chose eight university-oriented venture businesses and the universities and companies supporting them (“supporting universities, etc.”) as winners. For details, see Appendix 1 (PDF:17KB)PDFfileand visit the following website for the winners of the Award for Academic Startups.
URL: http://www.jst.go.jp/aas/award.html (in Japanese)external link

2. Outline of the commendation ceremony

A commendation ceremony for the winners of the Award for Academic Startups 2016 will be held as below.

At the commendation ceremony, winners will make presentations to introduce their projects and put up posters on site. Anyone interested in this program is welcome to join the ceremony. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Release date

August 18, 2016

Division in Charge

Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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