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Winners of the Award for Academic Startups 2018 Program Selected

A commendation ceremony will be held to recognize the winners

August 10, 2018

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected the METI Minister’s Award winners under the Award for Academic Startups 2018 program.

A commendation ceremony will be held on August 30 (Thur.), 2018, at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo.

1. Outline of the Award for Academic Startups 2018

Since its inauguration in FY2014, the Award for Academic Startups program has been honoring promising, excellent university-originated startups selected from startups that make use of research outcomes achieved by universities and other institutions (national universities, private universities, colleges of technology, research and development institutions under national 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 contributed to the growth of such startups.

The program called for applicants for the FY2018 program from April 26 (Thur.) to June 8 (Fri.), 2018, and 46 entities applied for the program. The screening committee of external experts for the Award for Academic Startups (Appendix 2) examined application documents and held interviews with applicants. Following this screening, seven university-originated startups and the supporting universities and companies for the businesses were selected as winners. For details of the winners, see Appendix 1 and visit the website for the List of the Winners of the 2018 Program below.

2. Outline of winners and awards (For details, see Appendix 1.)

Winners

Outline

3. Outline of the commendation ceremony

A commendation ceremony for the winners of the Award for Academic Startups 2018 will be held as below.

At the commendation ceremony, the winners will make presentations to introduce their projects. They will also put up posters in booths exclusively for the winners at the site of the Innovation Japan 2018 event. Anyone interested in this program is welcome to the ceremony, and we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Appendix

Division in Charge

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