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IoT Acceleration Lab Starts Calling for New Projects for Fifth IoT Lab Selection Public-private joint effort for supporting outstanding IoT projects

On November 9, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the IoT Acceleration Lab and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) started calling for new projects for the fifth IoT Lab Selection as a public-private joint effort for supporting outstanding IoT projects.

1. Outline

With the advent of IoT, big data and AI, industries and society are seeing significant changes all over the world. In response to this situation, it is necessary for Japan, as well as other countries, to create new IoT business models, uncover and develop IoT platform creators, and use them as a driving force for new growth.

To achieve the goals, the IoT Acceleration Lab will collaborate with government-related organizations, financial institutions, venture capital businesses and other entities, and provide financial and mentoring support, as well as support for regulatory reforms and standardization, to outstanding IoT projects selected from the viewpoint of growth potential, leadership, scalability (openness) and commitment to society.

2. Targets for support

Projects involving business utilizing IoT, big data and AI, including the development of software, hardware prototypes, R&D and demonstrations thereof, have been targets for consideration. Beginning with this call, METI, the IoT Acceleration Lab and NEDO decided to add two new categories: general and regional* categories.

*Note:Details of the regional category
METI, the IoT Acceleration Lab and NEDO will call for projects utilizing IoT, big data and AI which contribute to solutions of regionally-unique challenges and revitalization of regional economies. Although applicants are encouraged to utilize IoT in overcoming regional challenges, for e.g., natural disasters, depopulation, and overpopulation, or those integrating traditional industries with IoT, applicant eligibility with not be limited to such projects.

3. Invitation period

From November 9 (Thur.) to 12:00 p.m., December 15 (Fri.), 2017

4. Entitled applicants

Individuals, companies and associations, including teams in companies or associations

5. Explanatory meeting on the call

METI, the IoT Acceleration Lab and NEDO will hold an explanatory meeting on the call. If you wish to attend the meeting, visit the website below and fill out the registration form by November 15 (Wed.), 2017. Please note that participants will be selected by lottery if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the venue.

Date and time:
November 17 (Fri.), 2017; from 16:00 to 17:00
Conference room of the NEDO Kasumigaseki Branch Office(12th floor of Daido Life Insurance Kasumigaseki Building; 1-4-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

6. Participating support agencies (tentative)

  • Cool Japan Fund Inc.;
  • Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ);
  • NEDO;
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO);
  • Japan Finance Corporation;
  • Development Bank of Japan Inc.;
  • Mizuho Bank Ltd.;
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.;
  • Archetype Ventures;
  • addlight Inc.;
  • ABBALab Inc.;
  • Inclusion Japan, Inc.;
  • World Innovation Lab (WiL);
  • Weru Investment Co., Ltd.;
  • Global Catalyst Partners Japan Investment Limited Partnership;
  • GLOBIS Capital Partners & Co;
  • Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.;
  • JAFCO Co., Ltd.;
  • CSAJ Startup Fund Investment Limited Partnership;
  • supernova. Inc.;
  • GK Tech accelerator Ventures;
  • The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Co., Ltd.;
  • Dream Incubator Inc.;
  • Draper Nexus Venture Partners LLC;
  • B Dash Ventures Inc.;
  • Beyond Next Ventures;
  • Fin Tech Global Capital LLC;
  • Plug and Play Tech Center;
  • Venture Capital ANRI;
  • Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.;

and other financial institutes, venture capital businesses and entities that agree with this initiative and support the IoT project, all of whose participation was approved by the IoT Acceleration Lab

Release date

November 9, 2017

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related website

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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