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Convening of Japan Healthcare Business Contest (JHeC) 2020 Determined

July 24, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been conducting the Japan Healthcare Business Contest (JHeC) program to establish a foundation to encourage the sustainable growth of healthcare businesses. The JHeC program aims to recognize outstanding associations, companies and entities taking on social challenges in the field of healthcare in order to raise public awareness of their activities and also to encourage such outstanding associations, companies and entities to facilitate their self-sustaining growth through efforts for promoting business matching between such companies and other businesses, including venture businesses, large companies, venture capital firms, and other businesses.

As the fifth contest, METI will hold the Japan Healthcare Business Contest 2020 on January 23 (Thur.), 2020.

1. Outline of the contest

Date and time: January 23 (Thur.), 2019; from 13:00 to 20:00 (tentative)
Venue: Muromachi Mitsui Hall & Conference (3rd floor of Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower; 3-2-1 Nihombashi Muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

2. Call for companies and individuals to be speakers

The JHeC 2020 consists of two events: the Business Contest Category and the Idea Contest Category. METI will start a call for companies and individuals as applicants to be speakers in both categories.

(1) Business Contest Category

Eligible applicants to be called for this category are: associations, companies and their affiliated project teams that have legal personhood and individual business owners in the field of healthcare, which market products or services that are either prototypes or have already been commercialized in the field and that contribute to solving social challenges in the field.

How to apply:

Visit the application website, download the entry sheet by clicking “entry sheet for business contest category” as well as confirming the guidelines for application, and send an email with the completed entry sheet attached to the address below before the closing date.
Application counter: E-Mail: 200010-jhec@ml.jri.co.jpメールリンク
Closing date: 12:00 p.m., August 30 (Fri.), 2019

(2) Idea Contest Category

Eligible applicants for this category are: individuals who have business ideas that may contribute to solving social challenges in the field of healthcare, regardless of their stage of product commercialization, who intend to launch a company in the future or who intend to commercialize any relevant products or services.

How to apply:

Visit the application website, download the entry sheet by clicking “entry sheet for idea contest category” as well as confirming the guidelines for application, and send an email with the completed entry sheet attached to the address below before the closing date.

Application counter: E-Mail: 200010-jhec@ml.jri.co.jpメールリンク
Closing date: 12:00 p.m., August 30 (Fri.), 2019

3. Call for support associations and collaboration events

As part of this program, around in the fall of 2019, METI will start a call for [i] support associations which are companies or associations willing to support venture businesses by speaking at JHeC 2020 in developing business or growth and [ii] collaboration events related to healthcare to encourage venture businesses and other companies to grow, such as contests, symposiums and incubation activities.

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group