July 29, 2019
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected the METI Minister’s Award winners under the Award for Academic Startups 2019 program. A commendation ceremony will be held on August 29 (Thur.), 2019, at Tokyo Big Sight in Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo.
1. Outline of the Award for Academic Startups 2019
Since its inauguration in FY2014, the Award for Academic Startups program has been honoring promising, excellent university-oriented 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 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 contributed to the growth of such startups.
The program called for applicants for the FY2019 program from April 12 (Fri.) to May 20 (Mon.), 2019, and 44 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, six university-originated startups and the supporting universities and companies for the startups were selected as winners. For details of the winners, see Appendix 1 and visit the website for the Award for Academic Startups program below.
2. Outline of winners and awards (For details, see Appendix 1.)
- Startup: Junji Adachi, CEO, Kyulux, Inc.
- Supporting university: Chihaya Adachi, Director, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research, Kyushu University
- Supporting company: Tsuyoshi Sakamoto, Managing Partner, QB Capital, LLC.
- Kyulux, Inc. is a university-oriented startup engaging in R&D of next-generation materials used in organic electro-luminescence (EL) displays or lights.
- Organic EL is a technology used in a wide variety of products, such as smartphones, large-scale television sets and wearable equipment, whose presence is increasing on markets.
- The technology called “hyperfluorescence/TADF” developed by the company is a new technology for electro-luminescence lighting which provides not only excellent cost performance, longer life and high-purity coloring but also highly efficient lighting.
- The company has been advancing joint research with Kyushu University and other universities for enhancing its R&D capability and is also collaborating with domestic and overseas business entities in a wide variety of fields. These efforts are expected to contribute to steady commercialization of products.
3. Outline of the commendation ceremony
A commendation ceremony for the winners of the Award for Academic Startups 2019 will be held as below.
- Date: August 29 (Thur.), 2019; from 14:30 to 16:30
- Venue: Main Seminar Room, Aomi Exhibition Hall B, Tokyo Big Sight
At the commendation ceremony, the winners will make presentations to introduce their projects. They will also put up posters in the booths exclusively for the winners at the site of the Innovation Japan 2019 event. Anyone interested in this program is welcome to join the ceremony. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
- Appendix 1: List of the winners of the Award (in Japanese)(PDF:244KB)
- Appendix 2: The Screening Committee of external experts for the Award (in Japanese)(PDF:129KB)
- Reference: Outline of the Award for Academic Startups 2019 Program (in Japanese)(PDF:305KB)
Division in Charge
Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau