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Keihanna meets AAST EC ~Exploring common ground with startup ecosystems in Middle East and North Africa~2023/02/28

KGAP+ is an acceleration program that supports the growth of startups in Japan and around the world. As KGAP+ progresses through its eighth batches, it is expanding its function as a hub where innovation support organizations from around the world come together. In 2022, Startup Terrace Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Catalonia Trade & Investment Office – ACCIÓ (Tokyo Office) who is the Catalan Government’s agency from Spain, Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka, and EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation were the latest additions to our network.

And this time, the first joint event with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will be held with the incubation institution of the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST), the AAST Entrepreneurship Center (AAST EC).

In the MENA region, where investments had increased by 10% and reached $3.1 billion (record high) in 2022 despite the decline in investments in startups in emerging countries, AAST EC empowers Arab youth to create a sustainable growing ecosystem through a number of entrepreneurship programs in supply chain as well as other sectors.

This event will explore common ground with the MENA region startup ecosystem through the introduction of AAST EC and Keihanna Science City ecosystem and pitches by startups from both sides.

*Click here about “AAST EC”
*Click here about “KGAP+”

*Osaka-Kyoto-Hyogo-Kobe Consortium, in which KGAP+ plays a part, has been selected by the Japanese government as a Startup Ecosystem Global Hub City.

Date / Time Tuesday, February 28, 2023 17:00 - 19:00

Online by Zoom


17:00 Opening remarks


17:05 Presentation about AAST Entrepreneurship Center

Dr. Wael El-Desouki Bedda, Founding Director, AAST EC


17:20 Presentation about trends in the smart manufacturing industry in the Middle East and North Africa region

Dr. Hesham Dinana, chairman, Obeikan Digital Solutions


17:35  Pitch by startups recommended by AAST EC

    1. Caionix
      An Egyptian company specialized in industrial robotic integration and automation systems, aiming to facilitate the integration of industrial robots into the production lines in Middle East and North Africa. Having teamed up with the leading Japanese industrial robot manufacturers, Caionix is now the distributor of these brands and can easily integrate industrial robots based on customer applications.
    2. Niotek
      NIoTEK is a tech startup that provides Internet of things (IoT) products to businesses and individuals allowing them work smarter, faster and more efficient. Its main product Plant Smart Sights (HORUS) uses advanced analytics to help address critical challenges in quality and productivity throughout the enterprise.
    3. RFID Solutions Egypt
      Specialized in designing solutions in house regarding RFID technology in all fields, especially in the industrial field, and transforming and developing the industry from traditional methods to digital and automatic.


18:10 Presentation about Keihanna Innovation Ecosystems

Dr. Hiroyuki Suzuki,  Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development Office, ATR


18:25  Pitch by startups recommended by Keihanna

    1. iROBOTICS
      iROBOTICS is a professional group that can provide one-stop infrastructure maintenance DX solutions from development to analysis and commercialization, leveraging its advanced operation technology of micro-drones and its technological development capabilities represented by spider-type robots.
    2. Chinougijutsu
      An AI Robot that can move freely around the facility without marking or pre-specifying a route has been developed. The robot’s position, people and obstacles are recognised by images from a camera on the ceiling. It can achieve both high mobility and low cost without expensive sensors. Examples of use: logistic centers, manufacturing sites, offices and low-cost indoor transport robots.
    3. Keigan
      Keigan developed KeiganMotor® – an autonomous mobile robot KeiganALI that makes building helpful robots simple and is being widely used in different areas ranging from factories to service industries.


18:55 Closing remarks


*Language: English (no interpretation)
*The time table might be changed.

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups and global collaboration, etc.
Due date for application Tuesday, February 28, 2023 16:00

Notes for attendance

・A link to the Zoom webinar will be provided to you by email after you sign up for the event.
・When you sign in the webinar, please use the email address that you wrote in the application form.

– Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)

– Keihanna Research Complex Promotion Council

Sponsor etc.
  • ■ Co-hosted by

    – AAST Entrepreneurship Center(AAST EC)

  • ■ Cooperated by

    – MEASC Safe Smart Cities

  • Business Development Office,
    Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
    Keihanna Research Complex
  • E-mail:kih@keihanna-rc.jp