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[Online] KGAP+ North America Challenge2020/10/16

KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus) is carrying out Batch 4 from this coming November to February. KGAP+, a startup acceleration program in Keihanna Science City, is a key component of Kyoto Ecosystem supported by the government as one of the leading startup cities.

As with the previous batches, promising startups/SMEs are coming from across the world with the goal of securing partnerships with Japanese major companies and accomplishing PoCs/pilot tests with them.

“North America Challenge” is a stage for the candidates from Canad and U.S.A. Innovative technologies and services are presented by companies at the recommendation of KGAP+ global partners: NRC-IRAP (National Research Council of Canada – Industrial Research Assistance Program) and ITPC (International Technology Partnership Center). Not only pitching, but Mr. Nick Ushio, an expert on international business development based in Silicon Valley and Tokyo delivers insights into COVID-19 impact in Silicon Valley. Please join us as an audience!

*About KGAP+ Batch 4
*NRC and ATR signed a memorandum of understanding in April of 2019, with attendance of Prime Ministers of both countries. Based on the MoU, collaborative activities are ongoing.

Date / Time Friday, October 16, 2020 9:30 - 11:25

Online by Zoom


*Time: Japan Standard Time
*Language: English


9:30 Opening Remarks
9:32 Presentation about KGAP+

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


9:47 Greeting Remarks

Mr. Harvey Lam, Industry Technology Advisor,
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP),
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC)


9:55 Pitch by Canadian Companies – Healthy Aging –

    1. AltumView
      Vision software and hardware products powered by deep learning – used in surveillance, smart city, and healthcare.
      [Sector: Smart city and Health Tech]
    2. Ocalink
      New ICU ventilator design for different levels of ventilation, designed for fast manufacturing (30 days) with 53 components compared to up to 800 for traditional ventilator.
      [Sector: Health Tech / Medical]
    3. Lumasonix Inc.
      Transforming cancer cure rates through an annual, low cost blood test for all cancers that helps detect the FIRST cancer cells in the body before physical formation of tumors.
      [Sector: Healthcare]
    4. Xombo
      Continuous monitoring of Patient Health, Exercise and Diet – Reduce risk associated with sedentary lifestyle
      [Sector: Health Tech]
    5. Curv Health
      Digital Physical Therapy Platform that is data-driven, delivered with computer vision & supported by health coaches – to build better, healthier bodies
      [Sector: Health Tech]


10:25 Session Closing Remarks

Ms. Lesley-Ann Reed, Counsellor (Commercial), Embassy of Canada to Japan


10:30 Talk “Insights into COVID-19 impact in Silicon Valley (Tentative)”

Mr. Nick Ushio, Principal, ITPC
◆Language: Japanese◆


11:00 Reverse Pitch by Japanese Company

    • Sumitomo Life Insurance Company
      Mr. Takashi Tuchimoto, Assistant General Manager
      Information Systems Department and New Business Planning Department


11:10 Pitch by U.S. Companies

    2. Redrock Biometrics offers a palm-scanning authentication software platform known as PalmID. PalmID is a contactless way to verify users on nearly any device without specific hardware requirements. Whether the industry is enterprise cybersecurity, payments, or AR/VR, PalmID delivers the ease-of-use and security that is required.

    3. AudioCardio
      Hearing health and wellness solution that is designed to maintain and restore hearing using personalized sound frequencies delivered from your mobile device.


11:20 Closing Remarks

*The timetable might be changed.

Speaker Profile

Mr. Nick Ushio

An expert on international business development based in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. Discovering venture companies of great promise in USA and supporting their expansion into Japanese market. Making overseas surveys on Japanese companies which promote open innovation and supporting their collaboration with venture companies. Specialized in automotive field, security, image processing, sensor, device, IoT, AgTech, InsureTech, manufacturing and so on.
Involved in promotion of Industry-Government Academic Collaboration, commercialization of University-originated ventures and for Japanese SMEs to start business in USA as described below.


Admission Free

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups/SMEs from North America
Due date for application Thursday, October 15, 2020 15:00

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

    – National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

    – Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA)

    – Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


  • Cooperated by

    – Embassy of Canada to Japan

  • Business Development Office,
    Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
  • E-mail:bdo-event@atr.jp

Recording of the webinar here