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KGAP+ Batch5 – North America Challenge – [Online]2021/06/24

KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus) will hold a preliminary round in North America for Batch 5.

KGAP+ is a startup support program that attracts promising startups from Japan and abroad with the goal of conducting PoC and pilot tests in collaboration with large Japanese enterprises as well as overseas expansion. So far, 48 startups from 8 countries have participated in the program, and 83% of them have been able to implement PoC or enter into collaborative discussions with the program’s support.

The “North America Challenge” is a stage for candidates from North America, recommended by KGAP+ global partners such as NRC IRAP (National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program), Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo and investors. The startups will pitch their innovative technologies and services to take part in the Batch 5.

After the event, there will be a breakout session where you can have a Q&A session with the startups and interact with them to the fullest. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • About KGAP+ Batch 5, click here.
  • About KGAP+ Batch 4 Demo-Day, click here.


  • KGAP+ is in collaboration with the Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo – Kobe Consortium which was selected a Global Startup City under the Japanese Cabinet Office. For more information about business environment in Kansai region, see “INVEST JAPAN, INVEST KANSAI

Date / Time Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 - 11:30

Online by Zoom


*Time: Japan Standard Time
*Language: English


10:00 Opening remarks


10:05 Greeting remarks

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


10:10 Introduction of KGAP+

Ms. Makiko Tatsumi
KGAP+ Program Manager, Director of Business Development Office, ATR


10:15 Introduction of NRC IRAP

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


10:25 Introduction of Quebec ecosystem

Mr. David Brulotte, Delegate General, Government of Québec in Tokyo


10:35 Pitch by startups

    1. Acuva Technologies Inc.
      Acuva Technologies develops and markets UV-LED based air, water and surface disinfection technologies and systems. Its main products are water disinfection systems for use in boats, campers/recreational vehicles and “off-grid” residential locations (e.g. cottages).
    2. Preteckt
      Preteckt provides cloud-based software that allows vehicles to be monitored 24/7 and provides predictive and prescriptive maintenance, including detected maintenance issues, severity, and actions to take to fix them.
    3. Popul8 Analytics Ltd
      Popul8 Analytics provides an agile visual collaboration platform with a digital twin that lets your team communicate clearly without co-location, access site knowledge the moment you need it, plan and design without limitation and connect visual data layer to other asset management applications.
      [Digital Twin]
    4. Latence Technologie
      Latence Technologie collects real-time 5G network status, perform advanced analysis with AI & ML tools, and presents key 5G indicators to accurately track customer commitments & service quality (SLAs). The solution, offered to mobile operators, also offers a new approach to monetize 5G connectivity towards B2B customers.
    5. Obviously Ai
      Obviously Ai has designed Obviously AI, a no-code tool that enables anyone to quickly build & run AI models in minutes, without writing code. It provides the fastest and most effortless AutoML tool, which is used by 3,000 businesses across the world and recommended by Forbes magazine.
    6. picoNETS
      picoNETS is a revolutionary new age CDN (Content Delivery Network) spreading innovations in 5G labs. picoNETS works with carriers and content partners to find an alternate solution to make high-quality media delivery uninterrupted to end cnsumers without increasing the bandwidth cost for providers.
    7. FLYX
      FLYX is a streaming social network to tell users what to watch. It allows users to engage in conversations and create content for a live audience. Much like tuning into a podcast which is live and interactive. Winner Best App of 2020 – Google.


11:15 Picth by Alumni startups

    1. Deeplite Inc.  (Batch3 Alum)
      Deeplite can directly support hardware manufacturers with an accelerated AI software development process to enable the mass adoption of valuable AI enabled services. A new ‘community’ version of its Deeplite Neutrino™ software is now released.
      [IoT, Automotive, Remote Work]
    2. ActiveScaler  (Batch1 Alum)


11:25 Closing remarks


11:30 Breakout sessions for each of startups

Rooms will be set up for each startup so that you can fully interact with the startups. (We will show you where to connect during the program. You are free to come and go between the rooms.


*The timetable might be changed.

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups and global collaboration, etc.
Due date for application Thursday, June 24, 2021 11:30

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

Sponsor etc.
  • ■ Co-hosted by

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

  • ■ Cooperated by

    – Embassy of Canada to Japan

    – Délégation Générale du Québec à Tokyo (DGQT)

    – Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


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