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KGAP+ Batch6 – Canada Challenge –2021/10/20

KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus) will hold a preliminary round in Canada for Batch 6.

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, 63 startups from 9 countries have participated in the program, and 48 startups of 83% from Bach1 to 4 have been able to implement PoC or enter into collaborative discussions with the program’s support.

KGAP+ has been working closely with Canada, and in addition to our core partner NRC IRAP and Delegation General of Quebec in Tokyo, which has been working with us since last year, Alberta Japan Office has recommended promising startups. 8 companies, including those recommended by investors, will be pitching their innovative technologies and services for the Batch 6 position. This is an opportunity to learn about the Canadian ecosystem and meet Canadian startups.

  • About KGAP+ Batch 6, 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 Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:30 - 11:00

Online by Zoom


*Time: Japan Standard Time
*Language: English


09:30 Opening remarks


09:35 Greeting remarks

Mr. Nadin Nanji
Counselor (Science, Technology and Innovation)
Embassy of Canada


09:40 Introduction of KGAP+

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


09:45 Introduction of NRC IRAP

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


09:52 Pitch by startups

    1. Cortic Technology Corp.
      A.I. education software for literacy training for students
    2. Knowtions Research Inc.
      Applied AI to make health data useful for insurers, pharma clinical trials and other. Automates claims processing and personalize customer experience. 2018 winner of JPY 10 million contract for PoC with MetLife Japan.
    3. This Fish
      Software for tracing seafood catches. Partnered with Japan’s eZo Kitchen Hokkaido. (video: Traceability in Japan’s seafood processors).


10:10  Introduction of Canadian ecosystems

    1. Quebec Ecosystem
      Mr. Raymond Mark, Director of Economic Affairs, Delegation General of Quebec in Tokyo
    2. Alberta Ecosystem
      Mr. Michael Couch, Senior Investment Advisor of Japan, Alberta Investment Corp.


10:25 Pitch by startups

    1. Calogy solution
      Calogy Solutions is a Université de Sherbrooke spin-off and award wining start-up with a novel technology for Li-ion battery thermal management in electric vehicles. Our solution called TGP (Thermal Ground Plane) is a low-cost solution that will keep battery cells in the recommended temperature range leading to enhanced battery safety, increased battery lifetime and lower initial cost of electric vehicles.
      A.I. BATTERY BOOST is an early-stage company based in Montréal, developing a proprietary platform battery conditioning technology based on advanced materials science and artificial intelligence, capable of increasing by up to 50% the amount of energy available from a rechargeable battery. The name of this technology is Interfacial Process Stimulation, IPSTM. IPS works by lowering the resistance of the battery, which in turn decreases the losses occurring while current is passing during charging/discharging, leading to significantly faster charging as well. This patent-pending technology does not require changes in the construction or the chemistry of the battery, and can be applied to different battery chemistries and sizes.
    3. Dyze Design Inc.
      Dyze Design develops the critical components at the heart of 3D printers. The products offered by the company are mainly hotends, extruders, sensors and other kinds of accessories that control the supply and deposition of the raw material. The company’s mission is “To empower people to make the tools and things they need, where and when they need them.” Dyze Design meets this mission by developing products that improve the reliability and usability of 3d printers and enable materials to be printed. In a nutshell, the company wants to become the “Intel Inside” of 3D printers : To position itself as the leading supplier of extrusion systems for all printers operating under the material extrusion’s principle sold throughout the world.
      [3D Printing, Manufacturing]
    4. Duraflex Solutions Corporation
      Duraflex Solutions develops a cement admixture that can be used for soil stabilization and concrete modification. Fourth generation proprietary crystalline technology composed entirely of natural minerals and containing almost no chlorides. Changes the way cement hydrates without cracking, and when combined with cement, creates a completely impermeable structure that exhibits high tensile and flexural strength, both in soil cement applications and in structural concrete. In addition to being environmentally friendly, this construction material can be installed using conventional construction equipment.
    5. Qblocks
      Qblocks develops Q Blocks, software that enables millions of idle consumer devices to safely perform heavy workloads in machine learning at a tenth of the cost of AWS. Helping teams of scientists and engineers get super-fast computing results.
      [Computer Software]


10:55 Closing remarks

*The timetable might be changed.

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups/SMEs from Canada, etc.
Due date for application Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:00

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

Sponsor etc.
  • ■ Co-hosted by

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

    – Delegation General of Quebec in Tokyo

    – Alberta Japan Office


  • ■ Cooperated by

    – Embassy of Canada
    – Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


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