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KGAP+ Batch8 -Canada Challenge-2022/09/29

KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus) will hold a selection pitch webinar for Batch 8 in Canada.

KGAP+ is a startup support program for promising startups from Japan and abroad. Startups pursue collaboration with large Japanese enterprises as well as overseas expansion. So far, 96 startups from 11 countries have participated in the Batch 1 to 7, and more than 70% of the startups have been able to implement PoC or enter into collaborative discussions with the program’s support.

The “Canada Challenge” is a stage of candidates from Canada. In collaboration with the core partner NRC IRAP (National Research Council Canada, Industrial Research Assistance Program),  promising startups that have passed tough pre-selection process will eagerly pitch their innovative technologies and services for participation in the program.

  • National Research Council Canada (NRC) and ATR signed a MOU of cooperation in the fields of industrial technology in April 2019, in the presence of the Prime Ministers of both countries, through collaboration in participation of Canadian companies in KGAP+. For more information, click here.


  • About KGAP+ Batch 8, 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, September 29, 2022 9:30 - 11:15

Online by Zoom


*Time: Japan Standard Time
*Language: English


09:30 Opening remarks


09:35 Introduction of KGAP+

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


09:45 Greeting remarks

Mr. Harvey Lam
National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program
Industry Technology Advisor


09:50 Pitch by startups

    1. Symboticware
      Preventing $350B costs wasted on unscheduled downtime every year
    2. Zilia
      Non-invasive imaging, spectroscopy and AI to assess biomarkers in the eye, to save the sight and improve health
    3. Solaires Entreprises
      Capture the sun’s energy from anywhere through new materials and technology
      Helping manufacturers elevate human performance and production operations using AI-powered vision system
    5. Mechasys
      Projected reality for industrial applications
    6. Iceberg Cyber
      Simplified cyber health reports for small businesses to see their risks, stay ahead of threats, and comply with their legal insurance obligations
    7. Wedge Networks
      Real time and automated threat prevention for a cloud connected 5G enabled world.
    8. MergeBase
      The only Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with the Lowest False Positives and complete DevOps coverage


11:10 Closing remarks

*The timetable might be changed.

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups from Canada, etc.
Due date for application September 29, 2022, at 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)

  • ■ Cooperated by

    – Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

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