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[Online] KGAP+ Special Edition -Take Initiative after COVID-19 with Key Players and Startups in Worldwide Innovation Bases- (Barcelona)2020/07/21

KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus), an acceleration program launched in 2019 from the Keihanna Research Complex Project, will carry out a “Special Edition” program together with the global innovation partners, to consider a paradigm shift in and after the coronavirus pandemic and support startups taking challenges for innovations.

Following a series of online events where startups and support organizations in each region make a pitch or presentation, “KGAP+ Day” will be held on July 29th and 10 startups selected from the series will be pitching. The KGAP+ Day combines the finale with the beginning of a regular program of KGAP+, namely, the startups will start their journey to collaborative PoCs with Japanese companies. Supports and mentoring will be provided until the end of October.

The Special Edition #7 is Barcelona that government, industry and academia strongly cooperate and form one of the leading ecosystem in Europe. Barcelona Activa, an incubator run by City of Barcelona and boosts the ecosystem over 30 years, will give presentations. Moreover, startups from Barcelona and Japanese companies will add momentum to collaboration between Japan, Barcelona and Europe. Please join us as an audience!

*About other events of the series “Special Edition”
*Barcelona Activa and ATR signed a memorandum of understanding in November of 2017. Based on the MoU, the two organizations enhance collaboration. More information

Date / Time Tuesday, July 21, 2020 16:30 - 17:40

Online by Zoom


*Time: Japan Standard Time
*Language: English



Opening remarks



Greeting remarks
Ms. Mizuko Uchida
Investment & Industrial Cooperation Market Analyst, Economic and Commercial Office, Spanish Embassy



Presentation about “KGAP+ Special Edition”
Dr. Hiroyuki Suzuki
Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development Office, ATR



Presentation “Startup ecosystem in Barcelona – with insights on the pandemic”
Ms. Montse Basora
Director of entrepreneur, Barcelona Activa



Pitching by Barcelona startups

    1. shotl
      shotl is a mobility platform optimizing service with on-demand sustainable transport. We make public transit on- demand providing dynamic routes and flexible schedules all in real time.
      We license our technology and empower transport operators, city councils, municipalities, corporations/ business parks, airports to supply on-demand bus service. Shotl especially focuses on rural and suburban areas where there is a lack of public transport, limited mobility options, scattered areas where people tend to get isolated, and 100% car-dependent.
      [Sector: Mobility, Technology]
    2. Citibeats
      Citibeats is an AI social data platform that helps private and public organizations to understand what matters to people at scale, in real-time, guiding decision-makers to take the most timely and necessary actions.
      [Sector: AI]



Reverse pitching by Japanese companies

    1. TOA Corporation
    2. Toshiba Tec Corporation



Closing remarks


*The timetable might be changed.


Admission Free

Object Anyone interested in ecosystem in Barcelona, collaboration with Barcelona startups, and post-pandemic
Due date for application Tuesday, July 21, 2020 14:00

Notes for attendance

・Zoom will be used for this event.
・Instructions will be provided to you by email after you sign up for the event. (i.e. You do not have to sign up and get your own account. )
・Please use the email address that you wrote in the application form when you sign in.

– Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)

– Keihanna Research Complex Promotion Council

Sponsor etc.
  • Co-hosted by

    – Barcelona Activa

    – Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


  • Cooperated by

    – Economic and Commercial Office, Spanish Embassy

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

Recording of the webinar here