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Kansai and the world connected by innovation – Why is collaboration with overseas startups necessary now?2024/03/01

This event is co-hosted by Kobe City, which supports inbound and outbound travel as a global startup base, and ATR, a Keihanna Science City that works extensively with innovation hubs around the world.

Key points for Japanese companies to collaborate with overseas startups will be discussed in a panel discussion by the Kobe City/Keihanna Research Complex Promotion Council and companies with extensive collaboration experience, based on their experiences and actual examples.

In the second half of the event, overseas companies selected for KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus), a program that supports overseas startups, took the stage. This time, startups from Europe and Israel will present their pitches online with the aim of acquiring local partners in Japan. We welcome participation from a variety of people, including companies, VC/CVC, and financial institutions who are interested in collaborating with overseas startups!

  • For more information about KGAP+ Batch 10, click here
  • KGAP+ is in collaboration with the Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo – Kobe Consortium which was selected as 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 Friday, March 01, 2024 17:00 - 19:00

Hybrid event (on-site participation & online participation) Venue: Anchor Kobe (15th floor, Kobe Sannomiya Hankyu Building, 4-2-1 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)


*Time: Japan Standard Time
*Language: English&Japanese


17:00 Opening speech/Kobe City

17:05 Startup ecosystem promoted by Keihanna (Japanese)

17:10 Panel discussion “Why and how should we collaborate with overseas SUs” (Japanese/English)

    • Moderator: ATR Representative Director and Managing Director Hiroyuki Suzuki
      Panelist: Shiori Fukuda, Kobe City New Industry Creation Division
      Satoshi Miyata, Development Office, TOA Corporation
      Joshua Flannery, Innovation Dojo Japan LLC

17:40 Introducing Kobe City’s startup support project (English)

17:45 Guest Speech “Ireland’s Startup Ecosystem” (English)

    • Mary Rogers, CEO, Galway City Innovation District

      17:55 Pitch for overseas startups aiming to expand business in Japan (English pitch + Japanese supplement)

      *Overseas startups will participate online.

      [Companies participating (as of February 5th)]

      *Speaker companies may be added or changed. Please note.


          • Blings.io. (Interactive Video Advertising, Retail & Marketing): Israel
            Unlike traditional MP4, instead of DMing videos in real time at the edge (on the user’s device), you can send personalized and interactive videos to each user, increasing customer engagement and ROI. Our services include tools for designers/developers and a platform that enables integration with project management/customer management systems.
            [Features/Achievements] We already have customers including many of the world’s top brands.


          • Artificial Nature S.L. (DANNA) (biodegradable plastic, alternative to PP and PE): Spain
            Products that can be recycled, composted, and biodegraded in soil and water environments. It is biocompatible, reabsorbed by the human body, and has mechanical/thermal properties that exceed conventional bioplastics and are comparable to plastics such as PP and PE. Applicable to various fields such as agriculture, packaging, and electronic equipment. We are looking for a commercialization partner.
            [Features/Achievements] We have verified PLH in the fields of agriculture, packaging, and health, and have also participated in projects related to automobiles, electronics, and cosmetics. Currently, 100 kg of PLH can be produced at the research institute’s pilot plant.


          • PURAMMON LTD (green hydrogen production, wastewater purification): Israel
            An Israeli startup that develops, manufactures and sells electrocatalytic technologies and systems for wastewater treatment, purification, reuse, ammonia removal from wastewater and green hydrogen production from wastewater. Explore Japanese partners that manufacture and sell wastewater recycling and low-cost green hydrogen products. In addition, the company hopes to raise funds for industrial testing in Japan and for introducing and selling the product. Target industries include fertilizers, chemicals, semiconductors, power plants, and pharmaceuticals.
            [Features/Results] An industrial pilot is scheduled to be conducted at a chemical factory in Israel.


          • PETIT PLI (clothes that grow with your child): UK
            A British start-up that makes versatile waterproof clothing made from plastic bottles and designed to be stretchable and custom-fit to a variety of sizes. By reducing the amount of children’s clothing during the growing period, it also contributes to reducing CO2 emissions. We are looking for sales channels and manufacturing partners in Japan.
            [Features/Achievements] We have opened a flagship store in London and are currently expanding into the Japanese market. Has experience in pop-up shops at Isetan and Daikanyama, Tokyo. Posted on the Mitsukoshi Isetan shopping site.


          • Lighthouse Tech (object detection eyewear for visually impaired people): Switzerland
            All components are miniaturized and integrated into the arm of the eyewear frame. The use of vibration feedback makes it easy for the user to master. We are looking for manufacturing/sales/clinical partners.
            [Features/Achievements] Will be released in European countries in the spring of 2024. In 2025, we plan to introduce it to Japan, the United States, Canada, and Australia. A pilot test using this device will be conducted in Japan from winter to spring 2024.

      18:40   Networking

      19:00 Closing remarks

      *The timetable might be changed.

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups and global collaboration, etc.
Due date for application Friday, March 01, 2024

Kobe City
– Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
– Innovation Dojo Japan
– Keihanna Research Complex



Sponsor etc.
  • ■ Co-hosted by

    – Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute