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U-FINO/ATR joint event ~Aiming for Kansai where startups gather from all over the world~2024/03/06

ATR, which promotes global collaboration, and U-FINO (Umekita Future Innovation Organization), which develops support programs for the creation of new industries from Umekita, are collaborating together with the Kansai Economic Federation, the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, and the Keihanna Research Complex Promotion Council. We will begin efforts to attract global startups to Kansai.

In addition to introducing the global collaboration underway at Keihanna Science City and the innovation creation activities promoted by U-FINO, we will discuss what overseas startups expect from Kansai in a panel discussion with key personnel from overseas bases that ATR works with.

In the second half of the event, domestic and foreign companies selected for KGAP+, a program that supports global startups, took to the stage. In this collaboration between ATR and U-FINO, startups that are promoting matching in Kansai mainly with the cooperation of U-FINO will present their pitches with the aim of acquiring partners.

We welcome participation from a variety of people, including companies, VC/CVC, and financial institutions who are interested in collaborating with global 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 Wednesday, March 06, 2024 16:30 - 18:00

Online by Zoom


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


16:30 Opening speech

16:35 Introducing Umekita Future Innovation Organization (U-FINO)
~Strengthening U-FINO×ATR collaboration, Umekita 2nd term and innovation activities with overseas ~

    • Hidehito Hashimoto, U-FINO Business Manager

16:40 ATR introduction
~Platform for global collaboration and innovation creation built by Keihanna~

    • Hiroyuki Suzuki, ATR Representative Director and Managing Director

16:45 Panel discussion – What SUs aiming for Kansai from overseas expect –

        • Moderator: ATR Representative Director and Managing Director Hiroyuki Suzuki
          Panelist:Ms. My Yen LAU, Project Manager, Global Incubator Network Austria
        •             Dr. Steven SU, CEO, SG AITech

17:15 Pitch for overseas startups aiming to expand business in Japan

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


          • LOOVIC (Japan)
            We provide a platform for navigation guide services via smartphones, where people who know the city well provide directions.
            [Introduction materials] Please click here


          • replantin (Israel)
            We are developing a fully autonomous and fully monitored cultivation unit (vending machine) that can be installed in stores, restaurants, hotels, etc. and provides fresh vegetables 365 days a year.
            [Introduction materials] Please click here


          • Integral Solutions (Lithuania)
            We are developing psychobiotics (bacteria) that have the effect of improving mental health and cognitive function by regulating intestinal flora.
            [Introduction materials] Please click here


          • Is Clean Air (Italy)
            We provide air purification technology that removes dust, pollutants, and viruses from large indoor and outdoor spaces without filters and using only water.
            [Introduction materials] Please click here


17:55 Closing remarks

*The timetable might be changed.

Object Anyone interested in collaboration with startups and global collaboration, etc.
Due date for application Wednesday, March 06, 2024

– Umekita Future Innovation Organization(U-FINO)
– Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
– Keihanna Research Complex
– Kansai Economic Federation
– Kansai Association of Corporate Executives



Sponsor etc.
  • ■ Co-hosted by

    – Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute