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IBARAKI Prefecture to Host Space Business Pitch Contest "IBARAKI Next Space Pitch#2"! Open Call for Speakers!

Ibaraki Prefecture will hold a space business pitch contest "IBARAKI Next Space Pitch #2" on the evening of March 2, 2022. In this contest, pitches will be judged by ventures and companies that are in the space business or wish to take on future challenges, and companies that are recognized as particularly promising will be given preferential support from Ibaraki Prefecture. The judging panel will consist mainly of key persons and researchers involved in the space business at large companies.

In the space industry, which has been attracting attention in recent years, a new trend is emerging from the market centered on public demand to private demand. Since the space business is still in its infancy, it is important to develop the business by building networks with related organizations and effectively conducting business matching with companies.

Therefore, this contest will be held with the aim of supporting companies and individuals who challenge the space business through this pitch contest. In addition, by providing a networking opportunity for judges, speakers, and audience members, the contest aims to build new projects and partnerships, and ultimately, to demonstrate Ibaraki Prefecture's presence in the space business.

IBARAKI Next Space Pitch #2 Implementation Details

(1)Date and Time: Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 19:00-21:00

(2)How to hold an eventHeld via: Online Zoom

(3)organizingIbaraki Prefecture, Ibaraki Space Business Creation Consortium

(4)Administrative cooperation: ONE X General Incorporated Association

(5)speaker5 to 7 companies

(6)member of a screening committee:
 Masayuki Harada, Director, Business Support Division, New Business Promotion Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
 Ms. Monko Matsumoto, Space Business Team, Business Promotion Department, Group Corporate Strategy Office, ANA Holdings, Inc.
 Panasonic Corporation Industry Company Space Project
Mr. Takahiro Deguchi, Sales & Marketing Team Leader
 New Business Exploration Division, Business Development Platform, Sony Group Inc.
  Kensuke Motomura, Project Promotion Officer, Space Entertainment Promotion Office
 Kiho Fukaura, Founder, Lunar Surface Plant Unit, EPC DX Department, JGC Global Corporation

(7)Audience:Approximately 100 people are expected. Applications are available at the URL below.
  (space-related companies and ventures, companies in Ibaraki Prefecture, research departments of large companies, investors, etc.)

(8)prize-winnerTotal: 3 companies
 Grand Prix (1): Exemption from the first screening for space-related projects in Ibaraki Prefecture in FY2022 (*)
   Business Matching Support by ONEX
  (Support will be provided during FY2021 upon consultation with the recipient.)
 2. 2nd Runners-up (2): Company Matching Support by ONEX
  (Support will be provided during FY2021 upon consultation with the recipient.)

(*) This measure will be taken at the first regular meeting of the year 2022 (March 2022), when the budget for the fiscal year is to be finalized.
   The resolution shall be final and binding.

Requirements for Application to Speaker

 1. be a member of IBARAKI Space Business Creation Consortium. (Application can be made after application)
  *No membership requirement, no joining fee
 2. interviews and results reporting meetings (to be held as consortium activities) after completion of the project, etc.
  Cooperate in the implementation of the project.
 3. the application form must be available by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7.

Application for speaking engagements, method of adoption, etc.

 Application period: Friday, December 17, 2021 - Monday, February 7, 2022 (must arrive no later than 5:00 p.m.)
 Check the following URL for application details
 URL related to the application:

Application for Audience

You can apply to attend this contest from the following link
Application URL:https://forms.gle/9MTCaVivnPwfAMNU7

Pre-event Information

The following events will be held to promote understanding of this contest outline to a wider audience.

IBARAKI Next Space Pitch #2 Pre-Event Overview

(1)Date and Time: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
(2)How to hold an eventOnline (Zoom)
(3)Sponsored by:Ibaraki Prefecture, Ibaraki Space Business Creation Consortium
(4)Operational cooperation:ONE X General Incorporated Association
 New Business Promotion Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) 
  Koichi Fujihira, J-SPARC Producer, Business Development Group
 Ms. Monko Matsumoto, Space Business Team, Business Promotion Department, Group Corporate Strategy Office, ANA Holdings, Inc.
 Panasonic Corporation Industry Company Space Project
  Mr. Takahiro Deguchi, Sales & Marketing Team Leader
 Mr. Souichi Mori, Unit Leader, Lunar Surface Plant Unit, EPC DX Department, JGC Global Corporation
 Kohei Nishida, Representative Director and CEO, TOWING Co.
(6)Application URL :https://forms.gle/iTTZUWpc92hTsXBR8

Comments from last year's Grand Prix winners

(Kohei Nishida, Representative Director and CEO, TOWING Co.

TOWING is a Nagoya University venture company that develops sustainable and highly efficient crop production systems with the aim of realizing space agriculture and developing global agriculture. We have recently been selected to participate as a consortium member in a research-led R&D project in the area of space food. Last year, we won the Grand Prix at the IBARAKI Next Space Pitch and were able to connect with various people who had information necessary for our business development, from JAXA officials who were watching the pitch to farmers in Ibaraki Prefecture. It was also a great experience for us to meet and inspire each other with fellow contestants who are also aiming for space. If you are interested, please give it a try!

Related information
Ibaraki Space Business Creation Center Project
Ibaraki Space Business Creation Consortium Application Form
ONE X Corporate Website

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