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Sendai City x Mirai Works "Tohoku Growth Accelerator (TGA) 2022" 10 applicants have been selected!

Miraiworks and the City of Sendai have held the "Tohoku Growth Accelerator 2022" acceleration program since July 2022, and on Friday, September 16, 2022, a pitch review meeting was held to select 10 winners.
Pitch review meeting held in Sendai City on September 16, 2022 (Friday)

TGA 2022" and the Results of the Pitch Review Committee

TGA (Tohoku Growth Accelerator) 2022" is a program sponsored by the City of Sendai to support the growth of startups and new businesses, with the aim of creating a startup ecosystem and creating new role models that will "change the world from Sendai and Tohoku. The program is sponsored by the city of Sendai to support the growth of startups and companies trying out new businesses.

This year was the 6th year of the contest, and 70 startups applied. Of these, 15 passed the initial screening based on application documents and participated in a pitch judging session held in Sendai City on Friday, September 16, 2022, where they each gave a 3-minute pitch. As a result of the rigorous screening process, 10 companies were selected for TGA2022. The selected applicants will participate in lectures, mentoring, workshops, matchmaking with Silicon Valley investors and VCs, and local tours to promote their businesses.

The ten adopters are as follows

1aipass CorporationProposal for aipass for hotels to strengthen the management of the lodging business with DX
2ALAN CorporationDevelopment of a behavior change application to achieve exercise habits for neurological diseases
3Oyama Care Service Co.Lifestyle Support Tablet for the Elderly "Yu Yu Tablet
4The Phage, Inc.Development of an application for diabetes treatment with automatic blood glucose level prediction function by AIhttps://thephage.life/
5Sendai Smart Machines Co.Development of a stand-alone power supply sensor system for IoT and equipment monitoring using an oscillating energy harvester
6Tablecloth Co.Local SMEs Sell Their Food Products on byFood.com's Cross-Border EC for Regional Development
7TOYKAKE CorporationSelf-Coaching App "Toykake" to Help Workers Increase Self-Awareness and Take on Challenges of Their Own
8Biz Freak Inc.Propose solutions to issues in new business development through 3x faster development, big data, and UX design
9MindbentoSecond Brain Software for Knowledge Workers
10Yukarie CorporationGieber FOOD" (second establishment), which aims to challenge the super-aging society and create a new way of regional circulation.

Overview of the future schedule for TGA 2022

Program Kickoff Online Event : October 11, 2022 from 3:00 p.m.
Lectures/mentoring/workshops: Early October 2022 - End of March 2023
Sendai Meetup: October 26-28, 2022
Silicon Valley Boot Camp: January 16-20, 2023
Results presentation: Late February 2023 (Sendai)
                      Mid-March 2023 (Tokyo)

One of the major features of TGA2022 will be the first joint program with Silicon Valley investors and VC professionals (Sendai Meetup and Silicon Valley Boot Camp). At the Sendai Meetup, investors and VC officials from Silicon Valley will be invited to meet with selected companies. In the Silicon Valley Boot Camp, selected companies will visit Silicon Valley and participate in local pitch events and social events to provide networking opportunities.

1 Acceleration programs: Initiatives in which major companies and local governments provide investment and support to startup companies with the aim of co-creating businesses.

Press release regarding "Global Startup Creation and Networking Services" commissioned by the City of Sendaihttps://mirai-works.co.jp/pressrooms/news602

Our press release on the recruitment of companies to participate in the Tohoku Growth Accelerator (TGA) 2022 in Sendai, Japanhttps://mirai-works.co.jp/news/news603/

About Mirai Works, Inc.

name of companyMirai Works Co.
EstablishmentMarch 2012
LocationMinato Ward, Tokyo
representativeShoji Okamoto, President and Representative Director
Business OverviewProviding professional-focused human resource services and solution services
40,000 registered professionals and 3,400 clients (as of June 30, 2022)
uniform resouce locatorhttps://www.mirai-works.co.jp/

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