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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Entries for the "Chugoku Region Open Innovation Challenge" have begun! Now accepting applications for collaboration partners from all over Japan!

The Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, together with Four Startups, has launched the Chugoku Region Open Innovation Challenge, an open innovation program that aims to create new businesses through collaboration by combining the technologies and resources of companies in the Chugoku region with the innovative ideas and services of partners. Collaborative partners are invited from all over Japan.

About "Chugoku Region Open Innovation Challenge

The Chugoku Region Open Innovation Challenge, an open innovation program by the Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, together with Four Startups Corporation, promotes collaboration between manufacturing SMEs in the Chugoku region and partners nationwide (startups, universities, public research institutions, etc.).
This open innovation program aims to create the seeds of new businesses and services through collaboration combining the technologies, resources and assets of companies in the China region with the novel ideas and services of partners.

Participating Companies

The four companies participating in the program are all leaders in the local industry and economy. All of them aim to create new businesses and services using their own resources.

Okanetsu Industry
75-year-old agricultural machinery manufacturer in Okayama, Japan
We are a manufacturing company that meets a wide range of customer needs in the BtoB field, mainly in the agricultural machinery field, but also in the construction machinery and industrial machinery fields.
We supply parts and products globally and feature an integrated production system capable of design, processing, assembly, and even overseas delivery. We are also striving to enhance our brand power through the development of our own products. We have been developing a number of products since 9 years ago by utilizing our know-how of gear machining, transmission design, and assembly of finished machines that we have cultivated over the years.https://okanetsu.co.jp/

Sanyo Techno Solutions Tottori
Having inherited the DNA of Tottori Sanyo Electric, our OEM/ODM business model has enabled us to boast the top domestic market share in such fields as distance learning (approximately 85%) and tablets for food and beverage ordering (approximately 50%).
Currently, we have launched a Personalized HaaS (Hardware as a service) platform that maximizes service value and is working to provide value optimized for diversified needs. We will change our company name next year.https://www.sts-tottori.com/

diamond industry
As a manufacturer of athletic support systems, we consistently develop, manufacture, and sell supporters to the medical industry, including osteopathic clinics, acupuncture clinics, and clinics. In recent years, we have been working on the development of assistive suits that do not require power and systems that quantify the condition of athletic equipment.
Our goal is to realize a society where children can smile for 50 years to come by utilizing our fitting and manufacturing technologies in an aging society.https://www.daiyak.co.jp/

The company's core business is the "production and sales of fully pre-cooked menu ingredients (vacuum cooking)," which provides 365 days a year integrated services from menu planning to nutritional management, production, and distribution to 300 nursing care facilities nationwide, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. We are also expanding our business to include "contract meal service for nursing care facilities," "home meal delivery service for the elderly," and "shopping support service.
In addition, there are "software development business" and "nursing home kitchen consulting business" to support various businesses.https://morzwell.co.jp/


11/ 21 ▶︎ 12/11 Call for entries for partners (startups, etc.)
Call for entries from partners (startups, universities, public research institutes, etc.) for the desired call themes

12/ 12 ▶︎ 12/ 13 Paper screening
Document screening will be conducted based on the documents submitted at the time of entry.

12/ 19 ▶︎ 12/23 Interview selection (conducted online)
Candidate partners who pass the screening process will be selected for an online interview.

01/ 16 Notification of selection results
We will contact you with the results of the selection process.

01/ 23 ▶︎ 02/ 17 Pre-Coop
Through brushing up the collaboration plan, we create the framework for the demonstration experiment and collaboration hypothesis verification necessary to determine whether the collaboration is feasible or not.

02/ 20 ▶︎ 02/24 Presentation
Based on the framework prepared during the pre-collaboration period, a presentation of the collaboration proposal will be made to the management of manufacturing SMEs.

02/ 27 ▶︎ 03/03 Cooperative team formation
Kick off the official start of the collaboration.

03/ 06 ▶︎ 03/ 17 Follow-up
After forming the collaboration team, we will follow up with you on the preparation and progress of future collaboration.


Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Forster Startups, Inc.
*This project is commissioned by the Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and is managed by For Startups, Inc.
Project name: 2022 Chugoku Regional Manufacturing SME Commercialization Support Project (Open Innovation Ecosystem Development Project)

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