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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

DeepBrain AI (Korea) won the NEC Prize in the NEC Innovation Challenge!

世界のスタートアップ企業を対象にしたグローバルビジネスコンテスト「NEC Innovation Challenge」が、「ヘルスケア&ライフサイエンス」「メタバース」「カーボンニュートラル」の3テーマで合計324件の応募を受け、審査を続けていましたが、去る2023年3月10日にファイナルイベントを開催し、NEC賞をはじめとする各賞の受賞者を決定しました!


NECが主催するグローバルビジネスコンテスト「NEC Innovation Challenge」は、世界のスタートアップ企業を対象に「ヘルスケア&ライフサイエンス」「メタバース」「カーボンニュートラル」の3テーマで、革新的なプロダクトやテクノロジーのコンセプトを募集。2022年10月14日から12月4日までの応募期間中に、324件の応募がありました。

一次審査、インタビュー審査、メンタリングというフェーズを経たスタートアップ企業10社が、2023年3月10日にオンラインで開催されたファイナルイベントに参加。各社のピッチ後に行われた最終審査の結果、NEC賞、NEC X賞、NOFF賞(NOFF:NEC Orchestrating Future Fund)、BIRD INITIATIVE賞の受賞者が決定しました。



・企業名(国):DeepBrain AI (韓国)


NEC X Venture Studio プログラム(NECの先進技術、資金、ビジネス・技術・資金調達などの各種専門家によるハンズオンサポート)への参加機会の提供

・企業名(国):WeWALK (英国)


エコシステム型CVCファンドであるNEC Orchestrating Future Fund(NOFF)からの投資について議論する機会

・企業名(国):Threedy (ドイツ)



・企業名(国):Energiency (フランス)

NECは今回の「NEC Innovation Challenge」を契機に、今後ますますスタートアップ企業との共創を推進し、世界規模でのイノベーションを加速・推進します。

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Ando Hazama x Cube Earth] Innovating the world's urban OS with patented technology from Japan and the U.S.

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Sanki Kogyo × Startups] Become a company that continues to be chosen|New Steps in Co-Creation with Startups

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Ando Hazama × Air Digital × Kuki City] Tackling the challenge of extending healthy life expectancy through digital sports!

Ando Hazama, a general construction company that promotes the creation of new businesses through open innovation, has selected Air Digital Inc. Air Digital, Inc., a company involved in the development of digital sports space and the operation of digital sports fields, was selected for the program. Subsequently, Ando Hazama, Air Digital, and Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture, signed a collaboration agreement and are now working together on "Sports 60 & Smart," one of the largest digital sports clubs in Japan, which is located in the "Ario Washinomiya" shopping mall facility in Kuki City. What specific initiatives are being undertaken? We interviewed Tsubasa Sakakibara, Manager of the Innovation Department of Ando Hazama's Corporate Strategy Division, Sobaku Maeda, Representative Director of Air Digital, and Takeshi Kanazawa, a member of the Sports Promotion Section of the Health and Sports Department of the Kuki City Office.

Startup Recruitment] Caring for Community Health|Future Aisei Pharmacy with Roots in the Community through New Business

Aisei Pharmacy has more than 400 dispensing pharmacies nationwide. As the company will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary, we are challenging the accelerator program in search of the next pillar of our business! Aiming to become a pharmacy that is needed by local residents, the company will explore the possibility of creating new businesses. In this interview, we spoke with Hiroyuki Hori, General Manager of the Business Planning Department of Aisei Pharmacy Inc. about why Aisei Pharmacy is now taking on the challenge of open innovation with startups.
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