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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Toppan Printing begins accepting applications for "co-necto 2023," a program to co-create new businesses through joint demonstrations!

Since 2017, Toppan Printing has been implementing "co-necto," an open innovation program that invites outstanding business ideas, mainly from startup companies, and fuses them with Toppan Printing's management resources to co-create new businesses. We have begun accepting applications for "co-necto 2023," the seventh round of the program!

Creating new businesses through joint demonstrations in 11 areas of themes

co-necto is a "demonstration-type" program in which Toppan Printing, startup companies, and local partner companies co-create. Through the demonstrations in this program, Toppan Printing will support product market fit and create new services and product solutions with the three companies, including the partner companies.

For this year's co-necto, new themes "Generative AI," "Deep Tech," and "Urban Spaces" have been added. A total of 11 themes have been set up to meet new social challenges, and there are opportunities for demonstration with 22 diverse partner companies and Toppan Printing.

In addition, venture capitalists from around Japan have joined the list of supporting organizations, for a total of 22 organizations.

Examples of initiatives adopted and demonstrated through "co-necto

Solutions to improve operational efficiency at manufacturing sites using IoT devices

Adopted company: Cash Flow Renovation Partner company: Toppan Printing

In February 2023, we conducted a demonstration experiment in the Toppan Printing Koga Plant with Cash Flow Renovation, a company that promotes operational efficiency in the manufacturing industry by visualizing human flow and operations using proprietary sensors and cameras. The system contributes to solving problems in the manufacturing and logistics industries by improving the efficiency of manual tasks such as shipping, handover to the next process, assembly, and packaging.

Outline of the open innovation program "co-necto 2023

Services and solutions from startup companies will be solicited under the theme of 11 social issues, and the startup companies that pass the second round of selection, partner companies, and Toppan Printing will conduct demonstration experiments.
Partner companies and Toppan Printing will provide incentives such as the provision of demonstration fields and partial support for demonstration costs. Through this program, test marketing and product market fit will be made possible in response to diversifying consumer needs and increasingly complex social issues, and new businesses will be created quickly and appropriately.

Application Theme

We are looking for new business in 11 areas.

New theme this time [Carbon Neutral
Example: De-carbonization, de-plasticization, food loss, resource recycling

[Public Administration DX
Example: One-stop counter [no writing, no waiting, no turning], streamlining of municipal staff work Improved convenience for residents

Retail and Distribution DX
Examples: sales promotion, sales increase, employee support, demand forecasting

☆ [Generative AI].
Example: ChatGPT, auto-generated

Finance DX
Examples: Fintech, RPA, screening and window operations efficiency improvement

Next Generation Health Care
Examples: Visualization and care of physical and mental health, PHR and prevention of unwellness, healthy life extension, pet tech, wellness

Manufacturing and logistics DX
Examples: IOT devices (cameras, drones, sensors, etc.), streamlining manufacturing operations, streamlining logistics operations

Next Generation Solutions
Examples: Metaverse, AR/VR, NFT, digital content

☆ [Urban space
Examples: urban development, smart city, disaster prevention, Maas

☆ [Deep Tech.
Example: Basic research, university venture

Partner Co-Creation
(e.g.) Any theme, as long as it is a business area that leads to business co-creation in response to the technologies, business areas, and assets that Toppan Printing and its partner companies seek and can provide.

Entry qualifications

1. Companies with legal personality
2. Own services or products that can be demonstrated
3. Ability to collaborate with Toppan Printing and partner companies

How to enterPlease fill out the reception form on the special site and submit the entry documents. *For details, please refer to the special site below.

criterion (criteria) for selection

1. Competitive advantage and innovation
2. Contribution to solving social issues
3. Business and market growth potential
4. Does the demonstration experiment plan meet the needs of partner companies and Toppan Printing?


1. Provision of demonstration fields and assets
2. Partial support for demonstration costs (average support amount of approximately 2 million yen per company)
3. Support for information dissemination regarding the demonstration experiment
4. Verification of post-demonstration results, consideration of joint commercialization, etc.

Anticipated Collaboration Methods

Together with Toppan Printing and partner companies, the following will be implemented
Sales Alliance
Development Support
Joint Development

co-necto schedule

July 3, 2023 (Monday) Start of recruitment
Monday, July 31, 2023 Entry deadline
Early August, 2023 First round selection (document screening)
Mid-August 2023 Notification of 1st round selection results
Early September 2023 Second round (online pitch)
Early October 2023 Notification of second round selection results
If you pass the second round of selection, we will notify you of the results and proceed to formulate a plan for the demonstration experiment with our company and partner companies.
Stakeholders and Business ImageTogether with the following partner companies, this program aims to become a center of innovation that creates new value based on demonstration projects.


Toppan Printing Co.


AstraZeneca Corporation
Okumura Corporation
KBC Group Holdings, Inc.
Kyushu Electric Power Co.
Kyushu Railway Company
Kyudenko Corporation
Saibu Gas Holdings Co.
Shin Idemitsu Co.
Daiei Sangyo Co.
Duskin Corporation
The Chugoku Shimbun, Ltd.
The Chugoku Electric Power Co.
Chugoku Broadcasting Co.
TV Nishinippon Corporation
The Nishinippon Shimbun Co.
Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co.
Nishi-Nippon Financial Holdings, Inc.
Hankyu Hanshin Real Estate, Inc.
Personnel Tempstaff Corporation
hirogana holdings inc.
Fukuoka Estate Co.
Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc.
Alphabetical order

Supporting Companies and Organizations

Fukuoka City
Fukuoka Growth Next
Fukuoka Regional Strategy Promotion Council
Kyushu Economic Federation
Fukuoka Venture Business Support Council
General Incorporated Association StartupGoGo
GxPartners Limited Liability Partnership
KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency)
JETRO Fukuoka
Osaka Bureau of Industry
ANOBAKA Corporation (NEW)
Chiba Dojo Corporation (NEW)
Deep Core Corporation (NEW)
STATION Ai Corporation (NEW)
MTG Ventures Inc. (NEW)
Incubate Fund Corporation (NEW)
Chugin Capital Partners Co.
FUNDINNO Corporation (NEW)
Grandstory Corporation (NEW)
mnt (NEW)
Saison Ventures, Inc.
BIG Impact Corporation (NEW)
*In no particular order
Official HP https://toppan-conecto.com/

name of companyToppan Printing Co.
Location1-3-3, Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
representativeHideharu Maro
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