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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Open Innovation Challenge Pitch Hokkaido 2023" is now accepting applications! Supporting Collaborations with Leading Companies Nationwide

The Hokkaido 21st Century Research Institute has launched "Open Innovation Challenge Pitch Hokkaido 2023," a program to support matchmaking with major companies engaged in open innovation, aiming at new business creation by small and medium-sized companies, start-ups, universities and research institutions, as part of the "FY2023 Commercialization Support Program for R&D Support Project for Growth-oriented SMEs," commissioned by the Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The program, "Open Innovation Challenge Pitch Hokkaido 2023," has been launched to support the matching of small and medium-sized companies, start-ups, universities, and research institutions with major companies engaged in open innovation, with the aim of creating new businesses!
We have announced co-creation needs with major companies from across the country who will speak at this program, and have begun accepting proposals from small and medium-sized companies, start-ups, universities, and research institutions on the same day.

About "Open Innovation Challenge Pitch Hokkaido 2023

<14 companies on the panel
(1st period: 6 companies)
Applied, Inc.
Kokubu Hokkaido Co.
JFE Engineering Corporation
Nippon Ham Corporation
Panasonic IP Management Co.
Hokkaido Branch Office of Mitsui & Co.
(2nd period: 8 companies)
ITOCHU Corporation
Kitanihon Autobacs Co.
Sapporo Breweries, Ltd.
Visionary Holdings, Inc.
Nikko Chemicals Co.
Hokkaido Division, Feed One, Inc.
Hokkaido Electric Power Co.
Rohto Pharmaceutical Co.

<Co-creation needs of the 14 companies on the panel
Be sure to check the special website for more information on background and specific requirements.

<Project Schedule
Application period
(1st period) October 13, 2023 - November 17, 2023
(2nd period) November 20, 2023 - December 22, 2023
Screening of documents/Individual interview and matching
(Phase 1) From mid-November / Mid-December
(Phase 2) From mid-December / From mid-January next year

Startups, SMEs, universities, technical colleges, testing and research institutes, etc.
The product, service, technology, etc. to be proposed must be completed or on track to be completed, and in a condition to be able to make a concrete proposal.

<How to enter (*)
Please download the proposal format from the special website, fill in the required information, and send it together with related materials to the Management Office below by e-mail.
*We may ask you to submit additional materials or hold a preliminary meeting if necessary.

Open Innovation Challenge Pitch Hokkaido 2023" special website

FY2023 Commercialization Support Project for Research and Development Support Project for Growing SMEs (Open Innovation and Technology Development Promotion Project)

<Background and Objectives
Based on the "Guidelines for the Advancement of Specific Core Manufacturing Technologies and Services of Small and Medium Enterprises," the Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-Hokkaido) has been supporting R&D and prototype development related to core manufacturing technologies and advanced services that utilize advanced technologies such as IoT and AI*, in order to enhance the technology and services of SMEs and start-up companies. Through the advancement of technology and services of SMEs and start-up companies, we have been working to strengthen Japan's international competitiveness through innovation.

On the other hand, with the progress of digitization and carbon neutrality, and the drastic changes in industrial structure and value in Japan and abroad, it is not easy for small, medium, and start-up companies to engage in R&D that meets market needs, and to develop business and sales channels thereafter. There were many cases where the commercialization of research results did not proceed as planned.

In order to create a series of innovations from technology development to social implementation and solutions to social issues, it is essential for small and medium-sized companies and start-ups to grow by utilizing domestic and foreign resources such as funds, human resources, and equipment. Therefore, this project aims to promote the commercialization of R&D results of small and medium-sized companies and start-up companies and the formation of new projects such as Go-Tech projects by utilizing the resources of large and medium-sized companies, AIST, public research institutes, and other organizations. Business matching between large/medium-sized companies and small/start-up companies with innovative technologies and new products/services will be conducted to promote the commercialization of R&D results of go-tomarket businesses. In addition to major companies and SMEs, we will also hold exchange events where key personnel from the support side will gather to build face-to-face relationships and create opportunities for commercialization.

Through the above efforts, we aim to promote open innovation initiatives in the province, promote the commercialization of Go-Tech projects and other R&D results, and formulate new projects.

*Supported by the "Strategic Fundamental Technology Advancement Support Program" until FY 2003, the program was renamed the "Growth-oriented R&D Support Program for Small and Medium Enterprises (Go-Tech Program)" in FY 2022.

<Past Results
Through the "Open Innovation Challenge Pitch Hokkaido" held from FY2020 to FY2022, three cases of co-creation and collaboration were created, and about 30 interviews for co-creation and collaboration are still ongoing (as of March 2023).
Number of major companies participating in the program: 29
Number of small and medium-sized companies, start-up companies, universities, and research institutes that submitted proposals: 140 (*)
Number of business ideas proposed: 315
*Includes duplicate participation in the past three years.

About the Hokkaido 21st Century Research Institute

As a think tank that responds to a variety of needs, we have a diverse group of specialists involved in policy research. We are involved in researching and proposing solutions and measures to numerically grasp the nature of issues faced by governments and private companies, and in the promotion of such solutions and measures.

name of companyHokkaido 21st Century Research Institute Co.
EstablishmentSeptember 1973
Location6F Hokuyo Building, 3-11 Odori-Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
representativeSatoru Shindo, President and Representative Director
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