Japan’s Leave a Nest concludes first Tech Planter startup contest in Philippines

Startup winners at the Tech Planters competition in the Philippines. Visual from Leave a Nest Company website taken May 29. 2017.

Team UBE-Tech emerged as the winner of the first Tech Planter startup competition in the Philippines, organised by Japanese bio venture firm Leave a Nest Co Ltd.

The Japanese firm operates a knowledge-based platform focused on deep science technology.

Team UBE-Tech beat 11 other teams in the startup pitching contest held at the QBO Innovation Hub in Makati City. All 12 finalists were chosen out of 29 local startups.

UBE-Tech was awarded with up to $2,000 (JPY200,000) cash and an all-expense paid travel and accommodation in Singapore to represent the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific finals on July 29.

The team introduced a novel powdering technology of purple yam, a native dessert made from the purple sweet potato plant or popularly called “Ube”. Its technology facilitates commercial use of the lightly pigmented ube.

Leave a Nest managing director and president Yukihiro Maru said, UBE-Tech’s technology can be applied to other food materials to solve unnecessary disposal of crops.

Four other Philippine finalists received awards from Japanese companies JT Group, THK, Hamano, and Leave a Nest. The awarded teams were MiBAS for its mind-based alert system for paralysed patients, Fablab Bohor for its waste plastic up-cycling, MVM who came up with a vending machine for over the counter medicines and other first aid needs, and the Smart Lab team which uses nano particle coated kapok to filter waste water.

Launched in 2014 by Leave a Nest, Tech Planter recently completed its competitions in India and Malaysia, and will conduct the next series of competitions in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, United Kingdom, and the US.

Tech Planter is not only aimed at identifying and nurturing startups engaged in deep science technology, but also connecting them with major companies, venture capital, and the Japanese super factories that are engaged in high precision manufacturing and know-how.

Founded in 2002, Leave a Nest is a science communication firm with a knowledge based platform in Japan. Its projects support education, research, providing also services such as capacity building seminars, business development support, revitalizing local area, among others.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.