AEA 2022: October 26th (Wed.) to 27th (Thu.) Online
24 Tech Startups from Asian Countries & Regions to Compete for the 11th AEA 2022 Innovation Award
Social Business Session Based on Dr. Muhammad Yunus’ Seven Principles is also being held

September 8, 2022
Asian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee

(Chiba, September 8, 2022) The Asian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee announced today that it will hold the Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2022 event (AEA 2022) online from Wednesday, October 26th to Thursday, October 27th. Now in their eleventh year, the Asian Entrepreneurship Awards recognize and reward innovation among emerging entrepreneurs and tech startups across Asia.

The AEA 2022 will bring together 24 selected startups from across Asia providing solutions in the areas of Healthcare, Work & Life style, and Sustainability, all of which have become key issues globally. During the event, the startups will deliver business presentations showcasing their services and products, with the winners being selected on the basis of a wide range of criteria. These will include innovativeness, the social and economic impact of their products and services, their commercial viability, the potential for collaboration with Japanese companies, and the opportunity for business expansion in Japan. In addition, the Social Business Session will be held at the same time, where startups that follow the Seven Principles of Social Business proposed by Dr. Muhammad Yunus will competitively share business ideas for solving social problems.

In addition, Iwao Yoshino, CEO of Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd., which was newly listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Growth Market in June 2022, will give a special speech on the 27th.

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Expert-approved technology startups to receive 1.5 months of mentoring sessions to accelerate their entry to the Japanese market

Since its launch in 2012, AEA has provided a stage for promising entrepreneurs and startups from rapidly growing countries and regions in Asia on which they can showcase business ideas and technologies aimed at addressing social issues. To date, a total of 247 tech startups from 16 countries and regions across greater Asia have participated in AEA events. All entrants were nominated by key notable institutions such as the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the University of Tokyo, as well as by incubators, accelerators, universities, and other institutions supporting start-up companies in their respective countries and regions.

Requiring participants to be willing to enter the Japanese market or collaborate with Japanese companies, AEA also provides close support by matching participating startups with Japanese companies. The AEA 2022 event will feature several initiatives to further accelerate collaboration between Japanese companies and participating startups.

One of such initiatives is to provide mentoring sessions by a team of mentors from venture capital firms and accelerators in Japan during the 1.5 months leading up to the event. This is expected to help entrants acquire a better understanding of the market and facilitate their collaboration with prospective Japanese partners.

Also, matchmaking and online interviews between participating startups and Japanese companies will be promoted in various ways, such as by encouraging participating companies, sponsors, nominators, and others to freely communicate with one another using the Slack communication platform, as AEA 2021 participants did.

In addition, the capital limit, one of the entry requirements, has been raised from 1 million US dollars to 3 million. This reflects the higher investment amounts in recent years for seed and early-stage startups, and it is hoped that the AEA will attract companies with better management structures, leading to more concrete business partnerships with Japanese companies.

New this year: Social Business Session for solving social problems through business

The Social Business Session based on the Seven Principles of Social Business proposed by Dr. Muhammad Yunus is being newly held this year, and 4 companies have been selected to participate in this category. Dr. Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 together with Grameen Bank for their contributions to alleviating poverty and promoting peace in Bangladesh through the founding of the Grameen Bank, which provides microcredits to the poor to help them become self-reliant. Today, he continues to advocate social business to solve social issues through business, putting it into practice with many organizations. AEA, in cooperation with Yunus Japan, will also judge the business ideas of startups based on the Seven Principles of Social Business*.

(*) The Seven Principles of Social Business

  1. Business objective will be to overcome poverty, or one or more problems (such as education, health, technology access, and environment) which threaten people and society; not profit maximization.
  2. Financial and economic sustainability.
  3. Investors get back their investment amount only. No dividend is given beyond investment money.
  4. When investment amount is paid back, company profit stays with the company for expansion and improvement.
  5. Gender sensitive and environmentally conscious.
  6. Workforce gets market wage with better working conditions.
  7. ...Do it with joy.

AEA participating companies invited to Innovation Leaders Summit online matching event

The Innovation Leaders Summit (ILS), launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry with the aim of creating global innovation by matching the assets of major companies with the ideas and technology of startups, is one of the largest open innovation conference in Asia, attended by 700 startups and over 100 major Japanese companies. Starting this year, the 247 companies that have participated in AEA in the past will be invited to participate in ILS's online matching event to continue supporting startups' entry into the Japanese market.

■AEA2022 Overview

Date Wednesday, October 26th to Thursday, October 27th, 2022
Method Online
Language English
Official website (English) (Japanese)

■ Program

DAY 1: October 26th

13:00-14:30 Greetings from Chairman of AEA Steering Committee
Shigeo Kagami, Chairman of Asian Entrepreneurship Award Steering Committee
Self introduction from Startup Entrants
Introduction to Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City
14:30-17:00 Semi-final session

DAY 2: October 27th

13:00-16:00 Final session
16:00-17:15 AIntroduction of startups nominated by AEA to participate in ILS
Special Speech
    Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd. CEO Mr. Iwao Yoshino
17:15-18:30 Social Business Session
18:30-19:00 Announcement of the Winners & Farewell Speech

■ AEA2022 Entrants

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A digital advisory service for smallholder farmers promoting data & demand-driven production for higher returns through app and training.Sustainability
2Alfaleus Technology Private Limited./India
Advanced eye care technology using eye-testing device on a virtual reality (VR headset) platform used for conducting 10 types of eye testsHealthcare
3Ashva Wearable Technologies Pvt Ltd/India
Sensor-based technologies for data-driven physiotherapy using AI sensor based musculoskeletal information monitoring systemsHealthcare
4Peer Robotics/India
Material handling solutions for manufacturing using a mobile robotics technology with easy deploymentWork style & Lifestyle
5ARAV Co., Ltd./Japan
A remote control system that can be retrofitted to existing construction machineries and operated in real-time via the internet.Work style & Lifestyle
6Closer, Inc./Japan
Robot as a service with automation in picking, packing and palletizing for food manufacturersWork style & Lifestyle
Devices with patented wireless charging technology and closed-loop technology providing personalized treatment for neurological diseaseHealthcare
Sensing & management solution increasing human and time efficiency of management of Advanced Septic Tanks (AST) Sustainability
9OUI Inc./Japan
A smartphone attachment medical device "Smart Eye Camera(SEC)" performing an ophthalmology diagnosis anywhere, anyone, and anytime.Healthcare
10Qolo Inc./Japan
Support for healthy longevity with a core technology enabling people to stand up even if they have limited lower limb motor ability.
11Redge, Inc./Japan
Packaging system called "CeTrax" including medical device management and education based on Japanese clinical engineer knowledgeHealthcare
Small size, small mass, low costwireless charging stations for satellite constellations in space compared to existing large solar arraysSustainability
13EnergyBank Limited/New Zealand
Deep Ocean Gravitational Energy Storage (DOGES) technology providing low-cost, mid-duration energy storage for renewable energySustainability
14Liquium/New Zealand
Clean ammonia production for fuel with a new catalyst enabling to reduce capital and operating costs of industrial plantsSustainability
Remote health monitoring solution with video-based technology enabling measure and analys physiological biomarkers contactlesslyHealthcare
16Sungreen H2/Singapore
Efficient and affordable green hydrogen production with high performance water electrolysis technologySustainability
Connected fitness device for older adults providing active aging experience including strength trainingHealthcare
Work style & Lifestyle
"iCue" smart mat placed underneath the mattress providing real-time caring information with contactfree respiration monitoring Healthcare
19Mesh Technology Taiwan Limited/Taiwan
Video Driven Edge Computing Network for private/public 5G networks including Video as a Service and Infrastructure as a ServiceWork style & Lifestyle
20RealBone Technology Co., Ltd./Taiwan
Injectable and resorbable calcium phosphate bone graft substitute called "REALBONE" with applicablity to various surgical proceduresHealthcare
21LEET Intelligence Co., Ltd./Thailand
Data-driven solution and nature-networking for carbon monitoring, trading, and management platform called "LEET Carbon"Sustainability
22Mui Robotics Co., Ltd./Thailand
Electronic artificial sensor "MUI Nose" mimicing human olfaction turning it into data for odors monitoring and analyzationSustainability
23Deep Signature Ltd./Vietnam
Blockchain-based solution for anti-counterfeiting and product tracing using hash codesWork style & Lifestyle
24Sac Moc Tinh Co. Ltd (Dr. Shaving)/Vietnam
Therapeutic beauty and personal care products helping large molecular cross the skin barrier overcoming 500-Dalton ruleHealthcare

■Social Business Session Entrants

1Klongdinsor Co., Ltd./Thailand
Technologies for turning the rehab equipment into a gamephysical rehabilitation for children patients of Neuromuscular disease
2SocialTech Japan/Japan
Affordable Healthcare Services using Portable Health Clinic (PHC) System with advanced and artificial intelligence based triage technologies
A collaborative farming platform called the FarmAI empowering agricultural workers to work together
4Charco Science Research Co., Ltd./Taiwan
Nano-powder of bamboo charcoal used for pre- and post-harvest application to suppress and control fungi diseases