Taking the Theme of Life Science, 2nd Startup Pitch@CIC Draws Crowd Emerging life-science startups presented their cutting-edge technologies at the 2nd “Startup Pitch@CIC,” which is now investors’ new favorite event series.

“Startup Pitch@CIC – Life Science & Healthcare,” the second in CIC’s new popular event series, Startup Pitch@CIC, was held on May 17, 2020. Jointly hosted with Venture Café Tokyo as part of Thursday Gathering series, the event attracted 130 participants – an on-site audience of 50 people, plus 80 attending online — signaling the community’s interest in life science businesses. 

This pitch contest featured nine emerging startups in Japan’s life science and health care arena. The three winners received discount coupons for CIC Tokyo’s coworking space, equivalent of 24,000 Japanese yen each.

The presenting companies showcased their wide-ranging products and services, including a noninvasive glucose monitor, ophthalmological gene therapy, autophagy research for finding ways to extend the healthy life expectancy, and medical consulting services for people relocating to outside Japan, among others.  

The companies that made pitches were: 

Serving as the judges were Dr. Fumitaka Mori, Partner of Taiho Innovations, and Dr. Taruho Kuroda, Senior Director of LEO SCIENCE & TECH HUB. They asked in-depth questions about business models and scientific validation while also providing encouraging comments for the businesses. 

These three companies were selected as the winners: 

  • Restore Vision (Developing medication for eye diseases) 
  • ZINE (Providing online oncology consultation services)
  • Quantum Operation (Developing a needle-less glucose measurement device)

The networking event that followed the pitch contest provided the opportunity for the presenters, judges and investors attending the event (including venture capitalists and corporate venture capitalists) to get to know each other and enjoy conversations. Their lively exchanges made us reappreciate the value of a face-to-face event. CIC plans to continue hosting Startup Pitch@CIC as an in-person event. 

“Startup Pitch@CIC” (Detailed information in Japanese only)

Past events:

April 27 (Fri) – First “Startup Pitch@CIC” 

June 4 (Fri) – “Startup Pitch@CIC – Femtech & Beauty Tech

June 14 (Mon) – “Startup Pitch@CIC – Environment & Energy

June 24 (Fri) – “Researcher Pitch@CIC + GAP Fund” (Seminar)

June 30 (Wed) – “Startup Pitch@CIC – Deep Tech