Tomoki Iwasaki, General Manager of AsiaQuest Business Development Division, will participate in the "Maker's Innovation Trial - Kitakyushu (MIT-K)" from September 4, 2023 to March 2024, which will create opportunities for innovation through collaboration between companies in Kitakyushu (co-creation companies) and Makers (companies, organizations, individuals, and students interested in manufacturing) from all over Japan. Tomoki Iwasaki, General Manager of AsiaQuest Business Promotion Division, will participate in the "Maker's Innovation Trial - Kitakyushu (MIT-K)" as a business development mentor.
Notification to successful applicants October 13 (Fri.)
October 13 (Fri.) ・Interview review October 18 (Wed.) [Online]
Notification of selected applicants October 23 (Wed.)
Notification to selected applicants October 23 (Mon.)
Joint Ceremony for Selected Applicants October 27 (Fri.) [Held in Kitakyushu City ［To be held in Kitakyushu City] Overseas training camps, etc. to be planned (travel and transportation expenses to be covered by the cooperative support fund)
Results reporting meeting (Demo Day) Late March 2024 To be determined [Travel and transportation expenses will be funded by the collaboration support]
Demonstration Day: To be held in Kitakyushu City in late March, 2024
The schedule is subject to change for various reasons.
AsiaQuest Co., Ltd. Director, General Manager, Business Development Division Tomoki Iwasaki
■Brief Personal History
After graduating from Keio University's Faculty of Economics in 2006, Mr. Iwasaki joined an IT venture company. He joined AsiaQuest from its launch in 2012, where he was mainly in charge of the domestic business. He contributed to the company's listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Growth Market in 2021, He is also in charge of PM/consulting for DX-related project promotion using the latest technologies such as IoT/AI, while supporting major companies in building DX organizations and developing strategies. He is currently in charge of sales/marketing and recruitment, and is actively working on alliances and collaborations with other companies.
【What is the Maker's Open Innovation Trial (commonly known as MIT-K)?】
This is a new program launched this year as a challenge program one step ahead of the Open Innovation Program.
The program aims to create opportunities for innovation through collaboration between companies in the city that have resources (co-creation companies) and Makers (companies/organizations/individuals/students interested in manufacturing) from all over Japan who have ideas, technologies, and mobility through manufacturing related to hardware, which is a characteristic of Kitakyushu City. The goal is to create opportunities for innovation through collaboration with companies, organizations, individuals and students who have ideas, technology and mobility.
To this end, we offer a variety of generous support ranging from hardware development (including prototypes) to intellectual property and legal matters, as well as collaboration support funds (minimum of 1 million yen for each company) that can be used for travel expenses to the city and development expenses, etc., so that those who have never collaborated with a company before or lack knowledge and experience can participate without anxiety. In addition, since this program is a trial program, there are no high hurdles to overcome in order to ensure results during the program period.