NTT DATA presents Open Innovation Contest 9.0About



We are seeking proposals for innovative big businesses that lead to a new global platform to solve SDGs (17 global challenges) by synthesizing service solutions provided by NTT DATA and solutions proposed by startups.


NTT DATA and our global group companies can accept proposals for challenges through any selection to be organized from November 2018 to February 2019 in 20 cities around the globe. After selections in each city, the Grand Finale will be held on March 13th and 14th, 2019, in Tokyo.
Proposals will be evaluated through selections by local contest partners as well as selections in each place. The Grand Champion will be selected by our business units around the world or external judges at the Grand Finale.

NTT DATA expects proposals for these 7 challenges:
1. Healthcare & Life Sciences /2. Finance, Insurance & payments / 3. Automotive & IoT / 4. RPA & Back Office / 5. Storefront & Digital Marketing / 6. Data Distribution / 7. Disruptive Social Innovation
Details of Challenges >
When to apply
Application begins 18th September 2018, Tuesday, 15:00 JST
Application deadline is 16th November 2018, Friday, 17:00 JST
Who can apply
Incorporated start-ups with advanced technology
(Only English or Japanese application will be acceptable.)
How to apply
  1. STEP 1: Submit the application form
  2. STEP 2: Prepare a business plan (PDF file/within 10 pages/up to 8MB) and submit it to the contest office via e-mail.
※what is a business plan?
Screening criteria
  • ・Synergy with NTT DATA
  • ・novelty, feasibility, competitive advantage, growth potential, business scale, user needs, social impact, etc.

Note: Detailed proposal on the synergy with NTT DATA is required

NTT DATA office in JAPAN
You are advised to see FAQ before inquiry.
  • ・Introduction Movie of NTT DATA Open Innovation Contest(YouTube)
  • ・Contest Leaflet(PDF)

Screening process

The judges


Dr. Shuji Honjo
Managing Director
Honjo International

Dr. Honjo provides business consulting to Japanese and U.S. companies, focusing on new business development. He is Advisor to Japanese and U.S. companies such as 500 Startups, Net Service Ventures, and Kozo Keikaku Engineering. He is also Visiting Professor at Tama Graduate School of Business.

He is active in entrepreneurial education and community development, as a mentor with Founder Institute, Shido Next Innovator, Fukuoka Prefecture etc. He led the Japanese Miniter’s project to promote medical ventures in 2016.

He founded and represented the Tokyo office of General Atlantic LLC. He was Assistant to Chairman and Group Strategy Manager of CSK/SEGA Group, a leader in enterprise IT and digital entertainment in Japan. He has extensive consulting experiences with BCG in Tokyo and CSC in California.

Dr. Honjo has Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University, MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and BS from the University of Tokyo.


Koji Osawa
Managing Director & Co-founder
Global Catalyst Partners
Global Catalyst Partners Japan

Dr. Osawa has over thirty years of experience in investment and management of high-tech companies in Japan, the U.S. and Asia. He co-founded Global Catalyst Partners (GCP) in 1999 and Global Catalyst Partners Japan (GCP-J) in 2014.

GCP is a venture capital fund established in Silicon Valley that invests primarily in early stage companies active in the areas of IT sector. GCP has established three funds with a total amount of over $300M. Dr. Osawa also founded GCP-J in 2014 that focuses investment opportunities primarily in Japan.

Prior to GCP, he was at Mitsubishi Corporation, the largest trading firm in the world, for 14 years, starting in 1985. He was Division Manager of Mitsubishi International Corporation (Palo Alto Office) from 1993 through 1999. He was responsible for business development with high-tech companies in Silicon Valley in the areas of semiconductors, communications and software.

Dr. Osawa is on the board of Verient, Fuller, Hospitality ONE, Axismotion, Veeple and Vanguard Industries.
He also works closely with SoundHound.

He serves on the Board of Directors of several NPOs: Global Catalyst Foundation, Digital Divide Data and Keizai Silicon Valley.

Dr. Osawa received a BS in Electronics from Keio University, Japan and Ph.D. in Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.


1995年4月 NTT移動通信網(株)(現(株)NTTドコモ)に入社。同社にて、インフラ設備設計、資材購買、国際ビジネス企画、移動通信ネットワーク開発、人事、子会社経営などの多様な職務経験を経て、2016年7月より(株)NTTドコモ・ベンチャーズの取締役副社長に就任。その後、2018年6月より現職である代表取締役社長に就任。2000年より米国に留学しMBA取得、また、2013年より3年間シリコンバレーに同社米国拠点の社長として赴任。

Masato Saito
Partner and IPO Group Supervisor and Deputy Head of the Growing
Enterprise Support Center
Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC

Masato passed CPA examination in Japan while at university in 1993 and joined a major audit firm in 1994, where he worked on statutory audit engagements for clients in the IT software, chemicals, manufacturing, foods, logistics, services and other industries; IPO support engagements; J-SOX adoption support engagements and IFRS implementation engagements.

At present, he is the IPO Group Supervisor and Deputy Head of the Growing Enterprise Support Center at Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC.

He is the Area Markets Leader in the EY Japan Area for the technology sector and the internet/IT subsector.

He is also an instructor at seminars for industry associations and companies, and authors books on consolidated accounting and business combinations accounting.

Hiro Nishiguchi
Co-founder and Executive Managing Director
Japan Innovation Network,
Senior Innovation Advisor for UNDP

Mr. Hiro Nishiguchi is co-founder and Executive Managing Director of Japan Innovation Network (JIN) . He is also Senior Innovation Advisor for UNDP.

JIN is a non-profit innovation accelerator for a multinational company in Japan. JIN assists member companies to implement innovation management and deliver innovation results through an innovation acceleration program.

JIN and UNDP also manage an open innovation platform: SHIP (SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform) globally. SHIP is a platform which connects various stakeholders such as public, private, civil and academic sectors.

JIN and METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) run an innovation 100 committee which is a community of CEOs who are committed to innovation activities within their organizations.

Prior to JIN, he was Executive Managing Director of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), Japan’s largest public-private investment fund with $20 billion investment capacity, and was a Worldwide Partner at Mercer. He worked as an officer at the World Bank Group in Washington DC.

He holds MBA from Kellogg Management School at Northwestern University and BA from Sophia University.

Tim Romero
Disrupting Japan

Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based entrepreneur, podcaster and author who has started four companies and led Japan market entry for others since coming to Japan more than 25 years ago.

Tim hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast and is deeply involved in Japan's startup community as an investor, founder and mentor.