NTT DATA presents Open Innovation Contest 10.0PROCESS

  • Screening process
  • Overview
  • Awards

Screening process

※See each location page for the deadline.
  • Application16th July
    1. Step 1:Select the location and the challenge
      Check the information on this site and select a location and a challenge. Please select only one location.
    2. Step 2:Send the application form in
      Fill in the application form and submit it with your business plan.
      Please make sure you read and accept all the requirements and our privacy policy before you apply.
      what is a business plan?
  • ScreeningAugust 2019 -
    1. Step 3:Screening of application documents
      The contest office will evaluate the application documents. Only the applicants who pass the screening will be notified of the result.
  • Pitch DaySep - Dec 2019
    1. Step 4:Regional pitch contest in each city
      Regional pitch contests will be held in each city. Up to two winners per city, representing different domain, will be invited to the Grand Finale in Tokyo for final pitches on January 24, 2020.
  • Acceleration
    Dec 2019- Jan 2020
    1. Step 5:Contest host will work with the winner(s) to maximize business opportunity.
  • Grand finale
    24th January, 2020
    1. Final:Selection of the Grand Champion and other awards
      Teams selected from regional contests will gather and give their final pitches in Tokyo and then the Grand Champion will be selected. An opportunity to interact with the audience including our clients, executives, and staff members in charge of new projects will be provided.
      There will be a preliminary interview on 1/23, the day before the grand finale.


We are seeking proposals for innovative big businesses that lead to a new global platform
by synthesizing service solutions provided by NTT Data and solutions proposed by startups.

NTT DATA Group companies in charge of each regional contest can submit a proposal to address the challenges in light of local issues. Following the selections in cities, the Grand Finale will be held on January 24, 2020, in Tokyo.

Proposals will be judged through selection by local contest partners as well as selection in each city. The Grand Champion will be selected by our business units around the world and external judges at the Grand Finale.

NTT DATA expects proposals for these 8 challenges:
1.Healthcare &Life Sciences / 2.Finance, Insurance & Payments / 3.Automotive & MaaS / 4.Telecom&IoT / 5.Physical Stores and Marketing / 6.Smart Automation / 7.Data Logistics / 8.Disruptive Social Innovation
Details of Challenges >
When to apply
Application begins 16th July 2019 Wednesday, 15:00 JST
See each location page for the deadline.
How to apply
Fill in the application form and submit it with your business plan.
※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
See contact page.


The winners of regional contests (top two companies from each city) will be invited to join the Grand Finale (final pitch), which will be held on January 24, 2020, in Tokyo. For the winner of the Grand Finale, NTT DATA and its Group will form a dedicated team to discuss the business for three months. In addition, an award from project leaders in charge of each thematic domain (Domain Champion, newly established) will be granted. Specific collaboration with the business units will be considered. Just as last year, SDGs spotlight Award will be granted to enhance collaboration with startups which tackle social issues.


To develop new business together with NTT DATA, the overall contest champion will receive a fund of up to 100,000 USD* for targeting POC with customers, as well as the support of a dedicated team of expert consultants and accelerators who will work together with the startup.

* Includes travel, operations, hardware and software associated with POC

(one proposal from
each thematic domain)

Honored by project leaders of each thematic domain (1-8). Detailed discussion with the business units will be conducted.

SDGs Spotlight Award

It is planned to invite the winner for pitches at a variety of events.