NTT DATA presents  Global Open Innovation Business Contest 5.0CONTEST OVERVIEW

Site schedule

The Finalists and Result of Tokyo Pitch Day

ResultCompany nameURL
Astro SURI Holdings Inc.
Special AwardNational Institute of Informatics
Judge AwardCaulis Inc.
Mealthy Inc.
Special AwardInstallments Inc.
WellnessData Inc.
WinnerTeam Ars Techne VRC
eSTORM Co. Ltd.
Winner of the VenueJudge AwardSpecial Award

The Tokyo Contest was held at NTT DATA HQ on March 2 and Team Ars Techne VRC was selected as the winner.
Caulis Inc. won the judge award.
National Institute of Informatics and Installments Inc. won the spcial award presented by Zamma, NTT DATA who is leading this global contest.
Team Ars Techne VRC was invited to the Grand Finale in Tokyo on March 15.

Tokyo Pitch Day

Date and timeMarch 2, 2017 14:00-20:30
VenueNTT DATA Headquarter
3-3-3 Toyosu Koto-ku Tokyo, 135-6033
  • Dr. Shuji Honjo
    Managing Director
    Honjo International
  • Dr. Koji Osawa
    Managing Director & Co-founder
    Global Catalyst Partners
    Global Catalyst Partners Japan
  • Daisuke Miyoshi
    Managing Director,
    Investment & Business Development
    NTT Docomo Ventures, Inc.
  • Tamio Nishizawa
    Representative Director
  • Masato Saito
    Partner and IPO Group Supervisor
    and Deputy Head of
    the Growing Enterprise Support Center
    Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC
Special Keynote LectureHow to accelarate open innovation between startups and large enterprises
  • Masataka Matsumoto
    Co-Founder & General Partner
    WIL, LLC.
Entry for the pitch dayInvitation only.
Details of the pitch day is subject to change without notice.
Orientation Day

We are going to have an orientation day in TOKYO Innovation Leaders Summit(ILS).
(NTTDATA is a plutinum supporter of ILS)

October 24-25,2016 10:00-18:30
Toranomon Hills
NTT DATA will have brief you on contest outline several times on October 25.
No reservation is requested.Free to come.


If you have any question about the Japan contest , Please contact the following partner.
NTT DATA office in Japan Email :
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.


Dr. 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.

Daisuke Miyoshi
Managing Director, Investment & Business Development
NTT Docomo Ventures, Inc.

Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo. US CPA.

Miyoshi started his career in a railway company, working mainly in the real estate business and accounting.

In 2000 he left the company to enter the venture capital sector, engaging in investment management and support services, targeting Internet services and content businesses.

In 2007, joined DOCOMO.COM. INC., an NTT DOCOMO Group company.

In 2013, appointed Managing Director for Investment & Business Development, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, which was established that year to integrate DOCOMO.COM's investment functions.

In that position, currently responsible for managing investment and alliance projects of Internet service and content business, centered on investments in the mobile field.

Tamio Nishizawa
Representative Director

Tamio Nishizawa has over fifty years of experience financing, consulting with innovation driven entrepreneurial, high-tech firms.

After graduated Waseda University in 1966, he joined Japan Finance Corporation for Small Business (after Japan Finance Corporation) where he mostly was in charge of financing and consulting clients from the start-up stage to the medium size enterprise for 19 years. 

In 1985, he joined Yamaichi Securities' Venture Capital division Yamaichi Univen (after Yamaichi Finance). 

From 1987 to 1992, he was the president of Yamaichi Finance America, Inc., where he invested and consulted to American Ventures to make up strategic alliance with Japanese companies (VC and Technology Transfer). 
In 1998, he left Yamaichi and established his own consulting firm Nippon S & T, Inc.   

From 1992 to present, he is the director of "WERU" (Waseda University Entrepreneur Research Unit) that is a prestigious venture study group sponsored by Waseda University. 

From 2000 to 2014, he was the Chief Project Manager of Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (SBDC of Japan).

From 2010 to present, he is the chairman of open innovation forum "Japan Open Innovation Network (URL:"

From 2014 to present, he is the Program Officer of Japan Science and Technology Agent (JST) in charge of VC.

He is also working as a board member of several listed companies and unlistedcompanies.

He has a B.S. in Economics from Waseda University. He also graduated from Small Business University of Japanese Government. He is a Certified Consultant for Ventures.

Books : Venture management and support"(co-author, Nikkei), Diversification of venture finance (co-author, Nikkei), Raising money (co-translator, President)

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.

Masataka Matsumoto
Co-Founder & General Partner

A native of Kobe, Masataka established the PIM Corporation in 1999, leading it as CEO until its merger with Yahoo Japan.

He then went on to serve as president of Yahoo Japan, handling strategic investments and the launch of the ISP Yahoo!BB. He also assumed the role of senior executive of Yahoo! Shopping.

Masataka was involved in Softbank's acquisition of Vodaphone, served as the first director of mobile business development at Yahoo, and headed Softbank's mobile products and consumer unit.

In 2008, as general manager of Yahoo's R&D division, he managed front-end development for Yahoo services. Since 2011, he has led Yahoo's new business development as Chief Incubation Officer.