NTT DATA presents Open Innovation Contest 8.0Contest Results

Result of Finale Selection


To form “triple win” business alliance among startups, NTT DATA group and our clients (major corporations).

In particular, we are seeking proposals that can lead to solutions to social challenges represented in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (link to the reference).

Major keywords
of challenges
FinTech, IoT, energy, insurance tech, healthcare tech, BPM, Digital Archives, big data, digital marketing, blockchain, Open API, personal data, AI, cyber security, virtual/augmented reality, or robotics.
When to enter
Application begins 14th May 2018, Monday, 15:00 JST
Application deadline is 11th July 2018, Wednesday, 17:00 JST
Who can enter
Incorporated start-ups with advance technology
How to enter
  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

Screening process

The Prizes

The winner of
the Grand Finale

The Grand Finale winner will be able to take the most of a three-month in-kind contribution to support the development of their proposed new business.
NTT DATA covers travel and accommodation (2 weeks) expenses for two people during the collaborative project with the challenge providing team at the targeted market.

SDGs Award

Eligibility to pitch at Open Programs hosted by SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform (SHIP), jointly developed by JIN and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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.

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.

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)

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.