BIRD INITIATIVE participates in NEC's co-creation business contest "NEC Innovation Challenge 2023" as a management partner

BIRD INITIATIVE Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Meguro-ku, Tokyo; CEO Satoshi Konno), a startup studio based on co-creative R&D and business development processes, creates innovations aimed at solving social issues through co-creation by startups from around the world and domestic companies. We will participate in the global business contest "NEC Innovation Challenge 2023" as a management partner.

This year, the second year, we will focus on “LLM (Large Language Model), healthcare, smart cities (child monitoring, smart retail), urban agriculture (effective use of agricultural waste, sustainable pest control). ) We are looking for co-creation and innovative projects with NEC and sponsors under four themes:

If you are considering participating, please apply from the URL below.

■ Click here for details and to apply.

※Application deadline: November 2, 2023 23:59 (Japan time)

Our company, BIRD INITIATIVE, supports this program and has established the BIRD INITIATIVE Award. We will provide a commercialization support program to winning startups and projects.


NEC Innovation Challenge

Based on the idea that 「to create the innovative ideas of the future, we need to bring together the wisdom of the world」, we are recruiting startup companies that aim to solve social issues together with NEC.

In this contest held last year, we solicited applications under three themes: Healthcare & Life Sciences, Metaverse, and Carbon Neutral. From 324 applications from 66 countries, we ultimately selected four proposals for commercialization. We are accelerating our progress.

In addition, winning teams in this year's contest will receive various benefits such as up to 2.2 million yen in PoC (Proof of Concept) funding, support for entering the Japanese market, and other collaborations with NEC and partner companies. .

Recruitment issues set by our company ~Smart City (Smart Retail)~

BIRD INITIATIVE supports the purpose of this contest and has set a recruitment theme related to "Smart City (Smart Retail)".

In Japan, with the declining birthrate aging population, and social changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic, major changes are required in the way cities operate.

Our company envisages collaboration with Japanese developers and retailers on the theme of smart cities, and we are developing new concepts that have never existed in Japan, as well as distribution and store formats (restaurants, apparel, etc.) that utilize technologies such as AI, IoT, and robots. , fitness, entertainment companies, etc.), or new DX solutions that increase the added value and productivity of stores.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Recruitment theme

・LLM (Large Language Model)


・Smart city (child monitoring, smart retail)

・Urban agriculture (effective use of agricultural waste, sustainable pest control)

There are four.


Application period: September 15, 2023 - November 2, 2023

First screening: November 3, 2023 - December 12, 2023

First screening results announced: December 13, 2023

Mentoring: December 14, 2023 - January 26, 2024

Final proposal meeting: January 30th and 31st, 2024

※ All Japan time

■ Click here for details and to apply.

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