AgeTechX brings together partner corporations and innovative startups from around the world to collaborate on solutions related to aging. The focus in on living longer and more healthily by bringing technologies that can make a difference to everyday citizens.
What is AgeTechX
What is AgeTech?
AgeTech addresses a wide range of issues related to aging, including but not limited to, physical and mental challenges, changes in social status and connections, and decline in daily activities. The program will target technology that improve or resolve these issues.
AgeTech Major Themes
- (1)Longevity & Health in Aging
This includes understanding the aging process and how technology can keep seniors living in health.
- (2)Active Senior Life
This includes supporting independence both socially and physically.
We will conduct exploration, hypothesis testing, and verification over a three-year period. PoC with local governments, collaboration with startups will be conducted in an agile manner.
Through input and workshops on startup recruitment, Japan's senior business, and the global AgeTech landscape, partner companies will explore themes and hypothesis of new business idea.
Recruitment of additional startups that meet the needs of the project as the theme of the initiative is narrowed down. Working side by side, participating companies will build new business models. Mentors will provide feedback on business concepts and accelerate collaboration with startups.
From business concept to demonstration and implementation stage. Refine the prototype through PoC to the local community and senior community. In the final year of the program, we will work out specific details toward the service launch of the business, including collaboration with startups and establishment of JVs.
- Organizers: Hakuhodo Inc. and Scrum Studio Inc.
- Partners : Rakuten Insurance Group, Rohto Pharmaceuticals, Hakuhodo Inc.
- Observers : Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Municipalities (to be coordinated)
- Resource Partners : Japan Anti-Aging Foundation, Ostance Inc.
- Official Website: https://www.agetechx.org/
- Program length: 3-year program from November 2023 to October 2026
- Start-up application: November 2023 - February 2024
- Startup selection: March 2024 - May 2024
- Mentoring and business development: June 2024 - October 2024
- Demo Day: October 2024
We are looking for the best, most innovative, stage-agnostic startups from around the world who wish to realize the objective, alongside our partner companies.
Please note that we welcome applications regardless of the business stages, be it at the idea, prototype, demonstration, or commercialized product stage.
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo Visiting Professor, Research Center for Future Vision
Professor, Endowed Department of Clinical Gene Therapy, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine President, Japanese Society of Gene and Cell Therapy; Vice President, Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine; Vice President, Japan Anti-Aging Association; Former Strategy Counselor, Health and Medical Strategy Office, Cabinet Office; Special Advisor, Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City; General Producer, Osaka Pavilion Promotion Committee, Japan International Expo 2025
CEO, Ostance Inc.
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