The program aims to support people who are known in Japan as “異能=Inno,” Japanese sometimes call it “Hen” which means weird or crazy. The social norm in Japan is that a person who is different from a group is considered an outcast, 'the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.' This program will seek out those who have innovative ideas, a “different” from the normal, and hope to help progress their originality.
Over the course of human history, it has always been the ones whom we call “
Program Advisors provides general advice on the program and Supervisors assesses applications to the Disruptive Innovation Segment.
The confirmed candidates will boldly challenge existing problems in the ICT field and bring major reforms or changes in society or a certain industry. They will be supported in their R&D process and / or research process with monetary assistance of up to 3 million yen, for up to one year.
・A small, but an interesting idea that nobody had thought of
・A special and excellent technology you do not know how best to use
・A theme that you found and want to achieve
The major boost in entries in 2017 is from the introduction of the Generation Award Segment.
Currently, there are 164 Japanese cooperative partners in this project.
We have given the chance of matching innovative idea with partners to become a feasible business benefit.
We now expand this opportunity to worldwide partners to share valuable information and technology as follows.
(1) The sharing of technological ideas of the candidates who would like to expand their ideas for worldwide.
(2) The sharing of localizing technologies for foreign partners who are planning to expand their business in Japan.
※ For more details, please see “Disruptive Innovation Segment Confirmed candidates examples” on page 3, inside of this brochure.
We hope that our future worldwide partners will be able to build a win-win relationship through this program.
164 Japanese cooperative partners as of January 2019