See a list of startups currently at OIST.
TDIC welcomed two project teams “Eco-Friendly Water Retention Natural Polymer (EFP)” from India, and “Microwave Radiometry (MWR)” from Russia in 2019 and both are currently working toward establishing their startups in Okinawa.
The EF Polymer team has developed a super absorbent polymer from biowaste which retains water, prevents runoff, biodegrades into fertilizer, and preserves soil integrity. EF Polymer promises to revolutionize farming in challenging agricultural areas. Learn more at the EF Polymer website.
Eco-Friendly Water Retention Natural Polymer (EFP)
The Microwave Radiometry (MWR) team is developing a microwave radiometry device that will enhance the range and effectiveness of healthcare diagnostics. Microwave radiometry is a non-invasive temperature sensing technique which can detect thermal radiation emitted by the human body. Microwave radiation detected from body surfaces correlates with internal temperature, and this can be an indicator of inflammation or even cancer in its early stages. By applying modern IoT and AI approaches to the product, the team aims to develop a device that can enhance disease diagnosis and is safe, easy-to-use, and cost-effective. Originally from Russia, the MWR team is now targeting Asian and worldwide diagnostic device markets, and the technology is currently being tested in Okinawan hospitals.
The first Accelerator Program graduate, REPS JAPAN (formerly Shoreditch-son), is providing compact technology solutions for nutrition supplement companies and expanding their business into new areas using their scientific expertise.
REPS JAPAN (formerly Shoreditch-son)
Join the first global startup accelerator program in Okinawa!
We are looking for passionate entrepreneurs from all over the world with innovative technologies that have the potential to make a positive impact on society. Once selected, you will participate in a fixed-term residency program as an OIST employee at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology where you will receive the funding, mentoring, and partnerships needed to launch your technology ventures right here in Okinawa, Japan.
Program Duration: 9-10 months (~March 31)
Application Process for Accelerator Program
- Applicants submit a Letter of Intent.
- Chosen applicants asked to submit a full proposal.
- Proposals reviewed by a panel of industry experts.
- Chosen applicants interviewed via web or in person.
- Final Selection announced.
- Passion and commitment to the technology and project
- Fit to OIST environment and resources
- Technical merit
- Market potential
- Goals achievable within program duration
- Societal impact (Okinawa, Japan, the World)
FY2023 Startup Accelerator Program
To apply for the Startup Accelerator Program, you must submit a Letter of Intent.
Application Period September 26, 2022 ~ November 20, 2022 (JST)