Kyoto, Kyoto (Japan)

Deep Tech Forum Kyoto 2024: The future of Robotics, Autonomous and AI (RAAI) in Manufacturing (March 7th & 8th)


Deep Tech Forum will convene the world’s leading deep tech startup ecosystem of founders, startups, investors and supporting communities to address the barriers to growth and success. Deep Tech Forum’s inaugural year, 2024, will feature “RAAI in Manufacturing,” where RAAI stands for Robotics, Automation and AI, and will be held in January in three North American cities – Toronto, Canada; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and New York City, New York – known for their industrial backgrounds and emerging tech startup ecosystems beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.
To connect to the world’s leading manufacturing companies with deep tech startups, the Deep Tech Forum will take place on March 7th and 8th, 2024 in Kyoto, a Japanese city known for its historical heritage as well as global manufacturing companies.

Who should attend:

  • Entrepreneurs and early stage startups in the deep tech industries, especially robotics, automation and autonomous technologies and AI being encouraged.
  • Startup ecosystem partners, such as investors, accelerators and local businesses interested to get connected to future customers, investors, suppliers and supply-chain partners, and sales outlets.
  • Corporates working on “open innovation” activities to collaborate with startups.

Event schedule (Details TBC):

3/7 (Thu)Corporate Day

  • 13:00 – 13:30 Opening Keynote by Narimasa Makino
  • 13:30 – 14:00 Corporate Presentation 1
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Panel 1: Kyoto Ecosystem with Ko Kusumi and Hyoma Seki moderated by Shingo Kono
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Break (Exhibition time)
  • 15:30 – 16:30 Panel 2: Deep Tech Ecosystem with Akihiko Nagata and Ken Nishimura moderated by Tomoya Yamashiki
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Corporate Presentation 2
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Reception Party (Paid + Invitation only)

3/8 (Fri) “International Startup Day”

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Special Keynote (Speaker TBA)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Corporate Reverse Pitches
  • 11:00 – 13:00 The 8th Monozukuri Hardware Cup: Competition
  • 13:00 – 13:30 Special Speeches & Award Ceremony
  • 13:30 – 13:45 Closing Keynote by Sabrina Sasaki & Narimasa Makino
  • 13:45 – 15:15 Networking: Startups x Corporate Matching
  • 16:00 – 18:00 Corporate x Startup 1 on 1 meetings (Invitation only)
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Closing Party (Invitation only)

Speakers & Panelists:

  • Akihiko Nagata, Chairman, Real Tech Holdings
  • Hyoma Seki, Managing Partner, Seiho Investment Works
  • Ko Kusumi, President and CEO, Kyoto University Innovation Capital
  • Ken Nishimura, Partner, Coral Capital
  • Narimasa Makino, CEO, Monozukuri Ventures
  • Tomoya Yamashiki, Principal, Azalea Technology Partners

Sponsors & Supporters:

  • Organized by: Monozukuri Ventures, a deep tech seed investor in North America and Japan
  • Venue Sponsor: Kyoto Research Park (location to be disclosed upon registration)
  • Sponsor: Exedy, Sony Semiconductor Solutions
  • Media Sponsors: Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ascii
  • Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact us!

Deep Tech Forum 2024:

This series of events will be held in three North American cities and Kyoto, Japan. You’re welcome to join us at multiple locations.