Win Your Way to Kyoto

Win Your Way to Kyoto at the Deep Tech Forum: A Call for Deep Tech Startups!

Attention all pioneering deep tech startups in Toronto, Pittsburgh and New York City! Seize your opportunity to dazzle on an international platform. The Deep Tech Forum warmly invites three innovative startups to join us in Kyoto, Japan—a city renowned for its rich cultural heritage—for a trailblazing event on March 7th and 8th, 2024. This extends beyond a mere showcase of innovation; it’s a golden chance to forge connections with investors and strategic partners in Japan, a nation where manufacturing beats at the very heart of its economy.

What’s in Store for You?

Prizes and Support

  • 🥇 1st Prize: $1,000
  • 🥈 2nd Prize: $500
  • 🥉 3rd Prize: $300

These prizes are not just a token of appreciation but a substantial subsidy to cover your travel expenses to Kyoto.

How to Enroll?

Participating is as simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Attend one of these three Deep Tech Forum Events: Toronto (Jan 15), Pittsburgh (Jan 17), or New York City (Jan 19). Sign up for the one nearest to you, choose a “startup” ticket and be a part of it.
  2. Drop Your Business Card: Find the program enrollment box at the event and drop in your business card. It’s your ticket to potentially being one of the chosen startups. Don’t forget your business card with your company’s website on it!
  3. Await the Vote: Applications will be shortlisted for audience votes. The winners will be chosen through a vote by the Japanese audience of Monozukuri Ventures’ eNewsletter. This adds an exciting layer of audience engagement to the selection process.

A Platform to Connect

The Kyoto event is not just a competition; it’s a hub for networking. Investors and strategic partners present at the event may request exclusive meetings with startups, offering a unique opportunity for one-on-one interactions. Plus, an open networking session is scheduled for March 8th, giving you even more chances to connect and collaborate.

As part of our commitment to fostering a vibrant community, we invite all deep tech startups to join our exclusive Slack channel: Monozukuri Community. This platform is a hub for you to connect, discuss, and stay updated with everything related to the Deep Tech Forum.

Why Kyoto?

Kyoto, known for its historical significance and cultural richness, offers the perfect backdrop for innovation and technology. Blending the old with the new, it symbolizes the journey of startups – transforming traditional ideas into futuristic solutions.

Who Can Participate?

This invitation extends to all deep tech startups! Whether you’re in the early stages or scaling up, we welcome you to be part of this dynamic event. It’s your chance to showcase your innovative solutions, gain international exposure, and forge meaningful connections.

Your Next Steps

Seize this Opportunity!

This is more than just a competition; it’s a stepping stone to global recognition and valuable partnerships. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the Deep Tech Forum in Kyoto. We can’t wait to see what you bring to the table!


Monozukuri Ventures Launches “Deep Tech Forum” and Brings It to Three North American Cities in January 2024 and Japan in March 2024

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.

Monozukuri Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on hardware and deep tech startups, today announced the launch of the Deep Tech Forum, where the world’s leading deep tech startup ecosystem of founders, startups, investors and supporting communities will come together to address the barriers to growth and success.

The 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 in March 2024 in Kyoto, a Japanese city known for its historical heritage as well as global manufacturing companies such as Kyocera, Maxell, Murata, Nidec, Nintendo, Omron, Rohm, Screen and Shimadzu. “Japanese manufacturing companies do business globally, but they are still shy about working with startups, especially outside of Japan,” said Nobuhiro Seki, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner of Monozukuri Ventures. “At the Deep Tech Forum in Kyoto, deep tech entrepreneurs, especially in the RAAI industries, will find strategic partners with global presence in supply and value chains, as well as essential resources to grow their business”.


The Deep Tech Forum in Kyoto is scheduled to be held on March 7th and 8th, 2024.

The deep tech sector is one with a high affinity for “open innovation,” in which companies collaborate with large corporations and others. Unlike software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups that dominate the current startup landscape, deep tech companies need to collaborate with other companies to become part of the supply and value chain, even in the early stages of the startup. The startup ecosystem is more willing to collaborate with the open innovation arms of large corporations.

Dave Mawhinney, founding executive director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University and also a serial entrepreneur, explained the importance of the Deep Tech Forum. “Accelerators and VC support alone are not enough for deep tech startups, especially those spun out of universities. Active collaboration with the open innovation departments of large corporations is one of the keys to success.”

Overview of Deep Tech Forum North America 2024
January 15, 2024 in Toronto, ON: Deep Tech Forum Toronto 2024

Keynote: “Why Toronto? What’s missing for global manufacturing corporations to add value in the deep tech ecosystem? What do startups need to grow from the early stage to the next steps?”
Speaker: Thomas Park, Lead Partner, BDC Deep Tech Venture Fund
The BDC Deep Tech Venture Fund is Canada’s largest VC fund ($200 million) dedicated to deep tech. Registration: https://deep-tech-forum-toronto-2024.peatix.com/

Excursion (optional): Visit to University of Toronto and the innovation hub “MaRS”

January 17, 2024 in Pittsburgh, PA: Deep Tech Forum Pittsburgh 2024

Keynote: “Pittsburgh: The world’s leading ecosystem for robotics startups”
Speaker: Kevin Dowling, Managing Director of Robotics Factory, Innovation Works
Robotics Factory is a startup accelerator who creates, accelerates and helps scale robotics startups in the Pittsburgh region.
Guest speaker: Ilana Diamond, Managing Partner at 412 Venture Fund, Founder of Hardware Cup Pitch Competition and former Founding Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear
Registration: https://deep-tech-forum-pittsburgh-2024.peatix.com/
Excursion (optional): Visit to Carnegie Mellon University & Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship (planned on January 16)

January 19, 2024 in New York, NY: Deep Tech Forum New York 2024

Keynote Speaker: Duncan Turner, General Partner SOSV & Managing Director HAX
HAX is the first startup accelerator focused on hardtech. It was first founded in Shenzhen, China but SOSV, its parent, announced they selected Newark, NJ as its U.S. headquarters.
Registration: https://deep-tech-forum-nyc-2024.peatix.com
Excursion (optional): Visit to Newlab in Brooklyn Navy Yard. Newlab is one of the largest hardware incubators and Urban-X by BMW MINI.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to promote brands and showcase products. Contact details here.

About Monozukuri Ventures
Monozukuri Ventures is a company that provides investment and hands-on support to seed stage startups and also works on open innovation education in the deep tech sector. The firm was formed in 2020 through the business merger of Kyoto-based Darma Tech Labs and New York-based FabFoundry.

The company began venture investing in the U.S. in 2017, leveraging its predecessor FabFoundry’s close relationships with the startup ecosystem in the deep-tech space, particularly on the East Coast of North America and in the Great Lakes region, and has invested in more than 30 companies over the past seven years, with a focus on startups that leverage advanced manufacturing technologies.

For more information about the announcement, contact here.