NEC Innovation Challenge 2023

If you a startup with innovative solutions in LLM, Healthcare, Smart City, or Urban Agriculture? Well, NEC is providing chance for startups to showcase what they can do! The NEC Innovation Challenge 2023 (NIC) is calling all global startups to collaborate and tackle real-world problems with major Japanese companies and institutions. It’s a golden ticket to unlock opportunities in Japan and potentially win up to USD 15,000 for your Proof of Concept (PoC) development.


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What NEC Innovation Challenge is all about.

NEC Innovation Challenge (NIC) is the global open innovation event for all startups around the world organized by NEC. The most important purpose of this event is to produce feasible co-creating projects through investigating the real on-site problems and pain points. In addition, this is a great business chance for global startups to develop their business into a feasible business with sponsors, partners and NEC. Please don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Program Overview

NEC Innovation Challenge 2023 Overview

Minimum Age:18 years and above.
Required GPA:None.
Eligibility Country:Worldwide.
Gender:All genders.
Race/Ethnicity:No restrictions.
Scholarship Deadline:November 2, 2023.

Requirements for NEC Innovation Challenge

This are the guidelines as stated by their website ,


This Challenge is open and offered solely to: 

  •       Individual Participant. Individuals aged eighteen (18) years and/or with full legal capacity at the time of registration. Each Individual Participant may only participate once in each Challenge.
  • Startups. A business entity, regardless of its business area. Startups may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to provide proof of (i) company registration by submitting a registration certificate issued within the last three (3) months, or ongoing company registration, or any trade registry and proof ensuring the registration of the entity in the relevant country, and (ii) a valid professional insurance policy subscription, or (iii) other documents which can verify your business entity. 
  •       All the documents that may confirm the Participant’s eligibility may be required prior to awarding any prizes (e.g. identity document, registration certificate, student card etc.).

This Challenge is not open to  employees and representatives of the Agorize and the members of their families. On the other hand, this Challenge is open to employees of the Sponsor. Such employees may take part in the Challenge as a member of a group representing the Sponsor, or independently from the Sponsor.

This Challenge is void in countries where it is prohibited or restricted by law.

During the Challenge, Participants may upload any documents or other materials (such as texts, presentations, videos, etc.) relating to their project to the Challenge website in response and as a solution to the Challenge (the “Deliverable”).


To be eligible, Deliverables must (i) address the specific issue set out in the Brief, (ii) be in a common digital format, such as, PDF, PPT, and PPTX, and (iii) be in English or Japanese, and in general terms must comply with these Rules.

If a Deliverable cannot be downloaded, is not in the right format or is incompatible, illegible, or unintelligible, the Deliverable will be disqualified.

Benefits of this scholarship

The following are the benefits of NEC challenge for successful startups.

  • Access to the experimental farm field in Kawasaki City.
  • $15,000 of funding to develop a PoC (Proof of Concept).
  • A right to have a discussion with a representative of NEC Orchestrating Future Fund for its possible investment.
  • A right to access to the BIRD startup studio provided by BIRD Initiative, Inc.

How to apply.

Interested and qualified candidates should visit their website: OR Click on the apply button on this page

Make sure you read the terms and conditions.

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