Mitsubishi Research Institute hosts Social Entrepreneurship Program


Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

TOKYO, Japan – As part of its efforts to resolve societal issues through innovation and entrepreneurship, the Innovation Network for Co-creating the Future (INCF)(, facilitated by the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI), hosted the “Business Acceleration Program (BAP) 2019” on September 6.
The competition began in April when the INCF solicited business proposals utilizing innovative technologies within six focus areas spanning wellness, water and food, energy and the environment, mobility, disaster prevention, and education and human resource development.

Seven teams were invited from among 124 applicants to propose business plans with a significant impact on societal issues. The finalists received a six-week mentoring service to refine their proposals and accelerate their business plans. At the BAP Award Ceremony on September 6, the seven finalists made pitch presentations which were evaluated by a committee of five expert judges.

Activatelab took the Grand Award for its social networking service for persons with physical disabilities that helps to match them with employers, relevant information and services, and a community of other individuals with disabilities. BionicM was given the MRI Award for its robotic, power-assisted prosthetic legs. Lastly, Fish Pass received the Special Award for creating an online system for recreational fishing tickets that promises to drive sustainable regional revitalization. INCF will continue to support the winners, finalists, and applicants in a variety of ways, including technical and entrepreneurial strategy and implementation.

More details on the proposals presented at the ceremony are available at:
Business Acceleration Program 2019 Awardees [117KB]

Activatelab Co., Ltd. who won the Grand Award.
BionicM Inc. who received the MRI Award.
Fish Pass Co., Ltd. who received the Special Award.
Finalists and Honorable Mention Awardees

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