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Tech Push participating teams. Photo: Mitsubishi Electric

 

“Tech Push” is one of the first public experiments Mitsubishi Electric has carried out in Southeast Asia to cultivate and select innovative ideas on commercialising its patent-protected technologies.

SINGAPORE: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has concluded the first “Tech Push” incubation programme in Southeast Asia, where local university students and rising start-ups prototyped and pitched their ideas on solving real-life problems using two leading water technologies developed by Mitsubishi Electric.

The two water technologies, named “SeaAerial Antenna” and “Smart Air Coating” respectively, were utilised by six student teams and start-ups throughout the five-month incubation programme. The final proposals were presented to a panel of judges at an event hosted at Platform E by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) on 11 August, where Team SafeHaven from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) won the final cash prize of S$3,000 for “Quartz” – a cost-effective sensor that can be used for tsunami detection.

Organised by science venture organisation Leave a Nest and supported by Mitsubishi Electric, “Tech Push” is one of the first public experiments the Japanese industry giant has carried out in Southeast Asia to cultivate and select innovative ideas on commercialising its patent-protected technologies.

“We have chosen Singapore to host the inaugural ‘Tech Push’ programme as we believe talents and organisations here are creative and full of innovative ideas,” said Takato Abe, Senior GM of Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Mitsubishi Electric. “We strongly hope that ‘Tech Push’ can help us kick-start a long-term business incubation programme in Singapore, where our ground-breaking technologies can be commercialised and implemented to benefit more people and local communities.”

“Sometimes it is very difficult for professional researchers and academia to think ‘out-of-the-box’ and make their technologies applicable to people’s everyday life,” said Dr. Kihoko Tokue, MD, Leave a Nest Singapore. “We are glad to support Mitsubishi Electric in exchanging insightful ideas with local students and start-ups through the ‘Tech Push’ programme and hope these proposals will be integrated into real product solutions in the near future.”

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