Starting with 80 companies, first down to 20, then down to 4, the winner of the Slush Tokyo 2018 Pitching Competition has been decided. Computervision and AI Company Artisense have claimed the first prize with their 3D mapping tool, which they aim to turn into a dynamic, crowd-sourced 3D map.
“Its incredible, really. I was not expecting this, its phenomenal,” said Tim Miksche, Artisense’s Country Manager for Japan. “After two days, I’m sweating like anything and it was a great ride and I’m really really proud.”
Artisense has won a 5 million yen cash prize from Recruit Holdings. The prize came at a great time, as they are in the process of establishing an office in Tokyo. There is no question into what this will be invested in.
“We are gonna take this prize and build a company here in Japan. This is the icing on the cake for us to start a business here,” Tim says, with a decisive spirit in his voice.
Runner-ups were also rewarded with prizes and support packages. The Ecosystem Prize, awarded to Arilyn, consisted of passes to Tech in Asia Tokyo 2018 and IVS Spring Taipei. The JAL Airline prize of 250,000 free airmiles was awarded to UltraCelcius, and the PR Times Prize of one year of PR Support to Buyandship.
Of course, it is not all about the prizes. Tim recalls all the connections he has made during the past few days, saying that this has proven to be most valuable of all.
“This type of tech needs to be announced to as many people as possible, because we really feel we need a change in mapping,” he explains. “If we don’t talk about it, nobody’s gonna know about it so we felt it’s a good place to come here.”
Thank you to all participants of this year’s pitching competition!
Photo: Petri Anttila