The thrilling Slush Tokyo Pitch Contest has culminated with a suitably exciting final. After two days of pitching, the four finalists made their way to the Main Stage to woo the judges and audience members, besting 76 startups from around the world. Now, we finally have a winner – Dot Incorporation.
Slush Tokyo just proudly announced the Slush Tokyo 2017 Pitch Contest winner, Dot Incorporation, a pioneer in accessible and affordable technologies for the visually impaired and the blind. Dot is making daily routines, which people usually take for granted, available for everyone. Gradually, the company is bringing the next game-changing devices in a niche market.
The winners were visibly overcome by their emotions: “I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to make a difference. Let’s change the world together!” said Dot Incorporation Founder and CEO, Eric Kim. When asked about the decision, judge Paul Bragiel elaborated on what differentiated the company from its competitors: “We saw a lot of passion, a huge market, and the will to do amazing things in the world.”
Dot Incorporation has been offered a prize of 10,000,000 JPY. 5,000,000 in cash from Recruit, and 5,000,000 JPY investment syndicate provided by Colopl Co-Founder Chiba Kotaro and internet entrepreneur, Paul Bragiel.
Also, humanoid-robotics software developer, Macrospace Inc., was awarded with the PR Times Award, gaining a year’s worth of media support. Japan Airlines’ prize went to Inzpire.me. The fourth finalist was Elsius Biomedical Inc.