We will solve the “problem” of barnacles and realize a sustainable marine fisheries platform, Seatec HIROSHIMA, to update fisheries and fishing grounds around the world.
We are pleased to announce that a team led by Numata BASE LLC (Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, CEO: Michio Imai, hereinafter referred to as Numata BASE) has passed the first round of the acceleration program “HIROSHIMA SANDBOX D-EGGS Project” (hereinafter referred to as D-EGGS Project). The “HIROSHIMA SANDBOX D-EGGS Project” (hereinafter referred to as the “D-EGGS Project”) is an accelerated program that aims to provide a platform for the development of new products and services.
The “Hiroshima Sandbox” is a project sponsored by Hiroshima Prefecture that is part of its efforts to promote digital transformation.
Numata BASE (https://numatabase.com) has passed the first round of selection for the D-EGGS project, and we are now looking for a wide range of partners and collaborators who are willing to cooperate in the verification experiment.
The plan of the project team [Umi ga Suki jake(This is the Hiroshima dialect for “I love the sea”.)], which Numata BASE’s Imai serves as the representative of, has passed the first round of the acceleration program sponsored by Hiroshima Prefecture and is now moving on to the second round of the public evaluation stage, and we are strengthening our system in preparation for the verification experiment.
Hiroshima Prefecture has launched the “D-EGGS Project,” an acceleration program that invites ideas for redefining the new normal using digital technology and conducts demonstration experiments to realize them in the “Hiroshima Sandbox,” which has been part of the prefecture’s efforts to promote digital transformation. The program invites proposals for solutions (products, applications, services, etc.) that can adapt to new lifestyles, such as online, in light of the changes in the social environment that have made it essential to take measures against three densities. The project supports the development of prototypes through co-creation by players from inside and outside of the prefecture, as well as demonstration experiments in the prefecture’s fields.
The main objective of Seatec HIROSHIMA, a sustainable marine fisheries platform, is to update the world’s fisheries and fishing grounds. Hiroshima is one of the few municipalities in Japan that combines the fishing, manufacturing, and shipbuilding industries, and it is a rare region that has accumulated some of the best technology and history in Japan. We hope to help make Japan a top leader in the sea again by combining the technology that is being lost with advanced technology and converting it to fisheries and fishing grounds around the world.
From now on, we will be conducting interviews and developing prototypes based in Hiroshima, and at the same time, we will be brushing up our implementation plan for the second round of the competition, so we would appreciate your continued support.
Below are some details about Seatec HIROSHIMA, a sustainable marine fisheries platform.
Outline of Business
By combining blue light-emitting diodes and other advanced Japanese technologies, we are working to solve the problems that barnacles pose to the fishing industry and update the world’s fisheries. Barnacles have long been considered an inseparable part of the fishing industry, as they adhere to the bottoms of fishing vessels and inhibit the growth of cultured fish and shellfish. In addition, in Japan, where the population is aging, the physical work of removing barnacles by hand is very taxing, and sustainable business operations are becoming increasingly difficult. Through the active use of a variety of advanced technologies, we will remove barnacles and transform the fishing industry from a labor-intensive to a knowledge-intensive one.
Synergy with Hiroshima
Hiroshima has a combination of fisheries, manufacturing, and shipbuilding industries, and there are few municipalities in Japan that meet the same requirements. We would like to engage in businesses that make the most of the natural and economic assets that Hiroshima Prefecture possesses, and we believe that we can create synergies together that cannot be created elsewhere. We believe that together we can create synergies that cannot be created elsewhere. We hope to make the various mechanisms and businesses created reproducible, and expand them widely throughout the world as “Seatec HIROSHIMA,” making Hiroshima a city at the forefront of the fisheries industry.
Michio Imai（ 今井 道夫 / いまい・みちお ）
Management of projects and technological development, and coordination with the Hiroshima Prefectural Government and other related parties.
The company is involved in a new business related to oyster farming, and has already established relationships with local fishermen, and has succeeded in attracting members from inside and outside the prefecture who are knowledgeable about information technology, ship operation, and barnacle ecology.
Masahiko Mori（ 守 雅彦 / もり・まさひこ ）
Compilation of findings related to ship operation and barnacles, and coordination with related organizations. Qualified as a marine affairs agent.
He works for a marine trading company and is involved in ship operations and barnacle control on a daily basis, and is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in Japan.
Hayato Chishaki（ 樗木 勇人 / ちしゃき・はやと ）
Technical and business development support, coordination between partners and vendors.
He is familiar with various industries and business models from his experience as a researcher at a corporate credit research company. In addition, he has experience as a start-up entrepreneur and is currently the head of new business development at a major manufacturer, so he can provide multifaceted support.
What is the HIROSHIMA SANDBOX D-EGGS Project?
As part of our efforts to promote digital transformation, we have been working on the “Hiroshima Sandbox”, an acceleration program that invites ideas for redefining the new normal through the use of digital technology, and conducts demonstration experiments to realize them. HIROSHIMA SANDBOX D-EGGS Project”.
Implementation period: November 26, 2020 (Thursday) – September 30, 2021 (planned)
Project name: D-EGGS PROJECT by Hiroshima Sandbox
Project name : D-EGGS Project by Hiroshima Sandbox A maximum of 13 million yen per idea will be granted to support demonstration experiments through the acceleration program.
Application guidelines: See the special website( https://newnormal.hiroshima-sandbox.jp/ )
First round of application period: November 26, 2020 – January 20, 2021
Announcement of 1st round selection results: January 31, 2021 (online press release scheduled)
Secondary screening period / February 1, 2021 to mid-April, 2021
Public evaluation / March 10 – 31, 2021
Final judging announcement: Mid-April 2021 (online event to be held)
Demonstration Experiment Period: Mid-April to Mid-October 2021
Results presentation / Mid-October 2021
【Key Points of the Project】
(1) Support for demonstration experiments of up to 13 million yen per idea + support for accommodation expenses of up to 10 million yen for companies outside the prefecture
The 30 ideas that are finally selected for this project will be subjected to demonstration experiments through a detailed acceleration program. Up to 13 million yen will be provided to cover the necessary expenses for these demonstration experiments. In addition, if a company or organization outside of Hiroshima Prefecture is selected, it can use the “Hiroshima Office Planning Subsidy Project “A Little Hiroshima Prefecture”” to subsidize the actual costs of up to 10 million yen for transportation, accommodation, office rent, etc. necessary for the demonstration experiment in Hiroshima Prefecture.
The budget has an upper limit, so please refer to the following URL for details.
(Contact: In-prefecture Investment Promotion Division)
(2) Aiming to create an ecosystem with Hiroshima as its stage
We will implement an acceleration program based on a long-term vision. This project aims to create an innovation ecosystem with Hiroshima Prefecture as its stage. By matching human resources and companies from inside and outside of the prefecture with a focus on regional characteristics and regional issues, we aim to promote innovation and create a Hiroshima Prefecture with a concentration of advanced industries and human resources.
Images of ecosystem formation
(3) Setting up adoption quotas from multiple angles to discover and foster diverse ideas
We will design a program that provides opportunities for ideas to be adopted not only by existing large corporations and start-up companies, but also by the entire nation. Specifically, we will set up application quotas for technical college students from all over the country, and adopt special quotas that will be determined by public evaluation, etc. in anticipation of support that values potential.
(4) Assigning a secretariat to materialize the long-term concept
The organization of the secretariat for this project consists of companies that bridge Hiroshima and Tokyo, and will operate the secretariat by making use of their respective characteristics. By forming an organization that is expected to develop business in Hiroshima Prefecture even after the project is completed, we plan to operate the project over the long term, not just in a single year.
※For more details, please refer to the Secretariat’s outline below.
(5) Seeking ecosystem partners and sponsors to support the entire project
We are seeking ecosystem partners and official sponsors to participate in the acceleration program, which will provide comprehensive support for the various players in the demonstration experiment and contribute to the formation of a long-term ecosystem. This will improve the accuracy of the demonstration experiments and raise the probability of growth, such as the commercialization of the solicited ideas.
For more information, please contact the secretariat.
【About D-EGGS PROJECT】
We will be providing a variety of information on this site in the future.
【Overview of the project’s secretariat】
■Overview of Wacto (in charge of IT engineering domain)
Location：East Inter Building 9F, 2-7-3 Kayabacho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
■Outline of Samurai Incubate (in charge of seed and early-stage VC area)
Name：Samurai Incubate Co.
Location：1-3-50 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
■DIA Overview (PR Platform Area)
Name：Daiichi Agency Co.
Location：1-16-1 Nishimachi, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Contact：Miyagawa, Higashi, Tonan
【About Numata BASE LLC】
Our corporate philosophy is ‘Make the world more interesting’.
I want to remove barriers such as age, gender, nationality, disability, hobbies and LGBT in order to eliminate the ‘hard to live’ of all people. As a first step, I chose a social welfare industry that supports people to live in their own way regardless of whether they have disabilities or not. We plan to continue developing businesses to address depopulation and labor shortages in rural areas. This activity requires a lot of understanding and accomplices. New things tend to be seen with criticism and colored glasses, but we are reversing those prejudices and stereotypes. Thank you for your support.
Established: July 2019
Representative: Michio Imai, CEO
Capital: 1million yen
Business activities: Self-reliance support business for the handicapped, waste wood processing business (mainly wooden pallets), temporary staffing business, consulting business