Japanese Tech Industries visit Ateneo

On November 4, 2022, the Ateneo Intellectual Property Office (AIPO) together with the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE) and the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) received a delegation of Japanese high-tech industries led by Leave a Nest Philippines. The purpose of their visit was to explore the innovation ecosystem within the Ateneo de Manila University by touring its facilities and connecting with researchers and Ateneo-based startups. The visit also served as an opportunity for the Ateneo researchers and startups to forge potential partnerships with Japanese industries.

Photo: Mr. Bryan Erfe giving a talk about AIPO

Photo: Group photo in CTC 213


The event kicked off in the AIPO headquarters where AIPO’s services and its technology business incubator, the Ateneo Blue Nest, were highlighted. This was followed by a tour in the ARISE office showcasing some of Ateneo’s research projects in the fields of science and engineering, and facilitating exchanges with the various research teams. A courtesy visit was also done to the School of Science and Engineering Dean, Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero. The delegation then toured several research laboratories in the PLDT-CTC building and JGSOM’s Business Accelerator (SOMBA) for students.

Photo: Dr. Emilyn Espiritu giving a tour of one of the CTC Laboratories


Photo: Japanese delegation inside the JGSOM Business Accelerator (SOMBA)


Leave a Nest Philippines is a subsidiary of Leave a Nest Co., Ltd., a Japan-based company. The Philippine subsidiary was established with their mission being “Harmony between academe, industry, and government to accelerate science and technology education, research, and enterprise for the empowerment of each and every Filipino”. They have conducted activities such as the TECH PLANTER, the Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference, and many other various joint projects in pursuit of this mission.

Photo: Group photo in CTC 413


Beginning with this tour, AIPO and Leave a Nest Philippines are now looking into more collaborative opportunities to achieve their joint goals of nation-building through innovation.

Stay tuned for AIPO and Leave a Nest Philippines’ activities in 2023!


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