Final Aim Chief Design Officer Yasuhide Yokoi Appointed as a Mentor at an Acceleration Program “HIGO CANVAS” – Kumamoto & Tokyo, Japan

2021.08.23

Kumamoto & Tokyo, Japan, August 20th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is pleased to announce the company’s Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer Yasuhide Yokoi has been appointed as a mentor at a startup acceleration program by Kumamoto City – “HIGO CANVAS.”

Program Website:
https://higo-canvas.com/

“HIGO CANVAS” is an acceleration program by Kumamoto City, that aims to discover, mentor, and promote future entrepreneurs that would create new industries.
The program also focuses on community development that supports entrepreneurship and new business creation.
By putting emphasis on entrepreneurs and startup companies as a community, and bringing in supporters and mentors from both in and outside Kumamoto City, the activity ultimately aims to build an environment where new industries continuously evolve.
The acceleration program will organize supports and events that align with the City’s cultural context, such as “Creative” and “Leading-edge Technology.”

Final Aim is a startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market through our zero-to-one support with innovative design and technology. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations, for example with Sony, OTSAW, a Singapore-based robotics startup, and Tier VI, a leading autonomous mobility startup.

Inspired by the ambition of Kumamoto City and the accelerator program “HIGO CANVAS,” Final Aim joined forces to provide our knowledge and know-how in startup development. With our support and mentor, we will push forward the entrepreneurship, innovation, and industry creation from Kumamoto City local to global.

About Kumamoto City Acceleration Program “HIGO CANVAS”
Host: Kumamoto City (Economic Tourist Bureau, Industrial Part, Industry Promotion Section, New Industry Support Room)
Supporters: Kumamoto Shintoshin Plaza / Kumamotonichinichi Shimbun
Operations: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC
Website: https://higo-canvas.com/
Contact: higo.canvas@gmail.com

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Designing Plastic Waste into Memorable Model Kit: “RePLAMO” Project Launch

2021.08.19

Tokyo, Japan, August 19th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is proud to launch a new collaborative project “RePLAMO.”
In collaboration with Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Green Bird (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Keisuke Fukuda), an organization that has been organizing cleanup activities all over Japan and worldwide, we are revealing a new project and its first design: a brand new model kit made from collected plastic waste.
Alongside the launch, Green Bird is now inviting participants to new beach cleanup events combined with the experience of making this memorable model kit from collected plastic waste.

A special website is now available for details and purchase:
https://replamo.jp

In recent years, the awareness of environmental measures is becoming higher from global policies like ESG criteria to local activities such as banning plastic straws and extra charging on shopping bags. However, the improvement of the global environment and ecosystem is yet limited.
Since its establishment, Green Bird has been challenging the issue of plastic waste for more than 19 years by collecting litter from cities, rivers, and oceans. To further push forward its vision of “Creating the opportunity for kids who will build a future to think about plastic waste in a positive and fun way,” Green Bird stood up to launch a new project “RePLAMO,” in collaboration with supporting organizations and members.

Green Bird website:
https://www.greenbird.jp/

Final Aim is a startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market through our zero-to-one support with innovative design and technology. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations, for example with Sony, OTSAW, a Singapore-based robotics startup, and Tier VI, a leading autonomous mobility startup.

Inspired by Green Bird’s strong ambition towards the new environmental and sustainable challenge, Final Aim joined forces to provide our industrial design support and turned project ideas into reality – a plastic model kit made from collected plastic waste.

Downloadable image materials for press and media:
URL: https://bit.ly/3hBEmkM
PASS: RePLAMO

“RePLAMO” Product Description

The first model kit is “Sea Turtle.”
Currently, plastic waste is causing harm and death to sea turtles. It is being said that 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean, and approximately 50% of the sea turtles are mistakenly eating plastic for food.
The product color comes in three themes: green, blue, and random. Since the material is made from collected waste, every turtle is unique as no single texture and pattern are the same as others.
Part of the sales will be donated to the Green Bird activity.

How “RePLAMO” is Made – Innovative and Sustainable Process

The material of “RePLAMO” is waste plastic collected through litter collection activity in cities and beaches. The model is carefully crafted and manufactured through litter washing, milling, molding, and post-processing.

Project Background


Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Green Bird
Representative Director: Keisuke Fukuda

Green Bird has been organizing activities under the concept, “A clean town makes for a good society.” The circle of activities has widened to 80 locations in Japan and worldwide, and the total participants per year are now up to 30,000 members. In terms of specific ocean environmental issues, Green Bird has been holding many family events, and further launched a new project this March – “RETTER” that transforms waste into attractive products such as coasters.
Aligned with this context, together with the project members below, we launched “RePLAMO” to create simple and enjoyable experience opportunities for kids to think about environmental issues.

Project Members

“RePLAMO” is a project that produces new value by combining environmental protection with creativity. Green Bird partnered with RABBIT (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, CEO Fusanari Masuda), CHERRY (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Akinori Suzuki), and Final Aim (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) to start off the project.


With the concept of “A clean town makes for a good society,” a specified nonprofit corporation that organizes cleanup activities. It was established in Harajuku Omotesando and has spread across the nation and worldwide.
https://www.greenbird.jp/


Focusing on art direction as the key area, the company realizes essential and timeless branding and communication design by production and framework design.
https://rabbitinc.info/


Grow connections, not just expressions. The company realizes optimal connections between brands and the world through ideas from borderless thinking and frameworks.
https://chrry.jp/


A startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market through its zero-to-one support with innovative industrial design and technology.
https://final-aim.com/

Supporter

Project RePLAMO is open to welcome new supporters and sponsors. For more information on the product and project, please contact below.
replamo@greenbird.jp

Contact Information
Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Green Bird
Tel: +81-3-5469-5318
Mail: replamo@greenbird.jp


About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Launch “hdw4” to Promote Joint Research on Design Support for Startups

2021.07.01

Tokyo, Japan, July 1st, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) and Sony Design Consulting Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Yutaka Hasegawa) today announced the launch of “hdw4 (How Design Works For)” to publish and promote joint research for creative and design support for startups.

In recent years, there has been strong growth in startups worldwide and it is becoming more critical for startups today to design, develop and manage with a comprehensive approach. However, there remains a gap in startup business management and its design development caused by missing consolidated understanding or knowledge in every phase from theory to practice.

Having this as a challenge we share, since November 24th, 2020, Sony Design Consulting and Final Aim have formed joint research to explore creative and design development methodology and practices that ensure rapid growth of startups business and equity financing.

News Release: Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Partner to Conduct Joint Research

We proudly announce the launch of “hdw4 (How Design Works For)” to publish and promote joint research for creative and design support for startups.

To share proper design understanding and fill any lacking in their current awareness of design for startups, we will be publishing our latest research insight on theories and practices on a regular basis. We commit ourselves to being a valuable resource for entrepreneurs, business owners, investors who support startup finance, and designers who engage in product or service design development.

Through this joint research and “hdw4”, the partnership aims to promote aggressive investment to design, and contribute to a resilient and sustainable ecosystem for startups.

“hdw4” Website URL
https://www.hdw4.com

Major Research and Publication Agenda
1. Explore and clarify the impact and effectiveness of design development in startups.
2. Propose effective design approaches and practices for startup growth.
3. Establish an industrial standard of contracts and fees optimal to design in startups.

hdw4 logo“hdw4” Logo

hdw4_websiteimage_en“hdw4” Website

About Sony Design Consulting
Company Name: Sony Design Consulting Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Director: Representative Chief Executive Officer, Yutaka Hasegawa
Business Description: Design consulting / Design management / Design service / Other related services
Website: https://www.sonydesignconsulting.com/

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Partners with a Next-gen Battery Startup, ORLIB, for Their Business Management and Design Creations – Tokyo, Japan

2021.03.30

Tokyo, Japan, March 30th, 2021 – As a leading technology company to support zero-one business creation, Final Aim Inc., (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), proudly announce our new partnership with ORLIB Limited. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masaharu Satoh), who specializes in new type of high-energy battery development and its practical applications. Final Aim will support their business development and design creation to realize their aim for sustainable and prosperous society.

Final Aim is a startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market by our zero-to-one support with technology and design. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations with Sony Design Consulting Inc., for creative design support for startups, OTSAW Digital Pte Ltd., Singapore-based robotics startup, PT. Yasunli Abadi Utama Plastik., one of the largest plastic manufacturers in Indonesia, BionicM Inc., Tokyo-based powered prostheses maker, and Tier VI Inc., a leading software startup in autonomous driving. Our aim had been consistent to zero-to-one support in development and management of business and design creation in all projects.

ORLIB is a startup listed in Program for Creating Start-ups from Advanced Research and Technology (START) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). ORLIB develops high-energy, safe, and low-cost new-generation secondary batteries utilizing multi-electron reactions. This new type of battery is expected to be applied to a wide range of industry such as space aeronautics for drones and HAPS (unmanned radio stations in high-altitude), and mobility for robotics and EV. On October 31, 2020, ORLIB was adopted to 2020 NEDO Entrepreneurs Program (NEP) of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

ORLIB had a challenge, apart from its core technology, in its business management and design creation as it started commercializing their high-quality battery technology developed in a university lab. Final Aim is pleased to have come to this partnership with ORLIB to provide our hands-on support in business management and design creation for their business development.

Startup support of Final Aim to ORLIB
1. Startup business management support (financial advice, business planning, business development, organization designing and etc.)
2. Design creation support (corporate design, business and industrial design with related manufacturing support and etc.)

[A comment from Masaharu Satoh, CEO, ORLIB Limited.]
I believe the dream that most researchers and engineers share is to generate creative solutions in social involvement which direct people’s lives to better and more human state of being. Our developing high-energy batteries have a direct impact on our everyday lives and society. While we struggle with various issues to solve to polish our technology, we need to care about our business management and design creation thinking of the large theme that our technology has in the society. We realized this important point in the conversation with Final Aim. We believe this crossover collaboration will create a solution, something unique and exciting. We look forward to seeing it.

[A comment from Masafumi Asakura, Co-founder and CEO, Final Aim Inc.]
It is truly an honour to have partnership with ORLIB Limited., who marks the top runner in next-gen battery developers. Their technology takes an important role in many industrial categories starting with drones. As Final Aim is to support zero-to-one of startup businesses, I believe this partnership will also lead us to take a great step into a global application of our project.

[A comment from Yasuhide Yokoi, Co-founder and CDO, Final Aim Inc.]
I see their new type of battery has great advantage not only in its innovative technology but also in its wide range of applicability that will change existing hardware design completely in various industrial categories starting from autonomous mobilities and aerospace industries. The technology and vision of Mr. Satoh inspired us and we share the passion. I am thrilled to support ORLIB’s business growth and to create new industry together with the power of design.


Collaboration Project #1 – Corporate Design in Startup Foundation Phase

Final Aim supported total corporate design of ORLIB Limited. This is our partnership collaboration project #1 in their foundation phase. The design concept integrates ORLIB’s clarified vision and unique value, that is best suited for a next-gen battery startup from the university lab. The visual design and system are structured to enhance the corporate value by unified branding, essential in the startup foundation phase.

Design of Corporate Logo

Infused in battery package design of the core technology of ORLIB

Web design and business cards were newly designed and launched in the project



About ORLIB Limited.

ORLIB is a startup venture founded in May 2020 in a university program, and manufactures high-energy battery with double amount of energy to existing ones. With its high-energy battery quality and its basic characteristics proven in the market, ORLIB now challenges wider range of applications as well as further product development and quantity production.

Company Name: ORLIB Limited.
Location: 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo University Entrepreneur Lab ( South Research Building )
Executive Officer: CEO Masaharu Satoh
Business Description: Developing and manufacturing high-energy secondary battery to support sustainable and better society.
URL: https://www.orlib.jp

About Final Aim, Inc.

Final Aim has started with ambition to support zero-to-one with design and technology and to create the world where anyone can start a business regardless of nationality, academic background, age, and gender. Its projects had been expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia and to Rwanda. A partnership with a Singapore-based startup in robotics, OTSAW Digital Pte Ltd., a collaboration with Tier IV Inc., and a joint-research with Sony Design Consulting Inc. are our great milestones. Final Aim continues its challenge for upcoming startups and new business development divisions in large corporations to support their zero-to-one steps from both service and product specialty.

Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Partner to Conduct Joint Research – Tokyo, Japan

2020.11.24

Tokyo, Japan, November 24th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) and Sony Design Consulting Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Yutaka Hasegawa) today announced they are partnering to conduct joint research on creative and design support for startups.

In recent years, there has been strong growth in startups worldwide, including US and Japan. More venture capitals, corporate venture capitals, and institutional investors are offering financial supplies to startups, and startup promotional supports are now widely available by accelerators, incubators, media, co-working space owners, and governmental offices.

Furthermore, in addition to the software industry, startups are expanding to various domains such as the hardware industry including IoT, robotics, autonomous mobilities, and aerospace, to the intellectual property industry in contents and entertainment sectors. It is critical for startups today to develop and manage with a comprehensive approach.

While a comprehensive approach is accelerating its need, there remains a gap in startup business management and its design development caused by missing consolidated understanding or knowledge in every phase from theory to practice.

Having this as a challenge we share, Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting have formed joint research to explore creative and design development methodology and practices that ensure rapid growth of startups business and equity financing.

This partnership aims to get rid of various gaps in startup development and design, promote aggressive investment to design, and contribute to a resilient and sustainable ecosystem for startups.

Major Research Agenda
1. Explore and clarify the impact and effectiveness of design development in startups.
2. Propose effective design approaches and practices for startup growth.
3. Establish industrial standard of contracts and fees optimal to design in startups.

Publication of the Joint Research Activity
The team will launch an exclusive website for this joint research with regular publication of progress and result. Organizing events are in our scope to encourgae open discussion in presentation and workshops. Details will be announced upon progress.

Sony Design Consulting

About Sony Design Consulting
Company Name: Sony Design Consulting Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Director: Representative Chief Executive Officer, Yutaka Hasegawa
Business Description: Design consulting / Design management / Design service / Other related services
Website: https://www.sonydesignconsulting.com/

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Collaborated with Tier IV by Design to Support Realize Driverless Taxi Service – Tokyo, Japan

2020.11.12

Tokyo, Japan, November 12th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has collaborated with the top leading tech startups in autonomous driving, Tier IV, Inc. by design to support the realization of driverless taxi service.

Specifically, Final Aim supported the hardware design of the AI PXX, a roof package with LIDAR sensors and image cameras for long-range sensing, intended for the use case of medium-to-high speed autonomous driving.

From November 5th to 8th, Tier IV will install the package to the vehicle JPN TAXI and organize a driverless taxi service trial in the Nishi-Shinjuku area. The trial program is also run together with Mobility Technologies Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., KDDI Corporation, AISAN TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd., and Shinjuku Subcenter Area Environmental Improvement Commission.


AI PXX

Driverless taxi service trial in the Nishi-Shinjuku area

Final Aim’s mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following it.
Since the company’s foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia, and Africa in various industries such as autonomous mobilities, robotics, and digital manufacturing, where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations, venture capitals, and research labs in universities.

Since its founding in 2015, Tier IV has developed autonomous driving technology with the vision of achieving “Intelligent Vehicles for Everyone” − to establish the sustainable ecosystem for autonomous driving to which everyone can contribute in terms of development, and to solve societal issues such as traffic accidents and transportation inefficiency.
To develop all of these elements efficiently and dynamically, Tier IV has promoted the establishment of an ecosystem around Autoware*, the world’s first open-source software for autonomous driving. Autoware is supported by the largest autonomous driving open source community and has found widespread and international adoption as it is used by more than 100 companies and runs in more than 20 different countries.
Also, Tier IV has succeeded in multiple large fundraising since its foundation. Recently, the company has announced additional funding from SOMPO Holdings, Inc., one of Japan’s biggest insurance companies, taking its total funding to USD $166 million.
(* Autoware is a registered trademark of the Autoware Foundation)

As a side note, Yasuhide Yokoi, an industrial designer and a Chief Design Officer of Final Aim, has been supporting Tier IV industrial design since its early stage. He has collaborated with Shinpei Kato, the founder and CTO of Tier IV, Inc., and delivered various designs such as Milee, autonomous EV for short-range driving, and Logiee, autonomous micro-mobility for logistics.

For the new AI PXX, the design concept and principles inherit the core value of Tier IV that has evolved over the years of new ventures. Similar to other designs developed, AI PXX’s aesthetics such as form, colors, and textures convey the value of simplicity, friendly, and delightful.
Especially for AI PXX, it is important to keep the design simple since the package will be loaded to different vehicles from different car companies. Because each car has its design styling, the package needs to be harmonious without conflict of aesthetics.

With the new AI PXX, the company’s advanced technology, and strong industry knowhow, Tier IV aims to accelerate further development of autonomous driving technology, and continue to advance its vision, “Intelligent Vehicles for Everyone.”

– Yasuhide Yokoi, an industrial designer and a CDO of Final Aim, has supported Tier IV industrial design since its early stage –

Milee – autonomous EV for short-range driving

Logiee – autonomous & customizable micro-mobility for logistics

Postee – autonomous EV for postal service

AI Pilot – system unit for low-speed autonomous vehicles

– New AI PXX design inherits the core value of Tier IV that has evolved over the years –






Mounted on JPN TAXI

About Tier IV, Inc.
Tier IV, a deep-tech startup based in Japan, is dedicated to sharing technology for safe intelligent vehicles that will benefit all of society by enabling as many individuals and organizations as possible to overcome the barriers of time and space to collectively bring autonomous vehicles into reality.
Founded in December 2015, Tier IV has led the development of Autoware*, the world’s first open-source software for autonomous driving, and applied Autoware in applications of last-mile driverless mobility and logistics. Tier IV and its global partners continue to evolve Autoware and provide turn-key solutions for commercialization of Autoware-based autonomous vehicles all over the world. Learn more at: https://tier4.jp/en/
(* Autoware is a registered trademark of the Autoware Foundation)

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Main Partners: OTSAW Digital (Singapore), Yasunli (Indonesia), Bionic M (Tokyo), ICMG (Tokyo, Singapore, Silicon Valley), SHORA Ventures (Rwanda), GINZAFARM (Tokyo)
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

AgTech Innovation by Design – Final Aim Announced a Partnership with GINZAFARM – Tokyo, Japan

2020.10.29

Tokyo, Japan, October 29th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has partnered with an agricultural EV robot startup GINZAFARM Co., Ltd. (Chuo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Kazuki Iimura). Final Aim will comprehensively support GINZAFARM’s startup growth from industrial design, hardware and business development.

And as a 1st partnership project, Final Aim has collaborated by design to develop “FARBOT”, a revolutionary autonomous agricultural robot mobility.
The initial design made its debut in AGRI WEEK TOKYO – Japan’s largest and Asia’s leading show for agricultural technologies – during October 14th-16th, 2020, attracting high public attention and strong industrial reputation.

FARBOT – Autonomous agricultural robot mobility

Final Aim’s mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following it.
Since the company’s foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia, and Africa in various industries such as autonomous mobilities, robotics, and digital manufacturing, where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations, venture capitals, and research labs in universities.

With a vision to “Enrich the future of agriculture with SmartAgri Technology,” GINZAFARM has been bringing innovation to agriculture by integrating robotics, AGV/UGV and other smart technologies.
The company has partnered with large social infrastructure organizations, such as NTT East by robot development in the local 5G network, Shikoku Electric Power by developing smart agricultural robots, and Japanese MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism) in smart agriculture of the smart city project.
GINZAFARM has further extended its smart agriculture and robot technology to the space industry, collaborating with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) in joint research and development of achieving lunar farming.

GINZAFARM has selected Final Aim as an alliance partner from the viewpoint of design and business development with a comprehensive scope and long-term partnership.
From agriculture to the space industry, the alliance aims to strongly push GINZAFARM’s growth as a startup to a global scale by blending Final Aim’s proven hands-on capability of zero-to-one startup support in the hardware design and manufacturing industry.

FARBOT – 1st Partnership Robot Design Project
As an initial kick-off project with GINZAFARM, Final Aim has collaborated by design to develop a revolutionary autonomous agricultural robot mobility, “FARBOT”.
The robot will support farmers not just in daily labor activities but also to sense, analyze, and visualize field data using smart technologies such as various sensors, AI computing, and autonomous driving.
Furthermore, the hardware design incorporates a mobility platform concept, enabling it to be customized to meet the diverse needs of local farmers, e.g. logistic cargo, lawnmower, and pesticide sprayer.
The exterior of the robot including various color options is designed to further enhance the concept of FARBOT.
Farming can now be more stylish and pleasurable with the visually appealing form that the new design takes, without any compromising on technology innovation and daily operability.

Sensing model

Customization – Pesticide sprayer model

Customization – Lawnmower model

Color variation

About GINZAFARM Co., Ltd.
Company Name: GINZAFARM Co., Ltd.
Location: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Description: Development and sales of EV agricultural products with robot technologies, Farmer’s market (Marche) operation, Fruit and vegetable cultivation
URL: https://smart.ginzafarm.co.jp/
Representative Director: CEO Kazuki Iimura
Contact: https://smart.ginzafarm.co.jp/contact/

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Main Partners: OTSAW Digital (Singapore), Yasunli (Indonesia), Bionic M (Tokyo), ICMG (Tokyo, Singapore, Silicon Valley), SHORA Ventures (Rwanda)
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

Create a Startup Ecosystem in Rwanda 🇷🇼 – Final Aim has Formed a Partnership with SHORA Ventures – Rwanda & Japan

2020.09.16

Rwanda & Japan, September 16th, 2020 – Final Aim Inc., (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has formed a partnership with SHORA Ventures Ltd., on the creation of a startup ecosystem.

Final Aim’s mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following it.
Since our foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia and to Africa in autonomous mobilities, robotics and digital manufacturing where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations and research labs in universities.

SHORA Ventures Ltd., is a tech ventures studio in Rwanda with a mission to build value with local startups and innovators by facilitating collaborations between entrepreneurs, customers and investors. The company has built a strategic partnership with LEAPR Applied Research Labs for innovation and startup sourcing leveraging its incubation methodologies. The current portfolio has Fintech, Drones, Agritech, Edutech as well as Healthtech and Mobility Solution startups.

The venture studio was founded by Serge Tuyihimbaze, an experienced entrepreneur managing director of LEAPR Applied Research Lab together with Alex Ntare, a technology and business leader with experience of ecosystem building and designing of startup support programs. He is the managing director of Rwanda ICT Chamber where his work involves bridging the gap between private and public sector players in the ICT industry as well as overseeing and establishing new innovation centres for technology startups among them KLAB, FABLAB Rwanda and 250Startups Incubator.

The partnership between SHORA Ventures and Final Aim intends to strengthen existing startups, and create new startups, innovation and investment ecosystems in Rwanda and other parts of the world through collective efforts in different areas of collaboration.

Main areas are:

1: Strengthening Rwandan startups through financial & technology partnerships
Collaboration and cooperation with startups in Rwanda. The agenda also expands to other elements surrounding the startup ecosystem, such as investment and investors’ training and framework building.

2: Knowledge sharing and transfer through trainings and exchanges
In building relations with local universities and youth in the startup ecosystem, the partnership will also aim to engage with universities through advisory services, support to design and provide training schemes focusing on achieving knowledge sharing and transfer in various topics, which also will have opportunities for internship and exchange programmes.

Comments:

Alex Ntare – Co-Founder & M.D SHORA Ventures
“We are excited about announcing a partnership, since our first meeting with the team during 2019 we have sought ways to build collaboration and the signing of this partnership fuels a journey that has been in the making for some time now. The founders of Final-Aim have inspired us with their startup agility and experience in Asia and we look forward to bringing those capabilities to Africa together.”

Samuel Imanishimwe – Consultant
“I am very excited to see this new partnership between SHORA Ventures and Final Aim. I also believe that this signing of MoU is a beginning of the building process of an impactful and attractive ecosystem in Rwanda but also in connecting with what is happening around the globe in this area. Personally, I am just happy to be part of the implementation team.”

Masafumi Asakura – Co-Founder & CEO of Final Aim
“I am honored to announce the business alliance with SHORA Ventures.I believe that this business alliance is a major step forward for Final Aim to resolve global issues. We have formed business alliances in Singapore and Indonesia so far, but I feel that the business alliance with SHORA Ventures in Rwanda is the first step toward the African market. Final Aim will continue to create new industries in the African market with the Zero to One support.”

Yasuhide Yokoi – Co-Founder & CDO of Final Aim
“I am very excited to commit my designer and startup experience in our partnership, and am looking forward to embarking on the Rwandan new venture, designing the nation’s startup ecosystem from the ground up.


About Alex Ntare
Alex Ntare is Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda ICT Chamber where his work involves bridging the gap between private and public sector players in the ICT industry as well as overseeing and establishing new innovation centres for technology startups among them KLAB, Fablab Rwanda and 250Startups Incubator.
Before ICT Chamber Alex was a freelancer software developer and lecturer at Université Libre de Kigali, in the faculty of Finance and Banking. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Investment and Quantitative Finance from the University of Westminster in United Kingdom, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology from National Computing Centre (NCC Education) in UK as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University in Uganda.

About Samuel Imanishimwe
Samuel Imanishimwe is a consultant engaged in supporting businesses between Rwanda and Japan. Through his activity he has been supporting companies in building partnerships and investments between businesses in respective countries.
Prior to becoming a freelancer, he worked at the Embassy of Republic of Rwanda in Japan as Communication Officer. Under the role, he mainly worked on business activities and communication as well as interpretation as he is fluent in multiple languages including Japanese. He holds Master of Art Degree in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London in UK and Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Kogakuin University in Japan.

About SHORA Ventures Ltd.,
Company Name: SHORA Ventures Ltd.,
Location: 18 KG645 ST
Business Description: SHORA Ventures Ltd., is a tech ventures studio in Rwanda with a mission to build value with local startups and innovators by facilitating collaborations between entrepreneurs, customers and investors.
URL: https://shora.rw/
Founders: Alex Ntare and Serge Tuyihimbaze
Partners: LEAPR Labs,
Contact E-mail: info@shora.rw

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Partners: OTSAW, Yasunli, BionicM, ICMG
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

Final Aim Announced a Co-Creation Partnership with ICMG – Singapore & Tokyo, Japan

2020.07.27

Singapore & Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has partnered with ICMG (Intellectual Capital Management Group) PTE. LTD.
Final Aim will partner as an Evangelist in the ICMG Innovation Platform to co-create and promote innovation worldwide.

Final Aim’s mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following to it.
Since our foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia and to Africa in autonomous mobilities, robotics and digital manufacturing where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations and research labs in universities.

“Business partnership with a Singaporean robotics startup OTSAW Digital PTE. LTD.”
>> https://final-aim.com/business-partnership-with-otsaw

“Fight Against COVID-19 – Collaborated by design to develop disinfection robot in Singapore”
>> https://final-aim.com/fight-against-covid-19-final-aim-collaborated-with-otsaw

“Collaborated by design to develop autonomous delivery robot in Singapore”
>> https://final-aim.com/final-aim-collaborated-with-otsaw-autonomous-delivery-robot

“Partnership with a powered prosthetic legs startup BionicM, incubated from the University of Tokyo”
>> https://final-aim.com/final-aim-partnership-bionicm

“Partnership with Yasunli, one of the largest plastic manufacturers in Indonesia”
>> https://final-aim.com/business-and-design-partnership-with-yasunli-jakarta-indonesia

COVID-19 disinfection robot – Collaboration with OTSAW, Singapore

ICMG carries out a variety of global projects ranging from business evaluations (financial evaluation, intellectual capital evaluation, business feasibility evaluation), to searching for specific partnerships such as multinational corporations, startups, accelerators, governments and universities.
Its mission is to promote industry-government-academia cooperation projects worldwide, by working with global networks in over 20 countries, five overseas subsidiaries and 23 global business partners including Japan, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Bangalore and Sweden.

ICMG global networks

Based on the mutual sympathy with ICMG for each other’s goals, Final Aim has decided to participate as an Evangelist for the ICMG Innovation Platform. Final Aim will co-create and promote innovation worldwide such as organizing joint sessions to the worldwide partners on the platform.

ICMG Co-Creation Partners

About ICMG PTE. LTD.
ICMG PTE. LTD. is a leading management consulting company based in Singapore with ICMG Group’s global footprint in Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangalore and Silicon Valley.
ICMG focuses on corporate leadership development, corporate innovation and new business creation driven by intellectual capital management to achieve sustainable growth in emerging and globalising markets for clients including major Tokyo Stock Exchange listed companies.
In September 2018, ICMG led a joint program, “ICMG Corporate Innovation Summit”, with a Singapore government agency for the SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology) event including ICMG clients and Singapore’s cutting-edge venture companies.
For more information, refer to:
SG website: https://www.icmg.com.sg/
Japan website: https://www.icmg.co.jp/en/

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Partners: OTSAW, Yasunli, BionicM, ICMG
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

Final Aim Announced a Partnership with BionicM – Tokyo, Japan

2020.06.16

Tokyo, Japan, June 16th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has partnered with BionicM (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Sun Xiaojun).

Our company mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following to it.
Since our foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia and to Africa in autonomous mobilities, robotics and digital manufacturing where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations and research labs in universities.

BionicM has been bringing new innovation to mobility by using technology that blends robotic technology with the human body.
As a startup from the University of Tokyo, the company has been applying cutting-edge technology based on robotics engineering research to solve the problems of conventional prosthetic legs and create small, lightweight, high-performance prosthetic legs that realize natural movement.
Furthermore, BionicM aims not only to develop artificial legs, but also to create technologies and devices that bring power to the mobility of healthy people.

BionicM has selected Final Aim as a business alliance partner from the viewpoint of global business development and marketing with a view to designing, prototyping, and mass production in the manufacturing industry from the perspective of global expansion.

The partnership aims to develop the BionicM’s business growth stage to a global scale, by blending Final Aim’s proven hands-on capability of zero-to-one startup support in the hardware design and manufacturing industry.

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Sun Xiaojun, Founder & CEO of BionicM Inc.
Since starting our business in 2018, we have been engaged in research and development aiming at the practical application of powered prostheses.
We are confident that this alliance will further strengthen our business foundation and global expansion as we move into the mass production and domestic and overseas sales phases. In order to support Zero to one, we would like to further accelerate our business in order to achieve the mission of “Powering Mobility for All” by collaborating with Final Aim, which has a global track record and knowledge in the hardware field.

Masafumi Asakura, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Final Aim, Inc.
I’m proud of working with BionicM. In addition to its approach to solving social issues by powered prosthetic legs, we were drawn to the high aspirations and attractive personality of CEO Sun, and we would like to support them globally.
I am convinced that we can expect synergies between the business development that combines design, hardware, and software and Final Aim’s capability from the medium- to long-term perspective.

Yasuhide Yokoi, Co-founder and Chief Design Officer of Final Aim, Inc.
I am fascinated and inspired by the challenge that BionicM is solving, its leading-edge technology, and above all, the passion towards the vision.
With our industrial know-how and mindset, Final Aim will extend the utmost cooperation in realizing the vision and business goal to a global scale.

About BionicM
BionicM has been conducting research on innovative technologies since 2015 at the University of Tokyo’s Information Systems Engineering Laboratory (JSK) under the guidance of Professor Inaba and utilizing the world’s most advanced robotics research.
In 2016, we were adopted by the Japan Science and Technology Agency as part of “Program for Creating STart-ups from Advanced Research and Technology” (START), and in 2018, the company was established as a joint-stock company.
With the support of the University of Tokyo, we have established an office at the Entrepreneurship Laboratory of the University of Tokyo, which is an incubation facility, and are advancing research and development with the aim of delivering products to the market.
http://www.bionicm.com/en/top/

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Partners: OTSAW, Yasunli, BionicM
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

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