NTT DATA to hold Open Innovation Contest 6.0 in Search of Partners and New Business

- Winner to receive a 3-month intensive business development supported by a team of business consultants paid by NTT DATA -

May 10, 2017


On May 10, NTT DATA Corporation (NTT DATA) launched its sixth Open Innovation Business Contest, and started to accept applications at the contest website Link)

Applications will be screened by relevant business departments and partners of NTT DATA, and about 10 finalists will be selected to pitch in front of judges and audience. The pitch event to select the Contest’s winner will take place on August 29, 2017, in Tokyo. Any startup company is welcome to submit a proposal for a collaborative business in a field such as FinTech; InsuranceTech; HealthcareTech; Financial Inclusion; RegTech; IoT; digital marketing; blockchain; API; personal data; AI; drone; digital archive; BPM; energy; quantum computing.

NTT DATA has been hosting open innovation contests twice a year since 2014. The previous contest (The Contest 5.0) hosted regional semifinals in 10 cities of 9 countries spread across 4 continents to further emphasize the global aspect of the event, and more than 400 proposals were submitted from all over the world. 10 finalists, who are the winners of each regional semifinal, then competed at the Grand Finale in Tokyo in March, 2017. Barcelona-based Social Coin was selected as the Grand Finale Winner and intensive business development is already underway. In addition, 6 other finalists and NTT DATA are in business discussion to co-create innovative businesses.

The Contest 6.0 will host a pitch event only in Japan, but The Contest 7.0 (to be announced in late July) will host regional semifinals in more than 10 countries.

For more information and how to apply, please visit:

NTT DATA presents Global Open Innovation Business Contest 6.0

Application period

May 10 to July 5, 2017

Date and Venue of the Pitch Event

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at NTT DATA headquarters (Tokyo)

Venture themes

Industrial themes FinTech; InsuranceTech; HealthcareTech; Financial Inclusion; RegTech
Technological themes IoT; digital marketing; blockchain; API; personal data; AI; drone; digital archive; BPM; energy; quantum computing
  • *There will be additions. Please check the official website periodically.


  • Application deadline - Wednesday, July 5, 2017
  • Screening and interview - July, 2017
  • Pitch Event in Tokyo - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Application documents

Must be written in Japanese or English.

Applications may be submitted online at Link)


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For more information, please contact:

NTT DATA Corporation
(Ms.) Yuriko Nishiyama
Open Innovation & Business Incubation
Tel: +81-50-5546-9609

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