Landing Pad Tokyo powered by DMZ


Landing Pad Tokyo is aiming at becoming
“the core of the virtual network”
to connect clusters of Japan's manufacturing SMEs.

Landing Pad Tokyo

Landing Pad Tokyo powered by DMZ

Landing Pad Tokyo powered by DMZ

Landing Pad Tokyo (LPT) is an “accelerator” for Japanese SMEs that brings a new culture of innovation to Japan. LPT introduces innovative state-of-art technologies and creative expertise mainly from Canada to accelerate developing management capabilities and R&D/operational capabilities of Japanese manufacturing SMEs.

LPT is receiving knowledge transfer from DMZ, an incubator/accelerator attached to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. LPT is learning from and building on the curricula, programs, structure and experience that DMZ has developed to support its startups and is customizing the knowledge and expertise transferred from DMZ to develop capabilities of SMEs.

Further, LPT signed an MOU with the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN), of the University of Waterloo in Canada.

LPT is introducing startups from DMZ and WIN to LPT members so that the startups can accelerate digitization, technological advancement, and efficiency improvement of SMEs' manufacturing operations.



  • LPT will create virtual networks of local clusters of manufacturing SMEs.
  • LPT will position itself as the core of the virtual network and spread its “philosophy” to promote innovation among SMEs throughout Japan.
  • Short-term strategy : Digitization of manufacturing


LPT will work with academia of universities and technical colleges who have specialized expertise to guide and promote SMEs to adopt the following:

  • Technology : Digitalization -> semi/full automation Life-cycle efficiency -> Digital twin (simulation technology)
  • Business : Enable companies to export innovative products and technologies


Building a nation-wide networks of industry / governments / academia / financial institutions

  1. Industry = Not large corporations but SMEs (limited available capital)
  2. Governments = Provide support to LPT's activities
  3. Academia = Academia + postdocs who have vision and are willing to work with LPT and SMEs.
  4. Financial Institutions = Financial institutions that share aspirations with LPT and SMEs.


  • Matching with Canadian companies
  • Matching, cooperation, or forming consortiums among domestic companies


Nurturing a “place” to gather and get inspired.

Nurturing a “place” to gather
and get inspired.


Hosting weekly workshops and weekly discussion meetings to develop management capabilities of SMEs and get inspired by stimulating and timely topics.

Causing “collision” by introducing leading-edge technologies and startups from overseas.

Causing “collision” by introducing
leading-edge technologies
and startups from overseas.


LPT introduces start-up companies from overseas to encourage and accelerate new technology and business development efforts of Japanese SMEs. SMEs should then be able to develop and offer products and solutions that help solve challenges faced by Japanese small, medium and large enterprises to become a company that can propose their unique “one-of-a-kind” products and solutions. For Canadian startups, they can obtain an entry to Japanese large companies and market by teaming up with Japanese SMEs.




In cooperation with DMZ of Canada, LPT is participating in and hosting the Japanese version of DMZ's summer program called Basecamp. This 8-week program is offered to students who are currently studying at universities and technical colleges and wish to start up their own company. Under LPT's mentorship, students will learn from DMZ's coaches through webinars.

Vision (Goals) for SMEs

Vision: Innovative SMEs

SMEs will become a company that can propose and offer their unique and “one-of-a-kind” value-added technology in niche market that large corporations feel compelled to obtain. By doing so, SMEs will become a company that can survive through hard times and still grow further. SMEs will also gain strength and abilities to export such a technology.

To achieve this

SMEs will venture out of mere improvement activities based on PDCA, but acquire an attitude of being unafraid of making mistakes and finding new ideas and breakthroughs from mistakes. (Can be prompted by joint development with overseas startups.)

SMEs will adopt innovative HR strategy including for hiring and developing human resources. This can be done through hiring and developing entrepreneurial young employees, working with entrepreneurs in other countries, and hiring highly skilled foreign workers.



Not everyone begins at the same starting line. LPT members are all treated equally, whether they are big or small, managed by corporate principles or by strategy, focused on growth or continuity, or led by founder presidents or multi-generation presidents. LPT members are not judged by sales or size.
LPT will do its best to support SME management who keeps challenging themselves to “grow”. “Growth” is not limited to a larger sales or company size but includes the growth of management's mind. If management gets motivated, the atmosphere and culture spreads throughout the company and to their business partners.
It's more than just getting through the day. It's about setting the bar high and conquering every moment. Sometimes being good won't cut it. Go above and beyond, think of the bigger picture and make the unimaginable happen. Greatness comes from within. What's important is to nurture a “challenging mind”, an aspiration to keep growing and learning. LPT values the culture of respecting such a mindset.
LPT members will share some benefits (tangible and intangible) and knowledge acquired through Landing Pad to support future generations of entrepreneurs and companies. It is not enough for themselves to be stronger. Contributing to the growth of future generation will strengthen the ecosystems of not only Landing Pad but also manufacturing SMEs, which will lead to the advancement of the Japan's industry.
LPT, as an organization to serve public benefit, will spread its successful model to other areas to grow leaders who can lead the growth of their local community.


December 1, 2020

In cooperation with the Ontario Government Tokyo Office, City of Brampton, ON, Canada, and DMZ, LPT co-organized a roundtable for the City of Brampton virtual mission to Japan.

December 1, 2020

In November, LPT joined Startup Exosystem Tokyo, an initiative of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

December 1, 2020

In October, LPT began “Mini Collision”, a domestic business matching for members.

December 1, 2020

In September, LPT signed MOU with Sagamihara Industrial Promotion Foundation.

September 18, 2020

In early October, Landing Pad Tokyo publishedthe formal press release on the agreement for cooperation signed with DMZ, an incubator/accelerator of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.DMZ and Landing Pad Tokyo launch new partnership to create opportunities for Canadian and Japanese SMEs


September 18, 2020

In early October, Landing Pad Tokyo published the formal press release on the memorandum of cooperation signed with the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.20201021 0111 WINLPT announcement




Landing Pad Tokyo member companies virtually participate in the Collision event to be held in June 2020. Collision is a fast-growing tech conference in North America, equivalent of Web Summit in Europe and RISE in Hong Kong. Collision was moved to and held in Toronto for the first time in 2019, and will be held in Toronto in 2021 and 2022.



DMZ YYZ is a customized two-week intensive soft-landing program in Toronto, Canada that assists international growth-stage startups integrate within the Canadian innovation ecosystem. This program will provide the opportunity for participating startups to scale in North America through DMZ programming and the Toronto ecosystem. LPT is supporting startups participating from Japan.