Landing Pad Tokyo powered by DMZ


Landing Pad Tokyo supports
at manufacturing SMEs
in Japan.

Landing Pad Tokyo
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.



Make SME's innovative and profitable.


Build infrastructure to help SMEs' innovation.

  • - Enlightening management and employees
  • - Cooperating with nation-wide hubs
  • - Enabling municipal government


Introduce Canadian companies, technologies, and management methods to improve SMEs' capacity and capabilities.


November 28, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr.Kobayashi, METALISM

Date and time: Tuesday, December 7, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

November 21, 2021

LPT Seminar by Mr.Jacky Shibata

“Jacky Shibata’s Marketing Dojo LPT Edition vol.2”. 

Date and time: Tuesday, November 30, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

November 6, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr. Kondo, Tokyo Rectifier Co., Ltd. 

Date and time: Tuesday, November 16, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

November 1, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr. Nozaki, Sagamihara City Industrial Promotion Foundation

“Introduction of Subsidies and Examples of Utilization”

Date and time: Tuesday, November 9, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

October 23, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr.Jacky Shibata

“Jacky Shibata’s Marketing Dojo LPT Edition”. 

Date and time:  Tuesday, November 2, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)


October 19, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr.Saito, CEO of MIRAI Relations, Inc.

“The first step in DX that managers now need to know”

Date and time:  Tuesday, October 26, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

October 12, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr.Toda, CEO of Synaptech Inc.

“Industrial promotion in Yamanashi Prefecture, including start-up support. “

Date and time:  Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

October 5, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr.Ono of Osaki Electric Co., Ltd., NEXT 100teX Lab

Date and time:  Tuesday, October 12, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

September 29, 2021

LPT Mini Collision by Mr.Shiraga, CEO of Cellid

Date and time: Tuesday, October 5, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

September 16, 2021

LPT Seminar by Mr. Nakano, Account Executive of Databricks Japan

“Next generation maintenance methods using data and AI”

Date and time: Tuesday, September 28, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

September 16, 2021

LPT seminar by Mr.Watanabe, CEO of Maximize, Inc.

“Process-based business model creation method adopted by large European companies”

Date and time: Tuesday, September 21, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (JST)

September 10, 2021

LPT Seminar by Professor Makino of Hiroshima University

“Pitfalls in New Business Development”

Date and time: Tuesday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

August 29, 2021

LPT “Mini Collision” by Mr.Ando of ConnecTec Japan

“Business Models for Variety and Variable Volume Production”

Date and time: Tuesday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

June 26, 2021

LPT Seminar by Professor Venture, Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Technology
“Automated assembly robot technology with AI”
Date: 10 to 11 am, June 29, 2021 JST

June 10, 2021

LPT “Mini Collision” matching
June 22 10:00~11:00 LinkWiz (Introducing DZ in production lines)

June 10, 2021

LPT Seminar by Dr. Matsumoto, Aoyama Gakuin University
June 15 10:00~11:00   Factory improvement by Industrial Engineering

June 10, 2021

LPT “Mini Collision” matching event:
May 11 10:00~11:00 Tomomi Research (AI/vision)
May 18 10:00~11:00 Nissha (Flexible pressure sensors)
May 25 10:00~11:00 Takeshita Sangyo (Dry seaweed production machines)
Jun 1 10:00~11:00 Osawa Kogyo (Factory automation system)

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

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 nationwide domestic matching and 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.



  • 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


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


  • Matching with Canadian startups
  • Supporting cooperation with Canadian academia, hosting lectures from Canadian academia
  • Introducing interns from Canadian universities


  • Domestic B to B matching (members/non-members)
  • Providing advice from LPT's PiRs (Professionals in Residence) and leading-edge information
  • Supporting cooperation with universities and technical colleges that LPT partners with (academia, interns)


LPT will work with academia of universities and technical colleges who have specialized expertise to guide and promote mid-size companies 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


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 summer intensive 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.



Help SMEs to

Take the first step towards innovation.

Take action to cause innovation and complete it ("Last One Mile")


Create a space/opportunity for SMEs to

Discuss candidly without reservation

Brush up, complement, and cooperate with each other


Create a space/opportunity

For management and employees including minorities of SMEs to participate in learning together.

For SMEs to widen and heighten their perspectives and deepen their insight


B to B matching

Connect nation-wide hubs to promote cooperation and provide B to B matching opportunities to SMEs.


Cooperate with municipal governments

Cooperate with municipal governments so they can provide better supports to their SMEs.



Seminars and workshops
(to serve specific needs of SMEs)


(B to B matching, domestic and overseas)


Discussion meetings
(management and employees)


Cooperation with universities/
Institute of Technology Colleges


Hub meetings


Cooperation with
municipal governments




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.