Developing a Symbiotic Software Foundation for Humanity and Computers -Renewal of industry, culture, and academics adapted to computer age–

Our daily lives and experiences are changing as data is flooding the world due to developing computer technologies. It is getting natural to live surrounded by computers and machines. For example, we communicate to each other using smartphones and VR devices, aim for destinations following GPS navigation systems, pass through ticket gates with IC cards, and clean home by robots. Such changes in human behavior is caused by not only digital data itself, but also media devices that connect the real world and the digital world. Behavior changes do not occur just by invention of media devices. In order to solve various social issues using such media devices, an incubation system that strengthens the symbiotic relationship between humans and computers is necessary in which technological innovation continues to occur, sprout, and grow up. Therefore, Pixie Dust Technologies (PxDT) builds a mechanism that is a symbiotic software platform for humans and computers, and promotes open innovation with local governments and business companies. In addition, we aim to link academic technologies with social issues/needs by collaborating with universities for value creation and social implementation continuously.

Pixie Dust Technologies, Inc.

【Main office】8F Yaesu Central Tower, 2-2-1 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
【Laboratory】Technotope 3022-1,Itabashi, Tsukubamirai-shi, Ibaraki

Yoichi Ochiai,Taiichiro Murakami

Establishment 2017.5.10

May 2017: Pixie Dust Technologies, Inc. (PxDT) is established in Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, with the aim of developing a symbiotic software foundation for humanity and computers.
September 2017: PxDT is funded by the Japanese research grant NEDO STS (70 million yen).
October 2017: Head office relocates to 2-25, Kanda-Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
October 2017: PxDT raises 645 million yen in total through third-party share allocation and the NEDO grant.
December 2017: PxDT starts a special collaborative research project called “Strategic Research Platform towards Digital Nature powered by Pixie Dust Technologies” (also called “Digital Nature Group powered by Pixie Dust Technologies”) with University of Tsukuba.
May 2018: PxDT and University of Tsukuba revise the special collaborative research project agreement to start an unprecedented industry-university collaboration scheme under which intellectual property rights generated at Digital Nature Group are comprehensively transferred to PxDT by leveraging stock acquisition rights.
June 2018: PxDT is selected as one of the target companies of the government startup supporting program “J-Startup” sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
July 2018: Substantial headquarter functions are shifted to 2-17-3, Kanda-Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo for business expansion.
August 2018: PxDT is funded by the Japanese research grant JST A-STEP (140 million yen).
December 2018: CEO Yoichi Ochiai and COO Taiichiro Murakami become directors of general incorporated association xDiversity originated from a research project on AI platform for Audio-Visual-Tactile Communication towards an inclusive society.
March 2019: PxDT concludes a loan agreement with the Shoko Chukin Bank, Ltd. for 1 billion yen.
May 2019: PxDT raises 3.8 billion yen through third-party share allocation.
July 2019: Head office relocates to 2-20-5, Kanda-Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
July 2019: PxDT wins the Early Edge Award of the Award for Academic Startups 2019 sponsored by NEDO.
July 2019: PxDT forms capital and business alliance with JR East Start UP Co., Ltd.
September 2019: PxDT concludes comprehensive collaborative agreements with Yoichi-cho and Niki-cho in Hokkaido.
October 2019: PxDT begins to talk with Tohoku University for joint research aiming continuous social implementation of research products.
November 2019: PxDT is selected for the JR East Startup Program 2019.
November 2019: PxDT opens Technotope, a new R&D center, at 3022-1 Itabashi, Tsukubamirai-shi, Ibaraki.
January 2020: PxDT concluded a basic agreement with Tohoku University for joint research aiming continuous social implementation of research products.
September 2020: PxDT concludes a comprehensive collaborative agreement with Tsukubamirai-shi, Ibaraki.
March 2021: PxDT wins the Grand Prix in the startup category at the 2nd IP BASE AWARD.
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