Take your health innovation global

with MedTech Actuator Origin Japan 2022

MedTech Actuator Origin Japan is an early-stage innovation program that supports health innovation across Japan, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.


MedTech Actuator Origin Japan offers emerging founders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to explore Asia-Pacific’s market for commercialisation of health innovation. 

From Origin Japan, teams will receive an overview of the commercialisation pathway for health innovation and greater understanding of the crucial next steps and how to take their ventures to market, increasing their chances of getting into the MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023 – an industry-led 12-month accelerator program offering up to AUD$200k in funding, starting in July 2023.

MedTech Actuator Origin Japan is sponsored by JETRO and co-organized with JETRO, OCCI and OBDA.


The program will consist of three parts:

First, over three days in Osaka,~20 Japanese MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech entrepreneurs will join MedTech Actuator, JETRO, OCCI, OBDA and industry experts to learn how to transform their ideas into an early-stage startup. 

Next, 3 qualifying teams from Japan will join MedTech Actuator in Melbourne for an intensive sprint, where, over five days, they’ll learn from industry experts, pressure test their innovations, and network with and pitch to Australia’s startup ecosystem. 

Finally, one Japanese startup will be selected to return to Australia to pitch at the MedTech Actuator Showcase –  an industry event, attended by over 300 experts in BioMed innovation, on December 1. At this event, startups will compete for a chance to win one of the cash prizes and in-kind support to accelerate the commercialisation of the idea.

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Program Experience


from industry experts, founders, and MedTech Actuator


pressure test and transform your project into an early-stage startup


connect with a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs


your team to the MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startup ecosystem in Osaka, Japan, and Melbourne, Australia


your project, idea or innovation to the ecosystem


transform from idea into early-stage venture

Program Activities

Bootcamp (Osaka)

Two days of workshops and industry opportunities.

Intensive sprint (Melbourne)

Five days of learning, networking, and exploring Melbourne’s innovation ecosystem.

Rapid fire round, semifinal, and final (Melbourne)

Pitching rounds to secure a place at the Origin Final at the MedTech Actuator Showcase in December.

2022 Program Dates

Information session – July 25
Applications open – July 25 – Sep 5
Teams selected – Sep 6
Bootcamp (Osaka) – September 19 - 21
Intensive sprint (Melbourne) – October 24 – 28
Semifinal (Melbourne) – October 27
MedTech Actuator showcase and Origin final (Melbourne) – Dec 1

Origin Japan is an in-person program, based in Osaka and Melbourne. Qualifying teams should be prepared to visit Osaka and Melbourne for the intensive sprint and finals listed above. Travel to and from Australia is covered for selected participants in this program.

*Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, this may be canceled or implemented online

Program Eligibility

Applicants to the MedTech Actuator Origin program must:
- Have a research project, idea or innovation in human health;
- Be highly motivated to learn about innovation commercialisation, and Australia’s health startup ecosystem;
- Be able to attend all program activities scheduled on the key dates listed above; and,
- Be an early-stage startup based in Japan with at least one Japanese team member.

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At the MedTech Actuator, we’re for innovators.

This means creating opportunities for innovators from all corners of the system, and from multiple backgrounds and contexts.

MedTech Actuator encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please contact the team if you have any questions about your eligibility.


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