New businesses must go through a series of phases, starting-up from 0 to 1, 1 to 10 and 10 to 10,000, with each phase requiring entirely different funding levels, human resources and organizational structures. Chitose Group has rich experiences in developing skills and know-hows for launching new businesses (= from phase 0 to 1) based on biotechnology in a wide range of fields such as agriculture, energy, medicine and food. Chitose Group proposed this “0 to 1 Project” to share these skills and know-hows to help large companies foster businesses and talents.
At the same time, Mitsui Chemicals has sent 2 employees as a representative of each new company in order to obtain and accumulate skills and know-hows for the 0 to 1 phase by implementing “hypothesis - execution process” quickly and frequently while maintaining a sense of speed.
The project launched last April and is set to run for a three-year period, concluding in March 2021.
Overview of Chitose Group
A group of biotechnology startups (11 in total as of the end of October 2018) that mainly operates in Japan and Southeast Asia) in order to leave humankind a prosperous environment to live for over thousand years. Chitose Group is creating new values in the fields of agriculture, medical, food, energy, chemistry and others through "Technology development capabilities in the biotechnology field by constantly promoting economic rationality" and "Business development capabilities for drawing a path forwards commercialization by understanding the essence and limitations of biotechnology".
Overview of Mitsui Chemicals
Mitsui Chemicals is a global chemical company that boasts over 1.3 trillion yen in annual net sales and controls more than 150 companies across approximately 30 countries worldwide. Mitsui Chemicals is centering its portfolio around its Mobility, Health Care and Food & Packaging business sectors, engaging in a wide range of endeavors aimed at resolving social issues. In recent years, Mitsui Chemicals has also been focusing on its Next Generation Business, looking to develop new products and businesses by conducting tie-ups and more to actively pursue open innovation with venture companies.