Incorporation of national universities in Japan in 2004 has spurred commercialization of university-based research and promoted innovation creation of university spin-offs. However, there is still a gap to be filled between industry and academia. Innovation creation through industry-academia collaboration reaches only the halfway point at this time due to lack of funds and managerial resources needed to the growth of business ventures.
We, Academic Industry Research Inc. (AIR), achieve innovation by entrepreneurial mindset, with product companies, venture capitalists, accelerators, etc., and based on knowledge and skills that have been honed within AIR over a period of time. AIR, based in the Kansai metropolitan area, spawned by a variety of different public, private, and voluntary organizations, contributes as a private organization to the development of regional innovation ecosystem.