Open Innovation Platform


Open Innovation

Discovering Technological Foundations to Build New Business Pillars

The Open Innovation platform, made possible by the Internet, has not only encompassed business opportunities in software but to fields such as hardware, biotechnology and other rapidly evolving fields. As forefronts in the wave of technological advancements- Digital Garage, , Credit Saison and KDDI has collaborated to found “DG Lab”. Synergistic collaboration with portfolio companies all over the wolrd, allows for DG Lab to create high level products and services; with a focus on 5 core technologies: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI),Virtual Reality(VR)/ Augmented Reality (AR), Security and Biotechnology. DG Lab hopes to create a “Bauhaus* of Technology” in which leading engineers and designers driven by Design x Data x Technology, could actively discuss, debate and create a global platform.

*Bauhaus. Art school in Weimar, Germany founded in 1919 which combined Art and Architecture its curriculum. Throughout the years of operation, gave birth to a new art movement with profound influence from fine arts, architecture, photography and design.

Kaoru Hayashi

Kaoru Hayashi

林 郁

President and Group CEO, Digital Garage, Inc.
Chairman & Director,, Inc.

DG Lab, an R&D organization jointly established by Digital Garage,, and Credit Saison, aims to nurture new business pillars from technological seeds with the goal of creating innovative businesses by 2020. It has achieved results in basic research in the areas of Blockchains, Artificial Intelligence, VR/AR, Security, and Biotechnology after approximately two years since its launch. In the future, we will make full-scale efforts to develop specific products and services. Rather than simply pursuing short-term earnings, we will work with our business partners to create a series of core businesses that are useful to society from a global perspective.

Masashi Tanaka Masashi Tanaka

Masashi Tanaka

田中 将志

Board Director,
Digital Garage, Inc.
Head of DG Lab

Masahito Okuma Masahito Okuma

Masahito Okuma

大熊 将人

Board Director,
Digital Garage, Inc.
COO of DG Lab

Concept Movie


Develop New Technology Platforms for a Wide Range of Social Infrastructures

The development of a platform for Blockchain technology is in progress. In collaboration with Blockstream, a prominent Blockchain technology company, the all-purpose framework for creating unique cryptocurrency through Blockchain “DG Lab DVEP”TM was developed. This framework can be used in various distributed ledger systems such as points exchange system and local digital currency. A similar framework for auto-executing smart contracts and smart assets is also under development.

Provide AI Services such as Interactive Agents to Further Communicate with Humans

Aiming to deliver AI services that can naturally integrate in consumers’ day to day lives. Chat bots for EC sites that suggest products based on user preferences and solutions for call centers that instantly respond to customer concerns are currently under development.

Create New User Experiences by Seamlessly Connecting the Real with the Virtual World

Aiming to create a platform offering totally new experiences for each user through remote participation of live events or meetings. Currently in R&D phase are VR/AR analytics solution, added value content visualization, and application in the study of brain activity in the virtual space.

Developing Solutions for the Expected Data Increase in the Future

While meeting demands and anticipation of the ever-growing data connection and exchange, aims to develop security solutions for a secure, insured Internet experience. Currently in the pipelines are security solutions for smartphones used in business operations.

New Business Development Between Digital and Bio

Working on building a biotechnology ecosystem with engineers and researchers interested in entrepreneurship, while collaboration with global companies that have cutting edge technology seeds and focusing on the innovation created with the use of IT in the biotechnology field.


World renowned creator Rei Inamoto has been named Creative Advisor of DG Lab. Using Design, Data and Technology at its core, towards innovative business ideas and solutions.


A joint venture subsidiary between Digital Garage and Dentsu. Continuing to use data gathered from various group companies, implement its findings to further R&D at DG Lab with mutual support of its Data Science business.


Highly qualified team of researchers and engineers each specifically assigned to one of DG Lab’s 5 core themes. With research branches in Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Boston gather knowledge and know how globally to output findings and solutions.


The Fund that Targets Promising Startups in the 5 Focus Areas

By understanding the diverse startup scene and technological trends through the collaboration of DG Lab, the focus of this fund is to decide and invest in promising startups in the respective areas.

*This website is not intended to offer any investment operation services and specific operation products. Digital Garage and Daiwa Securities Group are not calling for any participation of DG Lab Fund through this website.


The Media that Emphasizes the 5 Focus Areas’ Cutting Edge Technology

By producing cutting edge related content for users who are full of intellectual curiosity, this is how DG Lab’s brand will permeate. With an emphasis on DG Lab’s five focus areas, news on global open innovation and industry leaders’ vision of the future will be shared.

Executive Advisors

Joi Ito Joi Ito


伊藤 穰一

Digital Garage, Inc.

Jun Murai Jun Murai

Jun Murai

村井 純

Faculty of Environment and Information Studies,Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Adam Back Adam Back

Adam Back, PhD


Co-Founder & CEO
Blockstream Corp.

Biz Stone Biz Stone

Biz Stone


Pinterest & Obvious Ventures Adviser
Twitter Co-Founder

Greg Pass Greg Pass

Greg Pass


Chief Entrepreneurial Officer and Professor of Practice, Cornell Tech
Board Chair, Rhizome Foundation

Rei Inamoto Rei Inamoto

Rei Inamoto


Founding Partner


Koichi Nakamura


中村 晃一

Founder & CEO, Idein Inc.

Shin'ichiro Matsuo


松尾 真一郎

Research Affiliate- Director’s Liaison for Financial Cryptography, MIT Media Lab

Teruya Enomoto


榎本 輝也

Researcher, Tokyo Institute of Technology School of Computing

Atsunori Kanemura


兼村 厚範

Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Yasuaki Hasebe

Hasebe, MD

長谷部 靖明(医師)

Activaid, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer