Innovation Challenge for the Next Generation

Coming soon!

This challenge is open to Startups from Europe only

Let's Innovate for the Next Generation!




You’re a European driven Startup that wants to shape the future and make a difference for our Next Generations? Then this challenge is for you! JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation, the leading Japanese company in the non-ferrous metal industry, launches its very first open innovation and invites Startups to answer the following problem statement:


Come up with innovative business ideas in Advanced materials, High-performance and Multifunctional materials, and Recycling technologies!


With those ideas, startups will need to leverage JX Nippon Mining & Metals assets in 4 different categories, listed below!


Startup finalists will be invited to pitch their bold idea during the Grand Final Event in Tokyo in December in front of the Top Executive of JX. The winning startup will be rewarded with a Proof of Concept worth up to 25,000€.

Start pre-registering now to be updated about the official launch that will happen early September! 


So, ready to take on this challenge?


Choose one category to tackle!





We actively involved in promising mine development projects from the planning stage and working to expand mining rights and interests; in order to obtain stable supplies of copper ore.


and Refining

The smelting and refining business produces refined copper. As byproducts, gold, silver, and other precious metals, as well as sulfuric acid and other products, are manufactured.




We develop and manufacture advanced-function metallic materials, used in numerous products that are part of daily life such as smartphones, automotive vehicle and medical devices.


and Environmental Services

We apply techniques and experience accumulated from years of operating mines, smelters and refineries to provide services in two areas, recycling, and environmental services.


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Proof of Concept
The winning start-up will be rewarded with a proof of concept worth up to 25,000€.



Proof of Concept
The second start-up will be rewarded with a proof of concept worth up to 15,000€.



Proof of Concept
The third start-up will be rewarded with a proof of concept worth up to 10,000€.


Interviews in Frankfurt 
Up to 30 Startups will be pre-selected and invited to Frankfurt for 1-on-1 meeting with 


Grand Final in Japan
The 5 Startups in the running will be invited to pitch their project during the Grand Final Event in Tokyo in December 2019