The US Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar provides Japanese university students with the opportunity to develop an enduring interest in entrepreneurship as both a professional pursuit and as a way to contribute positively to their society.
Organized with TOMODACHI support by the Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (Keio SFC) and the Tokyo American Center, the program emphasizes the important role that the young “TOMODACHI Generation” of Japanese and Americans can play in contributing to sustainable economic growth. Students learn about entrepreneurial practices in the United States and Japan directly from real entrepreneurs and business experts, who serve as seminar presenters, judges, and mentors.
6th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar
The 6th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar took place from September 6-9, 2016. Funded by The Boeing Company, this program was developed to support young Japanese entrepreneurs who are interested in reconstructing and revitalizing the Tohoku community in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
This year, 14 teams consisting of 37 university students from Niigata, Miyagi, Kumamoto and several other prefectures had passed the application process to participate in this four-day seminar. During the seminar, the students had the opportunity to improve and brush up on their business plans by obtaining advice and support from approximately 50 professional mentors and entrepreneurs. Read More>>
5th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar
From September 14-17, 2015, the 5th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar was held in Kanagawa prefecture. Funded by The Boeing Company, the aim of this program is to develop entrepreneurs within the young generation of Japanese students who will lead the reconstruction and revitalization of communities in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The program was jointly managed by four institutions: U.S. Japan-Council, U.S. Embassy, General foundation SFC Forum, and Committee of Young Entrepreneurs. Read More>>
4th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition
From September 4-8, 2014, the 4th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar was held at Keio University’s Hiyoshi campus. This program was funded by The Boeing Company and was designed to help develop a new generation of entrepreneurs in Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. During the course of 5 days of the program, the participants had the opportunity to hear from many entrepreneurs, financiers, and business leaders to learn about the basics of entrepreneurship.
In the final presentation that was made on the last day of the program at the Fujiwara Memorial Hall at Hiyoshi Campus, three teams won the highest award: Iwaki University that came up with the idea of making forestry, from tree trimming to the delivery process, an automatic system for safety reasons, group of Sophia University and American students that came up with the idea of having single mothers make beach sandals using materials from disaster affected regions, and Showa Women’s University that came up with the idea to resolve every mothers’ distress of making lunch by establishing an order made and handmade obento (boxed lunch) service for children. Read More>>
3rd U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition
Keio SFC, in conjunction with the TOMODACHI Initiative, held the 3rd U.S. Embassy-Keio University Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition at the Keio University Hiyoshi Campus from September 2-6, 2013.
The theme for this year’s competition was “Capable Youth Who Can Challenge Social Problem All Over Japan Through Entrepreneurship.” Participants attended lectures and workshops by entrepreneurs, business people and professors, in addition to developing a business plan to solve social issues prevalent in society today. Throughout the competition, participants continued to improve their business models through feedback from mentors. Additionally, the program helped participants make new connections with leaders in their respective fields of interests.
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2nd Tac-Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition
The 2nd TAC-Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition was held on September 3-7, 2012 in Tokyo and provided 41 students from 12 universities with the opportunity to learn about and cultivate skills related to entrepreneurship. The program also explored development of new enterprises in the Tohoku region that will help in revitalization and recovery in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.
Student teams from universities across Japan were invited to apply for the program, with the selected teams participating in the September program. Teams were asked to submit a draft business plan as part of the application, which they had the opportunity to refine and present during the course of the seminar and business plan competition.
1st Tac-Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition
The 1st TAC-Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar and Business Plan Competition was held on Feb. 8-10, 2012 and focused on economic recovery in the Tohoku area. Through their participation in this seminar and business plan contest, many of the student participants were motivated to take the next steps to implement their business plans with help from the mentors and supporters they met at the seminar.