The TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program is designed to cultivate a new generation of Japanese social entrepreneurs and community leaders (ages 18-25) who are prepared to make a positive difference in Japan, the United States, and around the world. Program participants are selected from a highly competitive, nationwide pool of applicants,to participate in a four week experiential leadership training in Seattle, Washington.
At the core of the program, the scholars work on a team project with prominent businesses and receive business mentoring from recognized Japanese American leaders in the Seattle community. The scholars also take classes in leadership and entrepreneurship, work with technology advisers to grow their ideas, and conduct site visits to social businesses and organizations.
The program is run during the February-March period and August-September and also involves alumni activities back in Japan.
This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship by Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program 2017
The TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program is a five week experiential leadership training program that will takes place in Seattle, Washington. Twenty five Japanese university students and professionals will be selected to visit Seattle from February 20 to March 24, 2017.
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TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program 2016
“I was seeking something that changes me but through this program I realized changes happen within me. I feel very empowered and now I have courage to take next steps towards my vision.”
From August 20 to September 17, 2016, twenty five Japanese university students and young professionals that seek an entrepreneurial mindset traveled to Seattle, Washington to participate in an experiential leadership training program. During this TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation & Leadership Program, the scholars were divided into group project teams of five members with team mentors, including employees of Microsoft. They worked in their teams and met with prominent businesses in the area and received business mentoring from recognized Japanese American leaders in the Seattle community. Read More>>