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 three 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. For more information, click here (Japanese only).
TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program 2017
Eighteen Japanese university students and professionals will be selected to visit Seattle from August 7 to August 25, 2017.
From February 20 – March 24, 2017, twenty-five TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program participants visited Seattle, Washington to participate in a four week experiential leadership training program.
During the program, the participants had various opportunities to learn about philanthropy, leadership, and entrepreneurship. One of the highlights was a site visit to the headquarters of Microsoft, where the participants learned about Microsoft’s philanthropic vision and received advice on their group projects. The participants also had lunch with Microsoft employees and learned what it is like to work for one of the largest corporations in the world.
After returning to Japan, representatives from among the participants attended a debriefing session where they shared their experiences. Read More>>
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>>