Entrepreneurship Development Programs

Develop your "wants" into innovations valued by society!

Entrepreneurship Education at Tokyo Tech

We believe that entrepreneurship is the mindset to create and establish new value in society by taking on challenges without fear of failure, based on your "wants" and fresh ideas. Entrepreneurship is widely considered the foundation of the business world, not only in large companies and ventures, but also in non-governmental and non-profit organizations, administration, and research activities. In any organization, the entrepreneurial mindset has become a key component in evaluating an individual’s capability at work.

The goal of Tokyo Tech's Entrepreneurship Education Courses is to develop talent capable of transforming their wants and ideas into innovations that are of value to society.

Various courses and events are provided to flexibly match the needs of participants — one may wish to gain the mindset and skills systematically in order to progress to the next level, another may look to experience social value through practical courses. Some already have a clear idea of their "wants" and aim to start a social enterprise or commercial business.

We aim for our students to further develop into a more valuable talent by acquiring entrepreneurship in addition to their graduate degree.

For those who are enthusiastic about starting their own business:

Those who are seriously considering starting a business as a means to deliver their "wants" to society are encouraged to participate in Category 3: Courses for business creation as explained below. Under supervision by professional accelerators, participants will have opportunities to develop their business ideas to a level of market formation and obtaining external financing.

Tokyo Tech's Industry Liaison, Venture Development & Regional Collaboration provides you with assistance for participating in business contests, financial support for validation tests and consultation on starting a business. For details, please refer to the Start-up Support for Students page on the Office's website:

Available Courses at Tokyo Tech

Entrepreneurship Education Courses are divided into the three categories below:

Courses for skills and mindset
Category 1

—motivation, direction, getting ready to become part of society—

Courses are designed to help students develop and strengthen skills and the mindset required of entrepreneurs, and to identify their "wants."

[Key study topics]

  • Recognition of Social Issues
  • Creative Confidence
  • User Centric
  • Conception and Independence
  • Role Model

Practical coursesCategory 2

—self-evaluation of capabilities, getting connected with society—

Courses are designed to provide students with hands-on experience of setting issues, creating ideas to solve them, and considering possible outcomes that would benefit users. Some courses will provide students with issues to be solved, while others may let students identify challenges themselves.

[Key study topics]

  • Identifying Issues
  • Verifying Hypotheses
  • Mechanism of Needs
  • Solutions
  • Feasibility

Courses for business creationCategory 3

—providing value to society through your own business—

While Category 1 and 2 focus on the capabilities of individuals, this category will look at the value of the proposed business itself. Participants must already have clear business ideas/themes.

[Key study topics]

  • Building High Continuity
  • Impact on Society

Programs

The programs below allow eligible students to register for several courses in each category. For course details, please refer to each program's website.

Category
Category 1Category 2
Eligible students
Master's students (all Schools)
Organizing department (Main campus)
Graduate Major in Engineering Sciences and Design (Ookayama)
Program Description
The program is composed of 1) PBL (Project-Based Learning) courses for experiencing engineering design based on design thinking, 2) basics of business management for acquiring relevant knowledge and perspectives, and 3) theory of entrepreneurship for developing passion and the proper steps for starting a business.
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Currently, CBEC is not accepting new students since the program's term as a Progressive Graduate Minor has ended in March 2021. However we plan to accept participating students in a new form in the near future. Details will be posted on the CBEC website as soon as they are available.
Category
Category 1Category 2
Eligible students
Master's students (all Schools)
Organizing department (Main campus)
Graduate Major in: Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering; Life Science and Technology; Urban Design and Built Environment; Innovation Science (Suzukake-dai)
Program Description
The program is composed of courses across graduate majors as listed in the left column. Through PBL exercises, field work, MOT (Management of Technology) education, etc., the courses allow students to gain a variety of knowledge and skills including: creativity, identifying issues, solving problems, working as a team, entrepreneurship, commercialization methodologies, and acquisition of intellectual property rights. A special focus is placed on field-based innovations in collaboration with external organizations (hospitals, local public entities, etc.).
Category
Category 1Category 2Category 3
Eligible students
Master's and doctoral students (all Schools)
Organizing department (Main campus)
Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership (Ookayama, Suzukakedai)
Program Description
ToTAL is an extracurricular excellence program for a select group of students from all Schools, and provides courses involving group work and workshops for developing leadership skills to bring out the best in each other. Through design thinking exercises, etc., students will study a wide range of areas —from the development of entrepreneurship (for beginners) to the creation of new businesses (advanced).

Course Syllabi Listing | Curriculum | Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership (ToTAL)

Other

Category
Category 1
Eligible students
Tokyo Tech Professional Academy students (Graduate Major in Technology and Innovation Management)
Organizing department (Main campus)
Tokyo Tech Professional Academy (Tamachi)
Program Description
An MOT certificate program offered by Technology and Innovation Management at the School of Environment and Society. The program is designed to help working adults develop their careers through learning about MOT while employed.

Course List | Career up MOT (Management of Technology)

Entrepreneurship Education Events

AY2019 Design Thinking for Your Creative Practice
AY2019 Design Thinking for Your Creative Practice

The following events are open to all undergraduate and graduate students in any School, but no credits are awarded. You can choose events that suit your needs from a selection of choices in different categories: those focusing on development of skills and mindset (Category 1), those providing more hands-on practice (Category 2), and those targeting individuals with clear business creation ideas (Category 3).

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Apply to the organizing department for each event
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Details such as timing and duration are subject to change. For the latest information, please refer to each program's website.

Courses for skills and mindset
Category 1

Introduction to entrepreneurship workshop –Design thinking for beginners–

Timing
1Q
Duration
1time
Department
ToTAL
Description
A half-day workshop to experience the five steps of "design thinking" that targets beginners who want to learn how to develop entrepreneurship. Those who are interested in starting a business may use this opportunity as their first step toward future action. Undergraduate students are especially welcome.

EGAKU

Timing
2Q
Duration
1time
Department
ToTAL
Description
A workshop for recognizing diversity and experiencing the process of verbalization through appreciation and creation of art.

Design Thinking For Creative Practice

Timing
3Q
Duration
2days
Department
ToTAL
Description
A design thinking workshop focusing on creativity. Three lecturers with a track record of design thinking lectures at the Stanford d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University) and The University of Texas at Austin will facilitate the workshop.

Future Foresight

Timing
4Q
Duration
3days
Department
ToTAL
Description
For a given theme, participants will design a future society, envisioned 10-15 years from now, by using methods such as scanning and forced idea generation.

1-day Idea-thon

Timing
4Q
Duration
1day
Department
ToTAL
Department
An opportunity to use design thinking to hone your ideas to a level that can be considered a business (including social enterprises).

Practical coursesCategory 2

Lean Launchpad

Timing
1Q-2Q
Duration
6times (including camp)
Department
ToTAL
Description
Participants will be divided into teams comprising four to five members. Under supervision by experts in business creation, each team will produce its own business idea, and verify whether users would accept the idea through customer interviews and adjustments.

Programming Boot Camp

Timing
3Q-4Q
Duration
4times (including camp)
Department
ToTAL
Description
Each participating team will develop a new web application in a short period of time, with support from web application development experts assigned to each team.

PEECs final presentation

Timing
4Q
Duration
1day
Department
PEECs
Description
Eight or so teams will make their final presentations on design-creation practices. The panel of judges includes hospital personnel, individuals from the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan, and members of the Tokyo Tech Office of Research and Innovation.

Engineering Design Project final presentation & demonstration

Timing
4Q
Duration
1day
Department
CBEC
Description
Eight or so teams will make their final presentations. Participants include partner companies. There are also demonstrations. Outstanding projects will be invited to exhibit at events and/or showrooms.

SLUSH Helsinki field-trip

Timing
Annually (early winter)
Duration
5days
Department
CBEC
Description
During a trip to Helsinki, Finland, students will be accompanied by faculty members and participate in SLUSH (a business startup event), visit Aalto University’s Design Factory (DF), and visit startups in Helsinki. This is a paid event and participation is by selection.

Startup Weekend Tokyo Tech

Timing
Not periodical
Duration
3days
Department
CBEC
Description
A three-day event held over a weekend to learn methodologies for turning ideas into businesses. This is a paid event, and tickets for students and non-students are available.

Courses for business creationCategory 3

Business Creation (Advanced course of Lean Launchpad for business creation and execution)

Timing
1Q-2Q
Duration
6times (including camp)
Department
ToTAL
Description
With support from professional accelerators, participants are expected to assess the value of a business idea through discovering users ("early adopters"), strengthening the feasibility of the business as required when developing a business plan, and eventually develop the business to the extent where it sufficiently attracts third-party evaluators (sponsors). Students participate in teams, and those other than Tokyo Tech students can join. Event participants are subject to preliminary screening.

AY2019 Fundamentals of Creative Design (PEECs)

AY2019 Fundamentals of Creative Design (PEECs)

Feedback from Participants

Participant: D.E. (Doctoral degree program, Graduate Major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Program / Event Title: d.school comes to Tokyo Tech (2019)

The workshop did not only show that I can do design thinking with my own approach, but also that I could find that bit of creativity in me and when I hit a wall to collaborate with other different ideas that comes from communication.

Participant: Y.K. (Master's degree program, Graduate Major in Mechanical Engineering)

Program / Event Title: 1-Day Design Thinking Workshop

This was the first Design Thinking workshop held via Zoom. Even though it was shortened to just one day from last year's two days, it was very enjoyable and so many good, inspiring ideas were presented.

Contact

Cross Border Entrepreneur Cultivating (CBEC)

Email info@cbec.titech.ac.jp

Practical-Based Entrepreneurship Education Courses (PEECs)

Email peecs@lact.bio.titech.ac.jp

Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership (ToTAL)

Email total.jim@total.titech.ac.jp

Career up MOT (CUMOT)

Email cumot-info@mot.titech.ac.jp