Today, whether you want to start your own company or join an existing team, everyone needs to have the mindset of an entrepreneur.
With an aging population and declining birth rate, Japan is facing many serious problems that still lack solutions. While there are many solutions to these complex problems, we believe that developing globally minded and entrepreneurial leaders is the key to Japan's future.
Human capital is the most valuable resource in Japan. We must find new ways to eliminate wasted potential and cultivate the unlimited potential that already exists.
Sekai Creator exists to develop globally minded and entrepreneurial leaders who will bring holistic transformation and economic prosperity to Japan, and to the world.
We believe that when passionate people are educated, challenged, and coached, they create a better world. Finding these people is our highest priority.
Will you join us?
steve sakanashi | director
Our 8-week Introduction to Entrepreneurship course teaches the basics of entrepreneurship and challenges each student to create their own early stage startup.
- Every 2 weeks, we spend a whole Saturday learning how to create from scratch, following the principles of The Lean Startup and Customer Development.
- In between each Saturday workshop, students are expected to go into the field and complete assignments related to their new venture.
- At the end of 8 weeks, students will compete in a pitch contest in front of local entrepreneurs, investors, and global companies.
- The winner will receive a free trip to Silicon Valley and the chance to share their business idea with American entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators.
- All classes and pitches will be conducted in English.
There is no charge for this course due to generous sponsors.
Every student is expected to do their own venture and give a public pitch after the 8th week. In the past, students have worked in groups and as individuals. From 2017 onwards, all individual students are required to complete their own individual venture project.
Below is a small sample of past projects from America and Japan.
yuya (seattle | USA)
Yuya participated in Sekai Creator Seattle and led his team on the search for a better salon review system. His team developed a hair review platform for Asian students in Seattle.
hikaru (tokyo | JPN)
At the age of 18, Hikaru participated in Sekai Creator Tokyo and led his team to explore the unmet needs of ambitious students and SMEs. His team found a new model for meetups.
rena (seattle | USA)
Rena participated in Sekai Creator Seattle and led her team to discover the needs of local women. Her team found multiple business models resulting in $750 profit in 8 weeks.
Personal confidence from the experience of starting a business from scratch
Results-based project that will stand out during job hunting
Improved business English communication skills and presentation organization
Foundational understanding of how every business works, and what drives growth
Ability to start new initiatives and manage existing projects
Experience gaining stakeholders through personal/public communication
- Network of highly motivated and supportive peers
- Bridge to next steps in startup community, such as incubators/accelerators
- Meet managers that are hiring globally minded and entrepreneurial talent
- Access to business communities in America, Africa, and Japan
- Ongoing career development support from Sekai Creator
- Preferred status when applying for special Sekai Creator opportunities
Give us 100% effort and we promise growth
Sekai Creator is for people who are not afraid of new challenges. The goal is to grow. The goal is not to be comfortable. After working with hundreds of Japanese students, we've seen a consistent pattern of results. Students who put 100% effort into their challenges experience significant life transformation. They find and create new opportunities that allow them to achieve their dreams.
Give us 100.
We promise growth in Confidence, Competence, and Character.
Even if you know what needs to be done, lack of confidence can lead to poor performance or no performance at all. We build confidence by requiring students to do more than just listen, learn, and plan. All students must execute and build their own venture. Going through this challenge will prepare you to overcome future challenges in any industry and location.
Passion alone is not enough. Passion will get you moving and help you gather people, but it won't get you to your final destination. You also need to learn knowledge and skills that will help you determine exactly where to go and how to get there. By the end of our course, you will understand the core structure of every business and be able to develop solutions for new business challenges.
The world is full of strong and talented leaders, but many lack the most important thing -- character. Your values and beliefs guide your everyday actions. What purpose are you living for? Money, power, and success are not enough. People who live for the good of others have the ability to create a better world, both for themselves and for others.