course Overview

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.

Due to the generous support of sponsors, this course is free of charge.

details

Cost: Free

Date: 8 weeks (5/13 - 7/8)

Location: Ryozan Park in Otsuka&Sugamo, Tokyo

Language: All classes and pitches are in English

Who can apply: Students in japan

 
 
 

past pitches

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.

 

BENEFITS

INDIVIDUAL

  • 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

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COMMUNITY

  • 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