Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Kyoto Session is a commemorative event which celebrates 10th anniversary of Virtual Company Trade Fair. This event is also a registered activity which represents a final day of Global Entrepreneurship Week,(GEW) Japan. GEW is a global initiative started in 2008, with the aim of inspiring young people to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship attitudes and this year more than 90 countries are going to participate.

In our GEW 2010 Kyoto Session, on the first day,Nov.19th, we will, firstly, share the background of Kyoto Entrepreneurship- sources of venture spirits and long continued businesses. After that, we listen to the story of innovative challenges from one of the oldest family businesses lasted more than 300 years. Then, we learn entrepreneurial management style from rapidly expanding IT venture, following with panel discussion of entrepreneurship environment in Asian country. Lastly we end with our future vision of how to raise entrepreneurship among youth. On the second day, Nov.20th, we hold an international workshop. In this session students form a team with young entrepreneurs. Then, we give tem a challenge and they need to to create an innovative way to solve it and present the idea to the judges. On the third day, Nov.21st, about 40 teams (400 hundreds students) from primary to university from all over in Japan, will get together to share their entrepreneurial activities here. They present their collaborated projects with local business, or NPOs, and sell their invented products. The prominent business ideas will be awarded according the assessment of judges.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week(GEW)
GEW is an initiative campaign of the entrepreneurship promotion of the youth whom the above participates in of the world in 90 countries, and "Enterprise Week" started in the U.K. in 2004, and "Entrepreneurship Week USA" is held in the United States in 2007 by Ewing Marion Kauffman foundation and opens for global scale exercise from 2008. Honda foundation serves a host in Japan, and a support message is sent from Prime Minister American Hilary Clinton and Kan in last year and creates a big sensation. "The virtual company trade fair" attracts attention as a last event to give glory to Japanese GEW for the past three years.









9:50 Opening
Ms. Kikuko Harada (Center for Entrepreneurship Development Executive Director) 


Opening Speech 「Entrepreneurship Kyoto Style」>
Mr. Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Graduate School of Management, Kyoto Uiversity Dean)

「Tradition and Innovation〜Repeated challenges for the future〜」
Mr. Yasuhiko Hayashi (Fukuda Metal Foil & POWDER Co., LTD. President) 

13:00 Lecture 「Organization which brings Innovation to next generation」
Mr. Tetsuhito Soyama(Cyber Agent, Inc Human Resources Director) 

Panel discussion「Asian entrepreneurship」
<Moderator>Mr. Takashi Hikino (Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University Associate Professor) 

Mr. Yoji Kawake(Future Venture Capital Co., Ltd. President、Japan)
Mr. Paijit Sangchai(Flexoresearch Group President、Thailand)
Mr. Jane Liu(New Deantronics President、Taiwan)
16:15 Youth entrepreneurship

Ms. Kikuko Harada (Center for Entrepreneurship Development Executive Director)  

17:00 Closing    
Networking Party ((Hosted by APO) Invited guests only)


Venue: Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University

9:00 Introduction

Challenge is
To plan a new business that will create jobs in more than two countries in Asia. That business must meet the following criteria.
・Solve or help to solve the existent social problems in those target countries
・Beneficial for all countries involved
・Well received in the community
・Sustainable and practical
10:00 Group Work

Presentation and Assessment

17:00 Closing

Venue:Kyoto University: Clock Tower 2F- International Exchange Hall

Opening ceremony

Mr. Keiji Yamada, Kyoto Prefectural Governor

Mr. Tatsuro Ichihara, Chairperson of Trade Fair Committee
Booth exhibition & Business Presentation of Virtual Companies



Commemorative Speech

Dr. Masao Horiba, Horiba Coorporation

Networking Session

Award Presentation


Closing of Virtual Company of Trade Fair
Global Entrepreneurship WeekClosing Ceremony&Party (Hosted by Honda Foundatio) Invited guests only


Closing of GEW Japan Week


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Trade Fair Committee     
Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, Asian Productivity Organization, Center for Entrepreneurship Development
Special Sponsor
Honda Foundation
Assistvaleur, IMPACT Japan, Ftime, Kyoto Chuoshinkin Bank, Commuture Corp., Shimazu, Japan Staff Leasing, DAIKI  


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