Entrepreneurship Initiative Launch

April 25, 2012 at 6pm - 9pm


Panelists Guy Kawasaki, Robert Eberhart and Norman Winarsky

 On April 25th, USJC Council’s Entrepreneurship Task Force hosted its Entrepreneurship Initiative Launch Event at Stanford University. The event featured an introduction to the TOMODACHI Tohoku Challenge (TTC), an entrepreneurship competition hosted by the USJC in partnership with the TOMODACHI Initiative. The goal of the new initiative is to promote U.S.-Japan dialogue about entrepreneurship and innovation in Japan to help revitalize the Japanese economy in troubled areas such as the recovering Tohoku region. The Stanford event also featured a panel of eight international entrepreneurs and experts on Japanese and American entrepreneurship. The theme of the panel event was “Global Innovation and Disruption: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Japan.”

Hosted by Professor Robert Eberhart of Stanford University, Professor Kathryn Ibata-Arens of DePaul University, and Yumi Kuwana of Cook Pine Capital LLC, the USJC Entrepreneurship Initiative Launch Event brought numerous business and academic leaders together to open the conversation for entrepreneurship in Japan. The panel focused on the similarities and differences between the start-up cultures in Japan and the Silicon Valley.

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