The eighth Ideathon was held on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The second half of the program involved identifying topics, developing business ideas, and formulating business models and business plans, all based on the theme of finding solutions to issues related to tourism in Tokyo. In this, the final session of the program, five teams presented their pitches.
The Seventh Ideathon was held on Thursday, December 7, 2019. During the second half of the program, participants will identify issues, develop business ideas, formulate business models and business plans, and deliver their pitch, all based on the following theme: "Solutions for tourism issues in Tokyo."
The Sixth Ideathon was held on Thursday, October 17, 2019. During the second half of the program, participants will identify issues, develop business ideas, formulate business models and business plans, and deliver their pitch, all based on the following theme: "Solutions for tourism issues in Tokyo."
The Fifth Ideathon was held on Thursday, October 3, 2019. This marked the first session of the second half of the program, which will conclude with its eighth session.
The fourth Ideathon was held on June 27. Like the third Ideathon, the fourth welcomed as guest speaker the manager of a startup, with whom we engaged in an interactive brainstorming session.
The third Ideathon was held on June 13. Organized as brainstorming sessions, the third and fourth sessions are based on dialogue with startup manager guest speakers. This session welcomed back from last year Yu Aoki, President and CEO of MATCHA Inc. and an active entrepreneur in the tourism industry.
The second Ideathon was held on May 30. This session featured an introductory lecture on the tourism industry and learning in preparation for the brainstorming session with startup managers planned for the third and fourth sessions.
The first Ideathon of the 2019 academic year was held on May 16. This year’s Ideathon program will consist of nine sessions, with a total of 26 participants recruited publicly from undergraduate and graduate students at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Keio University, Hosei University, and Hitotsubashi University (listed in no particular order).
Accounting for many of the innovations that enrich our lives, startups are expected to play active roles in creating businesses in undeveloped markets. While presenting high growth potential, the tourism industry must also generate new and unique businesses. Now, when so many companies both in tourism and other industries are striving to develop new businesses, there is a need not just for startup entrepreneurs, but for human resources imbued with the entrepreneurial spirit.
The Ninth Tourism Startup Development Program held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, welcomed as guest speaker Mr. Takahiro Ishikawa, CEO of Sentan Bio.
Held on Wednesday, January 12, 2019, the Eighth Ideathon welcomed as guest speaker Mr. Yukihiro Maru, Group CEO of Leave a Nest Co.
Held Wednesday, December 12, the Seventh Ideathon welcomed as guest speaker Mr. Masaru Imoto, CEO of Standard Transaction.
The Sixth Ideathon held Wednesday, November 21, welcomed as guest speaker Mr. Ken Isono, Representative Director of Shizen Energy.
The Fifth Ideathon, held Wednesday, October 17, welcomed guest speaker Ms. Fumiko Kato, President & CEO of WAmazing, Inc.
The fourth Ideathon was held on Wednesday, September 19, with guest speaker, Mr. Kazuhisa Shibayama, CEO of WealthNavi Inc.
The third Ideathon was held on Monday, July 9, with the guest speaker Mr. Yoshiki Iwamoto, CEO of 81plus Inc.
We held the second Ideathon on Wednesday, June 20, inviting two guest speakers; Prof. Tetsuo Shimizu (Chair, Department of Tourism Science, Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University) and Mr. Yu Aoki (CEO of MATCHA Inc.)
The first Ideathon was held on Tuesday, May 29. The university invited Mr. Hima Furuta, Representative Director of umari Inc., as guest, and he delivered the kickoff speech for Ideathon, the gist of which is given below.