Nagoya-Japan, January 24, 2018 – CEO Kono participated in the panel discussion at the Tokai Startup Conference 2018, held in Midland Hall (Nagoya, Aichi).
This conference was held to commemorate that Tokai-Edge (Tongali) Program mainly achieved by Nagoya University had adopted as Exploration and Development of Global Entrepreneurship for NEXT generation (Edge-Next) by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
After Nagoya University President Seiichi Matsuo gave opening remarks, Kenichi Omae delivered keynote titled Startup and Innovation.
At the subsequent symposium, CEO Kono joined in panel discussion titled Startups & Existing Company; Future of New Business Creation to promote venture creation from Tokai region.
Focused on strategies to activate entrepreneur in Tokai region and university’s role, they discussed various themes such as the diversity of University’s Knowledge and importance on building venture ecosystem and also on having strong passion to start business.
Tongali Program is entrepreneurship education targeting students from Nagoya University, established by Nagoya University. From education to cultivation and support, they provide systematic support, aiming to create new business continuously.
Nagoya University works on building a global innovation ecosystem by contributing to the creation of employment, activation of the industry in Tokai region and Nagoya through this project.
EDGE-NEXT is an education program promoted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. By considering results and issues acquired from entrepreneur education several universities have worked on, it aims to build venture ecosystem by relevant parties and institute, or to train leaders who keen on starting a business or creating new business on the basis of R&D results from universities etc..
Tohoku University, The University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, Kyushu University, and Waseda University have been adopted by EDGE-NEXT. The project period is five years from 2017 to 2022.