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Kyoto International Entrepreneurship Contest for University Students

2022 Online

November 25(FRI),27(SUN), December 4(SUN) 2022, Kyoto, Japan

The Executive Committee of International Entrepreneurship Contest for University Students

1. Main Purpose

The Kyoto International Entrepreneurship Contest is a business plan competition for multinational univeristy students. It will be held on November 25(FRI),27(SUN),December 4(SUN) 2022, Kyoto, Japan. It will be the 6th competition and the 1st was held in Kyoto in May, 2018. We will invite overseas university students and hold an online contest here in Kyoto with Japanese university students. The best entrepreneur teams will be invited to compete online, where the winners of the contest will also be chosen. We believe that the spirit of innovation is vital to the development of young minds.  This contest will not only provide a platform for cutting-edge business ideas, but also bringgreat opportunities of investment with the support of excellent business partners.

Kyoto is a world-renowned city for its cultural heritage sites, traditional arts, and delicious cuisine.  The city was named as the World’s Best City two years in a row (2014 and 2015) by Travel + Leisure Magazine.  At the same time, Kyoto is also one of the key economic and academic centers in Japan.  It is home to the headquarters of leading Japanese multinational corporations and manufacturers including Nintendo, Omron, and Kyocera, as well as top ranking universities including Kyoto University, Doshisha University, and Ritsumeikan University. With such wonderful communities and resources abundant in the city, it is no surprise that Kyoto was ranked the most attractive city amongst 72 in the 2018 Japan Power Cities ranking compiled by the Mori Memorial Foundation Institute for Urban Strategies.  All of these factors contribute signicantly to the city’s economy, making it the perfect place for flourishing exciting ideas and new capital ventures.

 Kyoto is also facing various challenges nowadays, such as aging society, low birthrate, conflicts with globalization, and cultural heritage issues.  However, reversely such challenges provide huge opportunities for the long term development of Kyoto. We hope this contest will inspire energetic and creative young minds to bring new innovative ideas to the development of Kyoto, and contribute to the solutions to social problems. 

 In the era of change and challenge, especially with respect to human society and technological developement,we encourage the young generation to use the International Entrepreneurship Contest 2021 Online as a platform for their voices, and show this world a better future with the spirits of collaboration, unity, innovation and integrity.


2. Institutional Framework(2021 results)


Executive Committee of International Entrepreneurship Contest for University Students



Global Education Service Co., Ltd

IKUTA Global Co., Ltd.



Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City

Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Kinki Japan

Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto

Kyoto Prefectural International Center

The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto

Kyoto Chiesangyo Sozonomori

Kyoto Research Park

Kyoto University Original Co., Ltd



Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry.(METI Kansai)

Kansai Economic Federation

Japan China Economic Association

Kyoto Industrial Support Organization 21

Kyoto Industry-Academia-Government Cooperative Organization 

Kyoto Employers’ Association

Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives

Kyoto Industrial Association

Kyoto Shisaku Net

The consortium of universities in Osaka


The Kyoto Shimbun

WASEDA-EDGE Global Talent Development Program



The Bank of Kyoto, Ltd.

Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank

The Kyoto Shinkin Bank

Murata Machinery, Ltd.

IKUTA Manufacturing Equipment Corporation

Rentong Corporation


Zhejiang Gabriel Biotechnology co .,Ltd


The Consortium of Universities in Hyogo

Invited Judges


Susumu Takase, Contest Consultant, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Management in Kyoto University

Susumu Takase is currently a professor in the Graduate School of Management in Kyoto University.

After completing his Ph.D. in the Kobe University Graduate School of Business Administration, he focused on business start-up strategy, and conducted research related to industrialists and entrepreneurs.  He shares his expertise both in theory and in practice with student entrepreneurs in Kyoto University, as well as provide funding to start-up enterprises.  We are honoured to have Professor Takase take on the role of consultant for the contest.


Satoshi Sugahara, Professor of Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University

Satoshi Sugahara has a Ph.D. in International Business Law from Yokohama National University, and a Master of Commerce from the Australian National University.  He is a member of multiple national and international accounting associations.  His primary research interests are financial accounting in Small and Medium-sized Entities (SMEs), and global implementations of practices and standards for accounting education.

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Changju Kim, Professor of Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University

Changju Kim obtained his Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from Cardiff University (UK), and his Ph.D. in Commerce from Osaka City University.  He is a member of multiple academic associations, including the Japan Society of Marketing and Distribution, and the Marketing Science Institute. Professor Kim’s research specializes in retail strategy, innovative sales management, strategic marketing, and global strategy.

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Keiichi Yoshino, CEO of Dari K Co., Ltd

After graduating from the Graduate School of Kyoto University and the Graduate School at Oxford University, Keiichi Yoshino worked as a financial analyst in the banking and investment sector.  He is currently the CEO of Dari K, a cacao bean importing company that successfully improved the quality and productivity of cacao beans on the Sulawesi Island of Indonesia, which is now the second-largest producer in the world.

3. Entry Requirements

The projects shall be creative and present relatively mature product prototypes or service modes.  The content of the business plan must be closely related to the future development of society in the real world. The entries shall include one or more of the following topics:

①Technology, media, telecommunication

②Health, biomedicine

③Environmental improvement, new energy

④Traditional culture, cultural creativity

There is no limitation to the type of business model or industry.  However, any plans that are contrary to public policy or deemed morally unacceptable will not permitted.



4. Qualification of Participants

Students must participate as a team. Participating team members must be college, university, or graduate students, or vocational school students in their fourth or fifth year.  Each team must have no less than 4 members, and up to a maximum of 8 members.


5. Rules of the Contest

Entries will first be selected based on the initial profile submission.  Qualifying teams will be invited to compete in the preliminary and final contest in Osaka.



Initial profile submission: English

Presentation: English (including question and answer session)



Time Limits

10 minutes for the presentation

5 minutes for the question and answer (Q&A) session

Prepare your presentation by PowerPoint.

The presentation shall be delivered by every team member or a representative.  During the Q&A session, you may consult with your team members before answering each question. PowerPoint and all the details about this contest should be sent by email on December 3 , 2021.


6. Schedule

Registration Deadline: November 13, 2022


Qualifying teams based on the initial profile selection will be notified by email on November 15, 2022

The schedule for the contest on November 18(FRI),27(SUN),December 4(SUN) will be as follows:

Please note that attendance on November 4(FRI),27(SUN),December 4(SUN) are mandatory. (Time : Osaka, Sapporo,Tokyo )

7.Awarding Criteria

8. Registration Guidelines

Complete the Specified Form (link below) in English, convert it to PDF format (file size must be less than 3Mb), and

email the PDF file to:

The subject of the email and name of the PDF file shall follow the examples below.

Subject:                [IECO2022] University Name

PDF file name:     [IECO2022] University Name_Title of Business Plan

※Reference material: Within 5 pages.


Provisional RegistrationDeadline : November 21, 2022

9. Awards


The award-winning projects will receive an award certificate. Excellent business plans have the opportunity to receive angel investment.

10. Disclaimers

The proposed business plan is the intellectual property right of the proposing team.


The proposed business plan must be the original work of the proposing team.  Any consequences arising from intellectual property rights infringement shall be the responsibility of the relevant individual or team.  If the work of an individual or a team is considered to have violated other’s intellectual property rights, the team will be disqualified, and all awards will be rescinded.


Summaries of business plans will be featured on the internet. Therefore, in order to protect personal intellectual property, a formal patent application can be made in advance if necessary. In addition, if the business plan is based on new technology or commodity, please confirm whether there are any similar products or technologies in the market in advance to avoid any possible intellectual property rights infringement issues.

Please note that organizers have the right to publish business plans of each team participating in the competition.

The submitted business plan and related materials will not be returned. Please prepare your backup in advance.


Only those who have passed the document screening will be contacted by the registered e-mail address or by phone.

In principle, if you have to be absent due to unavoidable reasons, please contact us.

※This event will be held under the requirements for holding the event according to the national and local governments.

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