International Entrepreneurship Contest for University Students 

2020 Online

December 4 (FRI)、5 (SAT)、12(SAT) 2020, 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 university students. It will be held on December 4 (FRI)、5 (SAT)、and 12 (SAT) 2020. It will bethe 5th 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 2020 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


  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 Corp

  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


  Workgroup of "Kyoto Valley" For Manufacturing And Innovation 

  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.

  ZHEJIANG Gabriel Bitechnology CO., LTD.


  The Consortium of Universities in Hyogo


​Invited ​Judges


3、Entry Requirements

  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.



  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. 



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



  Initial profile submission: English

  Presentation: English (including question and answer session)



  *Time Limit: Presentation - 10 minutes, question and answer session - 5 minutes

  *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 , 2020.


 Registration Deadline: November 28, 2020


 Qualifying teams based on the initial profile selection will be notified by email on November 30,2020

The schedule for the contest on December 4 (FRI), 5 (SAT), 12 (SAT) will be as follows:

Please note that attendance on December 4 (FRI), 5 (SAT), 12(SAT) are mandatory. (Time : Osaka, Sapporo,Tokyo )


7、Awarding Criteria

8、Registration Guidelines 

  The specified form should be completed in English, converted to PDF format (PDF file must be within 10 pages & file size must be less than 3Mb), and the PDF file should be emailed to: info@kyoto.academy

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


Subject :

 [IECO2020] University Name

PDF file name :

 [IECO2020] University Name_ Title of Business Plan.

※Reference material : Within 5 pages.

Provisional RegistrationDeadline : November 25, 2020

Profile Submission Deadline: November 28, 2020

Announcement of qualifying teams based on initial profile submission: November 30, 2020

※PowerPoint and all the details about this contest should be sent by email on December 3, 2020


9、Registration fee: JPY¥20,000/per entry
※The sponsor will afford the participation fee for the provisional registration..



Gold Prize (1 team): 300,000 yen

Silver Prize (2 teams): 200,000 yen

Bronze Prize (3 teams): 100,000 yen

Excellent business plan may have the chance to receive angel investment.



  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.