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9th International Industry-Academia Symposium titled ‘Path to Entrepreneurial Success’ was held on March 9th 2012 at Kyoto University, Shrankaikan. The symposium featured internationally renowned entrepreneurs and academics talking about their entrepreneurial experiences, as well as on entrepreneurial trends. Speakers included, Dr. Yasunori Kaneko (Managing Director of Skyline Ventures (US)), Dr. Sachiko Kuno (Founding CEO & Co-Founder of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (US)), Dr. Kazuo Nakamura (Chairman & CEO of CMIC HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. (JPN)), Dr. Jonathan Soderstrom (Managing Director of Office of Cooperative Research, Yale University), and Prof. Akio Nishizawa (Tohoku University). The symposium also included a panel discussion featuring young entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, discussing on their expectations and goals. Panelist included Mr. Tei Tou (CEO of PopIn) and Mr. Mitsuo Okada (CEO of MUTECH TRAIL), as well as Mr. Tomotaka Goji (CEO of Edge Capital) and Mr. Satoshi Koga (Director, Will Capital Management).

Representatives from both the U.S. and Japanese government, including Mr. Gregory Kay (US Consulate General Osaka-Kobe), and Mr. Tomohiro Terasaki (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), also spoke on the importance of entrepreneurship, and the role of university in start-up creation.

Although the weather was abysmal, the event was well received with more than 180 attendees, including students, researchers, businessmen and government officials. The youngest attendee was a 10th grader, who intends to go to an American university, and eventually start a business there. More than 70 people stayed for the network reception that included a brief congratulatory speech by Dr. Kuno.p>

The symposium was hosted by Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation (SACI), Kyoto University and co-hosted by the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, with backing from Japan Academic Society for Venture Entrepreneurs (JASVE).



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