2017 Introduction to Business Plan for Doctoral Students

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Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences
Tokunaga Makio  Uchikoga Nobuyuki 
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Course description and aims

This two-part course is for doctoral degree students. In the first half, venture entrepreneurs are invited as lecturers to talk about their impressive experience as successful young managers. They will lecture on ventures based on their first-hand experience. Students can learn about specific entrepreneurship and growth strategies such as innovating with excellent technologies, original ideas, or even without a special technology. In the process students will discover what is most important for success in a venture. Moreover, meeting exceptional people while they are young is an invaluable stimulus and experience for the students.
In the second half concerning the topic "using one's own research results to start a business", students will create a business plan in teams, and a business plan contest will be held by a review committee with extensive practical experience. Everyone facing a rapidly globalizing, competitive society and social problems such as a low birthrate and aging population is required to acquire entrepreneurship skills to tread into unexplored areas without fear. Through this course, students will gain a broad perspective and aspirations not limited to their own specialization, as well as develop the competencies to cope with this age of innovation. In addition, students will acquire the facilitative skills required of a leader through the experience of coordinating teams as the leader for group work, and actively guiding discussions. Instructors will foster in students the abilities needed for doctoral talents to succeed as a global leader in diverse fields such as academia and private industry.
Instructors will evaluate from the business plan created in the business plan contest the extent to which entrepreneur skills expected of a Doctor of Management of Technology have been acquired.
This course is offered by Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences (ACLS). Students who are not enrolled in ACLS must obtain permission from the instructor before registration.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to
1) Understand the gap between academic research and business.
2) Understand how business strategies such as a differentiation strategy and niche marketing are actually deployed.
3) Draw up a business plan.
4) Make an appealing presentation.


venture company, management strategy, business model canvas

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This is an intensive course. The first 3 classes consist of lectures by venture company managers, and in the last 4 classes, students will form teams to compete in a business plan contest.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Innovation from the university and the role of venture business. Understand making innovation and the role of venture business.
Class 2 Facilitating technology transfer which leads to social and economic innovations to make a social contribution through research findings of universities Understand the "technology transfer system"
Class 3 start-ups by students Understand the entrepreneurship by a young CEO lecture
Class 4 Introduction to making business model canvas Plan out an idea on business plan and make an presentation.
Class 5 Making of “business model canvas” by the teams under the guidance of mentors. Making of “business model canvas” by the teamwork.
Class 6 Making-up of “business model canvas” under the guidance of mentors and preparation of presentation slides. Making-up of “business model canvas” and prepare presentation slides.
Class 7 Business plan contest. Making an appealing presentation of the business plan.


There is no assigned textbook.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

During class, the lecturer will hand out materials.

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports in each class (50%)
Evaluating a business model canvas(20%)
Performance of business plan competition(30%)

Related courses

  • HCB.C432 : Fundamentals of Research Application for Life Innovation
  • LST.A413 : Career Development Seminars

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There are no prerequisites for taking the course.

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