2023 Ota City Start-up Off-Campus Project

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Academy for Super Smart Society
Sampei Mitsuji  Nishihara Akinori  Fukuda Eisuke  Sota Satoru  Yonekura Yuki 
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Course description and aims

For students interested in starting a venture business, the program will provide a practical curriculum aimed at the "commercialization of research themes" through writing a concrete business plan. We will invite the presidents of Tokyo Tech venture companies to talk about their business experiences, and we will also focus on fieldwork that is unique to the Ota City collaborative program. The program will provide opportunities for stimulating experiences, including visits to unique facilities in the city, such as cutting-edge incubation facilities and town factories that are normally inaccessible, as well as business presentations from the people in charge of each facility. In addition, lectures by guests (MIRAI Relations, C2D, Nippon Broadcasting System, Jonan Shinkin Bank, Tokyo Stock Exchange, etc.), visits to various facilities (Haneda Innovation City (HIC), JAL SKY MUSEUM, factory apartments, etc.).
If the number of applicants exceeds 10, participants will be selected after interviewing them about their entrepreneurial themes. Bachelor's and master's course students with entrepreneurial themes may take the course upon consultation with the person in charge (credits are in the 600s, and credits will be granted per the study guide).

Student learning outcomes

Through this curriculum, students will acquire practical entrepreneurial know-how and direct experience in the knowledge and skills required in a super-smart society, as well as the skills to create a business plan.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The outside lecturers and guest speakers assigned to the program have started their businesses or supported other entrepreneurs. They will guide the creation of business plans based on their experiences and offer consultation on the content.


Internship, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, venture, startup, Ota City, small factories in town, Haneda

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th periods on seven Wednesdays in 3Q, lectures, exercises, practices (business plan writing) and fieldwork (facility tours, etc.) will be held at the Ookayama Campus and various locations in Ota City. The starting time may be earlier or the ending time may be later depending on the facilities (the schedule will be decided and notified before the first session).

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Wednesday, 11 October at Ookayama S4-202 General Guidance, Introduction of Ota City's initiatives, Introduction of Mentors, Presentation of tasks Given in the lecture
Class 2 Wednesday, 18 October at Haneda Innovation City Introduction of Haneda Innovation City, Business plan writing Given in the lecture
Class 3 Wednesday, 25 October at Ookayama S4-202 Guest lectures, Business plan writing Given in the lecture
Class 4 Wednesday, 1 November at Techno FRONT Morigasaki Visit tenant companies, Business plan writing Given in the lecture
Class 5 Wednesday, 1 November at Ookayama S4-202 Guest lectures, Introduction of Ota City’s Entrepreneurial Support, Business plan writing Given in the lecture
Class 6 Wednesday, 1 November at JAL SKY MUSEUMF Facility tour Given in the lecture
Class 7 Wednesday, 22 November at Ookayama S4-202 Presentation of activity reports, Comments Given in the lecture

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend a certain length of time outside of class on preparation and review (including for assignments), as specified by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Undergraduate Learning (東京工業大学学修規程) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Graduate Learning (東京工業大学大学院学修規程), for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



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None (Distributed as appropriate)

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Related courses

  • Ota City Start-up Experience Off-Campus Project

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