2021 Entrepreneurship and fundraising

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Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Saijo Miki  Ohashi Takumi  Kaneko Daisuke 
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Course description and aims

For problems that go beyond the boundaries of the conventional social system, problems in maintaining the quality of life for the elderly, and problems such as wide-spread evacuation during a large disaster, it is not even possible to approach them without integrating interdisciplinary knowledge and entrepreneurship. The course touches on product prototypes that may lead to a solution, but have not arrived on the market yet. Students examine how to use them and what kind of services to explore, as well as what kind of business and funding is necessary to implement the services. The final output of the course is proposing a feasible service with a product together with group members. The problems and projects explored in this course are decided yearly based on discussions of instructors.

Student learning outcomes

For compounded problems such as maintaining the quality of life for the elderly, and wide-scale evacuations during a disaster, solutions by engineering devices are crafted, at which time it is necessary to consider the interrelationship between social systems, human skills, and device performance. In this course a new topic is created each year, and students learn through lectures and exercises the process of making an engineering device prototype into a service that solves some social problems. Students thereby acquire the skills to judge problems from multiple perspectives and the skills to simplify and solve complex problems, becoming professionals who can lead innovation.


wicked problems, mutual relationship among the social system, human capability, and the device performance, entrepreneurship, funding ,innovation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

It is introduced in the beginning of the course, theory, idea, prototype used in a current service system depending on a theme of the year, and students discuss about the remaining problem in current system and what kind of new business is possible, and present ideas of business as a group presentation. After that, students learn the variation of funding and make a strategy of fund development for implementation of their business plans with investor's perspective. At the last part of the course students rebuild their business plans and present them.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance, What does market capitalization mean? Each instructor sets a task during the class.
Class 2 Presentation : How do you think about emerging market which you should invest?
Class 3 Presentation: Ventures which you want to invest. Examples of business plans which can raise fund.
Class 4 How do you organize investment committee based on your interest?
Class 5 Care ×Business plan ×investment
Class 6 Organize your business plan based on the perspective of VC and presentation
Class 7 Presentation of your business plan

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

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Non required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Communication Design Miki Saijo Kuroshio Shuppan

Assessment criteria and methods

Tasks in classes: 30 %
Group work and presentation during class and home-work: 30%
Final report: 40%

Related courses

  • ESD.D406 : Prototyping Methodology for Engineering Design
  • ESD.E406 : User Interview Theory and Practice
  • ESD.H401 : Disciplined Entrepreneurship

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


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