“Ideas are at the core of the modern economy.” – Patrick Cohendet, Mosaic HEC Montreal
International schools are listening to the business world and are seeking ways to cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets in their students and develop authentic, real-world connections and partnerships.
“Many companies who have failed to invest in creating an anticipatory mindset and decided to stick to their tried and trusted methods are increasingly struggling to keep up the pace. Those who continue to react and respond to change and fail to act on the Hard Trends shaping the future will be unable to adapt and will only fall farther and farther behind until it’s too late.” Burrus, D. (2016)
How will we inspire and create a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs?
The best international schools are working to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in young people. The American School in Japan, in collaboration with peer schools from Singapore and Taipei, are hosting an Engage Innovators and Entrepreneurs Forum and “startup” weekend for students, designed to inspire and challenge young people to pursue their passions and to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
To launch their event, Jesper Koll, CEO of WisdomTree Japan, will present a keynote address to participating students and ACCJ members to set the context for why innovation and entrepreneurship are essential skills for today and for the future. Five young entrepreneurs, working across fields as diverse as immunology, aging, music therapy, energy, fashion, and microfinance, will share their stories to inspire and frame how social and entrepreneurial thinking is shaping the global context. Co-founders of the Impact HUB Tokyo will also explain how they are supporting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing new pathways for young entrepreneurs in Japan to connect and learn from each other.
Young entrepreneurs you will meet:
Riley Ennis, Thiel Fellow, Co-Founder of Immudicon
Pamela Mejia, Textile/fashion designer and social entrepreneur
Taejun Shin, Microfinancer in developing countries CEO Gojo & Company
Laura Deming, Thiel Fellow, Scientist and entrepreneur in aging, venture capital Partner Longevity Fund
Abhishek Sharma, ASIJ Class of 2010, CEO Founder Project Forte
Shino Tsuchiya & Shingo Potier de la Morandière, Co-founders & Directors, Impact HUB Tokyo
Jesper Koll, CEO of WisdomTree Japan
This event will bring together ACCJ members, young entrepreneurs, and students who wish to engage with mentors. It is an opportunity for you to learn about and discuss with participants how entrepreneurial thinking can spark a new generation of young people to pursue their passions and grow their innovator's mindset.
This will be a joint program for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan members and The American School in Japan Engage Forum participants.
Mike Benner, Darren McKellin, Co-chairs
William Dallyn, Imai Jen La Plante, John Kirch, Vice-Chairs
Yoshitaka Sugihara, Board Liaison
ACCJ Information, Communications and Technology Committee
NOTE 1: This event is ON THE RECORD.
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NOTE 3: If you are driving to Tokyo American Club, please inform the ACCJ in advance as arrangements must be made and a 1,100 yen parking fee will apply.
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