On Sunday, December 6, the Japan Business Model Competition 2015 in Niigata was held at MLIC 3F Hall.
This event was conducted by ICLOVE (International Collaboration for Local Organizations in Venture and Entrepreneurship) in collaboration with GSIM faculty members. Six IUJ student teams and two NUＴ（Nagaoka University of Technology） student teams participated, and there were 5 Judges, Mr. Soo, an Angel investor, Mr. Hiramatsu, CEO of Kozocom, Inc., Mr. Matsubara, Professor at Niigata University, Mr. Maruyama, Professor at Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Mr. Rajasekera, Vice President of IUJ. The event opened with welcoming remarks from President Kase. Each participant had a 10 minute presentation of the business plan and Q&A session.
After strict evaluations by the judges, the first prize went to Mr. Prabath Weerasinghe (Nagaoka University of Technology) for “An Automated & Intelligent Fleet Management System,” second prize went to Mr. Swagat Bannick (GSIM) for a Swipestreet.com ( Unleash the true Street Shopper in You) and third prize went to Ms.Ha Phung (GSIR) for “A chain of charity consignment shops”. The first-prize winner, Mr. Prabath Weerasinghe, will be invited to the Japan Business Model Competition 2015 in Tokyo which will be held on February 27 and 28, 2016. The first-prize winner also awarded the three-month free presentation training program offered by Global InstaBiz (CEO: Mr. Kozo Hiramatsu).
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the students and distinguished judges who participated in this event.
Details of JBMC (Japanese) : http://japan-bmc.com/index.html
Mr. Swagat Bannick (GSIM)
Mr. Prabath Weerasinghe (Nagaoka University of Technology)