On Thursday, June 18, the IUJ Business Plan Competition 2015 was held at MLIC 3F Hall. This event was conducted by IUJ’s Entrepreneurship club in collaboration with GSIM faculty to increase the entrepreneurship spirits as practical tool to apply what students have learned in class. Seven teams of IUJ students participated, and there were 4 Judges, Mr. Donald Soo, an Angel investor, Mr. Hiroyuki Utsugi, a Local Entrepreneur who is the CEO of Ryugon Hotel, Prof. Haruyoshi Ito and Prof. Aung Zaw Zaw of GSIM faculty members.
The event opened with welcoming remarks from Prof. Kimio Kase, GSIM Dean. He emphasized that “First, entrepreneurship is an important step to create value by setting up new businesses and giving employment. Second, entrepreneurship helps to integrate and apply all of what GSIM and GSIR students learnt in the schools. Third, club activities help students to learn how to work in collaboration with other people and how to take advantage of synergies born of such collaboration” Each team had a 10 minute presentation of the business plan and Q&A session. After strict evaluations by the judges, the first prize went to Ms.Zoi Katsiapis (MBA) for a Social Fitting Room business plan, and second prize went to Ms.Yuanita Prasetyowati(E-biz) and Ms.Aryani Eko Putranti(E-biz) for their business plan for Prima! Mobile Hair Salon.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the students and distinguished judges who participated in this event. The entrepreneurship club will conduct this event next year.