立命館アジア太平洋大学 起業部 APU Startup Program

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What is the APU Startup Program?

The APU Startup Program was established in 2018 as a practical extracurricular program where faculty and startup support organizations both inside and outside of Oita Prefecture could support students in their entrepreneurial activities.
In order to support students who seriously want to start their own businesses in their future, applicants’ business plans are screened before becoming official members of the APU Startup Program. So far more than 10 groups have made their startup ideas a reality, from an online business and a food delivery service, to social entrepreneurship that uses the Metaverse or tries to solve food loss.

Breakdown of the 6th Batch of APU Startup Program Participants

Number of Students

Domestic
Students
International
Students

*49 Undergraduate Students, 2 Graduate Students

Main Countries of Students

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
  • ThailandThailand
  • MyanmarMyanmar
  • BangladeshBangladesh
  • NigeriaNigeria
  • SenegalSenegal
  • South KoreaSouth Korea
  • South KoreaJapan
  • IndiaIndia
  • VietnamVietnam
  • PakistanPakistan
  • BhutanBhutan
  • LiberiaLiberia
  • NorwayNorway
  • ChinaChina

Total of 15 Countries & Regions

APU Startup Program Recruitment & Activities Schedule

Early August

Preliminary Announcement of APU Startup Program Recruitment (Notification of items to prepare, etc.)

Early~Mid October

Commencement of Recruitment

Late October

Results Notification

Early November

APU Startup Program Welcome Ceremony

Schedules for Each Project

APU Startup Program Alumni Voices

ITO Airu (College of International Management Spring 2023 Graduate, Japan) Growbuddy

ITO Airu

After graduating from APU, I immediately pursued my own business and currently have two projects. The first is a Metaverse study abroad project with the theme of “Games x English” where children can learn English while having fun. The second is a project that selects appealing sweets from Kyushu into a single box and sells them online. We are launching a sweets project that targets Thai people but would like to expand our sales to other parts of Southeast Asia in the future. Since many APU students come from diverse backgrounds, we also receive help from them in both projects. To students aiming to start their own business, if you are stuck on an idea or project, rather than worrying alone, please take advantage of APU’s rich environment and consult with various people. I am sure you will come up with opinions and ideas you never thought of before!

FURUKAWA Hikari (College of Asia Pacific Studies Spring 2022 Graduate, Japan) Representing “Amairo Shoten” while working at a government office

FURUKAWA Hikari

When I was in high school, I learned about the contradiction of food loss occurring in Japan while there are people in need of food, and wanted to do something about it. I joined the APU Startup Program with the hope of creating a system to deliver items recovered from food loss to those who need them. After joining the program, I received advice on how to advertise my project, participated in business plan competitions to find supporters, and worked hard to build a network. As a result, I gained the support of the local agricultural community and others. In 2021, I was able to start a supermarket without price tags, which is open every Saturday. In the future, I would like to open a cafeteria that makes use of the food collected and brings happiness to a variety of people. To students aiming to start their own businesses, including social entrepreneurs, please have faith, be persistent, and push forward toward your goals!

DE SILVA lakshan Anjallo (College of International Management Spring 2019 Graduate, Sri Lanka) LionHub Co., Ltd.

DE SILVA lakshan Anjalloさん

I grew up in a family where both of my parents were entrepreneurs, and I entered APU with dreams of developing a business in Japan in the future. Through the APU Startup Program, I received advice from various people. And through trial and error, I challenged myself to adapt my business plan to Japanese society and environment. Thanks to these past experiences, I have been able to launch not only a Sri Lankan restaurant but also an online business selling black tea and spices and a car rental business. Moving forward, while working to further develop these businesses, I would also like to work as a business consultant in the future. When trying to start a business, it is very important that the business fits the local area and environment. To students aiming to start their own businesses, please listen to advice from as many people as possible, take on different challenges, and work hard to make your dreams a reality!

REZA Iftakhar (College of International Management Spring 2019 Graduate, Bangladesh) Founded Mainichi Monkey Co., Ltd.
Currently working at Yaraku, Inc.

REZA Iftakhar

Since I was a student, I have wanted to start my own food delivery service after graduation and repeatedly conducted test marketing. In particular, I received support from the APU Startup Program to conduct market research and build a network. I worked hard on these aspects while also trying to develop an app through trial and error. Right after graduation, I launched the business Mainichi Monkey Co., Ltd., a food delivery service with a focus on Oita Prefecture. It gave me great joy and confidence to see the number of users exceed 30,000 in FY2022. Having achieved that level of success, I wanted to take the next step. I transferred the company through merger and acquisition in 2023, and now another owner runs the business. Currently, I am at Yaraku, Inc., a software business with a focus on large companies where I learn while developing the company. I encourage students aiming to start their own businesses to take on different challenges while acquiring new knowledge!

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