APU Startup Program Holds Kick-off Event Celebrating its Third Year of Operation


Nov 16, 2020

On November 8 (Sun), 2020, the APU Startup Program held a kick-off event to celebrate its third year of operation. This year’s program launched with 50 students from 10 countries and regions organized in 35 groups, and four faculty and staff members serving as mentors. The APU Startup Program has thus far not only conducted activities aimed at starting new businesses, but also activities that support self-inquiry regarding contributions students can make to society and goals they wish to achieve.

The kick-off event began with a lecture by President Deguchi, and this was followed by introductions of the four mentors and presentations by two groups of second cohort students on projects that are currently underway. In addition, Mr. Takashi Masuda from PR Times, a company with which APU entered into a partnership in the fall of 2020, explained PR Times’ business ventures and introduced services available to the APU Startup Program under the partnership. For more information about APU’s partnership with PR Times, please visit the website below (Japanese only).

As part of the partnership, the APU Startup Program invited PR consultant Eishiro Noro as a lecturer to conduct a special online lecture on the topic of “why a PR mindset is necessary in today’s business world” on November 9, the day following the kick-off event. This type of special lecture is scheduled to take place monthly moving forward. The next lecture, to be held on December 14, will be led by Mr. Motoyasu Asaoka, a producer at TV Tokyo, who will discuss the topic of “creating business TV programs with PR people create.”

The APU Startup Program was launched on July 16, 2018 (coinciding with Marine Day, a Japanese national holiday). This project was personally supervised by APU’s President, and aims to support a diverse range of students in accomplishing their dreams and goals. It has thus far strived to resolve social problems, revitalize regional communities, and contribute to the creation of a diverse society. Five groups of students that have participated in the program have gone on to establish their own businesses.

To respond to the diverse career needs of its students, APU provides career support for a wide array of paths forward.

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