A non-profit organization where people with a global perspective and entrepreneurial spirit gather and start running projects.
Bizjapan was founded as a student organization in 2011 and became a non-profit organization in 2017.
A diverse group of people who have a global mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit gather and kick start various projects.
Fifty-five successful projects and events have been launched at Bizjapan so far.
The activities are led by members from various universities like UTokyo, ICU, Waseda, Keio, as well as foreign universities. In 2020, twenty-five projects, such as those involving traditional Japanese arts and crafts, information about the Middle East, cross-cultural exchanges in English, and biking startups, were executed.
People of any gender, university, grade, the field of interest are welcome. Official languages of communication are English and Japanese.
Members share information about and learnings from their projects and interact with each other at the Friday Gatherings (FG). Apart from FGs, individual projects are the primary activity of BizJapan. Activities within projects mainly include deskwork during the planning stage and interaction with stakeholders on the grassroots level during the execution phase.
The themes of last year’s projects were diverse, from token economies to traditional arts and crafts, and from discussing the future of the Middle East to the creation of an English-conversation community. Events interlinking poems and walks (Sampo) were also held.
There are also members who take part in lectures, workshops, and internships held by other organizations.
■Careers/Activities of Past Members (OB・OG)
Career paths of past Bizjapan members (OB・OG, short for Old Boy・Old Girl) are diverse, including foreign consulting firms, major banks, IT companies, venture companies. There are entrepreneurs as well. On the other hand, Some continue to pursue academics by going to graduate school, and some engage in political affairs by becoming a politician.
Activities of the alumni
・The founder, Sho Hayashi, first worked at a strategic consulting firm, later co-launched a startup called EDGEof. He is currently involved in the urban development of Obuse town in Nagano prefecture.
Interview with Mr.Sho Hayashi
・Ai Taguchi, of the 7th batch, set up chocolate factories and launched a Ghana-based chocolate brand called MAAHA Chocolate in Ghana to expand the potential of the Cacao farmers there.
The farmer and Chocolate-Maker University Student in Ghana: The Challenge of Ai Taguchi