Division of University Corporate Relations (English)

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The division in charge of education related to entrepreneurship in the University of Tokyo.

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    Basic Information

    Official Name

    Division of University Corporate Relations

    Official Website

    https://www.ducr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/

    Eligibility

    Students who are interested in starting up a business

    Overview

    Overview of the Program
    The Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR), is an official organization of the University of Tokyo and is responsible for implementing the university’s research to society. These include support for university startups, human resources development, commercialization of academic research, management of research projects, management and usage of intellectual property.


    Moreover, the Office of Startup and Entrepreneurship Education under DUCR is in charge of support for university startups and human resources development. The former handles the management of different incubation facilities (http://www.ducr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/activity/venture/incubation/index.html), while the latter provides a variety of training programs for students and researchers.


    Training programs include, for example, Entrepreneurship I and II (a course offered by The Faculty of Engineering), seminars on product development (https://monozemi.akg.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/), and Exploration and Development of Global Entrepreneurship for Next Generation (EDGE-NEXT).

    Mission/Principals

    The goals of DUCR
    Assist students’ career development by providing startup experiences.
    Cultivate people who can implement the research of the university to society.

    The tasks for students
    Cultivate the habit of discovering issues that they would like to cope with, think and act by themselves, and ask for help if necessary.
    Understand the importance of startups to society and what roles can startup companies play in society.

    Other Info

    Activities 1: Entrepreneurship Education
    DUCR not only assists starting up a business but also cultivates the ability to think like an entrepreneur whatever the task is.


    Courses for Students and Researchers
    The University of Tokyo Entrepreneur Dojo
    Entrepreneurship I and II
    Seminars on product development (https://monozemi.akg.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/)
    Exploration and Development of Global Entrepreneurship for Next Generation (EDGE-NEXT)
    Project support
    Todai To Texas
    FoundX
    Hongo Tech Garage
    Spring / Summer Founders Program


    Activities 2: Incubation Facilities
    Although the university does not directly provide funding for startups, these incubation facilities have set up offices on campus to fund startups in their initial stages. See http://www.ducr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/activity/venture/incubation/index.html for more details. They offer, for example, consultation services for starting up, financing, and professional services, assisting startup companies at its initial stage.


    Activities 3: Consultation
    Students can consult professors online in regards to the process of starting up a company, sometimes suggesting students to continue research if necessary.


    What Values does DUCR provide
    To students
    DUCR provides not really the actual process of starting up a company, but rather something closer to the meaning of startups and the role of startup companies in society. Regardless of whether the student wants to start a company or not, DUCR cultivates entrepreneurship for students.


    To society
    Aligning to the University of Tokyo’s mission of fulfilling its social responsibility, DUCR provides the research of the university back to the society by industrializing it.


    Strengths and Issues
    The research capability of the University of Tokyo ranks amongst the top in the world and acts as a strong advantage for students and researchers when they want to start a company. However, DUCR is not known to many students. Instead of providing training programs and entrepreneurship education for those who already want to start a company, DUCR intends to let more people know what a startup is by providing training programs and entrepreneurship education.


    Message to Students
    It will be great if students can have the experience of starting up their own projects, developing products, and attracting users on their own.

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