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)
Todai To Texas
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
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.
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.