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Keio University launched Startup Division, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in March 2022, and is promoting social implementation of research and education outcomes through the creation and growth of university-originated startups. Since December 2022, we launched the Keio University Startup Community Program and the Keio Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) Program, and announced alliances with multiple partners. In addition, Keio University ranked 3rd in terms of number of university startups in Japan, according to "FY2022 Survey on University-Developed Venture Businesses'' (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
Keio University aims to revitalize the startup ecosystem starting with Keio University-originated startups through the support by the Startup Division, which functions as a hub to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
It is difficult for researchers to find a path to commercialize their research seeds which may contribute to society, start a business, or raise funds. Keio University will launch an incubation program (Keio Startup Incubation Program; KSIP) to resolve the bottlenecks, navigate researchers and entrepreneurs, and increase the achievement rate of startups. This program has two key features:
(1) Customized support to guide entrepreneurs: Startup Division, partnering with Keio Innovation Initiative (KII), systematize the support framework and menu, and provide customized support to guide each team. We will maximize results by leveraging our strengths in collaboration with KII, alumni networks, and other partners.
(2) A community to enhance quantity and quality of entrepreneurs: Keio University will develop its own community platform where researchers who aim to start a business can connect with their peers, and where knowledge and successful experiences can be shared and accumulated.
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Outcomes / As of December 31, 2023
Outputs / As of December 31, 2023
※１：KSIP－Keio Startup Incubation Program
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