Entrepreneurship symposium to be offered in Japan for first time

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Babson College and Tokyo University of Science (TUS) have signed a long-term alliance to offer Babson’s renowned Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) in Japan. This will be the first time that the SEE series country program will be offered in Japan and in the Asia Pacific region.

Babson established SEE 30 years ago and more than 3,000 educators and entrepreneurs from more than 650 institutions worldwide have attended the program. In 2012, the SEE Asia program was established, open to deans and senior faculty members from the top 25 business schools from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

This year, Babson has started offering SEE country program in Asia. The inaugural Tokyo University of Science - Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) will take place November 7-10, 2014 at TUS.

“Tokyo University of Science is very honored to partner with Babson College, so highly respected in entrepreneurship education, as TUS endeavors to ‘reach for the summit’ and revolutionize the higher education approach in Japan for the 21st century,” said Shigeru “Sam” Nakane, Chairman of the Board of Directors, TUS, during signing ceremonies held at Babson. “Through this partnership, Babson College will be contributing not only to TUS, but also the future of Japan by helping us to educate and train young minds for the edge of the entrepreneurship world."

“We are pleased to partner with Tokyo University of Science to offer for the first time the Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators in Japan,” said Babson President Kerry Healey.  “This is a vital partnership, coming at a time when enterprises everywhere are striving to be more entrepreneurial.”

Babson Entrepreneurship Professors Heidi Neck and Zach Zacharakis will lead TUS-Babson SEE 2014, covering topics that include:

  •  Teaching Entrepreneurship
  •  Entrepreneurial Thought & Action: A Method of Entrepreneurship
  •  The Challenges & Opportunities of Entrepreneurship Education in Japan
  •  Starting With What you Have
  •  Design Thinking For Ideation
  •  Opportunity Evaluation and Feasibility
  •  Market Tests & Experimentation
  •  Business Model Generation
  •  Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems
  •  The Art of the Pitch
  •  Rocket Pitch Work
  •  Failure and Acceptable Loss

The SEE effort will end with all students participating in a Rocket Pitch event, Enhancing Entrepreneurship Education in Japan.

Program Overview

Global SEE programsplay an integral part in leading the entrepreneurial revolution in colleges and universities. SEE has prepared more than 3,000 educators and entrepreneurs from more than 650 institutions worldwide for critical roles as educators of entrepreneurship. SEE explores best practices in entrepreneurship education, case method frameworks, and pedagogy—in a dynamic setting.

SEE programs are developed for and held in numerous countries and regions around the world, including: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Ireland, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and the United States.

Babson strategically partners with academic institutions, governments, corporations, and foundations to deliver SEE programs that stimulate growth and value creation on an institutional, regional, and national level. Upcoming SEE events include SEE Malaysia, December 2014 and February 2015; SEE Taiwan, March 2015; SEE China, May 2015, and SEE Asia, held at Babson in June 2015.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​®​. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 11/05/2014 05:00