JPEN

MICHINOKU ACADEMIA STARTUP PLATFORM

Platform Overview

This platform has been approved for JST’s SCORE Program (University Promotion Type and Base City Environment Enhancement Type) and is run by Tohoku University, acting as the principal institution, together with Hirosaki University, Iwate University, Akita University, Yamagata University, Fukushima University, Niigata University, Nagaoka University of Technology of Technology, and Miyagi University as the joint institutions.

Our Activities

The universities taking part in the platform collaborate on the following four items, to powerfully promote the formulation of startup ecosystems and accelerate the birth of startups in Tohoku (the front-runner region in the battle against upcoming social issues) that can help to solve problems both domestically and internationally.

Michinoku GAP Fund

Operation of the GAP fund support program to provide business feasibility assessment on research products for researchers and students at universities

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Nurturing human resources with leadership and support skills

Nurturing world-class leaders and supporters by fully utilizing both our cumulative know-how in entrepreneurship education and our international network of collaboration

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Enhancing the startup environment

Construction of the ecosystem to support startups through the establishment of Tohoku University Prototype Coordination Office (TPCO)

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Formation of ecosystems inside and outside the platform

Enhancement of industry-academia-government-finance cooperation within Tohoku’s startup ecosystem by participating in the Base City Consortium

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