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.
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
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
Enhancing the startup environment
Construction of the ecosystem to support startups through the establishment of Tohoku University Prototype Coordination Office (TPCO)
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
The design incorporates seven circles symbolizing the seven participating prefectures, arranged in the traditional Shippo pattern* that signifies partnership, harmony, and development.
Starting from the seven prefectures on the map, the overlapping circles take on the image of co-creation and development through collaboration. The color will be gold, which stands for prosperity and wisdom. Overall, the design expresses the ideal and image of the creation of new industries aimed toward future expansion and development.
*Shippo pattern: One of the patterns of good omen, where the shapes are linked infinitely. It is a pattern of good fortune, signifying the wish for peacefulness, harmony, and connection.