Department   Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University  College of International Management
   Position   Associate Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2022/12/13
Type Book(Chapter)
Invitation Invited paper
Title Harnessing makerspaces for technology entrepreneurship: a pragmatic prototyping approach
Contribution Type Joint Work
Journal Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy - 2023
Journal TypeAnother Country
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Volume, Issue, Page pp.378-384
Responsible for Chapter 28
Author and coauthor Katsufumi Matsui, Emi Makino, Yasuhiro Ikeuchi, Katsuya Hasegawa
Details Technology entrepreneurship can be a challenging and complex endeavor for novice student entrepreneurs, especially in a country like Japan where entrepreneurship is still perceived as a radical career choice. Students in an intensive eight to nine-week co-curricular program launched at the University of Tokyo, learn to "do" entrepreneurship through deliberate practice. Despite the goal of developing an entrepreneurial mindset not startups, paradoxically, the program has become somewhat of a startup engine. Over a dozen tech startups have emerged, suggesting that seamless, end-to-end support of student side-projects can be an effective mechanism for organically seeding student startups. Key success factors are identified, including a focus on rapid, pragmatic prototyping.