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Kick‐off of the Project:

Situation of Start-ups in Japan/China/Republic Korea

February 11th 2015 - February 12th 2015


For this workshop the project team from Chongqing, Seoul, Suzhou and Tokyo met to define project outline, research goals and research design as well as the time schedule.
For the project outline see


February 11th 2015:
  (Internal discussions)
14:00 ‐ 14:45 WHO
  Self introduction by collaborating partners

14:45 ‐ 15:30 WHY
  Why are start‐ups relevant? For whom are they relevant? What function to they perform? Why agglomerations?

15:45 ‐ 17:15 WHAT
  Gaps in the literature, personal interests, our research question(s)

17:30 ‐ 18:30 HOW (first part)
  Common focus: What start‐ups (industry, stage, size etc.) Theoretical Methods: qualitative, quantiative,
Common list of core variables/factors to consider
Access to the field to conduct interviews, surveys

February 12th 2015:
  (Internal discussions continued)
9:30 ‐ 10:15 SCHEDULE
  Internal Defining next steps and milestones

  (External speakers)
10:30 – 11:30 Start-up research – what data?
  Prof. Hiroyuki Okamuro, Hitotsubashi University

11:45 ‐ 12:30 Insights from a Japanese entrepreneur
  Yu Yamada, Founder and CEO of Ypsilon Group, Co-Founder of Legend Partners


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