Hitotsubashi ICS and UTokyo IPC to Hold 1st Meetup Event : Empowering MBA students’ opportunities with tech startups

Hitotsubashi University Business School’s School of International Corporate Strategy (hereafter Hitotsubashi ICS) and UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “UTokyo IPC”) will hold a meetup event on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. This event brings together international students with overseas business experience who are enrolled in Hitotsubashi ICS’s MBA Program and technology startups supported by UTokyo IPC, the incubator and venture investment arm of the University of Tokyo.


This event will create matching opportunities for the MBA students at Hitotsubashi ICS who are interested in commercializing tech seeds at university-originated ventures or participating in the planning and launch of a university-affiliated tech startup. Our aim is to cultivate both business professionals and startups that can thrive in the global arena.



Upgraded management skills for commercializing research seeds
Hitotsubashi ICS has the distinction of being the first national university business school in Japan to offer an all-English MBA program. It is also the first public university in Japan to receive AACSB international accreditation (*1). This accreditation has been granted to business schools located in more than 30 countries around the world, including Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Hitotsubashi ICS has also been ranked first in Japan by the QS Global MBA Ranking (*2). More than 90% of the program’s participants are international students. In alignment with Hitotsubashi University’s mission to foster “Captains of Industry,” the program focuses especially on the development of the kind of skills required by business professionals who aim to work effectively all over the world.


UTokyo IPC is committed to further developing the University of Tokyo’s innovation ecosystem through its investments and activities, which include “1stRound”— Japan’s largest incubation program that is co-sponsored by thirteen universities including Hitotsubashi University. UTokyo IPC has also launched the match-making platform “DEEPTECH DIVE” to provide HR support to the tech startups it invests in and supports.


All companies supported by UTokyo IPC possess advanced research seeds and unique technologies originating from academic research. These startups require both academic strength (i.e., researchers with interesting outcomes) and professional management expertise to achieve growth as a business while simultaneously commercializing the seeds of academic research. UTokyo IPC cultivates an innovation ecosystem for university-affiliated startups and university-originated research seeds by providing HR support to startups.


Through collaboration between Hitotsubashi ICS and UTokyo IPC, we aim to create and nurture deep-tech startups that can thrive globally.


AACSB(The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
Established in the U.S. in 1916, AACSB is a leading international accreditation organization with a history of over 100 years, which evaluates and accredits MBA programs.




Organizers’ Comments


Hitotsubashi University Business School, School of International Corporate Strategy
Emi Osono, Ph.D., Dean, Professor

Hitotsubashi ICS hopes that MBA graduates will consider, as a career option, becoming actively involved in a startup company or the startup support sector. We are delighted to be collaborating with UTokyo IPC to offer both internships and employment opportunities to MBA students. We have a great respect for all the science-based startups that are diligently working to shape society for the better. We are honored to be contributing to their efforts.


UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd.,
Partner, Saori Ozawa

Hitotsubashi University is a co-sponsor of “1stRound,” a cross-university entrepreneurship support program in Japan. We hope that the collaboration with Hitotsubashi ICS, will enable the school’s MBA students, who are studying business management in a global environment and are on their way to becoming future business leaders, to gain broader insights into Japanese university-related startups in deep tech areas.


About Hitotsubashi ICS
Hitotsubashi ICS was established in 2000 as Japan’s first global, all English MBA program. This school is the only Japanese member of GNAM (Global Network for Advanced Management), a global network of 32 top business schools. In 2021, Hitotsubashi ICS became the first public university in Japan to receive AACSB international accreditation, a recognition earned by business schools in over 30 countries. Furthermore, Hitotsubashi ICS was ranked first in Japan in the QS Global MBA rankings.


About UTokyo IPC
Business Overview: Investment company committed to develop the University of Tokyo innovation ecosystem across boundaries
Established:January 2016
Shareholder:The University of Tokyo (100%)
Location:261 Entrepreneur Lab., South Clinical Research Bldg., Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Director:Representative Director, Kosuke Ueda


Hitotsubashi University
Public Relations and Outreach Division, Department of General Affairs


UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd.
261 Entrepreneur Lab., South Clinical Research Bldg.
Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
TEL:03-3830-0200 / FAX:03-3830-0183

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