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Kick‐off of the Project:

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

February 11 - February 12, 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


Day 1         February 11th (Wednesday)

2:00 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.

Self introduction by collaborating partners

2:45 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Why are start‐ups relevant? For whom are they relevant? What function to they perform? Why agglomerations?

3:45 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.

Gaps in the literature, personal interests, our research question(s)

5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
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

Day 2         February 12th (Thursday)

9:30 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.

Internal Defining next steps and milestones

10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Start-up research – what data?

Prof. Hiroyuki Okamuro, Hitotsubashi University

11:45 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Insights from a Japanese entrepreneur

Yu Yamada, Founder and CEO of Ypsilon Group, Co-Founder of Legend Partners

Day 1         February 11th (Wednesday)

(Internal discussions)

Day 2         February 12th (Thursday)

(Internal discussions continued)

(External speakers)

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