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Innovation from Osaka University Learning from Silicon Valley (Entrepreneurship Speaker Series)

2016-3-30 (Wed) 18:00 - 19:30


John Kojiro Moriwaka, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Ventures

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 18:00 ~ 19:30


Seminar Room (205), 2F, Techno-Alliance Building, Suita Campus, Osaka University

*This seminar is open to the public and free to attend.

About the Speaker:

Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Ventures; Executive Vice President & CIO, Moriwaka Medical Co., Ltd.; Consultant, Terra Motors; CMO & Global Manager, Kyutec Space Systems Lab; Councilor, Japan Micro-Nano Bubble Society Corporation; Member, US-Japan MedTech Frontiers; Member, Harvard Business School Angles Association

Going back and forth between Japan and Silicon Valley, Mr. Moriwaka is both a businessman and an innovation provider. As an ambassador and CEO of Blackbox, which provides unique acceleration programs to entrepreneurs chosen from the world, Silicon Valley Ventures provides "World-Class Acceleration Programs from Silicon Valley" to large and small businesses, as well as start-ups and universities, playing the role of their business partner.

 A graduate of the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and the Executive Education M&A at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Morikwaka has also studied business administration at the University of Sydney, and is involved in management of various companies both inside and outside of Japan.

Written Works

Why is Harvard's Elite Strong Under Pressure? (Gakken Plus: March, 2016)

Message from the Speaker

What does Japan currently need? With huge losses and restructure of world-leading large Japanese corporations, the economy of Japan has been in a 20-year long decline. I'm sure many of you know that outstanding young individuals have gathering at Silicon Valley, USA to create startups and bring about innovation. From companies like Facebook and Youtube whose services we use everyday, to Uber and Airbnb, which have been gathering attention from all over the world, there are too many startups from the San Francisco/Silicon Valley to count. But just what is at work behind the scenes to create this kind of innovation? What kind of key players exist in the ecosystem of Silicon Valley, and can we learn what is necessary for the Japan of today? In this lecture, as someone who studied at Harvard Business School, Stanford, and through Blackbox, the first Japanese acceleration program, I'll teach you how to bring about innovation aimed at the world. Let's change the world together.


MATSUYUKI Terumasa (Associate Professor, Osaka University)

How to Apply

Please an email entitled "Moriwaka Lecture" with your name, organization, and e-mail address to the address below.

Date: 2016-3-30 (Wed) 18:00 - 19:30
Organizer: Osaka University EDGE Program
Sponsored: Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University
Venue: Seminar Room (205), 2F, Techno-Alliance Building
Registration: Registration by email is required for this event.
Contact: Osaka University EDGE Program

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