Stanford e-Entrepreneurship Japan

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Stanford e-Entrepreneurship Japan

Accepting Applications

May 23, 2023 - June 19, 2023

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Application deadline for the Spring 2023 course: June 19, 2023.

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First offered in Spring 2020, Stanford e-Entrepreneurship Japan is an online course that engages about 20 students from throughout Japan with top scholars and entrepreneurs from Japan and from the United States (including Silicon Valley) and engages students in live discussion sessions or “virtual classes.” It is offered twice annually in the fall and spring by SPICE and the non-profit organization e-Entrepreneurship in Japan. The instructors are Irene Bryant (fall) and Makiko Hirata (spring). The goal of the course is to foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills in students with a focus on innovation to address social issues. The course is offered in English. 

The application period for the Spring 2023 course will be from May 23 to June 19 (23:59 Japan Time), 2023. Applicants will be notified on June 25, 2023. 

The Spring 2023 course will begin on July 2, 2023. Access to a computer with high-speed internet is required. Accepted students will participate in six to seven “virtual classes” and one closing ceremony via the Internet. The “virtual classes” (VCs) will be offered two times per month on Sundays from 10am to 12pm, Japan Time, with a couple of classes that are scheduled with 30-minute or one-hour extensions to accommodate for special workshops and presentations. Students should expect to allot 3–4 hours per week on their own to prepare for and review the VCs and to complete the assignments that can include readings, discussions, and small-group presentations. The course will culminate in a final individual research paper and final group research projects, which will be presented at the last virtual class of the course. 

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University, and NPO e-Entrepreneurship.

The fall course is generously supported by Noriko & Norman Chen and Andrew & Mako Ogawa. The spring course is generously supported by Tomonori & Sakiko Tani and Richard Barker. 

To apply, please complete this document in English. 

If you have any questions, please contact Irene Bryant (fall course) at or Makiko Hirata (spring course) at

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