GTIE Student Training Entrepreneurship Education Program (GTIE-SEP) 2023 Silicon Valley Training!

The GTIE Student Training Entrepreneurship Education Program visited the so-called Silicon Valley, mainly the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, in March 2024.

The adoption review meeting was held last December, and four students from two adopted teams, “AICycle” and “Eatease,” were selected to participate in the program and went to the region that continues to lead the world’s startups.

Upon arrival in Silicon Valley, the students actively interacted with local people involved in the business model visited and startups. On the last day, they had a one-on-one meeting with capitalists from two local venture capital firms, where they exchanged views on their own business models with both rigor and warmth.

This training was a valuable experience for the participating students, who were not only able to verify their business models, but also to learn and gain insights from the many encounters they had.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who supported this training and its participants.



Masashi Katayama (Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Waseda University)

Ujwal Kumar (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Advanced International Studies)


Chisho Kawasaki (School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University)

Katsuta Kawasaki (The University of Tokyo)

Training period: March 3 (Sun) – March 10 (Sun), 2024 (5 days from 3/4 to 3/8)

Training site: Bay Area, California, U.S.A.

Places to visit, etc:

Magnificent Seven: Googleplex (headquarters)

Startup company: Waymo (interview with COO)

Accelerator: Plug & Play (headquarters)

Incubators: MBC Biolabs (biotech), KITHENTOWN (food)

Venture capitalists: Sozo Ventures, DNX Ventures

Japanese CVC and others: Nexty Electronics America, Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC UNITED STATES

University: Stanford University (medical school, pitch events, etc.)

Japan Innovation Campus (METI startup support center)

Others: Local retail stores, etc.