Implementation structure

The Greater Tokyo Innovation Ecosystem (GTIE) platform designed to "nurture University Startups that can change the world" is hosted by the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University and other organizations. GTIE supports the approaches made by the Startup Ecosystem Tokyo Consortium established in January 2020.

GTIE aims to form startup ecosystems in the Greater Tokyo in cooperation with universities, local governments, venture capital, corporate venture capital, accelerators, and private companies in the Metropolitan area. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plays the role of managing local government in cooperation with a joint organization composed of 13 universities and supporting agencies for university-originated startups, and cooperative organizations composed of universities, and other local governments.

Host Organizations / Program Representatives

  • 渡部 俊也
    Watanabe Toshiya Ph.D. (Engineering)
    Executive Director and Vice President, Director General, Division of University Corporate Relations, The University of Tokyo

    1998: Guest Professor at the University of Tokyo 's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (Information Function Materials) 2022: Executive Director and Vice President/ Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (Vice-Director)/ Intellectual Property Association of Japan (President)/ Member, Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management/ Member, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters/ Chairperson, Planning Committee of Cabinet Council Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry National Research and Development Agency Council Member (Chairperson, Subcommittee for New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)

  • 笠原 博徳
    Kasahara Hironori Ph.D. (Engineering)
    Vice-President, Office of the President, Waseda University Director, Research Innovation Center

    1985: Graduated from the doctoral program at Waseda University (Engineering)/ Visiting researcher at UC Berkeley 1986: Full-time Lecturer at Waseda University; 1988: Assistant Professor; 1997: Professor 1989-1990: Visiting researcher at Illinoi Center for Supercomputing R&D After working as a project leader for the parallel compiler and multicore for IT home appliances, etc. at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, he became the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society (CS) President in 2018. From November 2018, he became the Vice-President of Waseda University, and currently he also serves as the Director at Research Innovation. Specializing in parallel processing and green computing; IEEE Fellow; Spirit of IEEE CS Award, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) Contribution Award and fellow, Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and many more

  • 渡辺 治
    Watanabe Osamu Ph.D. (Engineering)
    Director and Vice-President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

    After serving as an Assistant, Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Professor, and the Dean of the School of Computing, he assumed his current position in April 2018. He also taught as a Guest Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara (1987-1988) and Senior Scientific Research Specialist at the Ministry of Education (1995-1997). Japan IBM Science Award (1992); Science and Technology Award given by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2008); and more.

Host Organizations / Program Head of Directors / Program Co-Director

  • 辻本 将晴
    Program Head of Directors
    Tsujimoto Masaharu Ph.D.
    (Public Policy Briefing & Debate)
    Director of Innovation Design Platform, Office of Research and Innovation, Tokyo Institute of Technology/ Professor, School of Environment and Society

    After serving at the University of Tokyo, Shibaura Institute of Technology, and Hosei University, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2010. To date, he has served as a Guest Professor at Nagoya University, Guest Professor at Hamburg University of Technology (2014-2015), Guest Researcher at ETH Zurich (2017 and 2019). Received the 2011 Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Award.

  • 各務 茂夫
    Program Head of Directors
    Kagami Shigeo Ph.D. (Business Administration)
    Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo/ Deputy Director-General, Division of University Corporate Relations, The University of Tokyo

    After working at Boston Consulting Group, Corporate Directions (Founding partner), etc., He became an academic staff teaching the Corporate Sponsored Research Program of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo in 2002/ 2004: Professor, Division of University Corporate Relations, The University of Tokyo; General Manager, Office of Science Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, The niversity of Tokyo/ 2004-2013: Corporate Auditor, The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners Co., Ltd./ April 2020: Assumed his current position/ President, The Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs (JASVE)/ 2015: Received the 1st Shuichi Matsuda's JASVE Award

  • 柴山 知也
    Program Head of Directors
    Shibayama Tomoya Ph.D. (Engineering)
    President, Center for Entrepreneurship, Research Innovation Center, Waseda University

    As the Director of Waseda University Center for Entrepreneurship, he supports faculty members and students starting businesses. For over 45 years, he has studied disaster-causing mechanism in coastal areas due to tsunami, high tides and waves employing field surveys, numerical predictions, and hydraulic tests. He assumed the position of leader of on-site investigation teams for a wide range of disasters including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, the tsunami caused by the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake in 2011, and Palu Bay tsunami and Sunda Strait tsunamis in 2018, established a wide range of countermeasures designed for individual states with people in the areas, and cultivated specialists capable of engaging in disaster control studies.

Host Organizations / Deputy Program Director

  • 宮脇 守
    Miyawaki Mamoru
    Project Senior Specialists and director, Division of University Corporate Relations, The University of Tokyo
  • 島岡 未来子
    Shimaoka Mikiko
    Specially appointed Professor, Office Research and Innovation, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 清野 千秋
    Seino Chiaki
    Professor and Deputy-Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Research Innovation Center, Waseda University/ Secretary-General, WASEDA-EDGE Global Talent Development Program Secretariat

Host Organizations / Principal

  • 平田 幹人
    Hirata Mikito
    Project Senior Specialists and director, Division of University Corporate Relations, The University of Tokyo
  • 朝日 透
    Asahi Toru
    Professor, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University/ Vice-Chairperson, WASEDA-EDGE Global Talent Development Program Executive Committee
  • 真尾 淑子
    Mashio Kiyoko
    Specially appointed Professor, Office Research and Innovation, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 及部 智仁
    Oyobe Tomohito
    Specially appointed Professor, Office Research and Innovation, Tokyo Institute of Technology President and Co-CEO, quantum Inc.

Joint Organizations

Program Representatives of Joint Partners

  • Kanaho Yasunori
     (Director General of Headquarters for International Industry-University Collaboration, University of Tsukuba)
  • Fujie Koichi
     (Director-General, Academic Research & Innovation Management Organization, Chiba University)
  • Soyama Akihiko
     (Standing Director, Life Science Innovation Network Japan (LINK-J))
  • Misawa Kazuhiko
     (Vice-President, Chief Academic Officer, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
  • Arai Yukio
     (Director & Vice-President, Ochanomizu University)
  • Otani Yasuo
     (Chairman, Kanagawa University of Human Services)
  • Umezawa Takaaki
     (Chairperson, CIC Toranomon G.K.)
  • Nomura Sachio
     (Executive Director, Shibuya Scramble Square (SHIBUYA QWS))
  • Umehara Izuru
     (President, Yokohama National University)
  • Osawa Masatoshi
     (Vice Provost, Association of International Arts and Science, / Dean, School of Economics and Business Administration, Yokohama City University)
  • Tojo Arinobu
     (Executive Director / Executive Vice President of Collaboration, Data Science and Faculty Affairs Director-General, Institute of Innovation Advancement/ Director, Institute for Open Innovation)
  • Yamagishi Koshiro
     (Executive Director, Keio University)
  • Hotta Takashi
     (Vice President (in charge of research), Tokyo Metropolitan University/ Director, Organization for Research Promotion, Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Program Co-Director

  • Igarashi Hiroya
     (Specially Appointed Professor, Headquarters for International Industry-University Collaboration, University of Tsukuba)
  • Nishida Atsushi
     (Deputy Director-General, Academic Research & Innovation Management Organization, Chiba University)
  • Shiotani Takashi
     (Manager, Business Department, Life Science Innovation Network Japan (LINK-J))
  • Tanaka Tsuyoshi
     (Director, University Research Administration Center (URAC), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
  • Ohta Yuji
     (Vice-President, Ochanomizu University)
  • Chung Ung-il
     (Director & Vice-President, Kanagawa University of Human Services/ Dean, School of Health Innovation)
  • Nagura Masaru
     (General Manager, CIC Toranomon G.K.)
  • Degawa Kumiko
     (Director, Shibuya Scramble Square (SHIBUYA QWS))
  • Manabe Seiji
     (Dean, College of Business Administration, Yokohama National University)
  • Ashizawa Michiko
     (Associate Professor, Association of International Arts and Sciences, Yokohama City University)
  • Iida Kaori
     (Deputy Director,Professor,Acting Director,Institute of Research Division for Research Innovation, Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
  • Miki Norihisa
     (Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University)
  • Yang Ming
     (Advisor to the President (in charge of research promotion), Tokyo Metropolitan University/ Advisor to the Director, Organization for Research Promotion, Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Participant Organizations

Host Organizations

Joint Organizations

Managing Local Government

Cooperative Organizations

In addition to the host and joint organizations, the following cooperative organizations are participating in GTIE.

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Government
  • Shinjuku City
  • Toyama Prefecture
  • Chuo University
  • Tsukuba University of Technology
  • Kanagawa University
  • Kanto Gakuin University
  • Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
  • Tokyo University of Science
  • Tama Art University
  • Shiga University of Medical Science
  • Yamagata University
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
  • National Institute of Technology
  • Babson College
  • Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship at Lund University
  • School of Management, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • UC San Diego
  • Santa Clara University
  • Universitat Tel-Aviv
  • Yokohama Minato Mirai21
  • Tsukuba Global Innovation Promotion Agency
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • RIKEN
  • National Institute for Materials Science
  • Japan External Trade Organization
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • The Bank of Yokohama
  • SOMPO Holdings
  • Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Tokyu Land Corporation
  • Mori Building Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.
  • KPMG AZSA LLC
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Nomura Agri Planning & Advisory Co., Ltd.
  • UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd.
  • Keio Innovation Initiative, Inc.
  • Beyond Next Ventures
  • WERU Investment Co., Ltd.
  • Corundum Innovation Co., Ltd.
  • Coral Capital
  • Landing Pad Tokyo
  • Incubate Fund
  • Startup Brain
  • Scale Out
  • Integral Investment Inc.
  • Academic Gangstar
  • Dialogue Cafe Club
  • FieldUP
  • Maximize, Inc.
  • iSGS Investment Works Inc.
  • ABCash Technologies
  • Innovations and Future Creation Inc. (MIRAI SOUZOU)
  • RIKEN Innovation Co., Ltd.
  • Advanced Technology Acceleration Corporation
  • Culture Vision Japan
  • Okawa Dream Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Japan Platform (SVJP)
  • Plug and Play Japan
  • 500 Global
  • Sozo Ventures
  • Scrum Ventures
  • Environmental Partnership Council
  • Nihon Biodesign Gakkai
  • Japan Medical Venture Association
  • NVIDIA LLC.
  • JGC JAPAN CORPORATION
  • Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation