Event Report: McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable
McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.
The McGill MBA Japan program was very pleased to welcome 45 guests to the McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable event on Wednesday, April 13th in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Our panel was made up of Professor Michael Avedesian, a seasoned business man and entrepreneur, Mr Jeffry Char, of J-Seed Ventures, one of the leaders in Entrepreneurial Start Ups in Japan, Mr Tsutsumi Takashi, MBA 2003 of Learning Entrepreneur’s Lab, Tokyo based Process-based Seed Accelerator and Mr Clinton Gass, MBA 2000, Founder and CEO of Gass Teas, the distributor of Rooibos Tea in Japan.
We were treated to a lively discussion on entrepreneurship in general, and the real experiences of the panelists. Jeff Char was keen to point out that a start up venture can take up to 10 years to bear fruit, so the team must have real long term commitment to the project in order to get it off the ground.
All panelists pointed out that in some areas, in particular the IT space, costs of computing power have dropped so dramatically, that anyone with a good idea can try to put something together in their spare time. The key is the keep Intellectual Property pure. That is to say, the entrepreneur needs to be using their own equipment, own computer, and own software and not their present employer’s!
Takashi Tsutsumi was keen to point out that there are well understood processes that will make a start up company successful. By learning from the mistakes and successes of others, an entrepreneur can get closer to their goal without wasting too much time or resource.
Clinton Gass pointed out that in the consumer space, the best way to test a new product is simply to put it out there and see what happens. No amount of focus group or analytical study can tell you if a product will succeed or not.
Michael Avedesian reiterated that the key to success is the people on the team. People are the key to every entrepreneurial success, and that putting together the right people with the right idea, and giving them space to fail, will be the key to future success. Michael also pointed out that some types of ventures need millions of dollars to succeed, so that lean start up model won’t always be appropriate.
If you would like to find out more about the McGill MBA Japan program, be sure to contact us through the website or give us a call at our office.
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Professor Croitoru will give us an update on the Faculty, Programs and New Course Initiatives, including the development of Hybrid Courses for the MBA Japan and Professional MBA programs, as well as new course selections for alumni of McGill and other universities.
This will be an outstanding chance for Discussion and Networking with a wide range of McGill Alumni and other friends in Tokyo.
Be sure to come out to re-connect with your professors, make and re-fresh friendships, and enjoy a good discussion with McGill MBA Japan students, alumni and friends.
This event is open to the general public.
Be sure to sign up soon at:http://ptix.at/jcOyiz
Event: Professor’s Tuesday with Professor Benjamin Croitoru of the Desautels Faculty of Management
Venue: Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku Oak Room (2F of Main Building) – Newly Renovated
Date : Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Time : Doors Open at 18h00
Event: 18h30 – 21h00
Rrefreshments served from 18h30.
Presentation and discussion from 19h00.
Cost : 6,000 yen for Alumni and Guests.
Includes event fee, food and refreshments.
(Hallowe’en costume optional.)
Looking forward to seeing you there!
You are invited to this interesting discussion about the 2030 Quebec Energy Policy
It is our pleasure to inform you that we have relocated our office to smarter business premises at Shinjuku NS building with effect from 4th August 2017.
Our new premises is located at:
〒163-0801 東京都新宿区西新宿2丁目4番1号 新宿ＮＳビル１階
Our new office is conveniently located 10 minutes walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. It’s directly beside Tokyo City Hall. The office offers a meeting space and a mini library. Visitors are welcome during the opening hours for a friendly chat. For consultations, please contact us for an appoitment.
We look forward to serving you at our new address.
Professor Desmond Tsang, Associate Professor, Accounting, lead a group of students for a Study Tour in Vietnam, which focused on Ho Chi Minh City–Saigon in mid-July, 2017. For the first time, the tour took place combining 2nd year students of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program and Professional MBA (PMBA) students from Montreal.
The students visited important international companies such as JETRO, Mitsubishi corporation, Mitsui & Co, Pharmascience, Sapporo, and more. The students also had cultural experiences through the city tour and the cooking class.
Through these visits and activities, students learnt about the Vietnamese history, how the country achieved the rapid growth in a decade, and the ideas about the future of Vietnam.
Professor Tsang who lead the tour commented, “It was a valuable learning experience for all of us during our stay in Vietnam meeting with company executives and government officials. Nonetheless, the interactions between students from Japan and from Montreal have been great. Overall, the trip to Vietnam has been successful in bringing students of different culture and background to explore the opportunities and possibilities offered by a fast growing emerging market. I hope more students would take advantage of this unique learning adventure and join us for future trips.”
The Study Tour to Vietnam is part of our unique series of Study Tours in Asia which help to broaden our students’ horizons, develop their understanding of other countries and cultures, and to solidify McGill’s network throughout Asia and the world. Previous study tours have included Chong Ching and Kunmin China, Shanghai and Bejing, as well as Myanmar. Since 2015, students have selected Vietnam as a study tour destination.This year, the participants also enjoyed developing friendships between the students from Japan MBA and Canadian PMBA.