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.
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The Desautels MBA program is ranked #1 in Canada and 78th in the world by the 2018 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking—one of only three Canadian schools who made the list, released January 29, 2018.
Every year, the FT ranks the world’s best 100 MBA programs using multiple criteria. Read more about the methodology here. The MBA Class of 2014 was surveyed for this ranking.
#1 in Canada for:
Salary Percentage Increase
Aims Achieved (tied)
Percentage of Female Faculty
Percentage of International Board Members
#1 in North America for:
Percentage of Female Students
Percentage of International Faculty
Percentage of International Students
International Mobility (17th Globally)
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McGill MBA Japan program continues to deliver the quality and recognition of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s MBA program in a weekend format, in a convenient Nishi-Shinjuku, the heart of business in Tokyo. No other program in Japan is as internationally recognised and respected as McGill.
The McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai, hosted by the McGill Alumni Association in Japan and McGill Japan on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018 was a huge success. Under the theme of the next 20 years, our panelists:
Mr. Danny Risberg, Chairman, Philips Electronics Japan, K.K. Ms Yuka Shimada, Head of HR, Board of Directors, Unilever Japan Holdings K.K., treated us to a lively discussion, moderated by Dr. Zineb Mouline, MBA Candidate 2019. The topics covered included the need to make the workplace without fear, the goal of happiness, and the coming impact of Artificial Intelligence, and the importance of understanding and investing in this. The Shinnenkai was attended by about 140 McGill students and alumni and friends at the Tokyo American Club.
Keep an eye out for upcoming McGill Japan events.
Doors open 18:30.
McGill Japan Forum Starts 19:00.
The Shinnenkai will commence promptly after the Forum.
Price of the ticket includes buffet dinner with two drinks.
Event ends at 21:30.
二次会 (after party) venue will be announced at 新年会.
Topic: The Next Twenty Years
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– Ticket prices include admission to both events. –
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The next academic year starts on April 7th, 2018. Be sure to submit your application soon so that you can join us at the top weekend MBA program in Japan.