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Voices of entrepreneurs from KCGI

Many of the students who have completed the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) are active as core players who are in charge of both IT and management by finding employment in major IT-related companies, and there are also several students who start their own business, including while they are still in school.They have found business opportunities, have great ambitions, and have dared to take on challenges. They continue to move forward. Entrepreneurs, former students of KCGI, spoke with us.

Mr. Kawamura

Director of ePass Co., Ltd. (entrepreneurship)
Seed Bank Co., Ltd. Business Strategy
Completed in September 2019
Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University.

After graduating from university, while working for Mega Bank, he decided to "find something that he could call a skill" and put an end to my four years as a bank clerk and went to KCGI.Based on his experience in charge of corporate sales such as financing, he is eager to realize entrepreneurship involving IT, and greedily pursues and absorbs knowledge of various genres.In addition, we steadily accumulated knowledge about practical management through repeated exchanges with professors who have abundant practical experience who are enrolled in many KCGI, and asked for opportunities to start business.While still in school, he started a recruiting company with six of his fellow Kyoto University MBA students, and was also invited to work as a management strategist for a company researching microalgae, and began to make use of what he had learned at KCGI.The two years at KCGI, which he says were "so much fun," shed a strong light on Mr. Kawamura's future prospects.

Utilizing the strengths of acquiring IT, starting a business in the KCGI era

Retired from Mega Bank

At the bank, I was in charge of corporate sales such as loans for 4 years.As I continued to work, I saw firsthand progress in fintech, and I began to feel that I wanted to find my unique specialty. When I was thinking of studying at graduate school to reset my life once, I learned about the existence of KCGI, which allows me to learn IT regardless of the humanities and sciences, while making use of my knowledge of the management field, and retired from the bank. I entered the school.My wife and her parents were very understanding.The scholarship program for the "Future IT Human Resources Development" was also a big push for me.

Student life at KCGI was more fun than anything.

I think KCGI is characterized by a wide range of genres that can be learned.A completely new world that the one I saw working at a bank opened before me.In addition to FinTech and agricultural IT, I also turned my attention to SAP, etc., and at the same time, avidly pursued knowledge of databases, R language, Python, and so on.I was worried whether or not I would be able to understand IT-related lectures because I am not a specialist, but the teachers explained it well from the history, so I was able to absorb it smoothly.In addition, there were many teachers with abundant practical experience in private companies, so I had the opportunity to receive advice for the entrepreneurship that I was aiming for.Compared to when I was a bank clerk who often just sat in the office and waited for a call, the two years at KCGI were fulfilling every day, it was really just the funnest imaginable is all I can say.In the course completion project, we tackled the theme of presenting product information using game theory and financial methods.In the distribution of agricultural products such as vegetables and fruits, it is sometimes argued that the wholesale market is unnecessary due to the high margins, but what kind of problems will occur if agricultural products are lined up directly from farmers in stores? It is such a content that it may not be a simple cost reduction.

Just jump right on in!

While attending KCGI, he established E-Pass Co., Ltd., a recruitment agency, with six colleagues from Kyoto University.I started the business as a director in charge of the system department with the business purpose of matching companies without successors with people who want to become managers but have no chance to continue to protect the assets that Japan has built up so far. We are busy with preparations such as creating a database for the company.Eventually, I also have a dream of targeting KCGI students who want to become managers.In addition, I was invited to work as a management strategist at Seed Bank, Inc., where it had been conducting research on microalgae but had not yet been able to expand the scope of business. I am now in charge of constructing database, web site development and customoer relations.I have a big goal to change the world with microalgae, and eventually to become a listed company.We are also focusing on work in the information management department of a general incorporated association related to Japanese culture.It goes without saying that IT now plays an important role in business, but we can realize that the opportunities are endless.The hurdles to challenge IT are originally low, but when you learn at KCGI and become able to embody your ideas with IT, it will drop to the point where it can be overcome.I would like to send a message to all the juniors, "Just go for it! (a talk)

Liu-san

Representative Director of Meito Co., Ltd.
Graduated in September 2013
Graduated from Shandong Youth Political Academy, China

It has been six years since he established the forwarding business company, which offeres the mailing address in Japan to their primary Chinese customers when they shop from mail order sites in Japan. The company collects the goods once, then ship them to China after proper re-packing.As a result of targeting high motivation and purchase power of the Chinese market, sales continued to rise and exceeded 2 billion yen in the fiscal year ended August 2018.The amount of money used for international mail was ranked the top in the Kinki region and the top two in Japan, and a letter of appreciation was presented from Japan Post Co., Ltd.In addition to the 2,500-square-meter distribution center in the Osaka Higashi Post Office, there are two other huge distribution centers in Osaka City and two newly acquired locations in Kanda Jimbocho, Tokyo, and Kobe City, which are always overflowing with products."We want to increase our credibility as a forwarder," he said, and installed two X-ray inspection machines to check our products before shipping.The cross-border mail order (EC), their new scope of business has been getting on track. The business scale is expanding, such as establishment of "Meito Solution Co., Ltd. (Japan)" to support foreign residents in Japan start business in Japan, and affiliated company, customer, system development in cooperation with influential logistics traders and administration in China.There are many KCGI graduates who are employees.

I want to raise my fame and profile in the East

I want to continue to work to trade between Japan and China

I dreamed of studying in Japan and majored in Japanese at university.After graduating, I worked at a hotel in Shandong, my hometown, and worked as a front desk staff. I came to make friends with a Japanese trading business owner who was a frequent guest, and he strongly inspired me that I wanted to work in the import-export trade as well.I was also interested in computers and had some knowledge of programming, although I was self-taught, so when the opportunity to study abroad came up, I chose KCGI, where I could study business administration in conjunction with IT.So my first dream has come true.

I realized I needed to improve my level of Japanese

After I entered the school, I had a lot of interesting lectures on systems development related to financial accounting, business administration, and web business. I enjoyed my classes and studied hard.I became friends with other Chinese students, so my anxiety about living in Japan eased.On the other hand, I realized the needs to improve the level of my Japanese f I am going to work in a trade between Japan and China in the future. I found some time for a part-time job between my school work, and talked to as many Japanese people as possible. Of course, the theme of the course completion project was "international trade."

Persistent and sincere

The next thing was to realize my “second dream”.To be honest, I wondered if I should get a job in Japan or return to China after completing the program, but decided that I should make use of what I learned at KCGI and start a business.The company was established by Meitou Corporation, which is engaged in trading, import/export agency, and e-commerce sales planning.I want to make a name for myself in the eastern part of my homeland, China.This was reflected in the name I picked for my company.At first, I had a hard time gaining trust from the people here as I am not from Japan.However, after repeated explanations of my business plan with tenacity and sincerity, a business alliance with Japan Post Co., Ltd. was realized and a business office and a distribution center were established in the Osaka Higashi Post Office Business Collection Promotion Department.I'm doing my best while taking advantage of what I learned at KCGI.In the future, I would like to work in Taiwan, South Korea and other countries as well as in China to deliver Japanese products worldwide. I would like my business to be listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange within 10 years.This is my third dream.The listing of the company is finally in sight, and it is changing from a "dream" to a "goal."(a talk)

Shikama-san

Director, I-SEE LLC
Completed in March 2007
Graduated from Otemon Gakuin University, Literature Department

She established a company whose main business is handling environmental products while attending KCGI.Initially started at an incubator facility in Hirakata City, Osaka PrefectureHe has been working as a consultant for LED installation in corporate offices and factories.She also started a business to support overseas business expansion for client companies, and will travel around the world.

Learning and networking experience turned me into an entrepreneur.

When in doubt, learn.

My husband's family owned a printing factory.The industry was being directly hit by the wave of office automation, and the environment was changing rapidly, with paperless slips, typesetting and transcription being done on Macs, etc. There were limits to what a small factory could do, and I, who was in charge of the business, wondered how we could survive.Based on the belief that "when in doubt, study deeply", I found KCGI in a newspaper advertisement, where I could study both system-related and management strategies, and entered the school with full determination."I want to be the only one, even if it's small.", "I want to do work that others can't do."It was my way to start with this strong ambition in mind.

A succession of struggles and discoveries

At KCGI, we first learned "what is management" from the basics, and in the course completion project, we received guidance from Professor Ko Hong Seung, a former CIO of a major electronics manufacturer.Professor Ko thoroughly taught me logical thinking and CRM based on operations research.Through lectures based on work experience and thorough practice, I was able to break away from the Japanese idea of "amicably" and "vaguely", and I was able to have a calm and objective perspective when deciding the future policy of the printing plant.Reading and writing huge volumes of English papers required for lectures and project guidance was also a challenge.I had the opportunity to present my work at an international conference, which helped me overcome my weakness in business English.The days of KCGI were a series of struggles and discoveries.

With confidence, I-SEE

At KCGI, I learned and experienced many other subjects such as Leadership Theory, Organization Theory, Object Orientation, and Project Management.I am convinced that for me, KCGI was not a “place to gain knowledge” but a “place to build up my business mind set”.I would not have thought of smoothly closing the printing factory without discord and setting up a company that deals in environmental products for a new business development.Four years of learning and the connections I have cultivated at the school has changed me into an “entrepreneur”.The meaning of the company name “I-SEE” is “To understand the customers’ needs with pleasure ”.I chose the name with my desire to listen the customers and respond to them sincerely.Whenever I have doubts, I would like to remember my days at KCGI, and by learning more, I would like to be able to always say "I see" with confidence.(a talk)

Takada-san

Albus Co., Ltd. Director, IT Collaboration Promotion Department
Part-time lecturer at Osaka Gakuin University
Graduated in March 2010
Graduated from Kyoto Bunkyo University Humanity Department

He started a company creating websites when he was a student, and after that, joined his extended family’s business which developed basic systems such as web systems. He integrated the common areas of business with his own company, and led a department to promote IT collaboration after working in sales and management.The company has expanded its work in the fields of nursing care and agriculture.

KCGI has led me to achieve my goal.

Path to a Clinical Psychologist, a secretary of a counselor and forward

When I was a university student, I studied to become a clinical psychologist, but I became less interested in the field of clinical psychology because I thought there were still immature aspects in the licensure system, and I started to think about other career paths.After graduating, I looked for a graduate school to study IT while working in Tokyo as a secretary of a Councilor. However, the physical strain seemed to be too much to focus on the study. I decided to go back to my hometown and enter KCGI.The fact that I can learn not only IT but also management was a major reason for my choice.I also hoped that I could learn how to catch the cutting-edge trends.

Valuable experience in acquiring an international sense

I conducted a CRM-related project under the guidance of Professor Hong Seung Ko.I believe I could conduct intensive research on data analysis methods and modeling.I also had the opportunity to present at an international conference held in San Diego, USA (also presented at the same conference held in Portugal after completion of the program).Three of us, including a Vietnamese classmate of mine attended the conference, and it was a very good experience.In order to survive in the IT industry in the future, it is essential to have an international perspective. I valued my experience for that reason as well.For me, KCGI instills logical thinking and helps me achieve my goals.

We should value and welcome hard lessons especially on our youth.

When I finished my research while I was in school, I started a company that produces websites.I thought that I would improve my technical skills if I earned my experience through the real business application.At that time, I remember telling myself that I should value and welcome hard lessons to learn in my youth since I still have time and chances ahead of me to recover even if I make mistakes.I had a hard time dealing with complicated corporate registration procedures and accounting procedures after starting up the business, but at that time there was a huge demand for website production, so I was able to work with satisfaction.After that, I integrated my company with my relative's company, and now I am in the IT Collaboration Promotion Department.In the field of nursing care, we are involved in the construction of business systems for the transparency of the actual condition of in-home service provision, the introduction of "care system" for managing nursing care results with iPad and iPhone, and agricultural IT.The fields of welfare and agriculture will become increasingly important in the future.I hope to contribute with my expertise the best I can.If you find something that you want to do, please try to start your own business.(a talk)

In 2015, KCGI became IPA's “IT Entrepreneurship Curriculum Cooperation Organization”

KCGI is a member of the "Cooperative Educational Institution for Trial / Evaluation" for the “IT Modeling Curriculum for IT Entrepreneurship Education for Human Resource Development of IT Entrepreneurs at Universities, and equivalent institutions” of the Information-technology Promotion Agency IT Human Resources Development Center. KCGI was selected in 2015 as the member because it has produced numerous IT entrepreneurs through lectures and practical training by IT company managers themselves.

On commission from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, IPA is implementing the "Human Resource Development for IT Entrepreneurs at Universities" in cooperation with Mizuho Information & Research Institute Corporation, one of the model projects for human resource development and securing to promote innovation through IT ventures, etc.

https://www.ipa.go.jp/about/kobo/kobo20150629.html